Regina King

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Regina King
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Regina King, Los Angeles, California
May 22, 2010
Born (1971-01-15) January 15, 1971 (age 43)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1985–present
Spouse(s) Ian Alexander Sr. (m. 1997; div. 2007)
Children 1

Regina King (born January 15, 1971)[1] is an American film and television actress. She played Brenda Jenkins on the NBC sitcom, 227 and had a supporting role in the feature film Jerry Maguire. She is also known for roles on such television series as The Boondocks, Southland, and The Big Bang Theory.

Early life[edit]

King was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in View Park-Windsor Hills. The elder daughter of Gloria, a special education teacher, and Thomas King, an electrician.[2] The two divorced in 1979.[3] Her younger sister is actress Reina King. Regina King attended Westchester High School and the University of Southern California.


King began her acting career in 1985 playing the role of Brenda Jenkins on the television series 227,[4] a role she played until the show ended in 1990. She went on to appear in the John Singleton films Boyz n the Hood, Poetic Justice and Higher Learning. In 1995, she was featured in the hit comedy film Friday. In 1996, she starred in the Martin Lawrence dark comedy-romance A Thin Line Between Love and Hate as Mia. Later in 1996 she gained fame starring in the blockbuster romantic comedy film Jerry Maguire as Marcee Tidwell, the wife of Cuba Gooding, Jr.'s character.

She played Will Smith's wife in Enemy of the State, and was also featured in How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Mighty Joe Young, Down to Earth, Daddy Day Care, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, A Cinderella Story, Ray and Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous. Most recently, she appeared in season 6 of the hit show 24 and the film This Christmas. In 2008, she appeared in Living Proof. She starred in the TNT police drama Southland until the show's cancellation.



Year Title Role Notes
1991 Boyz n the Hood Shalika
1993 Poetic Justice Iesha
1995 Higher Learning Monet
1995 Friday Dana Jones
1996 Thin Line Between Love and Hate, AA Thin Line Between Love and Hate Mia
1996 Jerry Maguire Marcee Tidwell
1998 Rituals Short film
1998 How Stella Got Her Groove Back Vanessa
1998 Enemy of the State Carla Dean
1998 Mighty Joe Young Cecily Banks
1999 Love and Action in Chicago Lois Newton
2001 Down to Earth Sontee Jenkins
2002 Turnaround Rayne
2003 Daddy Day Care Kim Hinton
2003 Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde Grace Rossiter
2004 Cinderella Story, AA Cinderella Story Rhonda
2004 Ray Margie Hendricks
2005 Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous Sam Fuller
2006 Ant Bully, TheThe Ant Bully Kreela (voice)
2007 Year of the Dog Layla
2007 This Christmas Lisa Moore
2010 Our Family Wedding Angela
2014 Planes: Fire & Rescue Dynamite (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
1985–1990 227 Brenda Jenkins Main role (106 episodes)
1994 Northern Exposure Mother Nature Episode: "Baby Blues"
1994 New York Undercover Marah Episode: "Tasha"
1995 Living Single Zina Episode: "The Shake-Up"
1999 Where the Truth Lies Lillian Rose-Martin TV film
2000 If These Walls Could Talk 2 Allie Segment: "2000"
2002 Leap of Faith Cynthia Regular role (6 episodes)
2002 Damaged Care Cheryl Griffith TV film
2005–2014 Boondocks, TheThe Boondocks Riley Freeman / Huey Freeman (voice) Main role (46 episodes)
2006-2009 Mr. Meaty Tough Kid #2 3 episodes
2006 Women in Law Episode: "Pilot"
2006 Ant Bully, TheThe Ant Bully Kreela (voice) Video game
2007 24 Sandra Palmer (9 episodes)
2008 Living Proof Ellie Jackson TV film
2009–2013 Southland Det. Lydia Adams Main role (43 episodes)
2013–present Big Bang Theory, TheThe Big Bang Theory Janine Davis / Human Resources Lady Recurring role (Episodes: "The Egg Salad Equivalency", "The Tenure Turbulence", "The Hofstadter Insufficiency")
2014 The Strain Ruby Wain Recurring role
2014 Shameless Gail Johnson (4 episodes)

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • NAACP Image Awards
    • 2012, Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series: Southland (Winner)
    • 2011, Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series: Southland (Winner)
    • 2010, Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series: Southland (Nominated)
    • 2005, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Ray (Winner)
    • 2002, Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture: Down to Earth (Nominated)
    • 1999, Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture: Enemy of the State (Nominated)


  1. ^ "Regina King profile at". Retrieved March 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ Regina King profile at
  3. ^ Regina King profile at Yahoo! Movies
  4. ^ "It's Evening in America". Vanity Fair. May 2012. p. 155.

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Awards and achievements
BET Award
Preceded by
Halle Berry
Best Actress
for Ray
Succeeded by
Taraji P. Henson
NAACP Image Award
Preceded by
Alfre Woodard
for Radio
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
for Ray
Succeeded by
Cicely Tyson
for Diary of a Mad Black Woman
Satellite Award
Preceded by
Patricia Clarkson
for Pieces of April
Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Comedy or Musical
for Ray
Succeeded by
Meryl Streep for The Devil Wears Prada