Kim Hawthorne

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Kim Hawthorne
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Hawthorne in 2017
Kimberly Hawthorne

Years active1991-present

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.

Early life[edit]

Hawthorne was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. She received her Bachelor of Arts in musical theatre from Birmingham–Southern College in Alabama.[1] 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.[1]


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.[2] In 1997, Hawthorne replaced Michelle Hurd in the role of Dana Kramer on the NBC soap opera, Another World.[3] From 1997 to 1998, she starred in Cy Coleman's Broadway musical The Life.[4] 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.[5][6] The series ended in 2020 after five seasons. Hawthorne later appeared in How to Get Away with Murder, Criminal Minds and The Good Doctor.



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Drop Squad Harriet
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
Fugitives Run Connie
2006 Voodoo Moon Diana TV Movie
2012 Broken Kingdom Nina
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


Year Title Role Notes
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"
Jeremiah Theo Recurring Cast
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[edit]

Year Awards Category Recipient Outcome
2004 Leo Awards Leo Award for Best Lead Performance by a Female "Da Vinci's Inquest" [7] Nominated


  1. ^ a b "Kim Hawthorne". Kim Hawthorne. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  2. ^ "About AMC: Who's Who in Pine Valley - Belinda Keefer - All My Children @". Soapcentral. Archived from the original on 8 September 2015. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Kimberly Hawthorne Biography ((?)-)". Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  4. ^ The Broadway League. "Kimberly Hawthorne - IBDB: The official source for Broadway Information IBDB: The official source for Broadway Information". Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  5. ^ Denise Petski. "OWN Megachurch Drama Series 'Greenleaf' Rounds Out Cast - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  6. ^ Tambay A. Obenson (9 September 2015). "Lamman Rucker, Kim Hawthorne and Deborah Joy Winans Join - Shadow and Act". Shadow and Act. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  7. ^ "Kim Hawthorne". Retrieved 29 May 2016.

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