Dominique Fishback (born March 22, 1991) is an American actress. She played Billie Rowan on Show Me a Hero,[2] Darlene on The Deuce,[3][4] and Deborah Johnson in Judas and the Black Messiah, the latter of which earned nominations for a Critics' Choice Movie Award, and a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.[5] In 2023, she began starring in the Amazon Prime Video psychological horror series Swarm; her performance in the series has received universal praise, earning her a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie at the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards.[6]

Dominique Fishback
Fishback in 2018
Born (1991-03-22) March 22, 1991 (age 32)[1]
Alma materPace University
Years active2013–present

Early life edit

Fishback first became interested in acting at about the age of 10.[7] She graduated from Pace University with a B.A. in Theater in 2013.[8]

Career edit

In 2014, Fishback premiered her Off-Off-Broadway play Subverted, in which she played twenty two characters.[9][10][11] Subverted was nominated for a 2015 Innovative Theater Award for Outstanding Solo Performance.[12][13] The actress's first major recurring role was in the Yonkers housing drama Show Me a Hero as single mother Billie Rowan.[14] In 2016, Abingdon Theatre Company announced Fishback as one of the recipients of its inaugural Residency Program.[15][16]

Her first series regular role was in the 1970s Times Square drama The Deuce.[17] Fishback has been noted as one of the standouts in the show due to her performance as the "sweetly vulnerable" prostitute Darlene.[18][19] Co-creator David Simon has noted her strengths as an actress in playing Darlene.[20] 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.[21]

In December 2017, Fishback appeared as a younger version of Jay-Z’s mother, Gloria Carter, in his music video for "Smile."[22] Her first film, Night Comes On, premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.[23] She also played the part of Kenya in the film The Hate U Give (2018), which is based on the popular young adult book.[24]

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.[25][26] In 2021, she starred in Judas and the Black Messiah alongside Daniel Kaluuya, as Deborah Johnson, the partner of Fred Hampton and the expectant mother of Fred Hampton Jr. In 2023, she starred in Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, the sequel to Bumblebee, directed by Steven Caple Jr.

Filmography edit

Film edit

Year Title Role Notes
2018 Night Comes On Angel Lamere
The Hate U Give Kenya
2020 Project Power Robin Reilly
2021 Judas and the Black Messiah Deborah Johnson
2023 Transformers: Rise of the Beasts Elena Wallace

Television edit

Year Title Role Notes
2013 The Knick[27] Woman Episode: "The Busy Flea"
2014 The Affair Keisha Episode "8"
2015 The Americans Nicole Episode: "Dimebag"
2015 Blue Bloods[28] Charelle Tyler Episode: "Through the Looking Glass"
2015 Royal Pains[29] Elan Episodes: "Lending a Shoulder" and "The Prince of Nucleotides"
2015 Show Me a Hero[30] Billie Rowan Recurring character; 4 episodes
2017–2019 The Deuce Darlene Series regular
2018 Random Acts of Flyness Najja Recurring character; 4 episodes
2021 Modern Love Lilian "Lil" Parker Episode: "A Life Plan for Two, Followed By One"
2022 The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey Robyn Main role
2022–2023 The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder Young Charlette “Suga Mama” Towne-Proud (voice) 2 episodes
2023 Swarm Andrea "Dre" Greene Lead role; also producer

Awards and nominations edit

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result Ref.
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Breakthrough Performance in a Motion Picture Project Power Nominated [31]
African-American Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Judas and the Black Messiah Won [32]
Black Reel Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress Won [33]
Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Female Nominated
British Academy Film Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated [5]
Critics' Choice Awards Best Acting Ensemble Nominated [34]
Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Nominated [35]
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Nominated [36]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie Swarm Pending [6]

References edit

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  3. ^ Vejvoda, Jim (August 29, 2017). "The Deuce - Season One Pilot Review". IGN. Retrieved August 30, 2017.
  4. ^ Saraiya, Sonia (August 31, 2017). "TV Review: David Simon's 'The Deuce,' Starring James Franco". Variety. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
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  9. ^ Marinaccio, Ashley (July 17, 2013). "Rethinking Black Reality: An Interview with Dominique Fishback". The Indypendent. Retrieved August 25, 2017.
  10. ^ BWWW News (June 18, 2014). "Dominique Fishback Presents SUBVERTED, 7/2-14". BroadwayWorld. Retrieved August 25, 2017.
  11. ^ Cohen, Anne (October 9, 2017). "The Real Story Behind Darlene's Big Return On The Deuce". Refinery29. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  12. ^ Coakley, Jacob (September 23, 2015). "NYIT Awards Honor Off-Off-Broadway Theatre". Stage Directions. Retrieved August 25, 2017.
  13. ^ BWWW News (September 21, 2015). "2015 Innovative Theater Award Winners Announced!". BroadwayWorld. Retrieved August 25, 2017.
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  15. ^ BWWW News (October 20, 2016). "Playwrights Dominique Fishback & Amy E. Witting Tapped for Abingdon's Inaugural Residency Program". BroadwayWorld. Retrieved August 27, 2017.
  16. ^ "Darling Dominique Fishback: A Triple Threat For Change". Impact Magazine. November 8, 2017. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  17. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 1, 2015). "Margarita Levieva To Star In HBO Drama Pilot 'The Deuce'; Two Others Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 26, 2017.
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  20. ^ Sepinwall, Alan (August 25, 2017). "'The Deuce' Creators Don't Want Their Fictional Porn To Turn You On". Uproxx. Retrieved August 26, 2017.
  21. ^ Lawler, Kelly (October 18, 2017). "5 faces you should be watching on fall TV". USA Today. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
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  25. ^ Staff, EW. "The 25 must-watch movies of the strangest summer ever". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  26. ^ 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.
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  28. ^ Roots, Kimberly (October 27, 2017). "Memories From the Set: Dominique Fishback (Blue Bloods)". TVLine. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  29. ^ Roots, Kimberly (October 27, 2017). "Memories From the Set: Dominique Fishback (Royal Pains)". TVLine. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
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  31. ^ "THE NOMINEES". NAACP Image Awards. Archived from the original on February 3, 2021. Retrieved February 27, 2021.
  32. ^ "AAFCA AWARDS". African-American Film Critics Association. April 7, 2021.
  33. ^ Amanda N'Duka (February 18, 2021). "'One Night in Miami', 'Judas and the Black Messiah' Lead Nominations For 21st Annual Black Reel Awards". Deadline. Retrieved March 7, 2021.
  34. ^ Davis, Clayton (February 8, 2021). "Critics Choice Awards: 'Mank' Leads With 12 Nominations, Netflix Makes History With Four Best Picture Nominees". Variety. Archived from the original on February 8, 2021. Retrieved February 9, 2021.
  35. ^ Gordon, Tim (February 8, 2021). "The 2020 WAFCA Awards". Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association. Archived from the original on December 8, 2019. Retrieved February 8, 2021.
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