Lakeith Stanfield

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Lakeith Stanfield
Keith Stanfield by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Stanfield at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Born Lakeith Lee Stanfield
(1991-08-12) August 12, 1991 (age 27)
San Bernardino, California, U.S.
Other names Keith Stanfield
  • Actor
  • poet
  • rap artist
Years active 2008–present
Partner(s) Xosha Roquemore (2015–present)
Children 1

Lakeith Lee Stanfield (born August 12, 1991),[1][2] sometimes credited as Keith Stanfield, is an American actor and rapper.

Stanfield made his feature film debut in the 2013 independent drama Short Term 12, for which he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. He received further recognition for his appearances in numerous biographical films, including as civil rights activist Jimmie Lee Jackson in Selma (2014), Snoop Dogg in Straight Outta Compton (2015), and Patrick Haynes in Snowden (2016).

Stanfield also starred in the action horror film The Purge: Anarchy (2014), the comedy-drama film Dope (2015), the horror film Get Out (2017), the fantasy-thriller film Death Note (2017), and the science fiction comedy film Sorry to Bother You (2018).[3]

Since 2016, he has starred as Darius Epps in the FX comedy-drama series Atlanta.

Early life[edit]

Stanfield was born in San Bernardino, California, and grew up in Riverside and Victorville, California.[4] He has said that he "grew up very poor in a fractured family that was dysfunctional on both sides".[5] He decided to become an actor when he was 14 years old, when he joined his high school's drama club. He attended the John Casablancas Modeling and Career Center in Los Angeles,[5] where he was signed by an agency manager and began to audition for commercials.[4]


Stanfield is a poet and rap artist. He is a member of a band named Moors.[6]

Stanfield's first role was in the short film Short Term 12 (2009), which was filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton's thesis project at San Diego State University, and won the Jury Award for U.S. Short Filmmaking at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.[5] A year later, he appeared in the short film Gimme Grace (2010), before he gave up acting for several years.[4] He went on to work a number of different jobs—roof work, gardening, at AT&T, and at a legal marijuana dispensary—before he was contacted by Cretton to reappear in a feature-length adaptation of Short Term 12, his first feature film.[6] For the duration of the film's production, Stanfield practiced method acting, distancing himself from the other cast members like his character, Marcus.[4] He was the only actor to appear in both the short and feature films.[7]

Short Term 12 won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature at the 2013 South by Southwest film festival, and Stanfield was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male.[6]

In 2014, Stanfield co-starred in The Purge: Anarchy[6] and Selma, in the latter playing civil rights activist Jimmie Lee Jackson. He appeared in James Franco's upcoming film Memoria[5] and in Don Cheadle's Miles Ahead.[8] Stanfield also starred in the fantasy horror thriller film King Ripple, by the Michigan filmmaker Luke Jaden,[9] and the music video for the Run the Jewels song "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)".[10] In 2015, he portrayed rapper Snoop Dogg in the biopic Straight Outta Compton.[11] In 2017, he acted in the Netflix-distributed production of Adam Wingard's adaptation of the popular Japanese fantasy-thriller manga series: Death Note, as an enigmatic and highly skilled yet eccentric FBI profiler "L", who hunts down "Kira", a seemingly god-like mass-murderer who is massacring numerous high-profile criminals around the world through apparent supernatural means. Also in 2017, he starred in the music video for the song Cold Little Heart, by the English singer Michael Kiwanuka,[12] and appeared in the critically acclaimed horror film Get Out.[13] In the same year, Stanfield was cast in the science-fiction comedy film Sorry to Bother You.[14] The film was released July 6, 2018, to critical acclaim.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Stanfield has been in a relationship with actress Xosha Roquemore since at least August 2015 and in March 2017 the couple announced they were expecting their first child together; the baby was born later that June.[16][2]



Year Title Role Notes
2013 Short Term 12 Marcus Chicago International Film Festival Award for Best Ensemble Cast Performance
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Male
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor, Motion Picture
Nominated – GFCA Award for Best Original Song
Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
2014 The Purge: Anarchy Young Ghoul Face
Selma Jimmie Lee Jackson BFCC Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated – GFCA Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated – San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated – Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble
2015 Dope Marquis a.k.a. Bug
Straight Outta Compton Snoop Dogg Hamptons International Film Festival Award for Breakthrough Performer
Miles Ahead Junior
Memoria Max
2016 Live Cargo Lewis
Snowden Patrick Haynes
2017 Crown Heights Colin Warner
Get Out Andre Hayworth / Logan King Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The Incredible Jessica James Damon
War Machine Corporal Billy Cole
Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town George
Death Note L
Quest Diego
2018 Sorry to Bother You Cassius "Cash" Green
Come Sunday Reggie
The Girl in the Spider's Web Edwin Neeham Post-production
2019 Someone Great Post-production
Uncut Gems Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2016–present Atlanta Darius Epps 15 episodes
Nominated – MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Duo (shared with Brian Tyree Henry)

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Role
2015 "Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)" Run The Jewels Kid
2017 "Moonlight" Jay-Z Chandler
2017 "Cold Little Heart" Michael Kiwanuka Main Character


Year Title Role Notes
2017 Changers: A Dance Story

Short film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Short Term 12 Mark
2014 The Fires, Howling The Staying One
2015 King Ripple King Ripple
Tracks Lawrence 24FPS International Short Film Festival Award for Best Actor
2016 Hard World for Small Things Sev
2018 Time of Day Himself [17]


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  3. ^ "Universal/Blumhouse's 'Get Out' Now Grabbing A $30M+ Opening". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 27, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d Brown, Emma (August 22, 2013). "Discovery: Keith Stanfield". Interview. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
  5. ^ a b c d Hart, Hugh (February 28, 2014). "Behind The Breakout Role: How Spirit Award Nominee Keith Stanfield Dug Deep For His "Short Term 12" Performance". Co.Create. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
  6. ^ a b c d Feinberg, Scott (January 7, 2014). "Will Keith Stanfield Score an Oscar Nom for His Heartbreaking 'Short Term 12' Rap Song? (Q&A)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
  7. ^ Sneider, Jeff (December 23, 2013). "'Short Term 12' Star Keith Stanfield on His Breakthrough Role and Song: 'There's Been a Snowball Effect'". The Wrap. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
  8. ^ Obenson, Tambay A. (June 20, 2014). "'Short Term 12' Star Keith Stanfield Joins Don Cheadle's 'Miles Ahead'". Indiewire. Retrieved December 4, 2014.
  9. ^ Obenson, Tambay A. (June 20, 2014). "'Short Term 12' Star Keith Stanfield Joins King Ripple". Indiewire. Retrieved December 4, 2014.
  10. ^ Camp, Zoe (March 26, 2015). "Run the Jewels and Zack De La Rocha's "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)" Video Is a Battle Between Cop and Unarmed Black Man". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved April 12, 2015.
  11. ^ "'Selma's Keith Stanfield to Play Snoop Dogg in Universal's N.W.A. Movie (Exclusizzle) - TheWrap". TheWrap. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  12. ^ Fricke, Ryan (March 26, 2017). "WATCH: Michael Kiwanuka Releases New Video for "Cold Little Heart"". mxdwn. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  13. ^ "Get Out (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  14. ^ Busch, Anita (June 15, 2017). "Tessa Thompson, Lakeith Stanfield, Steven Yeun To Star In 'Sorry To Bother You'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 19, 2018.
  15. ^ Blistein, Jon (May 17, 2018). "Watch Lakeith Stanfield Make Millions With 'White Voice' in Wild 'Sorry to Bother You' Trailer". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 19, 2018.
  16. ^ Juneau, Jen (March 9, 2017). "Baby on the Way for Lakeith Stanfield and Xosha Roquemore". People.
  17. ^ Kaye, Ben (September 11, 2018). "Thom Yorke soundtracks rag & bone's short film starring Lakeith Stanfield, Jon Hamm, Kate Mara". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved September 12, 2018.

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