Cynthia Addai-Robinson

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Cynthia Addai-Robinson
Born (1985-01-12) January 12, 1985 (age 38)
London, England
NationalityAmerican, British
EducationNew York University (BFA)
Years active2002–present
Known forNaevia in Spartacus, Amanda Waller in Arrow, Nadine Memphis in Shooter

Cynthia Addai-Robinson (born January 12, 1985)[1] is a British born-American actress. She is known for her roles as Naevia in the Starz television series Spartacus, DC Comics character Amanda Waller in The CW TV series Arrow, and Nadine Memphis on the USA Network series Shooter. She currently plays the role of Tar-Míriel on the Amazon Prime The Lord of the Rings series The Rings of Power.

Early life[edit]

Addai-Robinson was born in London; her mother is from Ghana and her father is 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.[2] She graduated from Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland and Tisch School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater.[3] In addition, she trained at Lee Strasberg Theater Institute[4] and in dance forms ballet, jazz and tap.[citation needed]


After participating in several various Off-Broadway plays, Addai-Robinson 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,[5] but was replaced by Tia Mowry for unspecified reasons prior to the show's production.[6] In 2009, she got her first recurring role on the ABC drama FlashForward as the character Debbie, a nurse. The same year she appeared in Tina Mabry's independent film Mississippi Damned as Milena.

In 2011, Addai-Robinson made her big screen debut as the mother of Zoe Saldana's character (played by Amandla Stenberg) in Colombiana.[7]

Her biggest role came from 2012 to 2013 when she was cast as Naevia in the third season Spartacus: Vengeance and the fourth season Spartacus: War of the Damned after Lesley-Ann Brandt decided to leave the series.[8]

In early 2013, Addai-Robinson 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.[9] In September 2013, she was cast as the recurring character Amanda Waller in the hit The CW show Arrow.[10]

In March 2014, she was cast as Emily D. West in the History Channel 2015 miniseries Texas Rising.[11] Her performance was nominated for a Women's Image Network Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series.[12]

In January 2015, Addai-Robinson was cast in Gavin O'Connor's The Accountant, alongside Ben Affleck and J. K. Simmons, playing a U.S. Treasury Department analyst.[13] The film was released in October 2016.[14]

In March 2016, it was announced that she would be taking over Emily Rios's role from the television series Shooter as the female lead.[15]



Year Title Role Notes
2009 Mississippi Damned Milena
2011 Colombiana Alicia
2013 Star Trek Into Darkness San Francisco Woman
2016 The Accountant Marybeth Medina
2018 Closure Yasmina
Always & 4Ever Nicole
2022 The People We Hate at the Wedding Eloise


Year Title Role Notes
2002 The Education of Max Bickford Susan Episode: "Murder of the First"
2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury Lillian Beaudriville Episode: "41 Shots"
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Jeanette Episode: "Saving Face"
2006 Justice Debra Mortin Episode: "Prior Convictions"
2007 CSI: Miami Courtney Rinella Episode: "Internal Affairs"
Dirt Michelle / Woman 2 episodes
Entourage Amanda's Assistant #2 Episode: "Less Than 30"
Life Stephanie Episode: "Tear Asunder"
Dash 4 Cash Meredith Television film
A.M.P.E.D. Paige Moscavell Television film
2009 Numb3rs Trisha Moreno Episode: "Guilt Trip"
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"
2012–2013 Spartacus Naevia 18 episodes
2013 The Vampire Diaries Aja 2 episodes
King & Maxwell Megan Ainsley Episode: "Pilot"
Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret Sheri Television film
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"
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'
2022 The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Tar-Míriel 6 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 L.A. Noire Female Pedestrian 5 Voice
2014 Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Amanda Waller

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
2015 Women's Image Network Award Best Actress in a Drama Series Texas Rising Nominated


  1. ^ Rose, Mike (January 12, 2023). "Today's famous birthdays list for January 12, 2023 includes celebrities Howard Stern, Issa Rae". Retrieved January 12, 2023.
  2. ^ Kecskes, Alex. "Interview with Spartacus' Cynthia Addai-Robinson". ACED Magazine. Retrieved August 22, 2012.
  3. ^ Fraley, Jason (September 1, 2022). "Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power star travels from Silver Spring to Middle Earth". WTOP.
  4. ^ "Cynthia Addai Robinson Official Website". Cynthia Addai Robinson Official Website. Archived from the original on February 15, 2012.
  5. ^ "Development Update: February 14". The Futon Critic. February 14, 2006. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  6. ^ "Development Update: February 27". The Futon Critic. February 27, 2006. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  7. ^ Pearson, Anthony. "Zoe Saldana plays hot action chick in new 'Colombiana' trailer". Monsters and Critics. Archived from the original on 2 March 2014. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
  8. ^ Wightman, Catriona. "Cynthia Addai-Robinson joins 'Spartacus'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 3 May 2011.
  9. ^ "Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret Movie" – via
  10. ^ Ausiello, Michael. "Arrow Targets Spartacus Alumna as Infamous DC Comics Villain Amanda Waller". TVLine. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
  11. ^ "Cynthia Addai-Robinson Lands Lead In History's Texas Rangers Miniseries". Deadline Hollywood. 18 March 2014. Retrieved March 18, 2014.
  12. ^ "The Women's Image Network Awards". The Women's Image Awards.
  13. ^ Kroll, Justin (6 January 2015). "'Arrow' Actress Cynthia Addai-Robinson Joins 'The Accountant'". Variety. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  14. ^ "Ben Affleck's 'Live by Night,' 'Accountant' Release Dates Pushed Back". Variety. 7 August 2015. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  15. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (29 March 2016). "'Shooter': Cynthia Addai-Robinson Lands Female Lead Of USA Series In Recasting". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 29, 2016.

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