Gabrielle Dennis

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Gabrielle Dennis
Gabrielle Dennis on the Valder Beebe Show.jpg
Dennis in 2018
OccupationActress, comedian, singer, television host
Years active1990–present

Gabrielle Dennis is an American actress and comedian, known mostly for her work in cable television series (The Game, Blue Mountain State, The Underground). Dennis starred in the Fox medical drama Rosewood alongside Morris Chestnut. In 2018, she began starring as Tilda Johnson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe series Luke Cage (2018).


Dennis has a background in dance, theatre, stand-up comedy, and singing.

In 2008, Dennis won the role of Janay Brice on The CW comedy series The Game. After the show was canceled, fans campaigned for its return where Dennis was able to reprise her role for two more seasons on BET. During her stint on The Game she landed roles in the direct-to-DVD film Bring It On: Fight to the Finish, and The Marc Pease Experience. She played Denise Roy on Spike's Blue Mountain State.

Dennis has since guest-starred on several series including Franklin & Bash, Bones, Justified, and Baby Daddy. In 2015, she landed the role of Pippy Rosewood, the toxicology expert and lesbian sister of Beaumont Rosewood (Chestnut) for Fox's Rosewood.

Dennis is in a recurring role as Candace on the hit show Insecure.

Dennis played Whitney Houston in the BET miniseries, The Bobby Brown Story, which debuted in the United States and internationally in September 2018.[1]

Since 2019, Dennis has starred in the hit sketch comedy HBO show A Black Lady Sketch Show.


Not yet released Denotes works that have not yet been released


Year Title Role Notes
1990 A Mom for Christmas Christmas Box TV movie
2004 He Can Get It Kyra Video
2005 The Wickeds Kate Video
2006 Let's Talk Khalil's Wife Short
Three Strikes Jimmy's Girl TV movie
2008 Drifter Miranda
Learning How to Speak Student Short
After School Robert's Wife
2009 Timer Girlfriend
Slinging Mud Guidance Counselor Short
Bring It On: Fight to the Finish Treyvonetta Video
The Marc Pease Experience Tracey
Janky Promoters Female Fan
2011 Politics of Love Chelsea
He's Mine Not Yours Brooke
2012 Back Then Bobby Jo
Holly's Holiday Deena TV movie
2013 What Would You Do for Love Paula TV movie
What Would Dylan Do? Cherise TV movie
2014 Black Coffee Morgan
The Fright Night Files Serena TV movie
A Super Secret Short
2015 My First Love Carmen Video
2017 Call Me King Leena
Girls Trip Herself
2022 A Madea Homecoming Laura
Wendell & Wild Not yet released (voice) Post-production[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1998–00 Teen Summit Herself/Hostess TV series
2004 The New Detectives Girlfriend Episode: "Vanished"
2005 Minding the Store Herself Episode: "Hot Girls of Comedy"
Ballin Herself/Hostess TV series
2006 The Underground Various characters Main cast
2007 Campus Ladies Lena Episode: "Barri & Joan Rush a Black Sorority"
2008 Penn & Teller: Bullshit! Mock Trainer's Assistant Episode: "Sensitivity Training"
Wizards of Waverly Place Candace Episode: "Quinceanera"
My Name Is Earl Sassy Black Episodes: "We've Got Spirit"
2008–12 The Game Janay Brice Recurring cast: season 2–5
2010 Southland Michelle Hill Episode: "The Runner"
Blue Mountain State Denise Roy Main cast: season 1
2012 Franklin & Bash Nicole Toomin Episode: "Summer Girls"
2014 Justified Gloria Recurring cast: season 5
Baby Daddy Valerie Banks Episode: "Curious Georgie"
2015 Bones Alana Jackson Episode: "The Psychic in the Soup"
2015–16 Born Again Virgin Kelly/Bryn Episode: "Pilot" & "Call a Spade a Spade"
2015–17 Rosewood Pippy Rosewood Main cast
2017 Lady Dynamite Jessica Hu Episode: "Souplutions"
2017–18 Insecure Candice Peña 3 episodes
2018 Luke Cage Tilda Johnson Main cast: season 2
The Bobby Brown Story Whitney Houston Main cast
Hell's Kitchen Herself/Restaurant Patron Episode: "Families Come to Hell"
2018–19 S.W.A.T. Briana Harrelson Recurring cast: season 1–3
2019 Rel Shannon Episode: "Cleveland"
American Soul Tina Turner Episode: "Proceed with Caution"
2019– A Black Lady Sketch Show Various characters Main cast
2021– The Upshaws Tasha Lewis Main cast
TBA The Big Door Prize Not yet released Cass Upcoming series


  1. ^ Pederson, Erik (March 12, 2018). "'The Bobby Brown Story': BET Miniseries Finds Its Whitney Houston". Deadline Hollywood
  2. ^ King, Jack (March 14, 2022). "'Wendell & Wild' Teaser Announces Ving Rhames, David Harewood, and More Joining Voice Cast". Collider. Retrieved March 14, 2022.

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