Tawny Cypress

Tawny Cypress is an American actress. She has appeared in various television and stage plays. She starred as art dealer Simone Deveaux on the TV series Heroes. She previously held roles on several TV series, including Fox's drama K-Ville as Ginger "Love Tap" LeBeau, Carly Heath on House of Cards, and Cherie Rollins-Murray on the second and third seasons of the CBS series Unforgettable. In 2019, Cypress starred as Inez in the film Inez & Doug & Kira, for which she has received critical acclaim.[citation needed] Since 2021, Cypress has starred as Taissa Turner on Showtime's Yellowjackets.

Tawny Cypress
Years active2000–present
Bill Charles
(m. 2000; div. 2004)

Tom Dillon
(m. 2011)

Her mother is of Hungarian descent and her father was Black Native American, a descendent of the Accawmacke Nation of the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Cypress was born in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, and still resides in her native New Jersey.[1]


Tawny Cypress was born in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. She spent her childhood living in communities along the Jersey Shore, including the towns of Sea Girt, Belmar and Red Bank.[2] She attended Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Cypress also attended William Esper Studio, where she was invited to teach in 2020.[3] Since 2000, she has been actively working in film and television. Her brother is comic book artist Toby Cypress. Since 2011, she has been married to Tom Dillon. They have one child and reside in New Jersey with their many dogs and cats.[4] In 2021, Cypress was cast as Taissa Turner in Yellowjackets, survivor of a horrific plane crash in the 1990s, now running for New Jersey State Senate while trying to keep quiet the demons of eighteen months of survival in the Canadian wilderness.



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Autumn in New York Melissa
2006 Bella Frannie
2006 World Trade Center Bleeding Woman
2009 Brooklyn's Finest Allisa
2011 Remains Cindy
2013 Home Laura
2019 Inez & Doug & Kira Inez


Year Title Role Notes
2000 NYPD Blue Rosana Booth Episode: "A Hole in Juan"
2000–2005 Third Watch A.D.A. Sharon Burns Recurring role (7 episodes)
2001–2002 100 Centre Street Cassandra Rodriguez Recurring role (6 episodes)
2002 Hack Anna Rowe Episode: "Bad Choices"
2003 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Louisa Iberra Episode: "Legion"
2003 All My Children Prof. Shambala Stevens Recurring role (6 episodes)
2005 Jonny Zero Nina Calvo Recurring role (6 episodes)
2005 Stella Gemma Episode: "Meeting Girls"
2006 Love Monkey Crystal Sloane Episode: "Mything Persons"
2006 The Time Tunnel J.D. TV film
2006–2007 Heroes Simone Deveaux Recurring role (14 episodes)
2007–2008 K-Ville Ginger 'Love Tap' LeBeau Recurring role (11 episodes)
2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Shawna Episode: "Undercover"
2008 Army Wives Brenda Episodes: "Casting Out the Net", "Duplicity"
2009 House Rules Robin Calhoun TV film
2009 Rescue Me Carla Recurring role (5 episodes)
2010 Warehouse 13 Romana Episode: "Age Before Beauty"
2011 Gun Hill Andrea Logan TV film
2012 The Good Wife Melinda Episode: "I Fought the Law"
2012 Blue Bloods Patrice Episode: "Nightmares"
2013 Elementary Black Suit Episode: "The Red Team"
2013 House of Cards Carly Heath Recurring role (5 episodes)
2013–2014 Unforgettable Cherie Rollins-Murray Regular role (26 episodes)
2016 Supergirl Senator Miranda Crane/White Martian 2 episodes
2016 The Blacklist Nez Rowan, a mercenary 4 episodes
2017 The Blacklist: Redemption Nez Rowan, a mercenary Main role, 8 episodes
2017 NCIS: New Orleans FBI Special Agent Sarah Barns Episode: "The Asset"
2018 Bull Brooke Ford Episode: "Excessive Force"
2018 FBI Jillian Starls Episode: "The Armorer's Faith"
2019 The Code Col. Edina Corpus 2 episodes
2020 Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector Naia 2 episodes
2021–present Yellowjackets Taissa Main role
2021 Billions Dean Walker Episode: "Copenhagen"
2022 The Equalizer Dante's wife 2 episodes


  1. ^ "K-Ville: Bios: Tawny Cypress". Fox Broadcasting Company. Archived from the original on December 28, 2007. Retrieved January 16, 2008.
  2. ^ "On Set With Tawny Cypress". BET. Retrieved 2022-05-26.
  3. ^ "Past Workshops & Classes |". 2018-04-10. Retrieved 2022-05-26.
  4. ^ "Tawny Cypress is on Instagram • 23 posts on their profile". www.instagram.com. Retrieved 2022-05-28.

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