Persia White

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Persia White
Born (1972-10-25) October 25, 1972 (age 44)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Actress, Singer
Years active 1994–present
Spouse(s) Saul Williams (m. 2008; div. 2009)
Joseph Morgan (m. 2014)
Children 1

Persia White (born October 25, 1972) is an American actress and musician. White is known for her role as Lynn Searcy on the sitcom Girlfriends (2000–2008). She is also a member of the industrial rock band XEO3 and a solo singer, who released her debut album Mecca in 2009.

Early life[edit]

White is one of four children born to a white mother and a Bahamian father.[1] Her early years were spent in the Bahamas. White's father was paralyzed in a car accident when she was three. He later moved to Miami to seek better medical care. White's mother moved with her children to the South Florida area two years later, but did not reunite with White's father.[2]

White later joined the Miami Coconut Grove Children's Theater. As a teen, she studied dance, acting, singing, and painting. After high school, White signed with the Ford Agency and obtained her Screen Actors Guild card. She then moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting.[3]


White has appeared in various independent films, including Red Letters (opposite Peter Coyote) and the cult horror Blood Dolls. She starred in the made-for-TV movies Operation Sandman (opposite Ron Perlman), and Suddenly, opposite Kirstie Alley. Her television work includes guest starring roles on Angel, NYPD Blue, The Steve Harvey Show, Brooklyn South, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as well as a series regular role on Breaker High with co-star Ryan Gosling and Hit TV Series Girlfriends as Lynn. In 2008, White appeared in The Fall of Night, as the character Dawn. She can also be seen in Chrisette Michele's video, "Be OK".

In addition to acting, White also co-produced the award-winning documentary Earthlings, narrated by Joaquin Phoenix.[4] In July 2011, White won the award for Best Performance By An Actor in the American Black Film Festival for her work in Dysfunctional Friends.[5]

She also appeared as Bonnie's mother on The Vampire Diaries in a semi-recurring role.

Personal life[edit]

White is a vegan, a human and animal rights advocate, and environmentalist. She was honored by PETA as a 2005 Humanitarian of the Year.[6] She is a board member for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.[7]

On February 29, 2008, White was engaged to singer Saul Williams, her boyfriend of five years. They met in 2003 when he made a guest appearance on the TV show Girlfriends.[8][9] On January 17, 2009, White announced via her Myspace blog that she and Williams were no longer together.[10]

After three years of dating, White married fellow The Vampire Diaries actor Joseph Morgan in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, on July 5, 2014.[11]

White has a daughter, born c. 1995.[12]


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
1994 Blue Chips Uncredited[citation needed]
1996 Frankie D.
1999 Blood Dolls Black Baby
2000 Stalled Leanne
2000 Red Letters Vanessa Cody
2005 Earthlings Co-narrator Co-producer
2007 The Fall of Night Dawn
2007 Everyday Joe Gina Co-producer
2009 Spoken Word Shea
2011 Kiss the Bride Trina Direct-to-video
2011 Mafia Mel
2012 Dysfunctional Friends Trenyce
2012 The Marriage Chronicles Marcia Anson
2012 Guardian of Eden Clarke
2012 Black November Tracey
2012 No Mo Games Morgan
2014 Unity Narrator Documentary
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
1996 NYPD Blue Margie Episode: "These Old Bones"
1996 Malibu Shores Listener Episode: "Hotline"
1996 Saved by the Bell: The New Class Heather Episode: "Little Hero"
1996 Goode Behavior Trish Episode: "Goode Grades"
1996 Suddenly Trina Television movie
1997 Weird Science Kim Episode: "Gary Had a Little Cram"
1997 The Burning Zone Jenny Episode: "Critical Mass"
1997 Sister, Sister Anya Episode: "Three the Heart Way"
1997 The Parent 'Hood Alexia Episode: "Tango & Cash"
1997 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Aura 3 episodes
1997 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction Molly Episode: "On the Road"
1997–1998 Breaker High Denise Williams Main role, 44 episodes
1998 Brooklyn South Cinnamon Episode: "Cinnamon Buns"
1998 Malcolm & Eddie Sharon Episode: "Bowl-a-Drama"
1999 The Steve Harvey Show Monique Episode: "All That Jazz"
1999 Clueless Veronica Episode: "My Best Friend's Boyfriend"
1999 Another World Kineisha 'K.C.' Burrell 1 episode
2000 Operation Sandman Private Winslow Television movie
2000–2008 Girlfriends Lynn Searcy Main role, 172 episodes
2001 Angel Agnes "Aggie" Belfleur Episode: "Over the Rainbow"
2005 Unscripted Flirty Girl Episode #1.8
2012–2013, 2017 The Vampire Diaries Abby Bennett Wilson Recurring role, 7 episodes

Award nomination[edit]

Year Award Category Title of work
2008 ALMA Award Outstanding Female Performance in a Comedy Television Series Girlfriends'


Black and white photo of Persia White, with her hands and hair mostly covering her face
Studio album by Persia White
Released October 31, 2009
Recorded 2005–2009
Genre Alternative, trip hop
Length 36:30
Label Hybrid Music
Persia White chronology
Singles from Mecca
  1. "Wanting"
    Released: October 7, 2009

Mecca is Persia White's debut album. It was released digitally on October 31, 2009, and on CD on December 8, 2009. The title comes from the name of White's daughter. The final three songs on the album were all featured on the TV series Girlfriends which White acted in.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Wanting" – 3:58
  2. "Perfect" – 3:15
  3. "Receive" (featuring Saul Williams) – 4:15
  4. "Pressed Against Gods Thoughts" – 2:02
  5. "Haunt" – 3:02
  6. "2 Sea" – 1:23
  7. "Danger" (featuring Saul Williams) – 3:25
  8. "Salvation" – 4:57
  9. "Tease" (featuring Tricky) – 3:22
  10. "Choices" (Girlfriends season finale song) – 2:47
  11. "Past Mistakes" (featuring Tricky) – 4:10


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Turner, Miki (2004-02-23). "Persia's Edge". p. 1. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Turner, Miki (2004-02-23). "Persia's Edge". p. 2. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Earthlings: Cast and Crew". Retrieved 2008-11-02. 
  5. ^ "ABFF Announced 2011 Winners". Retrieved 2011-07-01. 
  6. ^ "Persia White: Biography". Archived from the original on April 23, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-02. 
  7. ^ "SSCS Board of Directors: Persia White". Retrieved 2008-11-02. 
  8. ^ "Feeding sheep : photo image" (JPG). Retrieved 2016-03-03. 
  9. ^ "Persia White attending the The 19th Annual Genesis Awards - Arrivals and VIP Reception held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA on 3/19/2005 | SGG-059590". 2005-03-19. Retrieved 2016-03-03. 
  10. ^ "Love Life and Friendship". Retrieved 2009-01-18. 
  11. ^ "Joseph Morgan Marries Persia White in Jamaica". Retrieved 2016-02-16. 
  12. ^ Girl, L.A. (July 24, 2014). "Top 10 things about Persia White Vampires Diaries actor Joseph Morgan's Wife". Daily Entertainment News. Archived from the original on 2014-09-11. Retrieved 2016-07-23. White, who will turn 42 this year, is the mother of an 19-year-old daughter... 

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