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Oscar-winning actress Regina King has a decades-spanning career in Hollywood and shows no sign of slowing

down. In addition to the Academy Award, King won a Golden Globe, an Independent Spirit Award and the prestigious

National Board of Review award for her supporting role as ‘Sharon Rivers’ in Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of James

Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk. King has won four Primetime Emmy Awards in recent years; one for ‘Outstanding

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie’ for her work in the Netflix racial crime drama Seven Seconds and had won two

previously in the ‘Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie’ category for her role in the ABC anthology

series American Crime. King went on to star as the lead role in HBO’s critically hailed Peabody Award-winning Watchmen

series from creator Damon Lindelof based on and inspired by the DC comic book, once again earning her another

‘Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie’ Primetime Emmy Win. This marked the second time King has

teamed up with Lindelof – they last collaborated on HBO’s The Leftovers, for which King won a Critics’ Choice award

during the series’ second season. Next up, she is part of an all-star cast in Netflix’s upcoming western film The Harder

They Fall with Idris Elba slated for streaming release November 3, 2021. Additionally, it has been announced that King

will portray America’s first Black Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm in the feature Shirley once again teaming up with

writer/director John Ridley which will be produced by Participant.

Over the past few years, King has also stepped behind the camera directing episodes of critically acclaimed

television series such as NBC’s award-winning THIS IS US, ABC’s Scandal, TNT’s Animal Kingdom, ABC’s The Good Doctor

and HBO's Insecure among others. Most recently on the directing front, Amazon Studios acquired and released to rave

reviews her directorial feature film debut One Night in Miami based on the play from Kemp Powers, who adapted it for

the big screen. With this, King made history being the first black female director to debut a film at the 77th Annual Venice

International Film Festival. One Night in Miami has earned a slew of award nominations thus far including but not

limited to a Golden Globe nom for “Best Director – Feature Film,” SAG Awards nom for “Outstanding Performance by a

Cast in a Motion Picture,” Critics Choice noms for “Best Picture,” “Best Director” and “Best Acting Ensemble” as well as a

“First Time Feature Film” nomination for the 73rd Annual DGA Awards and three nominations at the 93rd Academy

Awards among others.

King is known for many memorable feature film roles such as her turn as Cuba Gooding Jr.’s wife ‘Marci’ in the

blockbuster film Jerry Maguire, as well as How Stella Got Her Groove Back with Angela Bassett, the hit action thriller

Enemy of the State opposite Will Smith, the family adventure Mighty Joe Young with Charlize Theron, Boys N the Hood

written and directed by the late John Singleton, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous alongside Sandra Bullock,

Cinderella Story opposite Hilary Duff, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde with Reese Witherspoon, Daddy Day Care

opposite Eddie Murphy and portraying ‘Margie Hendricks’ in the Oscar-nominated Ray opposite Jamie Foxx.

Additionally, she is known for her voice-work on the popular animated series, The Boondocks.

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