Life and career
McWilliams was born in Berlin, Germany, but moved to United States, there raised primarily in Kansas City, Kansas. She graduated from the prestigious Theater School of DePaul University in Chicago, and later moved to Los Angeles, California. In 2005, McWilliams landed the recurring role as Kacee Franklin, C-Note's wife, in the Fox drama series, Prison Break. The following year, she appeared in film The Lake House, and later co-starred in the independent films Of Boys and Men and One Small Hitch.
In 2011, McWilliams co-starred in the short-lived Fox crime drama series, The Chicago Code as Lilly Beauchamp. She had a voice role as Misty Knight in the 2013 video game Marvel Heroes. In 2013, she began appearing in the recurring role of attorney Trina Shaw in the BET comedy series, Real Husbands of Hollywood. In 2015, after decade of playing supporting roles, McWilliams won the leading role in the NBC drama pilot, Love Is a Four Letter Word.
In 2015, McWilliams co-starred in the video game Halo 5: Guardians as Spartan Holly Tanaka.
|2005–07||Prison Break||Kacee Franklin||8 episodes|
|2006||The Lake House||Vanessa|
|2008||Family Practice||Michelle Bernello||TV pilot|
|Of Boys and Men||Jori|
|2011||The Chicago Code||Lilly Beauchamp||7 episodes|
|2011||Herd Mentality||Melody Crowder||TV pilot|
|2013||One Small Hitch||Risa|
|Love Will Keep Us Together||Bren||Television film|
|Marvel Heroes||Misty Knight (voice)||Video game|
|2013–16||Real Husbands of Hollywood||Trina Shaw||42 episodes|
|2014||In God's Hands||Vivica||Television film|
|Alomost Home||Shannon||4 episodes|
|The Exes||Leila||Episode: "Bachelor Party"|
|Survivor's Remorse||Eva Robles||Episodes: "Out of the Past" and "Six"|
|The Amazing Spider-Man 2||Various (voice)||Video game|
|2014, 2016–17||Clarence||Casher, Little Girl, Narrator, Incidental Person (voices)||4 episodes|
|2015||Love Is a Four Letter Word||Julie||TV pilot|
|Surviving...||Shayla||Episode: "Beginning of the End"|
|We Bare Bears||911 Operator, Park Officer, Waitress, Additional Voices (voices)||2 episodes|
|Halo 5: Guardians||Holly Tanaka (voice)||Video game|
|Nashville||Gabriella Manning||7 episodes|
|2017||The New Edition Story||Sherry Carter||miniseries, Part 3 of 3|
|2018||Prince of Peoria||Regina Jackson||Netflix TV series|
- "Cynthia Kaye McWilliams". tvsa.co.za.
- Nellie Andreeva. "Cynthia McWilliams Gets Female Lead In 'Love Is a Four Letter Word' NBC Pilot; Meta Golding Exits - Deadline". Deadline.
- Tambay A. Obenson (16 March 2015). "Cynthia McWilliams Promoted to Female Lead in NBC's Drama - Shadow and Act". Shadow and Act.