Gina Ravera

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Gina Ravera
Years active1990–present

Gina Ravera is an American actress. She has appeared in the films Showgirls (1995), Soul Food (1997), Kiss the Girls (1997), and The Great Debaters (2007). She co-starred as detective Irene Daniels in the TNT crime drama series The Closer (2005-2009).

Life and career[edit]

Ravera was born in San Francisco, California. She is of mixed African-American and Puerto Rican heritage.[1] She is a classically trained dancer.

In the early 1990s, Ravera began appearing in guest-starring roles on television shows, including The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Melrose Place, and Star Trek: The Next Generation. During 1993-94, she was a cast member of the CBS crime series Silk Stalkings. In films, she had a starring role in the 1995 erotic drama Showgirls, directed by Paul Verhoeven, and in 1997 appeared in the comedy-drama Soul Food. Ravera later went to television, appearing in TV films of the week and in series guest roles and regular roles. She was a regular cast member of Time of Your Life, a spin-off series of Fox's popular teen drama Party of Five, from 1999 to 2001.

From 2005 to 2009, Ravera played Irene Daniels during the first four seasons[2] of the TNT crime drama series The Closer and was the only regular cast member to leave the series during its run. From 2006 to 2008, she also had a recurring role on ER and in 2007, she played Denzel Washington's wife in the biographical film The Great Debaters.[3]


Film and TV Movies[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1990 Lambada Funk Queen
1992 Steal America Jeena
1994 White Mile Alma TV Movie
1995 Illegal in Blue Alexis Video
Showgirls Molly Abrams
W.E.I.R.D. World Dr. Patty Provost TV Movie
919 Fifth Avenue Sheila TV Movie
1996 Soul of the Game Grace TV Movie
Get on the Bus Gina
1997 Soul Food Faith Hunter
Kiss the Girls Naomi Cross
1999 A Luv Tale Taylor James
2000 Rhapsody Lenore Foxwood TV Movie
2002 Saint Sinner Rachel Dressler TV Movie
2003 Chasing Papi Beauty Pageant Judge
2004 Pryor Offenses Tameka TV Movie
Gas Rev. Sheila
2007 The Great Debaters Ruth Tolson


Year Title Role Notes
1990 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Cheryl Episode: "Someday Your Prince Will Be in Effect: Part 2"
1991 In Living Color Herself Episode: "Episode #2.24"
True Colors Anita Episode: "Yo' House, Mama: Part 2"
Reasonable Doubts Latasha Richardson Episode: "Pure Gold"
1992 Melrose Place Theresa Episode: "Second Chances"
1993 Where I Live Robin Episode: "Dontay's Inferno"
Days of Our Lives Vanessa Mitchell Episode: "Episode #1.7060"
Frasier Waitress Episode: "The Good Son"
Star Trek: The Next Generation Ensign Tyler Episode: "Phantasms"
1993-94 Silk Stalkings Dr. Diana Roth Recurring Cast
1994 NYPD Blue Shawanda Wilson Episode: "For Whom the Skell Tolls"
1997 In the House Sam Episode: "Men in the Black"
1998 The Temptations Josephine Episode: "Episode #1.1 & #1.2"
Malcolm & Eddie Tracy Burke Episode: "Dream Girl"
1999–01 Time of Your Life Jocelyn House Main Cast
2000–01 The Fugitive Sara Gerard Recurring Cast
2003 Miracles Raina Bauer Episode: "The Patient"
Charmed Mary Episode: "My Three Witches"
2004 The Handler Agent Ridgeway Episode: "Acts of Congress"
Boston Legal Dr. Amanda Gerard Episode: "A Greater Good"
2005 Inconceivable Tricia Santos Episode: "The Last Straw"
Everwood Stacey Episode: "Pro Choice"
2005–09 The Closer Det. Irene Daniels Recurring Cast: Season 1-2, Main Cast: Season 3-4
2006–08 ER Dr. Bettina DeJesus Recurring Cast: Season 13-14, Guest: Season 15
2007 Raines Lisa Lincoln Episode: "Stone Dead"
2009 Private Practice Dawn Episode: "The Hard Part"
2011 Lie to Me Paula Episode: "Rebound"
2012 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Dr. Paula O'Keefe Episode: "Risky Business Class"
2014 Castle Marsha Stoller Episode: "Montreal"
2018 Arrow Lydia Cassamento Recurring Cast: Season 6
2020 Station 19 Claudia Flores Episode: "Satellite of Love" & "Born to Run"
2021 Calls Room Service Episode: "Pedro Across the Street"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Category Recipient Outcome
1999 ALMA Awards ALMA Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-Series The Temptations Nominated
2006 Imagen Awards Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actress - Television The Closer Nominated
2008 Screen Actors Guild Award Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2009 Screen Actors Guild Award Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
Imagen Awards Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actress - Television Nominated


  1. ^ McCann, Bob (30 October 2009). Encyclopedia of African American Actresses in Film and Television. ISBN 9780786458042. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  2. ^ The Closer article
  3. ^ "The Great Debaters". Rotten Tomatoes. 25 December 2007. Retrieved 7 February 2016.

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