Rutina Wesley

Actress
Having proved herself on Broadway and on the film festival circuit, classically trained actress Rutina Wesley was well prepared when HBO's vampire drama "True Blood" (2008-14) brought her to national attention. She ... Read more »
Born: 02/01/1979 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Filmography

Actor (10)

Queen Sugar 2016 - 2018 (TV Show)

Actor

Arrow 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hannibal 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Perfect Guy 2015 (Movie)

Alicia (Actor)

13 Sins 2014 (Movie)

Shelby (Actor)

Last Weekend 2014 (Movie)

Nora Finley-Perkins (Actor)

True Blood 2008 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cleveland Show 2012 (Tv Show)

Voice

How She Move 2008 (Movie)

Raya Green (Actor)

Numb3rs 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Biography

Having proved herself on Broadway and on the film festival circuit, classically trained actress Rutina Wesley was well prepared when HBO's vampire drama "True Blood" (2008-14) brought her to national attention. She first won kudos for "The Vertical Hour" (2006), an Iraq War-themed play directed by Oscar winner Sam Mendes. With her feature film debut, "How She Move" (2007), she revealed a different side of herself, wowing audiences with dance skills inherited from her professional dancer parents. The following year, "True Blood" creator Alan Ball cast her as tough-talking bartender Tara Thornton because he was impressed with her ability to portray both Tara's angry and vulnerable sides as she grappled with the horrible luck life had dealt her. From Shakespeare to musicals to supernatural thrillers, Rutina Wesley could seemingly do it all.

Relationships

Jacob Fishel Actor

Husband
Met at Juilliard and married in 2005

EDUCATION

The Juilliard School

New York , New York 2005

University of Evansville

Evansville , Indiana 2001

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England
Spent a summer studying Shakespeare

Milestones

2016

Joined the cast of the TV series "Queen Sugar"

2015

Nabbed a supporting role in the thriller "The Perfect Guy"

2014

Appeared in the thriller "13 Sins"

2008

Was Tara Thornton on the HBO vampire series "True Blood"

2008

Made her film debut as the lead role of Raya Green in "How She Move"

2006

Cast by director Sam Mendes in the Broadway production of "The Vertical Hour"

Bonus Trivia

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Prior to becoming an actor, Wesley studied dance at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City.

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