Sydney Tamiia Poitier

Sydney Tamiia Poitier Biography

Sydney Tamiia Poitier (born November 15, 1973) is an American television and film actress.

Early life and family

Born in Los Angeles, Poitier is the daughter of Bahamian actor Sidney Poitier and former Canadian actress Joanna Shimkus. Her mother is of Lithuanian, and Irish decent. She has an older sister, Anika. She also has four older half-sisters, Beverly, Pamela, Sherri and Gina, from her father's first marriage.

Poitier attended Tisch School of the Arts where she earned a Bachelor's degree in acting. She also studied at Stella Adler Studio of Acting.


Poitier began her career in the late 1990s. In 2001, she landed her first role on television in the NBC drama series First Years. The series was canceled after three episodes. In 2003, she starred in the UPN sitcom Abby. That series was also canceled after during its first season. Later that same year, she had a recurring role in Joan of Arcadia, where she played Rebecca Askew, the love interest of Joan's older brother, Kevin (Jason Ritter). She was also a regular on the first season of Veronica Mars.

In 2007, Poitier starred in Death Proof, director Quentin Tarantino's segment of the movie Grindhouse as radio DJ Jungle Julia. The next year, she had a co-starring role Knight Rider, as FBI Agent Carrie Rivai. In 2011, she guest starred on two episodes of Private Practice.


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Park Day Sophia Johnson
1998 Free of Eden Nicole Turner TV movie
1999 True Crime Jane March
1999 Noah's Ark Ruth TV movie
2001 MacArthur Park Linda
2001 First Years Riley Kessler 9 episodes
2001 Happy Birthday Hannah
2003 Abby Abigail Newman 10 episodes
2003 ' Dr. Leslie Coburn Episode: "The Placebo Effect"
2003"2004 Joan of Arcadia Rebecca Askew 8 episodes
2004 ' Hellena Handbasket
2004 Veronica Mars Mallory Dent 7 episodes
2005 Nine Lives Vanessa
2006 Grey's Anatomy Deborah Fleiss Episode: "17 Seconds"
2006 Hood of Horror Wanda
2007 Grindhouse Jungle Julia Segment: "Death Proof"
2007 ' Cecile
2008 Blues Dee
2008"2009 Knight Rider Carrie Rivai 12 episodes
2010 Page 36 Miss Gray Short film
2010 Yard Sale Kate Butler Short film
2011 Big Tweet Big Tweet's Girl Short film
2011 Private Practice Michelle Episode: "Love and Lies"
2011 Supah Ninjas Katherine Sharp/Katara Episode: "Katara"
2012 Hawaii 5-0 Grace Tilwell Episode: "I Ka Wa Mamua (In a Time Past)"

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