Kimberly Hawthorne is an American actress. She began her career appearing on Broadway and daytime soap operas, before landing supporting roles on the prime time dramas. From 2000 to 2005, Hawthorne was regular cast member in the CBC Television police drama, Da Vinci's Inquest. From 2016 to 2020, she starred as Kerissa Greenleaf in the Oprah Winfrey Network drama series, Greenleaf.
Hawthorne was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. She received her Bachelor of Arts in musical theatre from Birmingham–Southern College in Alabama. After graduating, she began working on stage, making her professional theatre debut at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. In mid-1990s, She moved to New York City, where she began appearing.
Hawthorne made her first screen appearance in an episode of NBC drama series, I'll Fly Away. While living in Atlanta, she also appeared in three episodes of In the Heat of the Night. From 1995 to 1996, she played Belinda Keefer in the ABC daytime soap opera, All My Children. Amelia Marshall later replaced her in this role. In 1997, Hawthorne replaced Michelle Hurd in the role of Dana Kramer on the NBC soap opera, Another World. From 1997 to 1998, she starred in Cy Coleman's Broadway musical The Life. She later guest starred on Cosby, The Outer Limits, Stargate SG-1, The Twilight Zone, Andromeda, and The L Word.
From 2000 to 2005, Hawthorne had regular supporting role on the Canadian police drama series Da Vinci's Inquest as Det. Rose Williams. In same time, she had the recurring roles on Dark Angel and Jeremiah. In 2006, she was regular cast member in the short-lived HBO comedy series, Lucky Louie starring Louis C.K. The following year, she co-starred in the Canadian drama, Whistler. In 2014, she had the recurring role on the short-lived Fox legal drama, Rake. Hawthorne also has appeared on CSI: Miami, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Private Practice, Rizzoli & Isles, Southland, Castle, Criminal Minds, and NCIS: Los Angeles.
In 2015, Hawthorne was cast as one of leads in the Oprah Winfrey Network drama series, Greenleaf. She plays the role of Kerissa Greenleaf, Lamman Rucker's character's ambitious and controlling wife. The series ended in 2020 after five seasons. Hawthorne later appeared in How to Get Away with Murder, Criminal Minds and The Good Doctor.
|1999||Behind the Mask||Pastor Jessie Haynes||TV Movie|
|The Wonder Cabinet||Surgeon||TV Movie|
|2000||A Vision of Murder: The Story of Donielle||Officer Lynda Byron||TV Movie|
|Deadlocked||Ms. Tennyson||TV Movie|
|2001||3000 Miles to Graceland||Panel Operator|
|See Spot Run||Cassavettes|
|Along Came a Spider||Agent Hickley|
|The Wedding Dress||Laura Rodericks||TV Movie|
|HRT||Special Agent Clara Tompkins||TV Movie|
|2003||Lucky 7||Trisha Rogers||TV Movie|
|Lightning: Bolts of Destruction||Karen Chandler||TV Movie|
|2004||The Chronicles of Riddick||Lajjun|
|2005||Murder at the Presidio||Barbara Owens||TV Movie|
|2006||Voodoo Moon||Diana||TV Movie|
|Playing for Keeps||ESPN Receptionist|
|2013||Shoes!||Slither / Bride (voice)||Short|
|2014||Looking for Mr. Right||Tonya||TV Movie|
|2019||I Am Somebody's Child: The Regina Louise Story||Gwen Ford||TV Movie|
|1991||In the Heat of the Night||Sue Howell||Episode: "Ruda's Awakening"|
|In the Heat of the Night||Faith Todd||Episode: "The More Things Change"|
|1992||I'll Fly Away||Young Woman||Episode: "Hello and Goodbye"|
|1994||In the Heat of the Night||Daphne Gordon||Episode: "Hard Choices"|
|1995-96||All My Children||Belinda Keefer #1||Regular Cast|
|1996||Millennium||-||Episode: "The Judge"|
|1997||Another World||Dana Kramer||Regular Cast|
|1998||Soul Man||Waitress||Episode: "A Kiss Is Just a Kiss"|
|Cosby||Janice||Episode: "The Greatest Gift"|
|1999||Millennium||Nurse||Episode: "Borrowed Time"|
|Night Man||Cassandra||Episode: "NightWoman Returns"|
|The Outer Limits||Morgan Winters||Episode: "The Haven"|
|Beggars and Choosers||LGT Receptionist||Episode: "Unsafe Sex"|
|First Wave||Agent Simon||Episode: "Lost Souls"|
|1999-01||NASCAR Racers||Additional Voices (voice)||Recurring Cast|
|Spider-Man Unlimited||Karen O'Malley (voice)||Recurring Cast|
|2000||Stargate SG-1||Kegan||Episode: "Beneath the Surface"|
|2000-01||Dark Angel||Jacinda Katsuno||Recurring Cast: Season 1|
|2001||Mysterious Ways||Dr. Marissa Hamilton||Episode: "Do You See What I See?"|
|Voyage of the Unicorn||Sphinx||Episode: "Part 1 & 2"|
|Night Visions||Cheryl||Episode: "The Passenger List/The Bokor"|
|Andromeda||Lawyer||Episode: "Forced Perspective"|
|2001-02||Alienators: Evolution Continues||Additional Voices (voice)||Recurring Cast|
|Mary-Kate and Ashley in Action!||Bernice Shaw / Dr. Sandy (voice)||Recurring Cast|
|2002||Breaking News||Madeline Thomas||Recurring Cast|
|Just Cause||Luanne Ferris||Episode: "Above the Law"|
|John Doe||Kelly Hayes||Episode: "Past Imperfect"|
|The Twilight Zone||Muriel||Episode: "Chosen"|
|2002-03||Stargate Infinity||Dr. Keri Mason (voice)||Episode: "Decision" & "The Answer"|
|2003||Gadget and the Gadgetinis||Additional Voices (voice)||Main Cast|
|2004||Andromeda||Tri-Camille||Episode: "The Torment, the Release"|
|The L Word||Yolanda Watkins||Episodes: "Listen Up" & "Liberally"|
|10.5||Jill Hunter||TV Mini Series|
|2000-05||Da Vinci's Inquest||Det. Rose Williams||Main Cast: Season 4-7|
|2005||Commander in Chief||Agent Powers||Episodes: "First Disaster" & "First Scandal"|
|2006-07||Lucky Louie||Ellen||Main Cast|
|2007||Whistler||Jada Temple||Recurring Cast: Season 2|
|2009||CSI: Miami||Wendy Kramer||Episode: "Smoke Gets in Your CSIs"|
|2010||Men of a Certain Age||Debbie||Episode: "Same as the Old Boss"|
|2011||Law & Order: Los Angeles||Patricia||Episode: "Carthay Circle"|
|The Young and the Restless||Judge Welchert||Regular Cast|
|Hawthorne||Elda Hawthorne||Episode: "Price of Admission"|
|It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia||Susan||Episode: "Sweet Dee Gets Audited"|
|Private Practice||Joan||Episode: "Don't Stop 'Till You Get Enough"|
|House of Payne||Kierra||Episode: "Mentoring Paynes"|
|2012||Rizzoli & Isles||Vonda Morris||Episode: "Love the Way You Lie"|
|2013||Southland||Ms. Jones||Episode: "Babel"|
|2014||Rake||Gloria Barzmann||Recurring Cast|
|2015||Castle||Angela Matthews||Episode: "Castle, P.I.l"|
|NCIS: Los Angeles||Dr. Diane Church||Episode: "Black Wind"|
|Switched at Birth||Hope Paxton||Recurring Cast: Season 4|
|2016||Rosewood||Ronna Burke||Episode: "Lidocaine and Long-Term Lust"|
|2016-20||Greenleaf||Kerissa Greenleaf||Main Cast|
|2017||Criminal Minds||Sandra Madsen||Episode: "Neon Terror"|
|2018||How to Get Away with Murder||Detective Nicholls||Episodes: "He's Dead" & "The Day Before He Died"|
|2019||NCIS: New Orleans||Lt. Baker||Episode: "Bad Apple"|
|2020||The Good Doctor||Noreen Frank||Episode: "Hurt"|
|2022||NCIS: Hawai'i||Dr. Laura Frost||Episode: "Lost"|
|The Lincoln Lawyer||Janelle Simmons||Recurring Cast|
Awards and nominations
|2004||Leo Awards||Leo Award for Best Lead Performance by a Female||"Da Vinci's Inquest" ||Nominated|
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