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Salli Richardson-Whitfield

Biography

Salli Richardson-Whitfield is a 30-year industry veteran. She has been featured in 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 a director, offering Salli two back-to-back episodes of the first season of QUEEN SUGAR. Her now incredibly extensive directing resume includes Amazon's WHEEL OF TIME, Hulu’s REPRISAL, Apple’s SEE, Netflix’s DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, LUKE CAGE, THE PUNISHER, and ALTERED CARBON, Starz's AMERICAN GODS and SURVIVOR’S REMORSE, Showtime’s THE CHI, ABC's SCANDAL and BLACKISH, Fox's LETHAL WEAPON, Freeform’s SHADOWHUNTERS, BET's REBEL, SYFY’S THE MAGICIANS, EUREKA, BLACK LIGHTNING, and The CW’s ALL AMERICAN.  

Salli’s work is award-nominated for an NAACP Award for Outstanding Directing In A Drama Series for LUKE CAGE, for a Hugo Award nomination for her work on WHEEL OF TIME, and for a Black Reel Award for directing BLACKISH. She won the AAFCA Best TV Directing Award for her work on HBO’s THE GILDED AGE. Additionally, while Salli was serving as a Director and Executive Producer on WINNING TIME: THE RISE OF THE LAKERS DYNASTY, the series was nominated for a 2024 Critics Choice Award for Best Drama Series. Most recently, she won two The Gracies’ 2024 awards for Director - Drama (WINNING TIME: THE RISE OF THE LAKERS DYNASTY) and Producer - Entertainment (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. Salli has since renewed her relationship with HBO and HBO Max with a long-term Overall Deal. Since then, she has served as Executive Producer on season two of WINNING TIME and season two of THE GILDED AGE to much success. Currently, she is an Executive Producer and Director on HBO’s Brad Ingelsby Task Force Limited Series starring Mark Ruffalo.

Selected filmography

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    Rosewood
    • Character: Dr. Aubrey Joseph
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    Stitchers
    • 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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    Eureka
    • 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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    Posse
    • Character: Lana
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