Raven Goodwin

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Raven Goodwin
Raven Shamira Goodwin

(1992-06-24) June 24, 1992 (age 27)
Years active2001–present
Height5 ft 3 in (160 cm)

Raven Shamira Goodwin (born June 24, 1992) is an American actress, who is best known for her roles throughout various film and television. Goodwin made her acting debut in 2001, appearing as Annie Marks in the film Lovely & Amazing,[1] and two years later starred as Cleo in the 2003 film The Station Agent. For these films, Goodwin received five nominations from various awards sources. She had then starred in the 2006 film Phat Girlz as Young Jazmin Biltmore. In 2017, Goodwin appeared in the film Snatched as Lew.

In 2007, Goodwin made her television debut with the main role of Tangie Cunningham on the Nickelodeon series Just Jordan. Following this, she starred as Becca on the ABC Family original series Huge. Goodwin has also portrayed Ivy Wentz on Disney Channel series Good Luck Charlie, Sheila on drama series Glee, and played the role of Niecy Patterson in the BET drama series Being Mary Jane, as well as appearing as Eliza on the Showtime show SMILF. In 2019, Goodwin appeared in the BET television movie Christmas Belles as Delia, and will appear in the Lifetime television film The Clark Sisters: The First Ladies of Gospel as Denise Clark.


Early work, debut, breakthrough and success (2001–2008)[edit]

Goodwin began acting at a young age, and made her debut with the film Lovely & Amazing, appearing as Annie Marks. The film turned out to be a success at the box-office,[2] and Goodwin received critical acclaim for her acting.[3] She later received her first Black Reel Award nomination in 2003.[4] In the same year, she received the Independent Spirit Award and OFTA Film Award nominations for her performance.[5] Two years later, in 2003, Goodwin appeared in Tom McCarthy's independent comedy-drama The Station Agent as Cleo. The film was a major commercial success,[6] and received highly positive reviews.[7] The ensemble (including Goodwin) was nominated for a Phoenix Film Critics Society Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.[8] Goodwin was praised for her performance, and had established herself in the film industry.

In 2004, Goodwin made her first appearance on television on the American television sitcom Malcolm in the Middle. In the years following, she'd appeared on television series Strong Medicine and Everybody Hates Chris. In 2007, Goodwin was then cast in the main role of Tangie Cunningham on Nickelodeon sitcom Just Jordan. The show was a hit, and aired for two seasons before its cancellation in 2008. The role brought much notoriety to Goodwin, in which she'd then established herself as a stable actress throughout both television and film.

In 2006, Goodwin appeared in the film Phat Girlz as Young Jazmin Biltmore. The film was a moderate box-office success,[9] but in spite of this ultimately received negative reviews.[10] In the years following, she appeared as DJ in All About Us, and appeared as Princene Gingi in My Genie. Both films were commercially unsuccessful.

Established actress, further successes and current acting (2010–present)[edit]

In 2010, Goodwin was cast as the main role in short-lived sitcom Huge, which averaged roughly a million viewers per episode.[11] The show ran for a season, Later that year, Goodwin was cast as the recurring role of Ivy in Disney Channel sitcom Good Luck Charlie. The show was a huge hit, and Goodwin received much acclaim for her portrayal of the character. She began to appear in more shows and recurring roles, including being cast in the role of Sheila on Fox's comedy-drama Glee, appearing in three episodes. She also appeared as Desiree in American sitcom New Girl.

In 2013, Goodwin was cast in the main role of Niecy Patterson in American drama Being Mary Jane. The show was a hit, and brought much more fame to Goodwin. The show's initial run was from 2013 to 2019. In 2017, she was cast in the recurring role (soon became a regular role) of Eliza for American television program SMILF, which ran until 2019. She also had a minor appearance in the action-comedy film Snatched as Lew. The film was commercially unsuccessful.

Goodwin will appear in the upcoming television-film The Clark Sisters: The First Ladies of Gospel in 2019 as Denise Clark Bradford.[12]

Personal life[edit]

In 2015, Goodwin was involved in a fight at a local waffle house in Atlanta. Goodwin was at a table in the restaurant and approached diners who were leaving and asked if she could use the table once they’d left. Soon, Goodwin and the diners ensued into a verbal argument, soon to escalate into a physical fight. Goodwin and the diners were escorted out of the restaurant promptly.[13][14]

In 2019, Goodwin got engaged.[15][16] They were dating for an unknown period of time previously. The engagement was announced through Goodwin’s Instagram,[17] and later covered by various media outlets.[18]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Lovely & Amazing Annie Marks NominatedBlack Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance, Independent Spirit Award for Best Breakthrough Performance, OFTA Film Award for Best Film Performance
2003 The Station Agent Cleo Nominated – Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Acting, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2006 Phat Girlz Young Jazmin Biltmore
2007 All About Us DJ
2008 My Genie Princene "Princess" Gingi
2017 Snatched Lew


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Malcolm in the Middle Special Kid # 2 Episode: "Dewey's Special Class"
2005 Strong Medicine Tara Episode: "Infectious Love"
2006 Everybody Hates Chris Tangee Episode: "Everybody Hates Valentine's Day"
2006 All of Us Courtney 2 episodes
2006 Just a Phase Crystal Unsold television film
2007–2008 Just Jordan Tangie Cunningham Main role (30 episodes)
2008 30 Rock Pam Episode: "Believe in the Stars"
2010 Huge Rebecca "Becca" Huffstatter Main role (10 episodes)
2010–2014 Good Luck Charlie Ivy Wentz Recurring role (33 episodes)
2010 Meet the Browns Rose Watkins Episode: "Meet the Trainer"
2011 Glee Sheila 3 episodes
2011 New Girl Desiree Episode: "Bells"
2011 Good Luck Charlie: It's Christmas! Ivy Wentz Television film
2013–2019 Being Mary Jane Niecy Patterson Main role (35 episodes)
2017–2019 SMILF Eliza Recurring to main role (17 episodes)
2019 Christmas Belles Delia Television film
2019 The Clark Sisters: The First Ladies of Gospel Denise Clark Bradford Upcoming TV movie on Lifetime[12]

Awards and nominations[edit]



  1. ^ Willis, John; Monush, Barry (2004-02-01). Screen World 2003. Hal Leonard Corporation. pp. 78–. ISBN 978-1-55783-526-0. Retrieved 24 September 2011.
  2. ^ "Lovely and Amazing (2002) - Financial Information". The Numbers. Retrieved 2019-10-28.
  3. ^ Nat (2018-03-12). "Five Things You Didn't Know About Raven Goodwin". TVOvermind. Retrieved 2019-10-28.
  4. ^ "Black Reel Awards (2003)". IMDb. Retrieved 2019-10-28.
  5. ^ McCarthy, Todd; McCarthy, Todd (2001-09-06). "Lovely & Amazing". Variety. Retrieved 2019-10-28.
  6. ^ "The Station Agent". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2019-10-28.
  7. ^ "A Train Depot, More Dream Than Destination". movies2.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2019-10-28.
  8. ^ "The Station Agent". www.thestationagent.com. Retrieved 2019-10-28.
  9. ^ "Phat Girlz". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2019-10-28.
  10. ^ Leydon, Joe; Leydon, Joe (2006-04-09). "Phat Girlz". Variety. Retrieved 2019-10-28.
  11. ^ "TV By The Numbers by zap2it.com". TV By The Numbers by zap2it.com. Retrieved 2019-10-28.
  12. ^ a b LEGASPI, ALTHEA (28 March 2019). "Salt–N-Pepa Miniseries, the Clark Sisters Biopic In Works". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  13. ^ "Raven Goodwin Kicked Out Of Atlanta Waffle House, Gets Called A 'Fat B***h'". www.inquisitr.com. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  14. ^ "Disney Star Raven Goodwin Kicked Out of Waffle House After Cat Fight". TMZ. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  15. ^ Magee, Ny (2019-05-26). "'Being Mary Jane' star Raven Goodwin gets engaged". theGrio. Retrieved 2019-10-28.
  16. ^ "'Being Mary Jane' Actress Raven Goodwin Is Engaged!". Essence. Retrieved 2019-10-28.
  17. ^ "Raven Goodwin (@ravengoodwin) • Instagram photos and videos". www.instagram.com. Retrieved 2019-10-28.
  18. ^ Nast, Condé. "Fans Just Realized This Good Luck Charlie Actor Is Engaged". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 2019-11-22.

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