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Regina King Biography

Birth Name:
Regina King
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, United States

Fast Facts

  • For 10 years, studied acting under Betty Bridges, mother of Diff'rent Strokes star Todd Bridges
  • When she was 13 years old, she had a small role in a play called 227
  • A year later, she was cast in the role of Brenda Jenkins in the NBC sitcom version of the play
  • In 1991, made film debut in the critically acclaimed Boyz n the Hood
  • This also marked the beginning of her work with director John Singleton
  • She would go on to appear in his films Poetic Justice (1993) and Higher Learning (1995)
  • In 2004, received an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for her role in Ray
  • Has provided the voices for characters in the Cartoon Network series The Boondocks


  • 2021Independent Spirit Awards-Robert Altman Award: nominated
  • 2021Golden Globe-Best Director - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2020Critics' Choice Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 2020Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie: winner
  • 2019Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Female: winner
  • 2018Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie: winner
  • 2018Critics' Choice Awards-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2018Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: winner
  • 2017Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or A Movie: nominated
  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or A Movie: winner
  • 2004Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated