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Salli Elise Richardson-Whitfield (née Richardson; born November 23, 1967) is an American television and film actress and director. Richardson is known for her role as Angela in the film A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994) and for her role as Dr. Allison Blake on the Syfy comedy-drama series Eureka (2006–2012).

Salli Richardson
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Richardson in 2012
Salli Elise Richardson

(1967-11-23) November 23, 1967 (age 51)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.[1]
Other namesSalli Richardson-Whitfield
EducationUniversity of Chicago Laboratory Schools
OccupationActress, director
Years active1991–present
Dondre Whitfield (m. 2002)
Children2 (archived copy)

She is also known for her voice acting as Elisa Maza on the Disney animated series Gargoyles (1994–1996),[2] and as Viveca Foster on the CBS series Family Law (1999-2002). Richardson also has appeared in a number of other films such as The Great White Hype (1996), Antwone Fisher (2002), Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004) and I Am Legend (2007). She had leading roles in the independent films Pastor Brown (2009), Black Dynamite (2009) and I Will Follow (2010).

Early lifeEdit

Richardson was born in Chicago, Illinois.[3] Her mother identified as African American and Native American, and her father reported Italian and English descent.[4] She played tennis in high school at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, and launched her acting career in the Kuumba Workshop theater there; she graduated in 1985.[citation needed]


Richardson "began her acting career in the theater before transitioning to roles in television and film".[5] In film, she played small roles in Prelude to a Kiss, Mo' Money, Posse, and later had major roles in Sioux City and A Low Down Dirty Shame. From 1994 to 1996 she voiced the character Elisa Maza on the animated series Gargoyles.[2] She had many guest-starring roles in numerous television shows, such as Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, New York Undercover, The Pretender, Stargate SG-1, NYPD Blue, House, Bones, Criminal Minds, NCIS and Castle.[citation needed]

Richardson in 2008

Richardson starred opposite Dixie Carter and Kathleen Quinlan in the CBS legal drama series, Family Law, from 1999 to 2002.[citation needed] She had recurring roles as Nancy Adams on Rude Awakening,[citation needed] and as Laura on CSI: Miami.[citation needed] She starred opposite Denzel Washington in the 2002 drama film Antwone Fisher.[citation needed] She also appeared in the 2004 horror film Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid,[citation needed] and starred opposite Will Smith in 2007's post-apocalyptic film I Am Legend.[citation needed] She later had a leading role in the independent dramas Pastor Brown (2009),[citation needed] and in I Will Follow (2010).[citation needed] She also starred in The Sin Seer with Isaiah Washington, set for 2015 release.[6]

From 2006 to 2012, Richardson starred as Department of Defense agent (and later head of Global Dynamics) Allison Blake in the Syfy comedy-drama series Eureka. Her second pregnancy was written into the storyline of the series.[5] After the series' cancellation, she was cast as the lead in the Lifetime drama pilot The Secret Lives of Wives.[7] In 2014, Richardson was cast in a recurring role on Lifetime's The Lottery as the first lady of the United States,[8] but she lost it to Shelley Conn;[9] She also has a role on BET's Being Mary Jane as an old friend of the lead character.[10][11] In 2015, Richardson was cast in the ABC Family series, Stitchers.[12] In August–September 2016, she made appearances as one of the co-hosts of the Hollywood Today Live daily show seating next to Ross Mathews.[citation needed]

Richardson has also worked as a director of episodic television. Following her directorial debut on two episodes of Ava DuVernay's original drama series for OWN, Queen Sugar (on which her husband Dondre Whitfield appears as a series regular),[13] in 2016, Richardson has also directed an episode of the historical action-drama Underground for WGN America.[14] In 2017, she directed two episodes of BET drama Rebel, and Shonda Rhimes' Scandal. In 2018, she also directed the 16th episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s season 5 entitled "Inside Voices".[15]

Personal lifeEdit

On September 8, 2002, she married long-time boyfriend and fellow actor Dondre Whitfield. She and Whitfield have one daughter and one son.[16] Whitfield and her husband appeared in a late-night infomercial as part of an advertising campaign to promote the Time Life Zestify Midnight Soul collection.[17][unreliable source?]



Year Title Role Notes
1991 Up Against the Wall Denise
1992 Prelude to a Kiss Bridesmaid
1992 Mo' Money Pretty Customer
1992 How U Like Me Now Valerie
1993 Posse Lana
1994 I Spy Returns Nicole Scott Television film
1994 Sioux City Jolene Buckley
1994 A Low Down Dirty Shame Angela
1994 Lily in Winter Ada Covington Television film
1995 Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored Miss Alice
1996 Soul of the Game Lahoma
1996 The Great White Hype Bambi
1997 True Women Martha Television film
1998 Butter Blusette Ford
1999 Lillie Lillie
2002 Book of Love: The Definitive Reason Why Men Are Dogs Karen
2002 Antwone Fisher Berta Davenport
2002 Baby of the Family Nelli McPherson
2003 Biker Boyz Half & Half
2004 Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid Gail Stern
2007 I Am Legend Zoe Neville
2009 Black Dynamite Gloria
2009 Pastor Brown Jessica "Jesse" Brown Nominated—Black Reel Award for Best Actress
2010 I Will Follow Maye
2012 We the Party Principal Reynolds
2013 Teachers Christine Television film
2015 Playin' for Love Talisa McCoy
2015 The Sin Seer Nia


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Silk Stalkings Shelley Episode: "Wild Card"
1993 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Fenna / Nidell Episode: "Second Sight"
1994 Roc Diane Hubbard Episode: "The Last Temptation of Roc"
1994 New York Undercover Tammy Barrett Episode: "Eyewitness Blues"
1994–1996 Gargoyles Elisa Maza (voice) Series regular
1996 Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles Elisa Maza (voice) Series regular
1997 Stargate SG-1 Drey'auc Episode: "Bloodlines"
1997 Between Brothers Vanessa Episode: "The Player"
1998 The Pretender Cynthia Sloan Episode: "Gigolo Jarod"
1998–1999 Mercy Point Lt. Kim Salisaw Series regular
1999 The Jamie Foxx Show Camille Turner Episode: "Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire"
2000 Secret Agent Man Rachel Episode: "WhupSumAss"
2000–2001 Rude Awakening Nancy Adams Recurring role, 9 episodes
1999–2002 Family Law Viveca Foster Series regular
2003 CSI: Miami Laura Recurring role, 5 episodes
2004 Line of Fire Erica Logan Episode: "The Senator"
2004 Second Time Around Amanda Episode: "Coupling Up"
2004 NYPD Blue Bobbi Kingston Episodes: "My Dinner with Andy" and "I Like Ike"
2005 House Sharon Episode: "Sports Medicine"
2005 1-800-Missing Kelly Episode: "Sisterhood"
2005 The War at Home Vanessa Episode: "Guess Who's Coming to the Barbecue"
2006 Bones Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Kurland Episode: "Aliens in a Spaceship"
2009 Criminal Minds Tamara Barnes Episodes: "Hopeless" and "The Eyes Have It"
2006–2012 Eureka Allison Blake Series regular
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series (2011)
2012 The Finder Athena Brookes Episode: "Life After Death"
2012 The Secret Lives of Wives Reed TV pilot
2012–2013 The Newsroom Jane Barrow Recurring role, 3 episodes
2013 NCIS Carrie Clark Episode: "Alibi"
2014 House of Lies Sandra Joy Episode: "Power(less)"
2014 Castle U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Weston Episode: "The Greater Good"
2014 NCIS Carrie Clark Episode: "Semper Fortis"
2015 Being Mary Jane Valerie Recurring role, 5 episodes
2015–2017 Stitchers Maggie Series regular
2015 NCIS Carrie Clark Episode: "A Day in Court"
2016 Queen Sugar Directed episodes "So Far" and "All Good"
(as Salli Richardson-Whitfield)[13]
2017 Underground Directed episode: "Nok Aaut"
as Salli Richardson-Whitfield[14]
2018 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Directed episode: "Inside Voices"
(as Salli Richardson-Whitfield)[15]
2018 Luke Cage Directed episode: "Get Physical"
(as Salli Richardson-Whitfield)[citation needed]
2018 Black Lightning District Attorney Montez Episode: "The Book of Consequences: Chapter Four: Translucent Freak" (also directed)
2019 The Punisher Directed episode: "Flustercluck"
2019 American Gods Directed episode: "The Ways of the Dead"
(as Salli Richardson-Whitfield)[18]
2019 Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Directed episode: "Chapter Fourteen: Lupercallia"
(as Salli Richardson-Whitfield)
2019 All American Directed episode: "Legacy"
(as Salli Richardson-Whitfield)
2019 Doom Patrol Directed episode: "Hair Patrol"
(as Salli Richardson-Whitfield)
2019 The Chi Directed episode: "Lean Into It"
(as Salli Richardson-Whitfield)
2019 Pearson Directed episode: “The Former City Attorney”(as Salli Richardson-Whitfield)


  1. ^ "Salli Richardson-Whitfield | Official Home Page". Archived from the original on September 18, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Dretzka, Gary (August 8, 1995). "What's Dramatic, Fun and Keeping These Actors Busy? Sounds Like Gargoyles". Chicago Tribune. p. 7. Retrieved April 18, 2015.
  3. ^ "Salli Richardson Facts, information, pictures | articles about Salli Richardson". Retrieved May 29, 2014.
  4. ^ Whitfield, Salli; et al. (July 1997). "Black America and Tiger's Dilemma". Ebony: 28–34, 138ff (esp. 29, 34). Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Salli Richardson-Whitfield Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved May 29, 2014.
  6. ^ "Richard Brooks, Salli Richardson-Whitfield Join Isaiah Washington in 'The Sin Seer'". TheWrap. May 8, 2014. Retrieved May 29, 2014.
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 25, 2012). "Salli Richardson-Whitfield To Star In Lifetime's 'Secret Lives Of Wives' Pilot". Retrieved May 29, 2014.
  8. ^ "'Homeland's' Martin Donovan Joins Lifetime's 'Lottery' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. December 2, 2013. Retrieved May 29, 2014.
  9. ^ "A+E Networks – Life is Entertaining". May 22, 2014. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  10. ^ "MacKenzie Porter Joins AMC's 'Hell On Wheels'; Salli Richardson-Whitfield In BET's 'Being Mary Jane'". April 8, 2014. Retrieved May 29, 2014.
  11. ^ "TV News: Salli Richardson-Whitfield Joins 'Being Mary Jane,' Omar J. Dorsey In 'Ray Donovan' + New Oxygen Greenlights|Shadow and Act". Retrieved May 29, 2014.
  12. ^ "ABC Family Adds 3 to Cast of First Crime Procedural 'Stitchers'". TheWrap. January 14, 2015. Retrieved April 18, 2015.
  13. ^ a b "Ava DuVernay and Queen Sugar Look Like the Future of Television". Essence. March 30, 2017. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  14. ^ a b "Salli Richardson-Whitfield On Underground's "Nok Aaut" & The Age Of The Black Female Director". Essence. March 30, 2017. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  15. ^ a b "Scoop: Coming Up On All New MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D on ABC - Today, April 6, 2018". BWW. April 6, 2018. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  16. ^ "Dondre and Salli Welcome Son Dre Terrell Whitfield". Celebrity Baby Blog ( February 25, 2009. Archived from the original on February 26, 2009 – via Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  17. ^ "Salli Richardson-Whitfield ‑ Biography". IMDb. Retrieved April 26, 2010.
  18. ^ "Home - American Gods S2 Presskit". Starz]. Retrieved February 12, 2019.

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