Williams in 2018
|Alma mater||West Chester University|
Nafessa Williams (born December 4, 1989) is an American actress. She is most known for her 2011 role as Nicole Gordon in the Meek Mill film Streets, her 2011 role as Deanna Forbes on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live, and her 2016 role as Dr. Charlotte Piel on the CBS drama Code Black. Since 2018, she plays Anissa Pierce in The CW's Black Lightning.
Early life and education
Williams was raised in West Philadelphia. She attended Robert E. Lamberton High School. Williams studied criminal justice at West Chester University and interned in the homicide unit of the District Attorney's Office.
Williams got her big break in 2010 when she was cast opposite Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill Streets. The film was released in 2012. In March 2011, it was announced that Williams would join the cast of ABC's One Life to Live in the contract role of Deanna. When Williams auditioned, the character was only supposed to appear in three episodes. However by the time of her debut, Williams had signed a four year contract. Only a month into her stint, it was announced that ABC had decided to cancel the series. Williams was released from her contract early and last appeared in July 2011.
In March 2012, Williams announced that she would be appearing on the CBS soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful. Williams made her debut on May 8, 2012. However, the role was short lived and Williams only appeared in two episodes. In 2015, Williams appeared in the Queen Latifah executive produced feature film, Brotherly Love, opposite Keke Palmer. In April 2016, Williams was cast in the Showtime continuation of the 1990s ABC drama Twin Peaks. In July 2016, Williams was cast in the recurring role of Charlotte on the CBS prime time drama, Code Black. In 2017, Williams was cast as Anissa Pierce in the 2018 Mara Brock Akil/Greg Berlanti series Black Lightning.
|2014||The Dirty 30||Samantha Kimm|
|The Man in 3B||Krystal|
|2016||Restored Me||Monica Berry|
|True to the Game||Sahirah|
|2019||Black and Blue||Filming|
|2011||One Life to Live||Deanna Forbes||Series regular|
|2012||The Bold and the Beautiful||Margo Ivey||Recurring role|
|2013||Dumb Girls||Female Co-Ed #1||Television film|
|2014||Survivor's Remorse||Adina Parker||Episode: "Six"|
|2015||Real Husbands of Hollywood||Eboni||Episode: "Hart Medication"|
|2016||Code Black||Dr. Charlotte Piel|
|Tales||Jenny||Episode: "Fuck the Police"|
|2018||Black Lightning||Anissa Pierce||Main Role|
- Newcomb, Roger (December 4, 2017). "Today in Soap Opera History (December 4)". We Love Soaps. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
- Wills, Cortney (January 18, 2018). "Interview with Nafessa Williams on Playing Thunder on Black Lightning". The Grio. Entertainment Studios. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
- Gross, Dan (March 22, 2011). "Dan Gross: She's starting 'One Life' job". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia Media Network. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
- Fairman, Michael (February 16, 2011). "Nafessa Williams joins cast of OLTL in new role of Deanna!". On-Air On-Soaps. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
- "Interview: Nafessa Williams On One Life To Live Cancellation". Soaps.com. SheKnows Media. April 18, 2011. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
- "One Life To Live's Nafessa Williams Exits". Soaps.com. SheKnows Media. August 18, 2011. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
- Bowe, Jillian (March 14, 2012). "One Life to Live Alum Nafessa Williams to Play a Model on The Bold and The Beautiful". Daytime Confidential. Confidential Media, Inc. (SAY Media). Retrieved February 3, 2018.
- "Ex-One Life To Live's Nafessa Williams To The Bold And The Beautiful. (UPDATED.)". Soaps.com. SheKnows Media. May 7, 2012. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
- Zumberge, Marianne (April 14, 2015). "Jamie Foxx, Diddy Show Support of 'Brotherly Love' Premiere". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
- Andreeva, Nellie (April 25, 2016). "'Twin Peaks': Here Is the Full Cast Of David Lynch's Showtime Reboot". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
- Ausiello, Michael (July 1, 2016). "Code Black Season 2: Heroes Vet Among 3 New Doctors Checking In". TVLine. TVLine Media, LLC. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
- Andreeva, Nellie (March 2, 2017). "'Black Lightning': Nafessa Williams & China Anne McClain To Star As Jefferson's Daughters In the CW Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved February 3, 2018.