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      Tessa Thompson

      Tessa Thompson

      Highest Rated: 99% Selma (2014)

      Lowest Rated: 9% When a Stranger Calls (2006)

      Birthday: Oct 3, 1983

      Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

      Tessa Thompson's confident screen presence helped to make her a major screen talent in the late 2010s, with starring roles in such critically and box office hits as "Selma" (2014), "Creed" (2015), "Thor: Ragnarok" (2017) and "Sorry to Bother You" (2018). Born Tessa Lynn Thompson on October 3, 1983 in Los Angeles, California, she hailed from a musical family - her father was Marc Anthony Thompson, founder of the neo-soul collective Chocolate Genius, Inc., and her maternal grandfather was rumba bandleader and television host Bobby Ramos - and divided her childhood between Los Angeles and New York City. She began acting as a student at Santa Monica High School, and focused on a degree in cultural anthropology at Santa Monica College while continuing to perform on stages across Los Angeles. These included a 2005 performance in "Romeo and Juliet" for the Boston Court Theatre in Pasadena that earned an NAACP theater nomination. That same year, Thompson made her screen acting debut in an episode of the CBS crime drama "Cold Case," which was soon followed by series regular work in the second season of "Veronica Mars" (UPN/CW, 2004-07) as Jackie Cook, a potential love interest for Percy Daggs III's crime-solving Wallace Fennell. From there, she worked steadily on television, including recurring roles on "Heroes" (NBC, 2006-2010, 2015) , "Detroit 1-8-7" (ABC, 2010-11) and the Tom Fontana/Barry Levinson period crime series "Copper" (BBC America, 2012-13); feature work during this period included a lead in Tina Mabry's powerful "Mississippi Damned" (2009), with Thompson as a rural Southern girl subjected to terrible abuse, the dance drama "Make It Happen" (2008) and Tyler Perry's adaptation of "For Colored Girls" (2010). She earned her big break as the star of Justin Simien's "Dear White People" (2014), playing a college radio host whose social observations roil the white, conservative students and faculty at a fictitious university. The critical praise afforded to her performance led to more substantive roles, including civil rights activist Diane Nash in Ava DuVernay's "Selma" (2014), as Michael B. Jordan's independent-minded love interest in "Creed" (2015), and as Delos Board member Charlotte Hale on HBO's "Westworld" (2016- ).The following year, Thompson was seen by millions in Marvel Studios' "Thor: Ragnarok" (2017), playing a flinty slave trader who imprisons and later befriends Chris Hemsworth's God of Thunder. A box office hit, "Thor" helped to mint Thompson as a star, and she parlayed her fame into starring roles in indie fare like the Western "Little Woods" (2018) and the critically acclaimed satire "Sorry to Bother You" (2018) and mainstream fare like the science fiction thriller "Annihilation" (2018) and "Creed II" (2018).

      Highest rated movies

      Selma Little Woods Creed Avengers: Endgame Sylvie's Love Sorry to Bother You Thor: Ragnarok
      Dear White People

      Photos

      Tessa Thompson at arrivals for Hammer Museum Gala in the Garden, Hammer Museum, Westwood, CA October 14, 2017. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Tessa Thompson, Franka Potente, Anastasia Griffith, Tanya at arrivals for BBC America''s COPPER Season Premiere, MoMA Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY August 15, 2012. Photo By: Andres Otero/Everett Collection Tessa Thompson at arrivals for ANNIHILATION Premiere, The Regency Village Theatre, Los Angeles, CA February 13, 2018. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough Tessa Thompson at arrivals for AVENGERS: ENDGAME Premiere, Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA April 22, 2019. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Tessa Thompson at arrivals for The 91st Academy Awards - Arrivals 3, The Dolby Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Center, Los Angeles, CA February 24, 2019. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Tessa Thompson in the press room for 34th Film Independent Spirit Award Ceremony - Press Room, Santa Monica Beach, Santa Monica, CA February 23, 2019. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Tessa Thompson at The CREED II UK Premiere at the BFI Imax, Waterloo, London on November 28th 2018 Photoshot/Everett Collection, Tessa Thompson at The CREED II UK Premiere at the BFI Imax, Waterloo, London on November 28th 2018 Photoshot/Everett Collection, Tessa Thompson at arrivals for HBO''s FAHRENHEIT 451 Premiere, Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, New York, NY May 8, 2018. Photo By: Derek Storm/Everett Collection Tessa Thompson at arrivals for HBO''s FAHRENHEIT 451 Premiere, Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, New York, NY May 8, 2018. Photo By: Derek Storm/Everett Collection Tessa Thompson at arrivals for ANNIHILATION Premiere, The Regency Village Theatre, Los Angeles, CA February 13, 2018. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough Tessa Thompson at arrivals for ANNIHILATION Premiere, The Regency Village Theatre, Los Angeles, CA February 13, 2018. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Tessa Thompson at arrivals for MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL Premiere, AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13, New York, NY June 11, 2019. Photo By: Jason Mendez/Everett Collection Tessa Thompson at arrivals for 2019 MTV Movie and TV Awards, Barker Hangar, Los Angeles, CA June 15, 2019. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Tessa Thompson at arrivals for THOR: RAGNAROK Premiere, El Capitan Theatre, Los Angeles, CA October 10, 2017. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Tessa Thompson at arrivals for THOR: RAGNAROK Premiere, El Capitan Theatre, Los Angeles, CA October 10, 2017. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Tessa Thompson at arrivals for WOODSHOCK Premiere, ArcLight Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA September 18, 2017. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Tessa Thompson at arrivals for WOODSHOCK Premiere, ArcLight Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA September 18, 2017. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Tessa Thompson at arrivals for The 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2017 - Arrivals 2, Microsoft Theater L.A. Live, Los Angeles, CA September 17, 2017. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Tessa Thompson at arrivals for The National Board of Review Gala Honoring the 2015 Award Winners - Part 2, Cipriani 42nd Street, New York, NY January 5, 2016. Photo By: Derek Storm/Everett Collection

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      88% 95% Creed III Bianca (Character) $156.2M 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Creed 3: Trailer Unknown (Character) - 2023
      73% No Score Yet The Listener Beth (Character),
      Producer
      - 2022
      63% 76% Thor: Love and Thunder King Valkyrie (Character) $343.2M 2022
      90% 86% Passing Irene (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 2021
      93% 77% Sylvie's Love Sylvie (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 2020
      67% 50% Lady and the Tramp Lady (Voice) - 2019
      73% 44% Between Two Ferns: The Movie Self - 2019
      23% 66% Men in Black: International Agent M (Character) $80.0M 2019
      94% 90% Avengers: Endgame Valkyrie (Character) $858.4M 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Janelle Monáe: Dirty Computer Zen (Character) - 2018
      95% 54% Little Woods Ollie (Character),
      Executive Producer
      $147.1K 2018
      83% 80% Creed II Bianca (Character) $115.7M 2018
      93% 70% Sorry to Bother You Detroit (Character) $17.5M 2018
      20% 32% Furlough Nicole Stevens (Character) - 2018
      88% 67% Annihilation Josie Radek (Character) $32.7M 2018
      93% 87% Thor: Ragnarok Valkyrie (Character) $315.0M 2017
      62% 37% Dirty Cops - War on Everyone Jackie Hollis (Character) - 2016
      95% 89% Creed Bianca (Character) $109.7M 2015
      No Score Yet 46% Grantham & Rose Wallis (Character) - 2014
      99% 86% Selma Diane Nash (Character) $52.1M 2014
      91% 61% Dear White People Sam White (Character) $4.4M 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Points of Origin Rosemary (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Automotive Maggie (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet 44% Murder on the 13th Floor Nia Palmer (Character) - 2012
      32% 73% For Colored Girls Nyla/Purple (Character) $37.7M 2010
      No Score Yet 82% Mississippi Damned Kari Peterson (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Exquisite Corpse Liz (Character) - 2009
      24% 40% Make It Happen Dana (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet 49% The Initiation of Sarah Esme (Character) - 2006
      9% 43% When a Stranger Calls Scarlet (Character) $47.9M 2006

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 19% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2018 2021-2023
      No Score Yet 44% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2023
      79% 75% Westworld Charlotte Hale (Character) 2016 2018 2020 2022
      No Score Yet 73% Marvel Studios: Legends Unknown (Character) 2022
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2018 2021-2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Soul of a Nation Self 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show Guest 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors Guest 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Centerpiece Guest 2020
      No Score Yet 48% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2019
      No Score Yet 29% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Guest 2018
      94% 80% Portlandia Unknown (Guest Star) 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 106 & Park Unknown (Character) 2014
      No Score Yet 100% The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson Guest 2014
      No Score Yet 10% The View Guest 2014
      81% 78% Copper Sara Freeman (Character) 2012-2013
      58% 74% 666 Park Avenue Unknown (Guest Star) 2012-2013
      No Score Yet 88% Rizzoli and Isles FBI Agent Anna Farrell (Guest Star) 2011
      81% No Score Yet Detroit 1-8-7 Unknown (Guest Star) 2010-2011
      18% 67% Off the Map Sydney (Guest Star) 2011
      31% No Score Yet Three Rivers Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mo'Nique Show Unknown (Character) 2010
      52% 65% Heroes Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
      No Score Yet 81% Private Practice Zoe Salter (Guest Star) 2009
      6% No Score Yet Mental Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
      42% No Score Yet Hidden Palms Nikki Barnes (Character) 2007
      91% 78% Veronica Mars Jackie Cook (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      2005-2006
      84% 73% Grey's Anatomy Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
      No Score Yet 95% Cold Case Unknown (Guest Star) 2005