Lakeith Stanfield

Lakeith Lee Stanfield (born August 12, 1991), sometimes credited as Keith Stanfield, is an American actor and rapper. He made his feature film debut in the independent drama Short Term 12 (2013), for which he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. He received further recognition for his roles in numerous biopics, as civil rights activist Jimmie Lee Jackson in Selma (2014), Snoop Dogg in Straight Outta Compton (2015), and Patrick Haynes in Snowden (2016).

Lakeith Stanfield
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Stanfield at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Lakeith Lee Stanfield

(1991-08-12) August 12, 1991 (age 28)
Other namesKeith Stanfield
OccupationActor, rapper
Years active2008–present
Partner(s)Xosha Roquemore

Stanfield also played leading and supporting roles in the critically acclaimed films Dope (2015), Get Out (2017), Sorry to Bother You (2018), Uncut Gems (2019) and Knives Out (2019). Since 2016, he has starred in the FX comedy-drama series Atlanta.

Early lifeEdit

Lakeith Lee Stanfield was born in San Bernardino, California, on August 12, 1991,[1][2] and grew up in Riverside and Victorville.[3] He has said that he "grew up very poor in a fractured family that was dysfunctional on both sides".[4] He decided to become an actor when he was 14, after joining his high school's drama club. He attended the John Casablancas Modeling and Career Center in Los Angeles,[4] where he was signed by an agency and began auditioning for commercials.[3]



Stanfield's first role was in the short film Short Term 12 (2009), Destin Daniel Cretton's thesis project at San Diego State University, which won the Jury Award for U.S. Short Filmmaking at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.[4] A year later, he appeared in the short film Gimme Grace (2010) before giving up acting for several years.[3] He went on to work a number of different jobs such as roofing and gardening, and jobs at AT&T and a legal marijuana dispensary, before he was contacted by Cretton to reappear in a feature-length adaptation of Short Term 12. It was his first feature film role.[5] During production, Stanfield practiced method acting, distancing himself from the other cast members like his character.[3] He was the only actor to appear in both the short and feature versions.[6] The film won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature at the 2013 South by Southwest film festival, and Stanfield was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male.[5]

In 2014, Stanfield co-starred in The Purge: Anarchy[5] and Selma, in the latter playing civil rights activist Jimmie Lee Jackson. In 2015, he appeared in the films Memoria[4] and Miles Ahead.[7] He also starred in the fantasy horror thriller film King Ripple by filmmaker Luke Jaden,[8] and appeared in the music video for the Run the Jewels song "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)".[9] In 2015, he portrayed rapper Snoop Dogg in the biopic Straight Outta Compton.[10] In 2017, he was in the Netflix-distributed production of Adam Wingard's adaptation of the popular Japanese fantasy-thriller manga series Death Note. Also in 2017, he starred in the music video for the song "Cold Little Heart" by English singer Michael Kiwanuka,[11] and appeared in the critically acclaimed horror film Get Out.[12] The same year, he was cast in the science-fiction comedy film Sorry to Bother You,[13] which was released July 6, 2018 to critical acclaim.[14] In 2019, Stanfield starred as Nate Davis in the Netflix romantic comedy film Someone Great.


Stanfield is a member of a band named Moors.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Stanfield has been in a relationship with actress Xosha Roquemore since around August 2015. She gave birth to their first child in June 2017.[15][2]



Year Title Role Notes
2008 Short Term 12 Mark Short film
2013 Short Term 12 Marcus Chicago International Film Festival Award for Best Ensemble Cast Performance
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Male
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor, Motion Picture
Nominated – GFCA Award for Best Original Song
Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Original Song
2014 The Purge: Anarchy Young Ghoul Face/GOD
2014 Selma Jimmie Lee Jackson BFCC Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated – GFCA Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated – San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated – Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble
2014 The Fires, Howling The Staying One Short film
2015 King Ripple King Ripple Short film
2015 The Ferguson Case, Verbatim Dorian Johnson[16] Short film
2015 Tracks Lawrence 24FPS International Short Film Festival Award for Best Actor
2015 Dope Marquis a.k.a. Bug
2015 Straight Outta Compton Snoop Dogg Hamptons International Film Festival Award for Breakthrough Performer
2015 Miles Ahead Junior
2015 Memoria Max
2016 Live Cargo Lewis
2016 Hard World for Small Things Sev Short film
2016 Snowden Patrick Haynes
2017 Crown Heights Colin Warner
2017 Get Out Andre Hayworth / Logan King Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2017 The Incredible Jessica James Damon
2017 War Machine Corporal Billy Cole
2017 Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town George
2017 Death Note Lebens Dorn / L
2017 Quest Diego
2018 Sorry to Bother You Cassius "Cash" Green Nominated – BAFTA Rising Star Award
Nominated – Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actor in a Comedy
Nominated – Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Actor
2018 Come Sunday Reggie
2018 The Girl in the Spider's Web Edwin Needham
2018 Time of Day Himself Short film[17]
2019 Someone Great Nate Davis
2019 Uncut Gems Demany
2019 Knives Out Det. Elliot
2020 The Photograph Michael Block Post-production
2020 Untitled Fred Hampton project William O'Neal Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2016–present Atlanta Darius Epps 15 episodes
Nominated – MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Duo (shared with Brian Tyree Henry)
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
2018 Random Acts of Flyness Himself Episode: "What Are Your Thoughts Raising Free Black Children?"
2019 BoJack Horseman Guy Voice
4 episodes

Music videosEdit

Year Title Artist Role
2015 "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)" Run the Jewels Kid
2017 "Moonlight" Jay-Z Chandler
2017 "Cold Little Heart" Michael Kiwanuka


Year Title
2017 Changers: A Dance Story


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  8. ^ Obenson, Tambay A. (June 20, 2014). "'Short Term 12' Star Keith Stanfield Joins King Ripple". Indiewire. Retrieved December 4, 2014.
  9. ^ Camp, Zoe (March 26, 2015). "Run the Jewels and Zack De La Rocha's "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)" Video Is a Battle Between Cop and Unarmed Black Man". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved April 12, 2015.
  10. ^ "'Selma's Keith Stanfield to Play Snoop Dogg in Universal's N.W.A. Movie (Exclusizzle) - TheWrap". TheWrap. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  11. ^ Fricke, Ryan (March 26, 2017). "WATCH: Michael Kiwanuka Releases New Video for "Cold Little Heart"". mxdwn. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  12. ^ "Get Out (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  13. ^ Busch, Anita (June 15, 2017). "Tessa Thompson, Lakeith Stanfield, Steven Yeun To Star In 'Sorry To Bother You'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 19, 2018.
  14. ^ Blistein, Jon (May 17, 2018). "Watch Lakeith Stanfield Make Millions With 'White Voice' in Wild 'Sorry to Bother You' Trailer". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 19, 2018.
  15. ^ Juneau, Jen (March 9, 2017). "Baby on the Way for Lakeith Stanfield and Xosha Roquemore". People.
  16. ^ The New York Times (2015-08-06), The Ferguson Case, Verbatim | Op-Docs | The New York Times, retrieved 2019-03-19
  17. ^ Kaye, Ben (September 11, 2018). "Thom Yorke soundtracks rag & bone's short film starring Lakeith Stanfield, Jon Hamm, Kate Mara". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved September 12, 2018.

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