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Adina Porter Biography

Birth Name:
Adina Elizabeth Porter
Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States

Fast Facts

  • Wanted to be an actor since a child; her parents agreed to let her take acting and dance lessons because they thought it would help her overcome being clumsy
  • First acting teacher was Butterfly McQueen from Gone With the Wind, who attended her church
  • In college she and a fellow student adapted Toni Morrison's novel The Bluest Eye into a play; Morrison invited her to perform the play in her New York apartment before it opened Off-Broadway
  • Won an Obie in 1996 for her performance in Venus
  • Has appeared in recurring roles on NYPD Blue, Prison Break, Saving Grace; and Law & Order
  • Has been a regular on American Dreams; True Blood; and The Newsroom


  • 2018Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or A Movie: nominated


  • Jourdan Madison -- Daughter
  • David Raymond Hecht -- Ex-husband
  • Guy Porter -- Father
  • Larry Earl Madison Jr. -- Husband
  • Dorothy Porter -- Mother
  • Jack Porter Madison -- Son