Addai-Robinson in 2016
|Alma mater||Tisch School of the Arts (BFA)|
|Known for||Naevia in Spartacus, Amanda Waller in Arrow, Nadine Memphis in Shooter|
Cynthia Addai-Robinson (born January 12, 1980) is an English-born American actress. She is known for her roles as Naevia in the Starz television series Spartacus and DC Comics character Amanda Waller in The CW TV series Arrow. Since November 2016, she played the role of Nadine Memphis on the USA Network series Shooter.
Early life and education
Addai-Robinson was born on January 12, 1980, in London; her mother is from Ghana and her father was a U.S. citizen. She moved to the U.S. when she was 4 and was raised by her mother in a suburb of Washington, D.C. She graduated from Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland in 1998  and Tisch School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater. In addition, she trained at Lee Strasberg Theater Institute and in dance forms ballet, jazz and tap. She received some special forces-style training by Navy SEALs and New Zealand Special Air Service personnel during the filming of Spartacus: War of the Damned.
After participating in several various Off-Broadway plays, she got her first role on television in 2002 in an episode of The Education of Max Bickford. In following years, she made small appearances on television shows like Law & Order: Trial by Jury, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, CSI: Miami, Numb3rs and Justice. In 2006, she was originally cast to play Melanie Barnett in the American sitcom The Game, but was replaced by Tia Mowry for unspecified reasons prior to the show's production. In 2009, she got her first recurring role on the ABC drama, FlashForward playing the character Debbie, a nurse. The same year she appeared in Tina Mabry's independent film Mississippi Damned as Milena.
Her biggest role came from 2012 to 2013 when she was cast as Naevia in the second season Spartacus: Vengeance and the third season Spartacus: War of the Damned after Lesley-Ann Brandt decided to leave the series.
In early 2013, she played Aja, a powerful witch who came to help Bonnie on The Vampire Diaries for two episodes. She made a brief appearance as an on looker in the crowd in the film Star Trek Into Darkness. She played Leslie in Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret, a television movie about the murder of Travis Alexander. In September 2013, she was cast as the recurring character Amanda Waller in the hit The CW show Arrow.
In March 2014, she was cast as Emily D. West in the History Channel 2015 miniseries Texas Rising. Her performance was nominated for a Women's Image Network Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series.
|2013||Star Trek Into Darkness||San Francisco Woman|
|2016||The Accountant||Marybeth Medina|
|2018||Always & 4Ever||Nicole|
|2002||The Education of Max Bickford||Susan||Episode: "Murder of the First"|
|2005||Law & Order: Trial by Jury||Lillian Beaudriville||Episode: "41 Shots"|
|2005||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Jeanette||Episode: "Saving Face"|
|2006||Justice||Debra Mortin||Episode: "Prior Convictions"|
|2007||CSI: Miami||Courtney Rinella||Episode: "Internal Affairs"|
|2007||Dirt||Michelle / Woman||2 episodes|
|2007||Entourage||Amanda's Assistant #2||Episode: "Less Than 30"|
|2007||Life||Stephanie||Episode: "Tear Asunder"|
|2007||Dash 4 Cash||Meredith||Television Film|
|2007||A.M.P.E.D.||Paige Moscavell||Television Film|
|2009||Numb3rs||Trisha Moreno||Episode: "Guilt Trip"|
|2009||CSI: NY||Dr. Karita Neville||Episode: "Greater Good"|
|2009-2010||FlashForward||Debbie / Nurse||6 episodes|
|2010||Edgar Floats||Dana||Television Film|
|2012||NCIS: Los Angeles||Female Flight Attendant||Episode: "Touch of Death"|
|2013||The Vampire Diaries||Aja||2 episodes|
|2013||King & Maxwell||Megan Ainsley||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2013||Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret||Sheri||Television Film|
|2013||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Michelle Rowlands||Episode: "Last Supper"|
|2013-2016||Arrow||Amanda Waller||17 episodes|
|2014||Dallas||Private Investigator||Episode: "Like Father, Like Son"|
|2014||Ambience Man||Megan||Episode: "Miss Period"|
|2015||Texas Rising||Emily West||5 episodes|
|2016-2018||Shooter||Nadine Memphis||31 episodes|
|2016-2019||Chicago Med||Vicki Glass / Dr. Vicki Glass||10 episodes|
|2019||Power||Ramona Garrity||10 episodes|
|2020||Stumptown||Violet||Episode: 'The Dex Factor'|
|2011||L.A. Noire||Female Pedestrian 5||Voice|
|2014||Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham||Amanda Waller||Voice|
Awards and nominations
|2015||Women's Image Network Award||Best Actress in a Drama Series||Texas Rising||Nominated|
- Kecskes, Alex. "Interview with Spartacus' Cynthia Addai-Robinson". ACED Magazine. Retrieved August 22, 2012.
- "A Magnet Actress: Cynthia Addai-Robinson's journey to Hollywood". Montgomery Blair High School Magnet Foundation.
- "Cynthia Addai Robinson Official Website". Cynthia Addai Robinson Official Website. Archived from the original on February 15, 2012.
- "Development Update: February 14". The Futon Critic. February 14, 2006. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
- "Development Update: February 27". The Futon Critic. February 27, 2006. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
- Pearson, Anthony. "Zoe Saldana plays hot action chick in new 'Colombiana' trailer". Monsters and Critics. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
- Wightman, Catriona. "Cynthia Addai-Robinson joins 'Spartacus'". DigitalSpy. Retrieved 3 May 2011.
- "Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret Movie" – via cinehook.com.
- Ausiello, Michael. "Arrow Targets Spartacus Alumna as Infamous DC Comics Villain Amanda Waller". TVLine.com. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
- "Cynthia Addai-Robinson Lands Lead In History's Texas Rangers Miniseries". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 18, 2014.
- "The Women's Image Network Awards". The Women's Image Awards.
- Kroll, Justin. "'Arrow' Actress Cynthia Addai-Robinson Joins 'The Accountant'". Variety. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
- "Ben Affleck's 'Live by Night,' 'Accountant' Release Dates Pushed Back". Variety. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
- Andreeva, Nellie. "'Shooter': Cynthia Addai-Robinson Lands Female Lead Of USA Series In Recasting". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 29, 2016.