Black Women

by kurtpalacios | created - 21 Feb 2018 | updated - 4 months ago | Public

1. Taylor Russell

Actress | Waves

Taylor Russell was born on July 18, 1994 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She is an actress, known for Waves (2019) and Lost in Space (2018).

2. Michelle Buteau

Actress | Always Be My Maybe

Michelle Buteau is an actress and writer, known for Always Be My Maybe (2019), Isn't It Romantic (2019) and Enlisted (2014).

3. Marija Juliette Abney

Actress | Black Panther

Marija Juliette Abney is known for her work on Black Panther (2018).

4. Enuka Okuma

Actress | Reindeer Games

Enuka Okuma was born on September 20, 1976 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She is an actress and writer, known for Reindeer Games (2000), House of the Dead (2003) and Rookie Blue (2010). She has been married to Joe Gasparin since July 2, 2011.

5. Paula Patton

Actress | Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

Paula Patton was born in Los Angeles, California, to Joyce (Vanraden) and Charles Patton. Her father is African-American and her mother, who is caucasian, has German, English, and Dutch ancestry. Her family lived across the street from the 20th Century Fox lot when she was growing up and she was a ...

6. Abra

Soundtrack | Assassination Nation

Abra was born as Gabrielle Olivia Mirville.

7. Venus DeMilo Thomas

Actress | Salute Your Shorts

The question is why, director/producer/writer Venus DeMilo Thomas isn't the slightest bit intimidated at the idea of tackling her next short film. The answer is Venus DeMilo, actress. "I've been in front of the camera since I was four," laughs Venus, "so even before I became a filmmaker, I was able...

8. Evans Johnson

Actress | Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Evans Johnson is an actress, known for Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Arrow (2012) and Honey (2003).

9. Damaris Lewis

Actress | BlacKkKlansman

Damaris Lewis is an actress, known for BlacKkKlansman (2018), Pose (2018) and The Rewrite (2014).

10. Zoe Renee

Actress | Jinn

Zoe Renee was born as Zoë Renee Thomas. She is an actress, known for Jinn (2018), The Quad (2017) and Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (2019).

11. Simone Missick

Actress | The Defenders

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Simone always knew she was meant to perform. Growing up, Simone spent years playing the violin, singing, and playing sports before she decided to focus on acting. While in her first year as an English major at Howard University, she decided to take a theatre for ...

12. Melissa Kay Anderson

Actress | Creature of Habit

Melissa Kay Anderson is an actress, known for Creature of Habit (2009), Sacred Whispers (2012) and The Conflict of Ms. Boston (2010).

13. Kelly Jenrette

Actress | The Handmaid's Tale

Kelly Jenrette is an actress and writer, known for The Handmaid's Tale (2017), Grandfathered (2015) and Frisky Dingo (2006).

14. Maya Morales

Actress | Jinn

Maya Morales was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA as Maya Blanca Morales. She is an actress and director, known for Jinn (2018), The Assault (2014) and Zoom (1997).

15. Ashlei Foushee

Actress | Ballers

Ashlei Foushee is an actress and producer, known for Ballers (2015), Jinn (2018) and Dear White People (2017).

16. Toneko Curtis

Actress | Angels on Tap

Toneko Curtis is an actress, known for Angels on Tap (2018) and The Ready, Spank Freddy Theatre Company (2016).

17. Sennia Nanua

Actress | The Girl with All the Gifts

Sennia Nanua is an actress, known for The Girl with All the Gifts (2016), The Fight (2018) and Frankie (2019).

18. Dominique Tipper

Actress | The Expanse

Dominique Tipper, who performs as a singer under the name Miss Tipper, is a British actress, singer-songwriter and dancer from Limehouse, East London who plays engineer Naomi Nagata in the science fiction television series The Expanse. She is of British and Dominican origin.

Until 2012, Tipper ...

19. Cynthia Erivo

Actress | Bad Times at the El Royale

Cynthia Erivo was born on January 8, 1987 in Stockwell, London, England as Cynthia Chinasaokwu O. Erivo. She is an actress, known for Bad Times at the El Royale (2018), Widows (2018) and Step (2017).

20. Toks Olagundoye

Actress | Castle

Born to a Norwegian mother and a Nigerian father, Toks Olagundoye is a native of Lagos, Nigeria. Educated in Nigeria, Switzerland and England for elementary, middle and high school, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre from Smith College. Captivated by cinema from a very early age, Toks ...

21. Donniece Jackson

Actress | A Day in the Life of Mia

Donniece Jackson is an actress, known for A Day in the Life of Mia (1997), Getting Over (1981) and Diff'rent Strokes (1978).

22. Abiola Ogunbiyi

Actress | Jamestown

Abiola Ogunbiyi was born on April 16, 1990 in London, England. She is an actress and producer, known for Jamestown (2017), A Boy Called Christmas (2020) and Sexellence (2018).

23. Amma Asante

Director | Belle

Amma Asante is a British BAFTA award winning screenwriter and director, known for Belle (2013), and A Way of Life (2004). She is a former child actress, who began her writing career at the age of 23 with a script deals from both Channel 4 in the UK and BBC. Her first movie, A Way of Life, which she...

24. Amandla Stenberg

Actress | The Hate U Give

Named for the Zulu and Xhosa word for "power," Amandla was born in Los Angeles, California, to Karen Brailsford, a writer, and Tom Stenberg, a businessman. Her mother is African-American and her father is Danish (and of part Inuit-Greenlandic ancestry).

In the summer and fall of 2010, she shot her ...

25. Suzie McGrath

Actress | Star Wars: Resistance

Suzie McGrath is a British actress of English and Jamaican ancestry. Most recently known for her role as Tam Ryvora in Star Wars Resistance as well as her role of Kimberly in Kobe Bryant's hit children's podcast, The Punies. Television credits include BBC's Eastenders and ITV's Law and Order: UK. ...

26. Ronke Adekoluejo

Actress | Been So Long

Ronke Adekoluejo is an actress, known for Been So Long (2018), Christopher Robin (2018) and Doctor Who (2005).

27. Lashana Lynch

Actress | Brotherhood

Lashana Lynch (born 27 November 1987) is a British actress. She plays the leading role of Rosaline in the ABC period drama series Still Star-Crossed.

Lynch is a graduate of the BA Acting course at ArtsEd drama school in London. She made her film debut in the 2011 drama film Fast Girls. She later ...

28. Vivienne Acheampong

Actress | The Trap

Vivienne Acheampong is an actress, known for The Trap (2015), Turn Up Charlie (2019) and The Aliens (2016).

29. Pippa Bennett-Warner

Actress | Wakefield

Pippa Bennett-Warner was born on July 23, 1988 in Banbury, England. She is an actress, known for Wakefield (2016).

30. Kirby Howell-Baptiste

Actress | The Good Place

Kirby Howell-Baptiste is an actress and writer from London. Here, she starred in 'Echoic', a devised West End play with the Talawa Theatre Company, Britain's foremost Black-led Theatre company.

She currently resides in Los Angeles, where she has starred in a number of TV shows and movies. Kirby also...

31. Kiersey Clemons

Actress | Dope

An undeniable talent on the rise, actress and musician Kiersey Clemons has quickly become known for the diverse and captivating characters she has brought to life on screen.

It was recently announced that Clemons will be starring as Iris West in the upcoming Warner Bros film THE FLASH, where she ...

32. Alek Wek

Actress | Suspiria

Alek Wek is a fashion model best known for being one of the first mainstream dark-skinned African models to appear on fashion magazine covers and work both campaigns and fashion shows in mid 1990's. Wek appeared on the covers or been featured in many international fashion magazines including Elle, ...

33. Shoniqua Shandai

Actress | Bodied

Shoniqua Shandai is a trained actress and singer fostered from the Atlantic shores. Born in New York, New York and raised in Richmond, Virginia; Shandai spent her entire high school career wholeheartedly focusing on developing her crafts. Desperate for more, Shoniqua and family set off to the ...

34. Knajula Edwards

Actress | Dolemite Is My Name

Knajula Edwards is a dynamic actress, writer, and producer originally from Carthage, Texas. She began her career with Kim Dawson Studios in Dallas, Texas which ultimately led her to Los Angeles. She's had the opportunity to work with several prominent directors and producers which have helped to ...

35. Kimrie Lewis

Actress | Peeples

Kimrie Lewis was born as Kimrie Denise Lewis. She is known for her work on Peeples (2013).

36. Kali Hawk

Actress | Fifty Shades of Black

Kali Hawk was a child prodigy, beginning high school at the age of 12, and gaining acceptance to prestigious New York arts university SUNY Purchase before she was 16 years old. While in a play on campus, she was introduced to a friend's agent and began doing commercials and plays in Manhattan's ...

37. Nabiyah Be

Actress | Black Panther

Nabiyah Be is an actress, known for Black Panther (2018).

38. Alexa Whitaker

Actress | Chaos Walking

Alexa was raised in Atlanta, GA where she resided with her father and brother. She is an Afro-Latina. She graduated from Spruce Creek High School in Port Orange, FL. Alexa attended college at Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, GA, where she received her degree in Dramatic Arts- ...

39. Edwina Findley Dickerson

Actress | Get Hard

Edwina Findley Dickerson made her prime-time debut as "Tosha Mitchell" on HBO's The Wire, followed by four seasons as "Davina Lambreaux" on HBO's drama series Treme, set in Post-Katrina New Orleans. Edwina received a 2017 Independent Spirit Award nomination for her performance as "Melva Neddy" in ...

40. KiKi Layne

Actress | If Beale Street Could Talk

KiKi Layne is an actress, known for If Beale Street Could Talk (2018), Native Son (2019) and The Old Guard.

41. Elle Young

Think Like a Man

Chicago-born Elle Young has an extensive performance history, as an Actor, On-Camera Host and Professional Dancer. She is the Co-Host and Announcer of Nickelodeon's re-vamped game show "Figure It Out", the Official Host of "Power TV," part of the American Heart Association's "Power To End Stroke" ...

42. Anna Diop

Actress | Titans

Anna Diop is a Senegalese-American actress.

Diop was born in Senegal, but moved to United States when she was six. In 2006, she made her television debut, appearing on Everybody Hates Chris. In the following years, she guest starred on Lincoln Heights, Whitney, and Touch. In film, Diop had a role ...

43. Sibongile Mlambo

Actress | Lost in Space

Sibongile Mlambo is an actress, known for Lost in Space (2018), Siren (2018) and Teen Wolf (2011).

44. Eris Baker

Actress | This Is Us

Eris Baker is an actress, known for This Is Us (2016), Dispel (2019) and Alexa & Katie (2018).

45. Faithe Herman

Actress | Shazam!

Faithe C. Herman is the youngest child of five, born in San Diego, CA. At the age of four with the help of her mom, Faithe started working in the Entertainment Industry doing background work with Kids Management. In August 2014, Faithe signed with BMG Model & Talent, going on numerous auditions. ...

46. Lyric Ross

Actress | This Is Us

Lyric Ross is an actress, known for This Is Us (2016), Canal Street (2018) and Chicago Fire (2012).

47. Rachel Hilson

Actress | This Is Us

Rachel Hilson is an actress, known for This Is Us (2016), The Americans (2013) and Kings (2017).

48. Quartay DeNaya

Actress | Kings

Quartay DeNaya was raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Growing up in a single parent household by her mother Quartrina, DeNaya was taught the importance of faith and hard work. Graduating with academic honors from Osseo Senior High school, she was accepted into the American Academy of ...

49. Kim Hawthorne

Actress | Along Came a Spider

Kim Hawthorne is a native of Newark, New Jersey. When she was just 12 years old she began studying opera and went on to earn a classical music scholarship to Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama. After graduating with honors and a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre, she launched her professional...

50. Lovie Simone

Actress | Greenleaf

Lovie Simone was born on November 29,1998 in NY, New York. She was raised for the first 12 years of her life in The Bronx and now lives in Orange County NY with her Family which includes her twin sister, mom, dad, younger brother and sister and dog. Lovie started her career in 2009 when she was ...

51. Deborah Joy Winans

Actress | Greenleaf

Deborah Joy Winans is an actress, known for Greenleaf (2016), Fragile World (2014) and Fighting the Battle (2014).

52. Val Emanuel

Actress | Straight Outta Compton

Val Emanuel was born as Valeria Emanuel. She is an actress, known for Straight Outta Compton (2015) and Pitbull Ft. Jennifer Lopez: We Are One (Ole Ola) 2014 World Cup Song PARODY (2014).

53. Sophie Okonedo

Actress | Hotel Rwanda

Sophie Okonedo is a British actress of Jewish and Nigerian descent. She was once nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Okonedo was born within London in 1968. Her parents were Henry Okonedo (1939-2009) and Joan Allman. Her father Henry was British Nigerian, and was employed as...

54. Ren Croney

Actress | She's Funny That Way

Ren Croney is an actress, known for She's Funny That Way (2014), Top Five (2014) and The Hudson Tribes (2016).

55. Deidre Goodwin

Actress | Chicago

Deidre Goodwin was born on September 15, 1969 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. She is an actress, known for Chicago (2002), Across the Universe (2007) and Half Nelson (2006).

56. Nesta Cooper

Actress | The Edge of Seventeen

Nesta Cooper was born on December 11, 1993 in Mississauga, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is known for her work on The Edge of Seventeen (2016), Travelers (2016) and #REALITYHIGH (2017).

57. Jodie Turner-Smith

Actress | Nightflyers

Jodie Turner-Smith is an actress, known for Nightflyers (2018), Lemon (2017) and The Neon Demon (2016).

58. Chloe Bailey

Actress | Last Holiday

Chloe Bailey was born on July 1, 1998 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as Chloe Elizabeth Bailey. She is an actress, known for Last Holiday (2006), A Wrinkle in Time (2018) and The Fighting Temptations (2003).

59. Herizen F. Guardiola

Actress | The Get Down

Herizen F. Guardiola (born July 24, 1996) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She is known for her breakout role as Mylene Cruz on the Netflix original series, The Get Down.

Guardiola is a native of Miami, Florida. Her father, Juan Carlos, is a reggae musician of Cuban descent, and her ...

60. Stefanée Martin

Actress | The Get Down

Stefanée Martin is an actress and producer, known for The Get Down (2016) and Skin in the Game (2019).

61. Karen Aldridge

Actress | The Dilemma

Karen Aldridge is an actress and writer, known for The Dilemma (2011), Boss (2011) and Chicago Fire (2012).

62. Yolonda Ross

Actress | The Chi

Yolonda Ross was born in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for The Chi (2018), The Get Down (2016) and Whitney (2015).

63. Tiffany Boone

Actress | Beautiful Creatures

Tiffany Boone stars in Showtime's hit television series THE CHI, created and executive produced by Lena Waithe. She portrays the role of Jerrika, a wise young woman navigating her career and relationship. Previously, Boone co-starred opposite Kevin Bacon in Fox's THE FOLLOWING.

In 2013, Boone ...

64. Birgundi Baker

Actress | Empire

Birgundi Angel Baker is an American actor, singer and dancer from Raleigh, North Carolina. She is a graduate of Howard University's Musical Theatre Program. Upon moving to Chicago, she attended the Launch Showcase. After the showcase, Birgundi signed with Gray Talent Group and broke into the world ...

65. Dara Renee

Actress | My Stepfather's Secret

Dara Renee is an actress, known for My Stepfather's Secret (2019), High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (2019) and Black-ish (2014).

66. Quvenzhané Wallis

Actress | Beasts of the Southern Wild

Wallis was born in Houma, Louisiana, to Qulyndreia (Jackson) Wallis, a teacher, and Venjie Wallis, Sr., a truck driver. She has one sister, Qunyquekya, and two brothers, Vejon and Venjie, Jr. "Quven", the first part of her name, combines the first syllables of her parents' first names. Wallis, at ...

67. Ayisha Issa

Actress | Polar

Ayisha Issa is known for her work on Polar (2019), Immortals (2011) and Dark Phoenix (2019).

68. Zawe Ashton

Actress | Velvet Buzzsaw

Zawe was born on 21st July 1984 in Hackney, London, to two teachers, Ugandan Victoria and English Paul, and had her first acting experience at the age of six as a member of the Anna Scher Theatre school in Islington. After leaving the City and Islington College in London - where she was an A ...

69. Elarica Johnson

Actress | Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Elarica Johnson was born in London, England. She is a british actress, known for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), A Discovery of Witches (2018) and Blade Runner 2049 (2017). Elarica is to star in new series P-Valley to air on STARZ in 2020. She started her career in film and TV at the...

70. Rowena King

Actress | The Bucket List

Directly after graduating from Mountview Theatre School London in 1990, Rowena joined The Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford Upon Avon, working with renowned directors Danny Boyle, Roger Michell and Nicholas Hytner. Rowena's first feature film appearance was in Hanif Kureishi's 1991 drama, London...

71. Ashani Roberts

Actress | American Soul

Ashani Roberts, a Florida Native, started in the industry in a theatre company at the age of 10. In 2013 she completely transitioned into the Theatrical and Commercial acting world and starred in her first action drama "Graceland" and HBO's hit "Ballers " as Tammy Kovac. Over the years she has ...

72. Damita Jane Howard

Stunts | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Damita Jane Howard is known for her work on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), The Nice Guys (2016) and Captain America: Civil War (2016).

73. Lolly Adefope

Actress | Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Lolly Adefope is an actress and writer, known for Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018), The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) and Sorry (2019).

74. Jerrika Hinton

Actress | The Roommate

Jerrika Hinton was born on September 28, 1981 in Dallas, Texas, USA as Jerrika Delayne Hinton. She is an actress and producer, known for The Roommate (2011), The Strangely Normal (2012) and Grey's Anatomy (2005).

75. Joy Brunson

Actress | This Is Us

Joy Brunson is an actress, podcaster and golfer. She graduated from Spelman College with a degree in Women's Studies. Her podcast Artistically Speaking with Joy B was created as a platform for artists of all mediums to share their career journeys. Joy is the CEO of Tee 2 Tea, a non-profit golf ...

76. Iantha Richardson

Actress | American Soul

Born June 16th, 1990 Washington D.C. Native, Iantha Richardson has had a passion for the preforming arts since the age of 3. She was first exposed to acting while receiving her B.F.A. from Fordham University/The Ailey School, but it wasn't until her arrival to Los Angles that she began aggressively...

77. Unati Mangaliso

Actress | Her Story

Born in Ithaca New York and raised in Amherst Massachusetts Unati received her BFA in Theatre at UMass Amherst. Surrounded by music and education, Unati holds her South African heritage very dear to her as her family used both as activists in her eyes. Unati has used her passion for social justice ...

78. Yaya DaCosta

Actress | The Butler

Yaya DaCosta was born and raised in New York City along with her sister and two brothers. She got her first acting gig at the age of eleven when her junior high school drama teacher, Ann Willis Ratray, encouraged her to audition for educational films. She continued to perform in school shows ...

79. Jessica Williams

Actress | The Incredible Jessica James

Jessica Williams was born on July 31, 1989 in California, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for The Incredible Jessica James (2017), Booksmart (2019) and Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015).

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