Joy Bryant

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Joy Bryant
Joy Bryant Paleyfest 2013.jpg
Bryant at the Paleyfest 2013
Born (1974-10-18) October 18, 1974 (age 43)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Yale University
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s) Dave Pope (m. 2008)

Joy Bryant (born October 18, 1974) is an American actress and former fashion model, who is best known for starring as Jasmine Trussell in the NBC family drama Parenthood.

Early life[edit]

Bryant was born in the Bronx, New York. She was raised by her grandmother;[1] she explained: "I grew up not really having a connection to my father."[2] She started dancing at age three.[3] While living in the Bronx, she graduated from CJHS 145x and was a member of the Fieldston Enrichment Program, an elite high school preparatory program.[4] Bryant is a graduate of Westminster School, a boarding school in Connecticut.[5] She attended Yale University.[1]


Early on, Bryant played a small role in Ill Al Skratch's video "I'll Take Her". Bryant had contracts with several brands, including Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and RocaWear.[6] She has also appeared in advertising for Gap and Victoria's Secret, and also starred in a Carlos Santana and Musiq Soulschild music video for the song "Nothing at All" opposite Connecticut born actor Andre Warmsley in 2004.

Her acting debut came in 2001 in Robert Townsend's Carmen: A Hip Hopera. After a small role in the action comedy Showtime, she made her big breakthrough in Denzel Washington's directorial debut, Antwone Fisher.[7] In 2003, she co-starred in the biography Baadasssss!, and in 2005, she appeared in several high-profile films, The Skeleton Key, London and Get Rich or Die Tryin'. She also played the role of Tunde Adebimpe's love interest in "Will Do" a 2011 TV on the Radio music video. From 2009-15, Bryant starred as Jasmine Trussell in Parenthood. BuddyTV ranked her #19 on its TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2011 list.[8]

Personal life[edit]

In October 2007 OK! reported that Bryant was engaged to stuntman Dave Pope, who she met on the set of Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins.[9] They married in June 2008.[10] She owns a ranch house in Glendale, California.[1] She is an ambassador of Oxfam's Sisters on the Planet, an organization that helps women fight hunger, poverty and climate change.[11]


Year Film Role Notes
2001 Carmen: A Hip Hopera Nikki
2002 Kite Shane's Mother
Showtime Lexi
Antwone Fisher PO2 Cheryl Smolley, US Navy
2003 How to Get the Man's Foot Outta Your Ass Priscilla Alternative title: Baadasssss!
Honey Gina
2004 Three Way Rita Caswell
Spider-Man 2 Woman at Web
Haven Sheila
2005 The Skeleton Key Jill Dupay
London Mallory
Get Rich or Die Tryin' Charlene
2006 Bobby Patricia
2007 The Hunting Party Duck's girlfriend
2008 Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins Bianca Kittles
2011 The Chicken Shack Alicia
2012 Hit and Run Neve Tatum
2014 About Last Night Debbie Sullivan
Year Title Role Notes
2003–2004 ER Valerie Gallant Recurring role
2008 Entourage Herself 1 episode
2010–2015 Parenthood Jasmine Main cast
77 episodes
2011 Love Bites Guest star
2015–2017 Rosewood (TV series)
2016 Good Girls Revolt Eleanor Holmes Norton

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of awards and nominations
Year Award Category Work Result
2003 Black Reel Awards Best Supporting Actress Antwone Fisher Nominated
2005 Black Reel Awards Best Supporting Actress Baadasssss! Nominated
2007 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture Bobby Nominated
2013 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Parenthood Nominated[12]


  1. ^ a b c Bryant, Joy (June 21, 2011). "Waste Not, Want Not". Elle. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Parenthood actress Joy Bryant flaunts her perfect Miami bikini body as she holidays in the Sunshine State". Daily Mail. June 10, 2011. Retrieved November 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ Fromm, Emily (November 9, 2005). "5 Things You Gotta Know About Joy Bryant". People. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  4. ^ Trangle, Sarina (June 13, 2012). "Four decades of greatness". The Riverdale Press. Retrieved November 26, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Joy Bryant - Parenthood". Retrieved November 26, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Joy Bryant". Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  7. ^ Biography for Joy Bryant Movies May 17, 2008
  8. ^ "TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2011". BuddyTV. Retrieved January 13, 2012. 
  9. ^ "OK! Exclusive: Joy Bryant Engaged!". OK!. October 31, 2007. Retrieved November 26, 2013. 
  10. ^ Orloff, Brian (June 28, 2008). "Joy Bryant Weds Stuntman Fiancé in the Hamptons". People. Retrieved November 26, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Joy Bryant – Oxfam America". Retrieved November 26, 2013. 
  12. ^ "The 44th NAACP Image Awards - Nominations" (PDF). December 11, 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 29, 2013. Retrieved June 10, 2013. 

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