Regina King

Regina King Biography

Regina King (born January 15, 1971) is an American film and television actress. She played Brenda Jenkins on the NBC sitcom, 227 and had a supporting role in the feature film Jerry Maguire. She is also known for roles on such television series as The Boondocks, Southland, and The Big Bang Theory.

Early life

King was born in Los Angeles, California, 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 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 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. Most recently, she appeared in season 6 of the hit show 24 and the film This Christmas. In 2008, she appeared in Living Proof. She starred in the TNT police drama Southland until the show's cancellation.



Year Title Role Notes
1991 Boyz n the Hood Shalika
1993 Poetic Justice Iesha
1995 Higher Learning Monet
1995 Friday Dana Jones
1996 ' Mia
1996 Jerry Maguire Marcee Tidwell
1998 Rituals 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 Turnaround Rayne
2003 Daddy Day Care Kim Hinton
2003 Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde Grace Rossiter
2004 ' Rhonda
2004 Ray Margie Hendricks
2005 Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous Sam Fuller
2006 ' Kreela (voice)
2007 Year of the Dog Layla
2007 This Christmas Lisa Moore
2010 Our Family Wedding Angela


Year Title Role Notes
1985–1990 227 Brenda Jenkins Main role (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"
1999 Where the Truth Lies Lillian Rose-Martin TV film
2000 If These Walls Could Talk 2 Allie Segment: "2000"
2002 Leap of Faith Cynthia Regular role (6 episodes)
2002 Damaged Care Cheryl Griffith TV film
2005–present ' Riley Freeman / Huey Freeman (voice) Main role (46 episodes)
2006 Women in Law Episode: "Pilot"
2006 ' Kreela (voice) Video game
2007 24 Sandra Palmer (9 episodes)
2008 Living Proof Ellie Jackson TV film
2009–2013 Southland Det. Lydia Adams Main role (43 episodes)
2013 ' Janine Davis Episodes: "The Egg Salad Equivalency", "The Tenure Turbulence", "The Hofstadter Insufficiency"
2013 Divorce: A Love Story Cassandra TV film, pre-production

Awards and nominations

  • BET Award
    • 2012, Best Acress: Southland (nominated)
    • 2011, Best Actress: Southland (nominated)
    • 2010, Best Actress: Southland & Our Family Wedding (Nominated)
    • 2005, Best Actress: Ray (Winner)
    • 2001, Best Actress: Down to Earth (Nominated)
  • Black Reel Awards
    • 2005, Best Actress (Drama): Ray (Nominated)
    • 2001, Best Actress: Down to Earth (Nominated)
  • Critics' Choice Television Awards
    • 2012, Best Drama Supporting Actress: Southland (Nominated)
    • 2013, Best Drama Supporting Actress: Southland (Nominated)
  • NAACP Image Awards
    • 2012, Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series: Southland (Winner)
    • 2011, Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series: Southland (Winner)
    • 2010, Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series: Southland (Nominated)
    • 2005, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Ray (Winner)
    • 2002, Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture: Down to Earth (Nominated)
    • 1999, Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture: Enemy of the State (Nominated)
  • Screen Actors Guild
    • 2005, Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture: Ray (Nominated)

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