Regina King

Actor Biography

Thanks to roles in a number of prominent films, Regina King's distinguished talents have not gone unnoticed by Hollywood. She has been seen in recurring roles on CBS's hit show The Big Bang Theory, Showtime's critically acclaimed series Shameless and FX's thriller The Strain, from Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. The skilled actress wrapped the fifth and final season of TNT's drama Southland in 2013, in which she starred as Detective Lydia Adams in the show from Emmy Award-winners John Wells, Ann Biderman and Chris Chulack. In addition to directing episodic television for ABC's Scandal and BET's Being Mary Jane, King helmed the BET Network teleplay adaptation of the best-selling book "Let the Church Say Amen" and has continued her role behind the camera for Shondaland's new series The Catch, OWN's Greenleaf, TNT's Animal Kingdom and Fox's PITCH. In 2015 King joined season two of HBO's critically hailed television drama The Leftovers as a series regular, earning her a Critic's Choice Award nomination. Currently, she stars in the acclaimed John Ridley ABC anthology American Crime, which has garnered her two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.

King starred as the title character's mother in Lifetime's original movie The Gabby Douglas Story. She was also the female lead opposite Forest Whitaker in the comedy, Our Family Wedding. Before that she top-lined the Lifetime Network original movie Living Proof, executive produced by Renée Zellweger and starring opposite Harry Connick Jr. She had additional roles in Year of the Dog, opposite Molly Shannon, Laura Dern, Peter Sarsgaard and John C. Reilly, for director Mike White; and the Screen Gems' holiday-film This Christmas, opposite Mekhi Phifer and Loretta Devine.

King also starred opposite Sandra Bullock in the comedy Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous as well as voiced Kreela in the animated film The Ant Bully. Prior she appeared in the Oscar-nominated film Ray, opposite Jamie Foxx. Her other notable film credits include A Cinderella Story, opposite Hilary Duff; Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde, opposite Reese Witherspoon; and Daddy Day Care, opposite Eddie Murphy.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, King made her television debut on the hit sitcom 227. After five seasons, she made the leap to the silver screen with a role in John Singleton's powerful directorial debut, Boyz n the Hood. She would soon collaborate with Singleton again in Poetic Justice and Higher Learning. King has always been consistent in showing her dynamic range, bouncing effortlessly from dramatic material to comedic performances, like in the hit film Friday, with Ice Cube, and in A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, opposite Martin Lawrence.

But if there was a definite turning point in her career, it came in 1997 with her memorable role as Cuba Gooding Jr.'s wife, Marci, in the blockbuster film Jerry Maguire. This led to starring roles in How Stella Got Her Groove Back, with Angela Bassett; the hit action thriller Enemy of the State, opposite Will Smith; the family adventure Mighty Joe Young, with Charlize Theron; and the comedy Down to Earth, opposite Chris Rock.

King also found her way back to the small screen in 2000 with a role in HBO's acclaimed telefilm If These Walls Could Talk 2 and in the 2002 NBC comedy Leap of Faith, and additionally known for her voice work on the animated series The Boondocks.

King currently resides in Los Angeles with her son.