Adina Porter

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Adina Porter
Born (1971-03-13) March 13, 1971 (age 45)
New York City, United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1992–present

Adina Porter is an Obie Award-winning American actress, known for her recurring role as Lettie Mae Thornton on HBO's True Blood and as Kendra on HBO's The Newsroom. She also stars on The 100 as Indra.


Porter's film and TV resume stretches back to 1992's Leopold/Loeb New Queer Cinema feature, Swoon, though she's best known for frequent episodic television guest-starring roles and advertising campaigns for GEICO and Domino's Pizza. She played Letecia Barris on the series Prison Break and also appeared as Ricky in the film adaptation of Ruben Santiago-Hudson's Lackawanna Blues for HBO. Her Broadway debut came in 2001 with the Roundabout Theater's revival of The Women, directed by Scott Elliott, broadcast as part of PBS's Stage on Screen series, in addition to many significant off-Broadway and regional theater credits (including her award-winning performance in Suzan-Lori Parks's 1996 play, Venus) and multiple productions at the New York Shakespeare Festival. In 2006, she guest starred in the series Without a Trace in an episode called "Watch Over Me" where she plays a social worker. In 2007, she guest starred in the House M.D. episode "Family". Prior to her work on HBO's hit television series True Blood where she plays Lettie Mae Thornton, mother to Rutina Wesley's Tara Thorton, Porter spent two seasons as housekeeper Gwen Walker on NBC's American Dreams.[1] She was also Silver the office worker in the movie The Fluffer.

Personal life[edit]

Porter has a very active presence on social media, particularly Twitter.



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Swoon Stenographer
1997 The Peacemaker Police NYPD
1999 Body Shots Detective Thompson
2001 The Fluffer Silver
2002 Pipe Dream Lauren Gunther
2005 The Salon Percy's wife
2010 The Social Network Gretchen's Associate uncredited
2011 About Sunny Cheryl



Year Title Role Notes
1990-1995 Law & Order Mary Byman/Sheryl Decker/Woman Neighbor 3 episodes
1994 New York Undercover Jasmine Hopkins 1 episode
1997 Brooklyn South Angela Withers 1 episode
1998 Brimstone Rachel 1 episode
1999 Snoops Angela Jackson 1 episode
2000 The District Ella's Assistant 1 episode
Judging Amy 1 episode
Any Day Now Diane 1 episode
City of Angels Hazina 1 episode
2001, 2003 NYPD Blue Ifeoma Okefor/Tisha 2 episodes
2002 Strong Medicine Malia 1 episode
The Guardian Assistant D. A. 1 episode
Crossing Jordan Vicki Moran 1 episode
2002-2003 American Dreams Gwen Walker 15 episodes
2005 ER Mrs. Hopkins 1 episode
Jack & Bobby 1 episode
CSI: NY Shannon Goodall 1 episode
Prison Break Leticia Barris 2 episodes
2006 Without a Trace Harriet Lewis 1 episode
2007 House M.D. Claudia 1 episode
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Janelle Odami 1 episode
2007-2010 Saving Grace Tamara Cooley 2 episodes
2008-2014 True Blood Lettie Mae Thornton Recurring (seasons 2-6), regular (seasons 1, 7)
2009 Cold Case Laticia Myers 1 episode
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Denise Devine 1 episode
2010 Hawthorne Nancy Breton 1 episode
The Whole Truth Detective Sweeney 1 episode
2011 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior Jeanette Rawlins 1 episode
Private Practice Stacy 1 episode
American Horror Story Sally Freeman 1 episode (Murder House)
Prime Suspect Detective Kendra Cannon 1 episode
2011-2012 Ringer Principal Caruso 2 episodes
2012 The Finder Ms. Estelle 1 episode
Grey's Anatomy Dr. Ramsey 1 episode
Glee History Teacher 1 episode
The Vampire Diaries Nandi 1 episode
2012-2013 The Newsroom Kendra James 18 episodes
2014–present The 100 Indra Recurring (season 2-)
2015 Code Black Susie
2016 Underground Pearly Mae main cast


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Gia Girl at Group Therapy
2002 Stage on Screen: The Women A Nurse / Euphie / Miss Myrtle / ...
2005 Lackawanna Blues Ricky
2007 Katrina Mary
2009 Operating Instructions Celia
2013 Doubt Stacie McNeil


Year Title Role
1993 Geoffrey Beene 30 Woman
2011 The Changing Room Sarah


  1. ^ "True Blood: Actor Bio: Adina Porter". Retrieved June 23, 2012. 

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