August 16, 1958
62 years old
5 ft 4 in | 163 cm
34-25-37 in | 86-63.5-93 cm
52 kg | 114 pounds
8 US | 38 EU
Angela Bassett was born in New York City, New York, United States, on August 16, 1958, is an American actress.
Young Angela Bassett began her acting career on the New York stage.
She appeared in Off-Broadway play "Black Girl" by J.E. Franklin, at the Second Stage Theater (1985), also in two plays at the Yale Repertory Theatre: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (1984) and Joe Turner's Come and Gone (1986).
She got her television debut in soap opera Search for Tomorrow (1985) in role as Salina McCulla.
She made her big screen debut in action thriller film F/X (1986) in role as TV Reporter.
Her breakthrough performance came as Reva Styles in drama crime movie Boyz n the Hood (1991), opposite Cuba Gooding Jr. and Laurence Fishburne.
Mission: Impossible 7 (2021) action spy in role as Erika Sloane, with Rebecca Ferguson, Tom Cruise and Vanessa Kirby
Gunpowder Milkshake (2020) action thriller in role as Anna May, opposite Karen Gillan, Carla Gugino and Lena Headey
Soul (2020) animated comedy in voice role as Dorothea
Avengers: Endgame (2019) superhero in cameo role as Ramonda
Otherhood (2019) comedy in role as Carol Walker, opposite Patricia Arquette and Felicity Huffman
She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress and won a Golden Globe Award for her performance as Tina Turner in biographical film What's Love Got to Do with It (1993) .
She played Ramonda in superhero film Black Panther (2018) opposite Chadwick Boseman.
Malcolm X (1992) epic biographical drama opposite Denzel Washington
Vampire in Brooklyn (1995) comedy horror with Eddie Murphy
Green Lantern (2011) superhero with Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively
The Lazarus Child (2005) drama science fiction with Andy García
Contact (1997) science fiction drama with Jodie Foster and Matthew McConaughey
Strange Days (1995) science fiction thriller with Ralph Fiennes
The Score (2001) crime thriller with Robert De Niro and Edward Norton
Music of the Heart (1999) drama with Meryl Streep
Nothing but the Truth (2008) drama opposite Kate Beckinsale and Matt Dillon
Supernova (2000) science fiction horror opposite James Spader
Black Nativity (2013) musical drama with Forest Whitaker and Jennifer Hudson
Olympus Has Fallen (2013) and sequel London Has Fallen (2016) action thriller opposite Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman
Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) action spy opposite Tom Cruise
She was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her roles in American Horror Story:
American Horror Story: Coven (2013–2014) in role as Marie Laveau
American Horror Story: Freak Show (2014-2015) in role as Desiree Dupree
She also starred in American Horror Story:
American Horror Story: Apocalypse (2018) in a guest role as Marie Laveau
American Horror Story: Hotel (2015–2016) in role as Ramona Royale
American Horror Story: Roanoke (2016) in role as Lee Harris and Monet Tumusiime
She played CIA Director Hayden Chase in ABC action television series Alias (2005).
Close to the Enemy (2016) British period drama miniseries in role as Eva
ER (2008-2009) NBC medical drama television series in role as Dr. Cate Banfield
9-1-1 (2018- ) procedural drama television series in role as Sergeant Athena Grant
She was a cheerleader At Boca Ciega High School.
Received B.A. degree in African-American studies, from Yale University (1980) and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Drama (1983).
Has a sister, D'nette.
She was the first African American to won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.
She voiced Shatter in science fiction action film Bumblebee (2018).
She received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard in 2008.
Is a vegetarian.
She voiced Mildred in computer-animated science fiction comedy film Meet the Robinsons (2007).
She dated actor Mark Jenkins.
She married actor Courtney B. Vance in 1997, they have twins: son and daughter, carried by a surrogate.
Lives in Los Angeles, California.