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Salli Richardson-Whitfield


Salli Richardson-Whitfield is a 30-year industry veteran. She has been featured in over 20 major motion pictures and has starred opposite a number of Hollywood’s top actors, including Samuel L. Jackson in THE GREAT WHITE HYPE, Denzel Washington in ANTWONE FISHER, and Will Smith in I AM LEGEND. On television, Salli starred in the long-running SYFY network hit series EUREKA as well as three seasons of STITCHERS on FREEFORM. Her acting resume includes dozens of popular series, highlighted by CRIMINAL MINDS, BONES, HOUSE MD, NYPD BLUE, CASTLE, BEING MARY JANE, and CSI: MIAMI.


Changing gears to a role behind the camera, Salli has established herself as a director and producer.  Ava DuVernay was one of the first to recognize Salli’s skill as director, offering Salli two back to back episodes of the first season of QUEEN SUGAR. Her now incredibly extensive directing resume includes such shows as AMAZON’S WHEEL OF TIME, HULU’S REPRISAL, APPLE’S SEE, NETFLIX’S ALTERED CARBON, STARZ’ AMERICAN GODS and SURVIVOR’S REMORSE, SHOWTIME’S THE CHI, ABC's SCANDAL and BLACKISH, FOX's LETHAL WEAPON, FREEFORM’S SHADOWHUNTERS, NETFLIX’S DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, LUKE CAGE, and THE PUNISHER, BET's REBEL, SYFY’S THE MAGICIANS and EUREKA, BLACK LIGHTNING, and ALL AMERICAN for THE CW. Salli’s work on LUKE CAGE was nominated for a NAACP Award for Outstanding Directing In A Drama Series as well as a Hugo Award nomination for her work on WHEEL OF TIME, and a Black Reel Award for directing BLACKISH. She also just won the AAFCA Best TV Directing Award for her work on HBO’s THE GILDED AGE.


Salli’s successful run as a director and producer was punctuated by the announcement of her first Overall Deal with HBO for whom she Directed and Executive Produced Julian Fellowes’ period drama series THE GILDED AGE and also directed the final two episodes of the first season of Adam McKay's critically acclaimed series WINNING TIME: THE RISE OF THE LAKERS DYNASTY and will serve as Executive Producer as she directs half of the second season. Salli has since renewed her relationship with HBO and HBO Max with a long-term Overall Deal.

Selected filmography

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    • Character: Dr. Aubrey Joseph
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    • Character: Maggie Baptiste
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    Real Husbands of Hollywood
    • Character: Herself
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    House of Lies
    • Character: Sandra Joy
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    The Newsroom
    • Character: Jane Barrow
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    • Character: Allison Blake
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    Criminal Minds
    • Character: Tamara Barnes
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    Pastor Brown
    • Character: Jessica 'Jesse' Brown
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    Black Dynamite
    • Character: Gloria
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    I Am Legend
    • Character: Zoe Neville
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    Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid
    • Character: Gail Stern
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    Antwone Fisher
    • Character: Berta Davenport
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    A Low Down Dirty Shame
    • Character: Angela
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    • Character: Lana