Alfre Woodard

American actress

Alfre Woodard (/ˈælfr ˈwʊdərd/ (audio speaker iconlisten); born November 8, 1952) is an American actress who stars in both movies and television. She played Carolyn in the 1994 movie Crooklyn. Alfre was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Woodard is a Democrat and attended the 2012 Democratic National Convention in support of President Obama's re-election.[1]

Alfre Woodard
Alfre Woodard in 2019
Born (1952-11-08) November 8, 1952 (age 71)
Alma materBoston University
Occupation(s)Actress, producer
Years active1978–present
Political partyDemocratic
Roderick Spencer
(m. 1983)


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1978 Remember My Name Rita
1980 Health Sally Benbow
1983 Cross Creek Beatrice "Geechee"
1984 Sweet Revenge Vicki Teague [2]
1986 Extremities Patricia
1988 Scrooged Grace Cooley
1989 Miss Firecracker Popeye Jackson
1990 Blue Bayou Jessica Filley [3]
1991 Grand Canyon Jane
Pretty Hattie's Baby Hattie Unreleased, also associate producer [4]
1992 The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag Attorney Ann Orkin
Passion Fish Chantelle
1993 Rich in Love Rhody Poole
Heart and Souls Penny Washington
Bopha! Rosie Mangena
1994 Blue Chips Lavada McRae
Crooklyn Carolyn Carmichael
Countdown to Freedom:
10 Days That Changed South Africa
Narrator Documentary
1995 How to Make an American Quilt Marianna
1996 Statistically Speaking Middle aged woman Short film
Follow Me Home Evey Unreleased
Star Trek: First Contact Lily Sloane
Primal Fear Judge Miriam Shoat
A Step Toward Tomorrow Dr. Sandlin [5]
1997 Cadillac Desert Narrator
The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue Maisie Voice [6]
1998 Down in the Delta Loretta Sinclair Also executive producer
1999 Funny Valentines Joyce May Also executive producer [7]
The Wishing Tree Clara Collier [8]
Different Moms Narrator Documentary
Mumford Lily
2000 What's Cooking? Audrey Williams
Lost Souls Dr. Allen Cameo
John Henry Polly / Narrator
Love & Basketball Camille Wright
Dinosaur Plio Voice [6]
2001 K-PAX Claudia Villars
American Exile Narrator Documentary [9]
2002 Searching for Debra Winger Herself
Baby of the Family Rachel [10]
The Wild Thornberrys Movie Akela Voice [6]
2003 The Singing Detective Chief of Staff
Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property Narrator Documentary
The Core Talma Stickley
Unchained Memories Narrator
Radio Principal Daniels
2004 The Forgotten Detective Anne Pope
All Our Sons: Fallen Heroes of 9/11 Narrator Documentary [11]
2005 Beauty Shop Miss Josephine
2006 Something New Joyce McQueen
Take the Lead Principal Augustine James
King Leopold's Ghost Ilanga Voice
2008 American Violet Alma Roberts
The Family That Preys Alice Pratt
Road to Ingwavuma Narrator Documentary
AmericanEast Angela Jensen
Reach for Me Evelyn
2010 Have You Heard From Johannesburg Narrator Documentary
2013 The Door E Short film [12]
Miracle Rising: South Africa Narrator Documentary [13]
12 Years a Slave Mistress Harriet Shaw
2014 The Hadza: Last of the First Narrator Documentary [14]
Annabelle Evelyn
2015 Mary Lou Williams:
The Lady Who Swings the Band
Mary Lou Williams / Narrator Documentary [15]
Mississippi Grind Sam
Knucklehead Sheila [16]
2016 Captain America: Civil War Miriam Sharpe Cameo [17]
So B. It Bernadette [18]
2017 Burning Sands Professor Hughes
2018 Saint Judy Judge Benton
2019 Clemency Warden Bernadine Williams Also executive producer
Juanita Juanita Also executive producer
The Lion King Sarabi Voice [6]
2021 Fatherhood Marian
2022 The Gray Man Margaret Cahill
Space Oddity Dr. Sue Olsen [19]
2023 The Book of Clarence TBA [20]
TBA Viral Dr. Johnetta Post-production
TBA Salem's Lot Dr. Cody Post-production
TBA Summer Camp Mary Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1978 The Trial of the Moke Lucy Television film
1979 Freedom Road Katie Television film
1980 The White Shadow Sandra Wilcox Episode: "Reunion: Part 1"
1981 The Sophisticated Gents Evelyn Evers Miniseries
1982 For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/
When the Rainbow Is Enuf
Woman who lost her stuff American Playhouse production
The Ambush Murders Kariha Ellsworth Television film
1982–83 Tucker's Witch Marcia Fulbright 12 episodes
1983 Hill Street Blues Doris Robson 3 episodes
1984 The Killing Floor Mattie Custer American Playhouse production[21]
1985 Sara Rozalyn Dupree 13 episodes
Words by Heart Claudie Sills Television film
Go Tell It on the Mountain Esther American Playhouse production
Faerie Tale Theatre Princess Lovinia Episode: "Puss in Boots"
1985–88 St. Elsewhere Dr. Roxanne Turner 16 episodes
1986 L.A. Law Adrian Moore Episode: "Pilot"
1986 Unnatural Causes Maude DeVictor Television film
1987 Mandela Winnie Mandela Television film
1988 The Child Saver Andrea Crawford Television film
1989 A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story Mary Thomas Television film
1994 Frasier Edna Voice, episode: "The Botched Language of Cranes"
Race to Freedom: The Underground Railroad Harriet Tubman Television film
1995 The Piano Lesson Berniece Television film
1996 Gulliver's Travels Queen of Brobdingnag Miniseries
1997 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Wilnoome Bear Voice, episode: "Goldilocks and the Three Bears"
The Member of the Wedding Berenice Sadie Brown Television film
Miss Evers' Boys Eunice Evers Television film
1998 Homicide: Life on the Street Dr. Roxanne Turner Episode: "Mercy"
2000 Holiday Heart Wanda Television film
2003 The Practice Denise Freeman 2 episodes
Static Shock Jean Hawkins Voice, episode: "Flashback"[6]
A Wrinkle in Time Mrs. Whatsit Television film
2005–06 Desperate Housewives Betty Applewhite 19 episodes
2006 The Water Is Wide Mrs. Brown Television film
2007 Pictures of Hollis Woods Edna Reilly Television film
2008 My Own Worst Enemy Mavis Heller 9 episodes
2009–10 Three Rivers Dr. Sophia Jordan 12 episodes
2010–12 True Blood Ruby Jean Reynolds 5 episodes
2010 Black Panther Ramonda, Dondi Reese, Dora Milaje, Miss M'Buye Voice, 5 episodes[6]
2010–11 Memphis Beat Lt. Tanya Rice 20 episodes
2011 Grey's Anatomy Justine Campbell Episode: "Heart Shaped Box"
2012 Private Practice Dee Bennett Episode: "The Next Episode"
Steel Magnolias Ouiser Television film
2013 Copper Hattie Lemaster 6 episodes
2014–15 The Last Ship Amy Granderson 3 episodes
State of Affairs President Constance Payton 13 episodes
2016–18 Luke Cage "Black" Mariah Dillard Stokes[22] 23 episodes
2017–18 A Series of Unfortunate Events Josephine Anwhistle 3 episodes
2018 Empire Renee Holloway 4 episodes
2019–2021 See Paris 16 episodes
2020 Make It Work! Herself Television special
2022 The Porter Fay Also executive producer
2023 Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Mimi Voice[6]


Year Title Role Notes
1975 Me and Bessie Woman Edison Theatre, Broadway
1981 2 by South Precious Blood Theatre at St. Clements, New York
2001 Kindred Dana Franklin Audio Drama [23]
2004 Drowning Crow Josephine Ark Trip Biltmore Theatre, Broadway


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  2. "Sweet Revenge". Rotten Tomatoes. October 31, 1984. Retrieved June 2, 2016.
  3. "Blue Bayou (1990) - Overview -". Retrieved June 2, 2016.
  4. "WOMAN OF STEAL". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 2, 2016.
  5. "A Step Toward Tomorrow". Rotten Tomatoes. November 10, 1996. Retrieved June 2, 2016.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 "Alfre Woodard (visual voices guide)". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved October 22, 2023. A green check mark indicates that a role has been confirmed using a screenshot (or collage of screenshots) of a title's list of voice actors and their respective characters found in its opening and/or closing credits and/or other reliable sources of information.
  7. Fries, Laura (February 10, 1999). "Review: 'Funny Valentines'". Retrieved June 2, 2016.
  8. "The Wishing Tree". Rotten Tomatoes. January 1, 1999. Retrieved June 2, 2016.
  9. McCluskey, Audrey T. (January 1, 2007). Frame by Frame Three. Indiana University Press. ISBN 978-0253348296. Retrieved June 2, 2016 – via Google Books.
  10. "Baby of the Family". January 1, 2000. Retrieved June 2, 2016 – via IMDb.
  11. "All Our Sons: Production Team". Retrieved June 2, 2016.
  12. "MUST-SEE: The Most Stunning Fashion Ad We've Ever Seen!". HuffPost. February 11, 2013. Retrieved June 2, 2016.
  13. "TV with Thinus: REVIEW. Miracle Rising: South Africa on History is a densely packed documentary with commentary both superfluous and surprising". February 9, 2013. Retrieved June 2, 2016.
  14. "'The Hadza: Last of the First': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. October 31, 2014. Retrieved June 2, 2016.
  15. "Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved June 2, 2016.
  16. Obenson, Tambay A. (March 19, 2015). "Alfre Woodard and Gbenga Akinnagbe are a Dysfunctional Mother-Son Pair in Trailer for 'Knucklehead'". Retrieved June 2, 2016.
  17. Sampson, Mike (April 5, 2016). "Here's Who Alfre Woodard Plays in 'Captain America: Civil War'". ScreenCrush. Archived from the original on April 6, 2016. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
  18. Hipes, Patrick (May 31, 2016). "'So B. It' Clip: Alfre Woodard & Talitha Bateman Bring Sarah Weeks' YA Book To Life – LA Film Festival". Retrieved June 2, 2016.
  19. Kenigsberg, Ben (March 30, 2023). "'Space Oddity' Review: Failure to Launch". The New York Times.
  20. Kit, Borys (December 5, 2022). "Benedict Cumberbatch, James McAvoy, RJ Cyler, Anna Diop Join Jeymes Samuel's Book of Clarence (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 7 December 2022.
  21. The Killing Floor, retrieved 2020-03-01
  22. "Alfre Woodard Joins 'Marvel's Luke Cage' For Netflix – News –". Retrieved June 2, 2016.
  23. Graves, Niel (February 16, 2001). "SciFi Team Using Web to Reinvent Radio Days". The New York Post.

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