Lakeith Stanfield

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Lakeith Stanfield
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Stanfield at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Lakeith Lee Stanfield

(1991-08-12) August 12, 1991 (age 28)
Other namesKeith Stanfield
OccupationActor, rapper
Years active2008–present
Partner(s)Xosha Roquemore

Lakeith Lee Stanfield (born August 12, 1991), sometimes credited as Keith Stanfield, is an American actor. He made his feature film debut in the independent drama Short Term 12 (2013), an adaptation of the 2008 short film in which he had also appeared, for which he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. He received further recognition for his roles in numerous biopics such 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 played leading and supporting roles in the critically acclaimed films Dope (2015), Get Out (2017), Sorry to Bother You (2018), Someone Great (2019), Uncut Gems (2019), Knives Out (2019), and The Photograph (2020). Since 2016, he has starred in the FX comedy-drama series Atlanta.

Early life[edit]

Lakeith Lee Stanfield was born in San Bernardino, California, on August 12, 1991,[1][2] and grew up in Riverside and Victorville.[3] He has said that he "grew up very poor in a fractured family that was dysfunctional on both sides."[4] He decided to become an actor when he was 14, after joining his high school's drama club. He attended the John Casablancas Modeling and Career Center in Los Angeles,[4] where he was signed by an agency and began auditioning for commercials.[3]


Stanfield's first role was in the short film Short Term 12 (2009), Destin Daniel Cretton's thesis project at San Diego State University, which won the Jury Award for U.S. Short Filmmaking at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.[4] A year later, he appeared in the short film Gimme Grace (2010) before giving up acting for several years.[3] He went on to work a number of different jobs such as roofing and gardening, and jobs at AT&T and a legal marijuana dispensary, before he was contacted by Cretton to reappear in a feature-length adaptation of Short Term 12. It was his first feature film role.[5] During production, Stanfield practiced method acting, distancing himself from the other cast members like his character.[3] He was the only actor to appear in both the short and feature versions.[6] The film 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.[5]

In 2014, Stanfield co-starred in The Purge: Anarchy[5] and Selma, in the latter playing civil rights activist Jimmie Lee Jackson. In 2015, he appeared in the films Memoria[4] and Miles Ahead.[7] He also starred in the fantasy horror thriller film King Ripple by filmmaker Luke Jaden,[8] and appeared in the music video for the Run the Jewels song "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)".[9] In 2015, he portrayed rapper Snoop Dogg in the biopic Straight Outta Compton.[10] In 2017, he played L in Adam Wingard's adaptation of the popular Japanese fantasy-thriller manga series Death Note, for Netflix. Also that year, he starred in the music video for the song "Cold Little Heart" by English singer Michael Kiwanuka,[11] and appeared in the critically acclaimed horror film Get Out.[12] In 2018, he starred in the dark comedy film Sorry to Bother You,[13] which was released July 6 to critical acclaim.[14] In 2019, Stanfield starred as Nate Davis in the Netflix romantic comedy film Someone Great.

Personal life[edit]

Stanfield has been in a relationship with actress Xosha Roquemore since around August 2015. She gave birth to their first child in June 2017.[15] Stanfield is a member of a band named Moors.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
2008 Short Term 12 Mark Short film
2013 Short Term 12 Marcus
2014 The Purge: Anarchy Young Ghoul Face
Selma Jimmie Lee Jackson
The Fires, Howling The Staying One Short film
2015 King Ripple King Ripple Short film
The Ferguson Case, Verbatim Dorian Johnson[16] Short film
Tracks Lawrence
Dope Marquis a.k.a. Bug
Straight Outta Compton Snoop Dogg
Miles Ahead Junior
Memoria Max
2016 Live Cargo Lewis
Hard World for Small Things Sev Short film
Snowden Patrick Haynes
2017 Crown Heights Colin Warner
Get Out Andre Hayworth / Logan King
The Incredible Jessica James Damon
War Machine Corporal Billy Cole
Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town George
Death Note Lebens Dorn / L
Quest Diego
2018 Sorry to Bother You Cassius "Cash" Green
Come Sunday Reggie
The Girl in the Spider's Web Edwin Needham
Time of Day Himself Short film[17]
2019 Someone Great Nate Davis
Uncut Gems Demany
Knives Out Detective Lieutenant Elliot
2020 The Photograph Michael Block
2021 Judas and the Black Messiah William O'Neal Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2016–present Atlanta Darius Epps 15 episodes
2018 Random Acts of Flyness Himself Episode: "What are your thoughts on raising free black children?"
2019–20 BoJack Horseman Guy (voice) 7 episodes

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Role
2014 "When My Train Pulls In" Gary Clark Jr. Keith
2015 "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)" Run the Jewels Kid
2017 "Moonlight" Jay-Z Chandler
"Cold Little Heart" Michael Kiwanuka

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Category Result Ref.
2014 Short Term 12 Chicago International Film Festival Best Ensemble Cast Performance Won [18]
Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Male Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Original Song Nominated
Seattle Film Critics Society Best Original Score Nominated
Georgia Film Critics Association Best Original Song Nominated
2015 Tracks 24FPS International Short Film Festival Special Jury Citation Won
2015 Selma Georgia Film Critics Association Best Ensemble Nominated
San Diego Film Critics Society Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Nominated
2015 Straight Outta Compton Hamptons International Film Festival Breakthrough Performer Won
2018 Sorry to Bother You Gotham Awards Best Actor Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Actor in a Comedy Nominated
2018 Get Out Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
2019 Atlanta Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated


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  2. ^ (July 21, 2017). "Lakeith Stanfield Becomes Parents After His Dating Affair With Girlfriend Got Him A Baby!" Archived 2019-03-14 at the Wayback Machine. LiveRampUp.
  3. ^ a b c d Brown, Emma (August 22, 2013). "Discovery: Keith Stanfield". Interview. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Obenson, Tambay A. (June 20, 2014). "'Short Term 12' Star Keith Stanfield Joins Don Cheadle's 'Miles Ahead'". Indiewire. Retrieved December 4, 2014.
  8. ^ Obenson, Tambay A. (June 20, 2014). "'Short Term 12' Star Keith Stanfield Joins King Ripple". Indiewire. Retrieved December 4, 2014.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ "'Selma's Keith Stanfield to Play Snoop Dogg in Universal's N.W.A. Movie (Exclusizzle) - TheWrap". TheWrap. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  11. ^ Fricke, Ryan (March 26, 2017). "WATCH: Michael Kiwanuka Releases New Video for "Cold Little Heart"". mxdwn. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  12. ^ "Get Out (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  13. ^ Busch, Anita (June 15, 2017). "Tessa Thompson, Lakeith Stanfield, Steven Yeun To Star In 'Sorry To Bother You'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 19, 2018.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ Juneau, Jen (March 9, 2017). "Baby on the Way for Lakeith Stanfield and Xosha Roquemore". People. Meredith Corporation.
  16. ^ The New York Times (2015-08-06), The Ferguson Case, Verbatim | Op-Docs | The New York Times, retrieved 2019-03-19
  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.
  18. ^ "LaKeith Stanfield". IMDb. Retrieved 2020-05-09.

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