Ilfenesh Hadera (born December 1, 1985) is an American actress.
Hadera was born on December 1, 1985 in Harlem. She is of mixed Ethiopian and European descent. Her father Asfaha is an Ethiopian refugee and founder of the African Services Committee, a Harlem based NGO which works with African immigrants. Her mother, Kim Nichols is a Co-Executive Director of ASC, and Hadera volunteered with the group prior to her acting career. Hadera also worked as a waitress for 10 years prior to her television debut.
In 2010 Hadera made her acting debut in the film 1/20.
Hadera co-starred as Stephanie Holden in the 2017 film Baywatch, and in 2018 starred as Kay Daniels in the TV series Deception. She had a recurring role in the Showtime Series Billions, as a secretary to billionaire fund manager Bobby Axelrod, played by Damian Lewis.
|2011||Da Brick||Saalinge||TV Movie|
|2013||The Blacklist||Jennifer Palmer||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2015||Show Me a Hero||Carmen Febles||Main Cast|
|Chicago Fire||Serena Holmes||Recurring Cast: Season 4|
|2016||Difficult People||Abby||Episode: "Patches"|
|Conviction||Naomi Golden||Recurring Cast|
|2016–17||Billions||Deb Kawi||Recurring Cast: Season 1-2|
|2017||Master of None||Lisa||Recurring Cast: Season 2|
|The Punisher||Mistress||Episode: "Crosshairs"|
|2017–19||She's Gotta Have It||Opal Gilstrap||Recurring Cast|
|2018||Deception||Kay Daniels||Main Cast|
|2019–||Godfather of Harlem||Mayme Johnson||Main Cast|
|2021||Run the World||Herself||Episode: "What a Co-inky-dick"|
|Blue Bloods||Det. Angela Reddick||Episode: "USA Today" & "Guilt"|
- "Ilfenesh Hadera: Spike Lee Alum And DJ School Dropout". NPR.org. Retrieved 2020-02-14.
- Falcone, Dana (September 2017). "An Actress Advocating for Refugees". Time.
- "Asfaha Hadera". African Services Committee. November 11, 2019.
- O'Donnell, Dora (January 4, 2018). "Meet 'Baywatch' Actress and Activist Ilfenesh Hadera". Red Bull.
- Magazine, Harlem World (2017-05-27). "From Harlem To 'Baywatch' With Ilfenesh Hadera". Harlem World Magazine. Retrieved 2020-02-14.
- ""Deception" Star Ilfenesh Hadera's Career is Honestly a Dream Come True |". SBU News. 2018-03-26. Retrieved 2020-02-14.
- Wills, Cortney (October 4, 2019). "Ilfenesh Hadera on Godfather of Harlem role". The Grio.