Dominique Fishback

Dominique Fishback (born March 22, 1991) is an American actress and playwright who is best known for playing Billie Rowan on Show Me a Hero[1] and Darlene on The Deuce.[2][3]

Dominique Fishback
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Born (1991-03-22) March 22, 1991 (age 29)
Alma materPace University
Years active2013–present

Early lifeEdit

Fishback first became interested in acting at about the age of 10.[4] She graduated from Pace University with a B.A. in Theater in 2013.[5]


In 2014, Fishback premiered her Off-Off-Broadway play Subverted where she played 22 characters.[6][7][8] Subverted was nominated for a 2015 Innovative Theater Award for Outstanding Solo Performance.[9][10] In 2016, Abingdon Theatre Company announced Fishback as one of its recipients of its inaugural Residency Program.[11][12]

The actress's first major recurring role was in the Yonkers housing drama Show Me a Hero as single mother Billie Rowan.[13]

Her first series regular role is in the 1970s Times Square drama The Deuce.[14] Fishback has been noted as one of the standouts in the show due to her performance as the "sweetly vulnerable" prostitute Darlene.[15][16] Co-creator David Simon has noted her strengths as an actress in playing Darlene.[17] For her role on The Deuce, Fishback was listed by USA Today as one of five new faces that people should be watching on fall 2017 television.[18]

Her first film is Night Comes On, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.[19]

She played the part of Kenya in the film The Hate U Give (2018), which is based on the popular young adult book.[20] Also in 2018, Fishback appeared as a younger version of Jay-Z’s mother, Gloria Carter, in his music video for "Smile."[21]

Fishback plays a street-smart teenager in Project Power, directed by Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost, opposite Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, which was released on August 14, 2020, by Netflix.[22][23]

In 2021, she starred in Judas and the Black Messiah alongside Daniel Kaluuya as Fred Hampton's love interest and expectant mother of his child.



Year Title Role Notes
2018 Night Comes On Angel Lamere
The Hate U Give Kenya
2020 Project Power Robin
2021 Judas and the Black Messiah Deborah Johnson


Year Title Role Notes
2013 The Knick[24] Woman Episode: "The Busy Flea"
2014 The Affair Keisha Episode "8"
2015 The Americans Nicole Episode: "Dimebag"
2015 Blue Bloods[25] Charelle Tyler Episode: "Through the Looking Glass"
2015 Royal Pains[26] Elan Episodes: "Lending a Shoulder" and "The Prince of Nucleotides"
2015 Show Me a Hero[27] Billie Rowan Recurring character; 4 episodes
2017–19 The Deuce Darlene Series regular
2018 Random Acts of Flyness Najja Recurring character; 4 episodes

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nomiated Work Result Ref.
2021 Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Judas and the Black Messiah Nominated
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Breakthrough Performance in a Motion Picture Project Power Pending [28]


  1. ^ Stuever, Hank (2015-08-14). "'Show Me a Hero': How one mayor won (and lost) the ugliest fight in Yonkers". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-08-30.
  2. ^ Vejvoda, Jim (2017-08-29). "The Deuce - Season One Pilot Review". IGN. Retrieved 2017-08-30.
  3. ^ Saraiya, Sonia (2017-08-31). "TV Review: David Simon's 'The Deuce,' Starring James Franco". Variety. Retrieved 2017-08-31.
  4. ^ Cubit, Brea (August 13, 2020). "10 Facts About Dominique Fishback, the Multitalented Star of Netflix's Project Power". Yahoo!. Retrieved August 14, 2020.
  5. ^ "Dominique Fishback CV" (PDF). Dominique Fishback. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-08-26. Retrieved 2017-08-25.
  6. ^ Marinaccio, Ashley (2013-07-17). "Rethinking Black Reality: An Interview with Dominique Fishback". The Indypendent. Retrieved 2017-08-25.
  7. ^ BWWW News (2014-06-18). "Dominique Fishback Presents SUBVERTED, 7/2-14". BroadwayWorld. Retrieved 2017-08-25.
  8. ^ Cohen, Anne (2017-10-09). "The Real Story Behind Darlene's Big Return On The Deuce". Refinery29. Retrieved 2017-10-13.
  9. ^ Coakley, Jacob (2015-09-23). "NYIT Awards Honor Off-Off-Broadway Theatre". Stage Directions. Retrieved 2017-08-25.
  10. ^ BWWW News (2015-09-21). "2015 Innovative Theater Award Winners Announced!". BroadwayWorld. Retrieved 2017-08-25.
  11. ^ BWWW News (2016-10-20). "Playwrights Dominique Fishback & Amy E. Witting Tapped for Abingdon's Inaugural Residency Program". BroadwayWorld. Retrieved 2017-08-27.
  12. ^ "Darling Dominique Fishback: A Triple Threat For Change". Impact Magazine. 2017-11-08. Retrieved 2017-11-08.
  13. ^ Cutler, Jacqueline (2015-08-09). "'Show Me a Hero' miniseries shows Yonkers' fierce battle over housing". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2017-08-26.
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2015-10-01). "Margarita Levieva To Star In HBO Drama Pilot 'The Deuce'; Two Others Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2017-08-26.
  15. ^ Fienberg, Daniel (2017-08-25). "'The Deuce': TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-08-25.
  16. ^ Nussbaum, Emily (2017-09-25). ""The Deuce" and the Birth of Porn". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2017-09-18.
  17. ^ Sepinwall, Alan (2017-08-25). "'The Deuce' Creators Don't Want Their Fictional Porn To Turn You On". Uproxx. Retrieved 2017-08-26.
  18. ^ Lawler, Kelly (2017-10-18). "5 faces you should be watching on fall TV". USA Today. Retrieved 2017-10-18.
  19. ^ Jamie Broadnax (2018-01-11). "Where Are All of The Black Films At Sundance? We Got You Covered". Black Girl Nerds. Retrieved 2018-01-17.
  20. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (2017-10-09). "Patrick Fugit Joins Damien Chazelle's 'First Man'; 'The Hate U Give' Casts Dominique Fishback". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2017-10-18.
  21. ^ Shiffman, Allyson (2018-03-16). "Dominique Fishback Is Dominating The Screen". V Magazine. Retrieved 2018-03-16.
  22. ^ Staff, EW. "The 25 must-watch movies of the strangest summer ever". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  23. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (September 20, 2018). "Jamie Foxx & Joseph Gordon-Levitt Join Netflix's Untitled Henry Joost-Ariel Schulman Sci-Fi Feature". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  24. ^ Roots, Kimberly (2017-10-27). "Memories From the Set: Dominique Fishback (The Knick)". TVLine. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  25. ^ Roots, Kimberly (2017-10-27). "Memories From the Set: Dominique Fishback (Blue Bloods)". TVLine. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  26. ^ Roots, Kimberly (2017-10-27). "Memories From the Set: Dominique Fishback (Royal Pains)". TVLine. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  27. ^ Roots, Kimberly (2017-10-27). "Memories From the Set: Dominique Fishback (Show Me a Hero)". TVLine. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  28. ^ "THE NOMINEES". NAACP Image Awards. Retrieved February 27, 2021.

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