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  • Tessa Thompson Biography

    Born: October 03, 1983 in Los Angeles, California, USA


    TESSA THOMPSON (Valkyrie) has a long-standing career that reached special prominence with her recent role as the female lead in the Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures “Creed,” from award-winning filmmaker Ryan Coogler (“Fruitvale Sta on”). The film explored a new chapter in the “Rocky” story and stars Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone in his iconic role. Thompson starred as Bianca, a local singer-songwriter who becomes involved with Adonis (Michael B. Jordan). The film was released on November 25, 2015 and garnered cri cal acclaim and award accolades for the cast. The Na onal Board of Review selected “Creed” as one of the Top Films of 2015.

    Following “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thompson will star opposite Natalie Portman in the sci-fi thriller “Annihila on” for director Alex Garland and producer Sco Rudin. Oscar Isaac, Gina Rodriguez and Jennifer Jason Leigh also star.

    This spring, Thompson shot the indie tle “Li le Woods” with Lily James. The film is a modern Western that tells the story of two sisters, Ollie (Thompson) and Deb (James), who are driven to work outside the law to be er their lives. Addi onally, she shot “Furlough” with Melissa Leo, Anna Paquin, Whoopi Goldberg and La La Anthony.

    Thompson also stars in the hit HBO drama series “Westworld,” which premiered on October 2, 2016. Described as a dark odyssey about the dawn of ar ficial consciousness and the future of sin, “Westworld,” from Jonathan Nolan and J.J. Abrams, is inspired by the 1973 feature from writer-director Michael Crichton. Thompson plays Charlo e Hale, a mysterious and savvy provocateur with a unique perspec ve on Westworld. She joins Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton and Jeffrey Wright. “Westworld” resumed produc on for Season 2 this past summer.

    In the spring of 2016, Thompson made her Off-Broadway debut in the Second Stage Theater produc on of Lydia R. Diamond’s “Smart People,” appearing alongside a cast that also included Joshua Jackson, Mahershala Ali and Anne Son, for director Kenny Leon. “Smart People” began previews January 26th ahead of a February 11th opening and ran through March 6, 2016.

    Last year, she filmed the ac on-comedy “War on Everyone,” about two corrupt cops in New Mexico who set out to blackmail and frame every criminal unfortunate enough to cross their path. Theo James, Alexander Skarsgård and Michael Pena also star for director John Michael McDonagh. The film premiered at the 2016 Berlin Interna onal Film Fes val and was also shown at SXSW.

    Thompson portrayed the civil rights ac vist Diane Nash in the Brad Pi  /Oprah Winfrey-produced film “Selma.”

    A er its ini al premiere at the American Film Ins tute Fes val on November 11, 2014, the film had a wider theatrical release on January 9, 2015 and a commemora ve re-release on March 20, 2015, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the historical march. It garnered nomina ons for best picture and awards for best original song at both the Golden Globe® and Academy Awards®, and addi onal best director and best actor nomina ons at the Golden Globes®.

    Thompson also starred in the cri cally acclaimed 2014 film “Dear White People.” The Jus n Simien independent sa rical drama, which followed the lives of various black students at an American university, hit theaters on October 17, 2014, a er its debut at the 2014 Sundance Film Fes val. Thompson’s performance as Samantha White landed her a Gotham Award for breakthrough actor, as well as a nomina on for outstanding actress in a mo on picture for the 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards.

    In 2010, Thompson starred as Nyla/Purple in Tyler Perry’s film “For Colored Girls” alongside an ensemble cast of co-stars, including Hollywood heavyweights Janet Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, Phylicia Rashad and Kerry Washington. The film portrayed a series of African-American women, each of whom dealt with their own personal struggles and conflicts such as love, abandonment, rape, infidelity and abor on.

    Thompson started her career at the young age of 18 with her professional debut playing Juliet in “Romeo and Juliet: Antebellum New Orleans 1836,” for which she received an NAACP Image Award nomina on. She then went on to her first feature film appearance as Scarlet in the 2006 remake of the horror film “When a Stranger Calls.” Between 2008 and 2009, she also appeared in the films “Make it Happen,” The Human Contract,” “Periphery,” “Red & Blue Marbles” and “Mississippi Damned,” for which she was awarded a Grand Jury prize for best actress.

    On top of these early theater and film features, Thompson’s career has also extended into the television arena. She is best known for her role as series regular Jackie Cook on the second season of the hit CW teen noir drama “Veronica Mars.”

    Thompson also starred as Sara Freeman on BBC’s first original scripted program “Copper” from 2012-3. The show followed an Irish immigrant police officer in 1860s New York City and explored the effects of the American

    Civil War and the social stra fica on between New York’s aristocracy and the African-American popula on.

    Thompson’s other television credits include guest roles as Rebecca Taylor on the fourth season of the CW’s hit sci-fi drama “Heroes”; Billie Duce e in CBS’s police series “Cold Case”; Camille on ABC’s medical series “Grey’s Anatomy”; and Nikki Barnes on the CW’s teen drama “Hidden Palms.” She has also appeared as a guest star in shows such as “Life,” “Private Prac ce,” “Detroit 187,” “Rizzoli & Isles,” “Off the Map” and “666 Park Avenue.”

    Thompson currently splits her    me between Los Angeles and New York.

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