Richardson in July 2012.
|Born||Salli Elise Richardson
November 23, 1967
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Other names||Salli Richardson-Whitfield|
|Spouse(s)||Dondre Whitfield (m. 2002)|
Salli Elise Richardson-Whitfield (born November 23, 1967) is an American television and film actress.
Richardson is best known for her role as Dr. Allison Blake on the Syfy comedy-drama series Eureka (2006-2012). She also known for her voice acting as Elisa Maza on the Disney animated series Gargoyles (1994-1996), and as Viveca Foster on the CBS series Family Law (1999-2002). Richardson also has appeared in the number of films such as A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994), The Great White Hype (1996), Antwone Fisher (2002), Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004) and I Am Legend (2007). She had leading roles in the independent films Pastor Brown (2009) and I Will Follow (2010).
Richardson-Whitfield was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of an African American mother and an Irish-Italian father. She has three brothers: Josh Richardson, Chad Richardson, and Nalin. Richardson played tennis in high school, and launched her acting career in the Kuumba Workshop theater there. She graduated from the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools in 1985.
Richardson began her acting career in the theater before roles in television and film. In film, she played small parts in Prelude to a Kiss, Mo' Money, Posse, and later had major roles in Sioux City and A Low Down Dirty Shame. From 1994 to 1996 she had voice role of Elisa Maza on the animated series Gargoyles. She had many guest-starring roles in numerous television shows, such as Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, New York Undercover, The Pretender, Stargate SG-1, NYPD Blue, House, Bones, Criminal Minds and NCIS.
Richardson starred opposite Dixie Carter and Kathleen Quinlan in the CBS legal drama series, Family Law, from 1999 to 2002. She had a recurring roles as Nancy Adams on Rude Awakening, and as Laura on CSI: Miami. She starred opposite Denzel Washington in the 2002 drama film Antwone Fisher. She also appeared in 2004 horror Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid and starred opposite Will Smith in 2007 post-apocalyptic film I Am Legend. She later had a leading roles in the independent dramas Pastor Brown (2009) and I Will Follow (2010). She also starred in the The Sin Seer with Isaiah Washington, set for 2015 release.
From 2006 to 2012, Richardson starred as Department of Defense agent (and later head of Global Dynamics) Allison Blake in the Syfy comedy-drama series Eureka. Her second pregnancy was written into the storyline of the series. After series cancellation, she was cast as lead in the Lifetime drama pilot The Secret Lives of Wives. In 2014, Richardson was cast in a recurring roles on Lifetime's The Lottery as the first lady of the United States, and on BET's Being Mary Jane as an old friend of the lead character.
On September 8, 2002, she married long-time boyfriend and fellow actor Dondre Whitfield. She and Whitfield have one daughter, Parker Richardson-Whitfield, and one son, Dre Terrell Whitfield (born January 24, 2009). Whitfield has appeared along with her husband Dondre Whitfield in a late night infomercial as part of an advertising campaign to promote the Time Life Zestify Midnight Soul collection.
|1991||Up Against the Wall||Denise|
|1992||Prelude to a Kiss||Bridesmaid|
|1992||Mo' Money||Pretty Customer|
|1992||How U Like Me Now||Valerie|
|1994||I Spy Returns||Nicole Scott||Television film|
|1994||Sioux City||Jolene Buckley|
|1994||A Low Down Dirty Shame||Angela|
|1994||Lily in Winter||Ada Covington||Television film|
|1995||Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored||Miss Alice|
|1996||Soul of the Game||Lahoma|
|1996||The Great White Hype||Bambi|
|1997||True Women||Martha||Television film|
|2002||Book of Love: The Definitive Reason Why Men Are Dogs||Karen|
|2002||Antwone Fisher||Berta Davenport|
|2002||Baby of the Family||Nelli McPherson|
|2003||Biker Boyz||Half & Half|
|2004||Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid||Gail Stern|
|2007||I Am Legend||Zoe Neville|
|2009||Pastor Brown||Jessica 'Jesse' Brown||Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Actress|
|2010||I Will Follow||Maye|
|2012||We the Party||Principal Reynolds|
|2015||The Sin Seer||Nia||Post-production|
|1992||Silk Stalkings||Shelley||Episode: "Wild Card"|
|1993||Star Trek: Deep Space Nine||Fenna / Nadell||Episode: "Second Sight"|
|1994||Roc||Diane Hubbard||Episode: "The Last Temptation of Roc"|
|1994||New York Undercover||Tammy Barrett||Episode: "Eyewitness Blues"|
|1994-1996||Gargoyles||Elisa Maza (voice)||Series regular, 60 episodes|
|1996||Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles||Elisa Maza||Series regular, 11 episodes|
|1997||Stargate SG-1||Drey'auc||Episode: "Bloodlines"|
|1997||Between Brothers||Vanessa||Episode: "The Player"|
|1998||The Pretender||Cynthia Sloan||Episode: "Gigolo Jarod"|
|1998-1999||Mercy Point||Lt. Kim Salisaw||Series regular, 8 episodes|
|1999||The Jamie Foxx Show||Camille Turner||Episode: "Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire"|
|2000||Secret Agent Man||Rachel||Episode: "WhupSumAss"|
|2000-2001||Rude Awakening||Nancy Adams||Recurring role, 9 episodes|
|1999-2002||Family Law||Viveca Foster||Series regular, 68 episodes|
|2003||CSI: Miami||Laura||Recurring role, 5 episodes|
|2004||Line of Fire||Erica Logan||Episode: "The Senator"|
|2004||Second Time Around||Amanda||Episode: "Coupling Up"|
|2004||NYPD Blue||Bobbi Kingston||Episodes: "My Dinner with Andy" and "I Like Ike"|
|2005||House||Sharon||Episode: "Sports Medicine"|
|2005||The War at Home||Vanessa||Episode: "Guess Who's Coming to the Barbecue"|
|2006||Bones||Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Kurland||Episode: "Aliens in a Spaceship"|
|2009||Criminal Minds||Tamara Barnes||Episodes: "Hopeless" and "The Eyes Have It"|
|2006-2012||Eureka||Allison Blake||Series regular, 77 episodes
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series (2011)
|2012||The Finder||Athena Brookes||Episode: "Life After Death"|
|2012||The Secret Lives of Wives||Reed||TV pilot|
|2012-2013||The Newsroom||Jane Barrow||Recurring role, 3 episodes|
|2013||NCIS||Carrie Clark||Episode: "Alibi"|
|2014||House of Lies||Sandra Joy||Episode: "Power(less)"|
|2014||Castle||U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Weston||Episode: "The Greater Good"|
|2014||Being Mary Jane||Recurring role|
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- "Salli Richardson-Whitfield Biography". Tvguide.com. Retrieved 2014-05-29.
- "Richard Brooks, Salli Richardson-Whitfield Join Isaiah Washington in 'The Sin Seer'". TheWrap. Retrieved 2014-05-29.
- Andreeva, Nellie. "Salli Richardson-Whitfield To Star In Lifetime's 'Secret Lives Of Wives' Pilot". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2014-05-29.
- 6 MOS (2013-12-02). "'Homeland's' Martin Donovan Joins Lifetime's 'Lottery' (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2014-05-29.
- Deadline, The. "MacKenzie Porter Joins AMC's 'Hell On Wheels'; Salli Richardson-Whitfield In BET's 'Being Mary Jane'". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2014-05-29.
- "TV News: Salli Richardson-Whitfield Joins 'Being Mary Jane,' Omar J. Dorsey In 'Ray Donovan' + New Oxygen Greenlights|Shadow and Act". Blogs.indiewire.com. Retrieved 2014-05-29.
- Dondre and Salli Richardson-Whitfield Welcome a Son Celebrity Baby Blog, February 25, 2009
- Sally Richardson-Whitfield – Biography IMDb. Retrieved April 26, 2010
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