Yaani King

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Yaani King
Born (1981-08-10) August 10, 1981 (age 35)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

Yaani King (born August 10, 1981) is an American actress, known for her role as Neely Lloyd in the TNT crime drama series Saving Grace.

Early life[edit]

King was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Queens.[1] She of West Indian/Guyanese descent. King attended LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts at Lincoln Center in New York, and later studied acting at The Actors Centre in London.[1]


King began her acting career appearing in a number of Off-Broadway productions and played guest starring roles on television series include Law & Order, and Sex and The City. She made her film debut in a small part in the 2003 erotic thriller In the Cut, before supporting turn as one of Julia Stiles's lead character's best friends in 2004 romantic comedy The Prince & Me.[1] In 2007, King moved to Los Angeles and had guest starring roles on Criminal Minds, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Ghost Whisperer. From 2009 to 2010, she was regular cast member in the TNT crime drama series, Saving Grace opposite Holly Hunter, playing Neely Lloyd, the young drug addict.

After Saving Grace, King guest starred on Mad Men, Major Crimes, and NCIS. She voiced Riley Abel in the 2013 video game The Last of Us: Left Behind.[2] In 2014, she played plantation slave in the Civil War western film, Deliverance Creek produced by Nicholas Sparks.[3][4] In 2015, she was cast in the recurring role as Ada Eze on the ABC prime time television soap opera, Blood & Oil.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
2003 In the Cut Frannie's student
2004 The Prince and Me Amanda
2005 God's Forgotten House Crystal
2008 For Heaven's Sake Ashley
2008 Gospel Hill Sarah Uncredited[citation needed]
2012 The Last Fall Chris
2013 Cavemen Jasmine
2015 Kraft of Revenge: Mousetrap 2 Mousetrapketeer Short film


Year Title Role Notes
2002 The Education of Max Bickford Student Episode: "I Never Schlunged My Father"
2002 Law & Order Monique Thomas Episode: "Access Nation"
2003 Sex and the City Marcy Episode: "Pick-A-Little, Talk-A-Little"
2007 Campus Ladies Deborah Episode: "Barri & Joan Rush a Black Sorority"
2007 Criminal Minds Deborah Lewis Episode: "Fear & Loathing"
2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Sheila Latham Episode: "Fallen Idols"
2008 Numb3rs Laurie Porter Episodes: "End Game", "Atomic No. 33"
2009 Ghost Whisperer Anne-Marie Ramsey Episode: "Excessive Forces"
2009–2010 Saving Grace Neely Lloyd Main role (season 3), 19 episodes
2011 Against the Wall Tamika Episode: "Second Chances"
2012 Vegas Estelle Drew Episode: "Legitimate"
2012 County Angela Unsold television pilot
2013 Mad Men Phyllis Episodes: "Collaborators", "The Flood"
2013 Major Crimes Mrs. Walker Episode: "Risk Assessment"
2014 Extant Mom Episode: "Extinct"
2014 Deliverance Creek Cassie Television film
2015 NCIS Leandra Perkins Episode: "Status Update"
2015 The Haves and the Have Nots Alliyah Delong Recurring role
2015 Blood & Oil Ada Eze Recurring role

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 The Last of Us: Left Behind Riley Abel Voice and motion capture


  1. ^ a b c "Yaani King". myLifetime.com. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  2. ^ Justin Alderman. "First Details For The Last Of Us: Left Behind DLC Announced". We Got This Covered. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  3. ^ Tambay A. Obenson (31 October 2013). "Yaani King Books Regular Role On Lifetime's Post-Civil Wa - Shadow and Act". Shadow and Act. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  4. ^ Nellie Andreeva. "Pilots 'Eye Candy' & 'Deliverance Creek' Cast Regulars - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  5. ^ Denise Petski. "Wilson Bethel Cast In ABC's 'Blood & Oil' - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 

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