Regina King, Los Angeles, California
May 22, 2010
January 15, 1971 |
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Ian Alexander Sr. (m. 1997; div. 2007)|
Regina King (born January 15, 1971) is an American film and television actress and director. She played Brenda Jenkins on the NBC sitcom 227 and had a supporting role in the feature film Jerry Maguire. King in her later career became widely known for her leading roles in two Peabody award winning television shows The Boondocks where she provided the voices Huey and Riley Freeman and Southland where she portrayed Detective Lydia Adams. The latter role earned her two nominations for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2012 and 2013. In 2015, King began starring in the ABC anthology series American Crime, for which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award.
She is also known for her recurring role Janine Davis on The Big Bang Theory and starring in the films Ray, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, Poetic Justice, Friday, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, Enemy of the State, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, and A Cinderella Story.
King was born in Los Angeles, California, and grew up in View Park-Windsor Hills, the elder daughter of Gloria, a special education teacher, and Thomas King, an electrician. The two divorced in 1979. Her younger sister is actress Reina King. Regina King attended Westchester High School and the University of Southern California.
King began her acting career in 1985 playing the role of Brenda Jenkins on the television series 227, a role she played until the show ended in 1990. She went on to appear in the John Singleton films Boyz n the Hood, Poetic Justice and Higher Learning. In 1995, she was featured in the hit comedy film Friday. In 1996, she starred in the Martin Lawrence dark comedy-romance A Thin Line Between Love and Hate as Mia. Later in 1996 she gained fame starring in the blockbuster romantic comedy film Jerry Maguire as Marcee Tidwell, the wife of Cuba Gooding, Jr.'s character.
She played Will Smith's character's wife in Enemy of the State, and was also featured in How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Mighty Joe Young, Down to Earth, Daddy Day Care, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, A Cinderella Story, Ray and Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous.
Beginning in the mid-2000s, she had ongoing roles on several TV series, including acclaimed work as the voice of Huey and Riley Freeman for the animated series The Boondocks and Detective Lydia Adams on the TNT police drama Southland. She also appeared in recurring roles on 24, The Big Bang Theory, and Shameless.
|1985–1990||227||Brenda Jenkins||106 episodes|
|1994||Northern Exposure||Mother Nature||Episode: "Baby Blues"|
|1994||New York Undercover||Marah||Episode: "Tasha"|
|1995||Living Single||Zina||Episode: "The Shake-Up"|
|2002||Leap of Faith||Cynthia||6 episodes|
|2005–2014||Boondocks, TheThe Boondocks||Riley and Huey Freeman||56 episodes|
|2006||Women in Law||N/A||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2007||24||Sandra Palmer||9 episodes|
|2009–2013||Southland||Detective Lydia Adams||42 episodes
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (2011–12)
Nominated—BET Award for Best Actress on Television (2010–12)
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2012–13)
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (2010, 2013–14)
|2013-14||Big Bang Theory, TheThe Big Bang Theory||Janine Davis||Season 6-8 (recurring; 4 episodes)|
|2014||The Strain||Ruby Wain||3 episodes|
|2014||Shameless||Gail Johnson||4 episodes|
|2015||American Crime||Aliyah Shadeed||Season 1 (7 episodes)
Pending — Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie (2015)
Awards and nominations
- "Regina King profile at". TVGuide.com. Retrieved March 21, 2013.
- "Regina King IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- Regina King profile at FilmReference.com
- Regina King profile at Yahoo! Movies
- "It's Evening in America". Vanity Fair. May 2012. p. 155.
- Goldberg, Lesley (2014-07-22). "Regina King Joins 'American Crime,' Will Direct 'Scandal,' Return to 'Big Bang Theory' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-04-07.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Regina King.|
- Regina King at the Internet Movie Database
- Regina King on Myspace
- King, Regina. "The Emmys: As White As Ever", The Huffington Post, September 3, 2010; retrieved October 9, 2010.
|Awards and achievements|
Taraji P. Henson
|NAACP Image Award|
|Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
for Diary of a Mad Black Woman
for Pieces of April
|Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Comedy or Musical
Meryl Streep for The Devil Wears Prada