Hadera on Billions in 2017
December 1, 1985
Harlem, New York, U.S.
Ilfenesh Hadera (born December 1, 1985) is an Ethiopian-American actress. She co-starred in the 2017 film Baywatch as Stephanie Holden. On September 29, 2019, Hadera began starring as Mayme Johnson, the wife of Bumpy Johnson in the premiere of the American crime drama television series, Godfather of Harlem on Epix.
Hadera was born on December 1, 1985 in Harlem. She is of Ethiopian and European descent. Her father Asfaha is an Ethiopian Tigrayan refugee and founder of the African Services Committee, a Harlem based NGO which works with African immigrants. Her mother, Kim Nichols is a Co-Executive Director of ASC, and Hadera volunteered with the group prior to her acting career. Hadera also worked as a waitress for 10 years prior to her television debut.
In 2010 Hadera made her acting debut in the film 1/20.
She co-starred as Stephanie Holden in the 2017 film Baywatch, and as of 2018 is starring as Kay Daniels in the TV series Deception. She has a recurring role in the Showtime Series Billions, as a secretary to billionaire fund manager Bobby Axelrod, played by Damian Lewis.
|2011||Da Brick||Saalinge||Television film|
|2013||The Blacklist||Jennifer Palmer||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2015||Show Me a Hero||Carmen Febles||Television mini-series|
|2015||Chicago Fire||Serena||Recurring role; 3 episodes|
|2016||Difficult People||Abby||Episode: "Patches"|
|2016-2017||Billions||Deb Kawi||Recurring role; 20 episodes|
|2016||Conviction||Naomi Golden||Recurring role; 2 episodes|
|2017||Master of None||Lisa||Recurring role; 3 episodes|
|2017||The Punisher||Mistress||Episode: "Crosshairs"|
|2017-2019||She's Gotta Have It||Opal Gilstrap||Recurring role; 10 episodes|
|2018||Deception||Kay Daniels||Main role; 13 episodes|
|2019||Godfather of Harlem||Mayme Johnson||Main Role|
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