Deborah Joy Winans

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Deborah Joy Winans
Born Deborah Joy Imani Winans
(1983-09-06) September 6, 1983 (age 35)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 2014–present

Deborah Joy Imani Winans (born September 6, 1983) is an American actress and singer, and member of the musical Winans family. She is starring as Charity Greenleaf-Satterlee in the Oprah Winfrey Network drama series, Greenleaf.

Life and career[edit]

Winans was born in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Carvin and Deborah Kerr Winans.[1][2] She graduated with a BFA degree from Wayne State University.[2] She spent a month in Moscow at the Moscow Art Theatre School for additional training, and received an MFA degree in acting from the California Institute of the Arts.[3] In 2014, she began her acting career appearing in Fragile World, a small film. Later she was cast as her aunt CeCe Winans in the Lifetime television biographical film Whitney, directed by Angela Bassett. Winans later made her stage debut in the musical Born for This: The BeBe Winans Story.[4][5][6]

In 2015, Winans was cast in a series regular role in the Oprah Winfrey Network drama series, Greenleaf.[7][8] She plays Charity Greenleaf-Satterlee, the youngest daughter in the family, who is also the Minister of Music. The series also stars Lynn Whitfield, Keith David, Merle Dandridge, and Kim Hawthorne.[9]


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Fighting the Battle Mia Short film
2014 Fragile World Park Goer
2015 Whitney CeCe Winans Television film
2016–present Greenleaf Charity Greenleaf-Satterlee Series regular


  1. ^ "The Winans". Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b "I am..." Deborah Joy Winans. Archived from the original on 25 February 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Deborah Joy Winans talks play, makes a new family on OWN melodrama, 'Greenleaf' - Rolling Out". 22 June 2016. Retrieved 27 June 2016.
  4. ^ "World Premiere of BeBe Winans Story Set for Arena Stage Season". Playbill. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  5. ^ "BeBe Winans talks in detail about musical due for 2016 Alliance world premiere - Atlanta Life and Culture Blog". Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  6. ^ "News: Alliance Theatre brings five world premieres, Pulitzer Prize winner to the stage for 2015–16". ArtsATL. Archived from the original on 25 February 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  7. ^ Denise Petski. "OWN Megachurch Drama Series 'Greenleaf' Rounds Out Cast - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  8. ^ Tambay A. Obenson (9 September 2015). "Lamman Rucker, Kim Hawthorne and Deborah Joy Winans Join - Shadow and Act". Shadow and Act. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  9. ^ Denise Petski. "'Greenleaf': OWN's Megachurch Drama Series Gets Premiere Date - Deadline". Retrieved 19 February 2016.

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