Javicia Leslie (/dʒəˈviːsiə/ jə-VEE-see-ə) is a German-American actress. She will play the title role in the television series Batwoman. She previously appeared in two seasons of the series God Friended Me. She was in the 2019 film Always a Bridesmaid and appeared in the BET series The Family Business. Leslie was cast in the role of Ryan Wilder, replacing Ruby Rose for the second season of Batwoman.
Leslie was born on May 30, 1987 in Augsburg, Germany. Her family moved to Maryland where she grew up in Upper Marlboro. She attended Hampton University where she appeared in productions of Seven Guitars, for colored girls, and Chicago.
Following her graduation, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. Leslie is bisexual. She is trained in Muay Thai and is vegan.