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Regina King

Regina King

American actress and director
Regina King
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Quick Facts

Intro American actress and director
Is Actor Voice actor Television actor Film actor Television director
From United States of America
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender female
Birth 15 January 1971, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Age 50 years
Star sign Capricorn
Height: 1.6002 m
University of Southern California
Notable Works
The Boondocks  
BET Award for Best Actor & Actress 2005
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture 2005
Primetime Emmy Award 2015
Critics' Choice Television Award 2017
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress 2019
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Regina Rene King (born 15 January 1971) is an American actress and television director known for her role as "Brenda Jenkins" on the NBC sitcom 227 (1985–90) and a supporting role in the feature film Jerry Maguire, then for her roles in the television shows The Boondocks and Southland.

Her role in Southland earned her two Critics' Choice Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2012 and 2013. 

From 2015 to 2017, she starred in the ABC anthology series American Crime, for which she has received three nominations for Emmy Awards with two wins and was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award. From 2015 to 2017, she also played "Erika Murphy" on the critically acclaimed HBO drama, The Leftovers, for which she has received a Critics' Choice Television Award nomination.

From 2013 to 2019, she had a recurring role as "Janine Davis" on The Big Bang Theory, and has starred in numerous films, including Ray, Poetic Justice, Friday, and Legally Blonde 2.

Early life

Regina Rene King was born on January 15, 1971, in Cincinnati, Ohio, and grew up in View Park-Windsor Hills, the eldest daughter of Gloria, a special education teacher, and Thomas King, an electrician. The two divorced in 1979. Her younger sister is former actress Reina King

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 Ice Cube's hit comedy film Friday, starring Cube, Chris Tucker, and Nia Long.

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 Freeman" and "Riley Freeman" for the animated series The Boondocks and detective "Lydia Adams" on the TNT police drama Southland. She also appeared in roles on 24, The Big Bang Theory, and Shameless.

In 2007, she played "Lisa Moore" in This Christmas. She also joined the cast of ABC's John Ridley-penned ensemble drama American Crime as a devout member of the Nation of Islam and sister to a drug addict accused of murder. Her performance was praised by television critics. 

In September 2015 and September 2016, she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie for American Crime.

In 2018, King played the role of the mother of a murdered black teenager in Netflix original series Seven Seconds, winning her third Primetime Emmy Award. Her performance in the 2018 film If Beale Street Could Talk, directed by Barry Jenkins and starring KiKi Layne and Stephan James, garnered critical acclaim and earned her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

In 2019-2020, she directed One Night in Miami based upon the play of the same name, starring Kingsley Ben-AdirEli Goree, and Aldis Hodge. The film had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 7, 2020, the first film directed by an African-American woman to be selected in the festival’s history.

In 2019, King was seen in the role of Angela Abar/Sister Night in 9 episodes of the TV mini-series Watchmen.

She is also working on Jeymes Samuel's Western drama The Harder They Fall with Jonathan MajorsZazie Beetz, and Idris Elba. The release date is not yet known.

Personal life

In 1997, King married Ian Alexander but they divorced in 2007. They had one son, Ian Alexander Jr., born on January 21, 1996.

From 2011 until Marc 2013, she dated actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner.



Year Title Role Notes 
1991 Boyz n the Hood Shalika  
1993 Poetic Justice Iesha  
1995 Higher Learning Monet  
1995 Friday Dana Jones  
1996 A Thin Line Between Love and Hate Mia Williams  
1996 Jerry Maguire Marcee Tidwell  
1998 Rituals N/A Short film 
1998 How Stella Got Her Groove Back Vanessa  
1998 Enemy of the State Carla Dean  
1998 Mighty Joe Young Cecily Banks  
1999 Love and Action in Chicago Lois Newton  
2001 Down to Earth Sontee Jenkins  
2002 Truth Be Told Rayne  
2003 Daddy Day Care Kim Hinton  
2003 Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde Grace Rossiter  
2004 A Cinderella Story Rhonda  
2004 Ray Margie Hendricks  
2005 Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous Sam Fuller  
2006 The Ant Bully Kreela Voice 
2007 Year of the Dog Layla  
2007 This Christmas Lisa Whitfield-Moore  
2010 Our Family Wedding Angela  
2013 Let the Church Say Amen Director  
2014 Planes: Fire & Rescue Dynamite Voice 
2018 If Beale Street Could Talk Sharon Rivers  
TBA The Harder They Fall  Filming 


Year Title Role Notes 
1985–1990 227 Brenda Jenkins Main role (seasons 1–5) 
1994 Northern Exposure Mother Nature Episode: "Baby Blues" 
1994 New York Undercover Marah Episode: "Tasha" 
1995 Living Single Zina Episode: "The Shake-Up" 
1999 Where the Truth Lies Lillian Rose-Martin Television film 
2000 If These Walls Could Talk 2 Allie Television film 
2002 Leap of Faith Cynthia Main role (season 1) 
2002 Damaged Care Cheryl Griffith Television film 
2005–2014 The Boondocks Riley Freeman / Huey Freeman (voices) Main role (seasons 1–4) 
2006 Women in Law N/A Pilot 
2007 24 Sandra Palmer Main role (season 6) 
2008 Living Proof Ellie Jackson Television film 
2009–2013 Southland Detective Lydia Adams Main role (seasons 1–5) 
2012 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself (guest judge) Episode: "Dragazines" 
2013–2019 The Big Bang Theory Janine Davis 6 episodes 
2014 The Strain Ruby Wain 3 episodes 
2014 Shameless Gail Johnson 4 episodes 
2014 The Gabby Douglas Story Natalie Hawkins Television film 
2015–2017 American Crime Aliyah Shadeed Recurring role (season 1) 
Terri LaCroix Main role (season 2) 
Kimara Walters Main role (season 3) 
2015, 2017 The Leftovers Erika Murphy Main role (season 2); guest role (season 3) 
2018 Seven Seconds Latrice Butler Main role 
2019 Watchmen Angela Abar / Sister Night Main role 

As director

Year Title Notes 
2013 Southland Episode: "Off Duty" 
2015 Being Mary Jane 6 episodes 
2015–2016 Scandal 2 episodes 
2016 The Catch Episode: "The Princess and the I.P." 
2016 Animal Kingdom Episode: "Child Care" 
2016 Greenleaf Episode: "Veni, Vidi, Vici" 
2016 Pitch Episode: "The Break" 
2017 This Is Us Episode: "The 20s" 
2017 Shameless Episode: "Fuck Paying It Forward" 
2018 The Good Doctor Episode: "Heartfelt" 
2018 Insecure Episode: "Ghost-Like" 
2020 One Night in Miami Feature film; also executive producer 

As music video director

Year Song Artist 
2010 "Finding My Way Back" Jaheim 
2011 "Not My Daddy" Kelly Price featuring Stokley 
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