Born on January 15, 1971 in Los Angeles, California, actress Regina King is a graduate of Westchester High School and was a student at the University of Southern California. Before she landed the very first role of her acting career, which was Marla Gibbs in the television series, 227, King trained with, Martha Bridges, mother of actor Todd Bridges. After five seasons on the show and two Young Artist award nominations (one for Best Young Actress Starring in a New Television Series and the other Exceptional Performance by a Young Actress in a Long Running Series), she landed a title role in John Singleton’s Boyz in the Hood. In 1996, she became comedian Martin Lawrence’s leading lady in the comedy A Thin Line Between Love and Hate.
King further made a mark in the entertainment industry by appearing as Cuba Gooding, Jr.’s wife in the drama, Jerry Maguire. Subsequently, King shared the big screen with Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee Eddie Murphy on the family/comedy film Daddy Day Care and with Academy Award winner and singer Jamie Foxx on the biographical film Ray. Her role as one of Ray Charles’ Raylettes and mistresses earned her a 2005 Black Reel award nomination for Best Actress (Drama), a 2005 Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture, and a 2005 Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture.
Following the success of Ray, King joined actress Sandra Bullock in the sequel Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous. King’s portrayal of uptight FBI Agent Sam Fuller garnered her a BET Comedy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Theatrical film. Aside from appearing in hit television series, 24, King has her also lent her voice to Huey and Riley Freeman, characters on the Adult Swim animated series, The Boondocks.
Her other film credits include Poetic Justice (where she acted opposite singer Janet Jackson), Higher Learning, Friday, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Enemy of the State (where her role as Will Smith’s wife earned her a 1999 Image Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture), Mighty Joe Young, Down to Earth (where her role earned her a 2002 Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture), Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde, A Cinderella Story, and The Ant Bully (where she voiced the character, Kreela).
King married Ian Alexander in 1997, but nine years later, filed for a divorce. King and Alexander have one child.
In 2009, King landed the role of Detective Lydia Adams on Southland. She played the character until 2013, the same year she was cast as Janine Davis on The Big Bang Theory. In 2014, she appeared as Gail Johnson on the Showtime series Shameless. At present, she provides the voice of Riley Freeman / Huey Freeman on The Boondocks. She is also part of the FX series The Strain.
She won an Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for Ray in 2005.
She won a Golden Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Comedy or Musical for Ray in 2005.
2014 The Strain
2005-present The Boondocks (TV Series)
2014 Shameless (TV Series)
2014 The Gabby Douglas Story (TV Movie)
2013 The Big Bang Theory (TV Series)
2009-2013 Southland (TV Series)
2013 Inside the Box (Short)
2013 Divorce: A Love Story (TV Movie)
2010 Our Family Wedding
2008 Living Proof (TV Movie)
2007 This Christmas
2007 24 (TV Series)
2007/I Year of the Dog
2006 The Ant Bully
2006 Ant Bully (Video Game)
2006 Women in Law (TV Series)
2005 Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous
2004 A Cinderella Story
2003 Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde
2003 Daddy Day Care
2002 Damaged Care (TV Movie)
2002 Leap of Faith (TV Series)
2001 Down to Earth
2000 If These Walls Could Talk 2 (TV Movie)
1999 Love and Action in Chicago
1999 Where the Truth Lies (TV Movie)
1998 Mighty Joe Young
1998 Enemy of the State
1998 How Stella Got Her Groove Back
1998 Rituals (Short)
1996 Jerry Maguire
1996 A Thin Line Between Love and Hate
1995 Living Single (TV Series)
1995 Higher Learning
1994 New York Undercover (TV Series)
1994 Northern Exposure (TV Series)
1993 Poetic Justice
1991 Boyz n the Hood
1985-1990 227 (TV Series)