Favorite Black Actresses

by clemenlea | created - 11 Apr 2018 | updated - 7 months ago | Public

1. Yetide Badaki

Actress | This Is Us

Yetide Badaki is an actress, writer and producer known for This Is Us, American Gods and Call of Duty Infinite Warfare. She wrote, produced and starred in Hollywoodland. Yetide was born and raised in Nigeria and has also lived in England, Canada and the United States. She was nominated for Joseph ...

2. Rachel Hilson

Actress | This Is Us

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

3. Deborah Ayorinde

Actress | Luke Cage

Deborah Ayorinde was born in London, England. At age seven, she performed in her first play with a drama school in the Forest Gate area of London. It was there that she developed a passion for the arts. When she was eight years old, she and her family relocated to San Jose, California. She ...

4. Dawn-Lyen Gardner

Actress | Queen Sugar

A native of Los Angeles, CA

She began acting in commercials and television at an early age, at the urging of a family friend who was a commercials casting director. She went on to study acting at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City, where she was awarded the Liz Smith Prize.

Originated ...

5. Ryan Michelle Bathe

Actress | One for the Money

Ryan Michelle Bathe was born on July 27, 1976 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for One for the Money (2012), Boston Legal (2004) and This Is Us (2016). She has been married to Sterling K. Brown since June 2007. They have two children.

6. Sierra Capri

Actress | On My Block

Sierra Capri is an actress, known for On My Block (2018), American Skin (2019) and Red Carpet Report (2009).

7. Teyonah Parris

Actress | Dear White People

Teyonah Parris is an actress and producer, known for Dear White People (2014), Chi-Raq (2015) and If Beale Street Could Talk (2018).

8. 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).

9. Letitia Wright

Actress | Black Panther

Letitia Wright is a British-Guyanese actress. She is known for her portrayal of Shuri in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning in 2018 with Black Panther (2018) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and for the film Urban Hymn (2015). She has also starred in The Commuter (2018) and Ready Player One...

10. Danai Gurira

Actress | Black Panther

Danai Gurira was born in Grinnell, Iowa, to Josephine and Roger Gurira, who were from Zimbabwe. Her father was then teaching Chemistry at Grinnell College. When she was five, the family moved back to Zimbabwe, residing in the capital Harare. Gurira later returned to the United States, and studied ...

11. Ashleigh Murray

Actress | Riverdale

Ashleigh Murray portrays Josie McCoy in the CW's new teen drama Riverdale. Ashleigh was born in Kansas City, MO. In the 5th grade, she went to Oakland, California, to live with her aunt for 2 years, where Murray enjoyed studying piano, jazz and hip-hop. After graduating high school back in Kansas ...

12. Susan Kelechi Watson

Actress | This Is Us

Susan Kelechi Watson is an actress and producer, known for This Is Us (2016), A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) and NCIS (2003).

13. 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 ...

14. Antoinette Robertson

Actress | Dear White People

Antoinette Robertson was born as Antoinette Nicole Robertson. She is an actress, known for Dear White People (2017), The Haves and the Have Nots (2013) and Zero Hour (2013).

15. Logan Browning

Actress | The Perfection

Logan Browning was born on June 9, 1989 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as Logan Laurice Browning. She is an actress, known for The Perfection (2018), Bratz (2007) and Dear White People (2017).

16. Christina Milian

Actress | Be Cool

Christina was born on September 26, 1981 in Jersey City. At the age of 19, Milian signed a contract with Def Jam. In 2001, Milian released her self-titled debut album, which featured the singles "AM to PM" and "When You Look at Me"; "AM to PM" charted within the Top 40 of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100...

17. Pepi Sonuga

Actress | Famous in Love

Pepi Sonuga is one to watch on both the big and small screen. The Nigerian-American actress was born in Lagos, Nigeria and moved to Los Angeles, California at the age of 10 to begin pursuing a career in entertainment. At 15 years old, she won the title of Miss Jr. Teen Los Angeles in a local ...

18. 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 ...

19. Madeleine Mantock

Actress | Charmed

Madeleine Mantock is a British actress. She is known for her television work on the AMC series Into the Badlands and The CW revival of The Tomorrow People, as well as her film work on Edge of Tomorrow. Madeleine attended Arts Educational Schools, London where she obtained her BA in Musical Theater.

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20. Samantha Marie Ware

Actress | Glee

Samantha Marie Ware is an actress, known for Glee (2009), Barry (2016) and Bull (2016).

21. Candice Patton

Actress | The Flash

Raised in Plano, Texas, Candice continued her childhood dream of becoming an actress by attending Southern Methodist University in Dallas where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.F.A in Theatre. It was here that she was scouted by The Young and the Restless for a CBS Soap Star Contest and flew ...

22. Susan Kelechi Watson

Actress | This Is Us

Susan Kelechi Watson is an actress and producer, known for This Is Us (2016), A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) and NCIS (2003).

23. Sydney Park

Actress | Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists

A natural and versatile actress, Sydney Park is quickly establishing herself as one of Hollywood's most sought after young talents.

Sydney can currently be seen starring as "Caitlin Park-Lewis" in the highly-anticipated Freeform spin-off series Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists; her ...

24. Niecy Nash

Actress | Claws

Niecy Nash was born on February 23, 1970 in Palmdale, California, USA as Carol Denise Ensley. She is an actress and producer, known for Claws (2017), Reno 911! (2003) and Guess Who (2005). She has been married to Jay Tucker since May 28, 2011. She was previously married to Don Nash.

25. Nicole Beharie

Actress | Shame

Nicole Beharie is an American actress.

Her critically acclaimed film debut was in the film American Violet (2008) alongside Alfre Woodard, Tim Blake Nelson and Will Patton. Beharie also played Ernie Davis' girlfriend in the movie The Express (2008). Her upcoming projects include My Last Day Without ...

26. Melanie Liburd

Actress | This Is Us

Melanie was born in Hertfordshire, England, daughter of Georgina a Realtor and Michael Liburd a Martial Arts Expert and has two brothers Marc and Leon. She is half Kittitian, half English. Her mother was born in Russell Square in London and her father was born on the Island of Saint Kitts and Nevis...

27. Lupita Nyong'o

Actress | 12 Years a Slave

Lupita Amondi Nyong'o was born March 1, 1983 in Mexico City, Mexico, to Kenyan parents, Dorothy Ogada Buyu and Peter Anyang' Nyong'o. Her father, a senator, was then a visiting lecturer in political science. She was raised in Kenya. At age 16, her parents sent her back to Mexico for seven months to...

28. Yvonne Orji

Actress | Insecure

Yvonne Orji is known for her work on Insecure (2016), Night School (2018) and Spontaneous.

29. Michaela Coel

Actress | Chewing Gum

Michaela was born on October 1st 1987 as Michaela Boakye-Collinson to Ghanaian parents and brought up in Tower Hamlets by her mother, a devout member of the Pentecostal church who instilled her religion into Michaela and her sister - something that she would later draw on for her play 'Chewing Gum ...

30. Aja Naomi King

Actress | The Birth of a Nation

King appeared in several short films before landing guest roles on the CBS procedurals Blue Bloods and Person of Interest. Her big break came in 2012 when she was cast as new surgical intern Cassandra Kopelson on the CW drama Emily Owens, M.D. The series was canceled after a single season in 2013. ...

31. Regina Hall

Actress | Girls Trip

Regina Hall was born December 12, 1970 in Washington, D.C., to Ruby, a teacher, and Odie Hall, a contractor. She graduated from Fordham University in 1992, and went on to earn a master's degree in journalism from New York University before shifting to an acting career. In 1997 at age 26, she began ...

32. Angela Bassett

Actress | Strange Days

Captivating, gifted, and sensational, Angela Bassett's presence has been felt in theaters and on stages and television screens throughout the world. Angela Evelyn Bassett was born on August 16, 1958 in New York City, to Betty Jane (Gilbert), a social worker, and Daniel Benjamin Bassett, a ...

33. Issa Rae

Producer | Insecure

Issa Rae was born on January 12, 1985 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is a producer and actress, known for Insecure (2016), The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl (2011) and Little (2019).

34. Zazie Beetz

Actress | Atlanta

Zazie Beetz (born c. 1991) is a German-American actress known for the role of Vanessa on Atlanta (2016), as well as for starring in Deadpool 2 (2018), Applesauce (2015), and Still Here.

Born in Berlin, Germany, to a German father and an African-American mother, she was raised in Manhattan (New York ...

35. 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 ...

36. Ebonee Noel

Actress | Still Star-Crossed

Ebonee Noel is an actress, known for Still Star-Crossed (2017), Long Nights Short Mornings (2016) and I Love You, Daddy (2017).

37. Chanté Adams

Actress | Roxanne Roxanne

Chanté Adams is an actress, known for Roxanne Roxanne (2017) and Monsters and Men (2018).

38. Melanie Liburd

Actress | This Is Us

Melanie was born in Hertfordshire, England, daughter of Georgina a Realtor and Michael Liburd a Martial Arts Expert and has two brothers Marc and Leon. She is half Kittitian, half English. Her mother was born in Russell Square in London and her father was born on the Island of Saint Kitts and Nevis...

39. Amber Riley

Actress | Glee

Amber Riley was born on February 15, 1986 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Amber Patrice Riley. She is an actress, known for Glee (2009), The Wiz Live! (2015) and Glee: Director's Cut Pilot Episode (2009).

40. Merle Dandridge

Actress | Half-Life 2

Merle was born in Okinawa, Japan to a mother of Korean and Japanese descent and an African-American father serving in the U.S. Air Force. After graduating high school in Papillion, Nebraska, she attended the Theatre Conservatory at Roosevelt University in Chicago on a full-ride scholarship and ...

41. 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.

42. Greta Onieogou

Actress | Fever Pitch

Greta Onieogou was born on March 14, 1991 in St. Petersburg, Russia as Greta Adah Onieogou. She is an actress, known for Fever Pitch (2005), Miss Sloane (2016) and Heroes Reborn: Dark Matters (2015).

43. 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), Harriet (2019) and Widows (2018).

44. Amber Riley

Actress | Glee

Amber Riley was born on February 15, 1986 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Amber Patrice Riley. She is an actress, known for Glee (2009), The Wiz Live! (2015) and Glee: Director's Cut Pilot Episode (2009).

45. Marsai Martin

Actress | Black-ish

Born in Plano, TX. Marsai began acting before she could talk. Noticing her natural desire for the spotlight, her parents took her to the Kim Dawson Agency in Dallas where they immediately signed her at the age of 5. She soon landed her first national commercial with the agency, appearing in The ...

46. Sonequa Martin-Green

Actress | Star Trek: Discovery

Sonequa Martin-Green (born March 21, 1985) is an American actress and producer. She is best known for her television role as Sasha Williams on The Walking Dead, a role she played from 2012 to 2017. Before that, she had starred in several independent films before gaining her first recurring role as ...

47. Saniyya Sidney

Actress | Fences

From a young age, destiny seemed to call upon Saniyya Sidney to work with some of the most respected actors and directors in the industry. Her first role was iconic. Filming five weeks in New Orleans, she played "Young Kizzy" in the new adaptation of Alex Haley's "Roots." She instantly bonded and ...

48. Zendaya

Actress | Spider-Man: Homecoming

Zendaya (which means "to give thanks" in the language of Shona) is an American actress and singer born in Oakland, California. She began her career appearing as a child model working for Macy's, Mervyns and Old Navy. She was a backup dancer before gaining prominence for her role as Rocky Blue on ...

49. 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.

50. 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 ...

51. Akira Akbar

Actress | Captain Marvel

Akira Akbar is an actress, known for Captain Marvel (2019), We Can Be Heroes and Criminal Minds (2005).

52. Tessa Thompson

Actress | Creed

The actress Tessa Lynn Thompson was born on October 3, 1983 in Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of singer-songwriter Marc Anthony Thompson and the granddaughter of actor-musician Bobby Ramos. She was raised in Los Angeles before moving to Brooklyn, New York. Her father is of ...

53. Yvette Nicole Brown

Actress | Community

Yvette Nicole Brown was born on August 12, 1971 in East Cleveland, Ohio, USA. She is an actress, known for Community (2009), Repo Men (2010) and Avengers: Endgame (2019).

54. Kat Graham

Actress | How It Ends

Kat Graham is a music artist, actress and producer, known for her starring role on the hit TV show The Vampire Diaries (2009).

Graham was born Katerina Alexandre Hartford Graham in Geneva, Switzerland, and speaks four languages - English, Spanish, French, and Hebrew. Her father, Joseph, is a ...

55. Bailey Tippen

Actress | Sleepy Hollow

Bailey Tippen is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. Bailey Tippen is most known for the role of Toosie on Underground WGN America, Kendra on Fox Sleepy Hollow , Astra on NBC Constantine, and Naoimi on the Hallmark channel "The Watsons Go To Birmingham." Bailey is a gifted student who also enjoys ...

56. Chelsea Tavares

Actress | Fright Night

Chelsea Royce Tavares (born September 22, 1991) is an American actress and singer. She best known for her role as Cranberry on the Nickelodeon series Unfabulous and as Autumn on Just Jordan. Tavares was born in Panorama City, Los Angeles, California and is of Cape Verdean descent. Tavares' other ...



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