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Regina Rene King is an American actress and television director.


King, Regina was born on January 15, 1971 in Los Angeles, California, United States.


University of Southern California.


Her role in Southland earned her two Critics' Choice Award nominations for best supporting dramatic actress in 2012 and 2013. She has a recurring role as Janine Davis on The Big Bang Theory, and has starred in numerous films, including Ray, Poetic Justice, Friday, and Legally Blonde 2. King was born in Los Angeles, California, and grew up in View Park-Windsor Hills, 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. 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 starred in the Martin Lawrence dark comedy-romance A Thin Line Between Love and Hate as Mia. Later 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. Beginning in the mid-2000s, she had ongoing roles on several TV series, including acclaimed work as the voice of Huey and Riley Freeman for the animated series The Boondocks and Detective Lydia Adams on the TNT police drama Southland.

She also appeared in roles on 24, The Big Bang Theory, and Shameless. In 2007 she played Lisa Moore in This Christmas. Her performance was praised by television critics.


  • She became known for her role as Brenda Jenkins on the NBC sitcom 227 (1985–90) and a supporting role in the feature film Jerry Maguire, then for her leading roles in two Peabody Award–winning television shows: The Boondocks and Southland. In 2015, she began starring in the ABC anthology series American Crime, for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie and was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award. In September 2015, she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie.


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  • Other Work

    • Actor: (television series) 227, 1985-1990, Leap of Faith, 2002. (television films) Where the Truth Lies, 1999, If These Walls Could Talk 2, 2000, Damaged Care, 2002. (films) Boyz n the Hood, 1991, Poetic Justice, 1993, Higher Learning, 1995, Friday, 1995, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, 1996, Jerry Maguire, 1996, Rituals, 1998, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, 1998, Enemy of the State, 1998, Mighty Joe Young, 1998, Down to Earth, 2001, Daddy Day Care, 2003, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, 2003, A Cinderella Story, 2004, Ray, 2004, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, 2005, (voice) The Ant Bully, 2006, This Christmas, 2007, Our Family Wedding, 2010.

      Actor, producer: (films) Final Breakdown, 2002.


She most recently joined the cast of ABC's John Ridley-penned ensemble drama American Crime as a devout member of the Nation of Islam and sister to a drug addict accused of murder.


Married Ian Alexander, April 23, 1997.

Ian Alexander