Afton Williamson

Afton Williamson (born September 7, 1984[1]) is an American actress, best known for the lead role of Police Officer Talia Bishop in the ABC series The Rookie and as Assistant District Attorney Alison Medding in the Cinemax original series Banshee.

Afton Williamson
Born (1984-09-07) September 7, 1984 (age 36)
Alma materEastern Michigan University (B.F.A.)
Alabama Shakespeare Festival (M.F.A.)
Years active2010–present

Early lifeEdit

Williamson earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Eastern Michigan University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.[2]


Williamson started as the understudy to Kerry Washington in the 2010 Broadway play Race before succeeding Washington in the role of Susan.[3] Later she has made her television debut appearing in an episode of The Good Wife. Williamson later guest starred on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Blue Bloods, and Elementary. She had recurring roles on the CBS drama A Gifted Man from 2011 to 2012 as Autumn, and the first season of the television series Nashville as Makena. From 2014 to 2015, she had a regular role in the Cinemax network original series Banshee. In film, she made her debut in the 2011 drama Pariah.

In 2016, Williamson was cast in a leading role on the VH1 drama series The Breaks.[4][5] She starred as Officer Wiggins in the 2016 HBO miniseries The Night Of. In 2018, Williamson was cast in the ABC drama series The Rookie.[6][7] In 2019, Williamson quit the show citing claims of racial discrimination, sexual harassment, and assault.[8]



Year Title Role Director Notes
2011 Pariah Mika Dee Rees
2012 Man on a Ledge Janice Ackerman Asger Leth
Abducted: The Carlina White Story Cassandra Television film
2018 Write When You Get Work Valamy Vega Stacy Cochran
2019 Otherhood Julia Cindy Chupack
TBA Still Here   Tiffany Watson Vlad Feier Post-Production
  Denotes films that have not yet been released


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Da Brick Rachel Pilot
The Good Wife Yarissa Morgan Episode: "Bad Girls"
2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Isabelle Wright Episode: "Reparations"
Homeland Helen Walker 3 episodes: "Pilot", "The Good Soldier, and "Achilles Heel" (credited as Afton C. Williamson)
2011–12 A Gifted Man Autumn 9 episodes
2012 Blue Bloods Officer Perez Episode: "No Questions Asked"
Royal Pains Heather Small Episode: "Business & Pleasure"
Nashville Makena 3 episodes: "We Live in Two Different Worlds", "Move It on Over", and "You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave)"
2013–15 The Following Haley Mercury / Kate 2 episodes: "Whips & Regret" and "Exposed"
2014–15 Banshee Alison Medding 8 episodes
2015 Elementary Shauna Scott Episode: "The Best Way Out Is Always Through"
2015-16 Blindspot Kara Sloane 2 episodes
2016 The Night Of Officer Wiggins 5 episode
2017 The Breaks Nikki
2018 Shades of Blue Katie Myers 7 episodes
Bull ADA Gabrielle Ramsden Episode: "Witness for the Prosecution"
The Blacklist Lulu Season 4 Episode 15: The Apothecary
2018–19 The Rookie Talia Bishop Main role (Season 1)


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  2. ^ "Afton Williamson Resume" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-02-03. Retrieved November 16, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Mellini, Michael (July 1, 2010). "Afton C. Williamson Races Ahead From Understudy to Leading Lady". Zap2It. Retrieved November 16, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Afton Williamson on Comparing 'Empire' to 'The Breaks': 'I Kind of Cringe'". 4 January 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Petski, Denise (1 June 2015). "VH1 Hip-Hop Movie 'The Breaks' Sets Cast". Retrieved 8 February 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (7 February 2018). "'The Rookie': Eric Winter & Afton Williamson To Co-Star In ABC Series". Retrieved 8 February 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Ausiello, Michael (7 February 2018). "The Rookie: Afton Williamson Cast as Nathan Fillion's New Partner in Crime". Retrieved 8 February 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "'The Rookie' Star Afton Williamson Claims Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Assault Led to Series Exit". Variety. 2019-08-04. Retrieved 2019-08-04.

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