Sanaa Lathan


Biography

Sanaa McCoy Lathan was born in New York City on September 19, 1971. She attended Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in English. Lathan contemplated a career in law, but instead enrolled at the Yale School of Drama. Following her training at Yale, she performed in a number of Shakespeare's plays and earned acclaim both off-Broadway and on the Los Angeles stage. She later found early television roles on episodes of such shows as In the House, Family Matters, NYPD Blue, and Moesha. During that same period, she was awarded Best Actress from the Los Angeles NAACP Theatrical Award Committee for her performance in To Take Arms. In 1998, Lathan starred as the mother of Wesley Snipes' title character in Blade. She followed with a role in Life and back-to-back turns in and The Wood and The Best Man for which Lathan received a NAACP Image Award nomination. She was then cast as the love interest of Omar Epps in Prince-Bythewood's Love & Basketball. Her performance in Love & Basketball earned her the 2001 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture, as well as an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actress and a BET Award. In 2001, Lathan earned additional acclaim for her work in the multicultural comedy Catfish in Black Bean Sauce. Next was her second collaboration with Prince-Bythewood: Disappearing Acts; which was based on a novel by Terry McMillan. For her work in the film, Lathan earned an Essence Award for Best Actress. That year, she was named by Ebony magazine as one of its 55 Most Beautiful People. In 2002, Lathan starred in the romantic comedy, Brown Sugar. Lathan’s performance earned a NAACP Image Award Nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture. In 2004, Lathan starred on Broadway in A Raisin in the Sun with Sean Combs, Audra McDonald, and Phylicia Rashad. Lathan received a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actress for her portrayal of Beneatha Younger. Several years later, Lathan reprised the role in a critically acclaimed ABC Network production of A Raisin in the Sun. Lathan subsequently starred in several major Hollywood films, including Alien vs. Predator, which was Lathan's biggest role to date. Out of Time was also an important role for Lathan as she played the plot-twist antagonist, sharing the screen with Denzel Washington. In 2006, Lathan co-starred with Simon Baker in Something New, a romantic comedy about an interracial relationship. Lathan appeared in a recurring role as Michelle Landau in another interracial relationship as the much younger wife of a Texas businessman (Larry Hagman) during the fourth season of the television series, Nip/Tuck. Lathan played Andrea in Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys in 2008. In 2009, Lathan co-starred with Matthew Broderick in the drama Wonderful World. She also began voicing the character Donna Tubbs on The Cleveland Show. Retuning back to the stage in 2010 she starred in the all-black performance of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Novello Theatre in London.


2017American Assassin as Irene Kennedy
2017Shots Fired as Ashe Akino
2016Approaching the Unknown as Captain Emily Maddox
2016Now You See Me 2 as Natalie Austin
2016The Best Man Wedding as Robin
2015The Perfect Guy as Leah
2014Repentance as Maggie
2013The Best Man Holiday as Robyn
2011Boss as Mona Fredricks
2011Contagion as Aubrey Cheever
2009The Cleveland Show as Donna Tubbs (voice)
2009Powder Blue as Diana
2009Wonderful World as Khadi
2008The Family That Preys as Andrea
2008A Raisin in the Sun as Beneatha Younger
2006Something New as Kenya Denise McQueen
2004AVP: Alien vs. Predator as Alexa Woods
2003Out of Time as Ann Merai Harrison
2003Nip/Tuck as
2002Brown Sugar as Sidney 'Syd' Shaw
2000Disappearing Acts as Zora Banks
2000Catfish in Black Bean Sauce as Nina
2000Love & Basketball as Monica Wright
1999The Best Man as Robin
1999The Wood as Alicia
1999Life as Daisy
1999Family Guy as Donna (voice)
1999Family Guy as
1998Blade as Vanessa
1998LateLine as Briana Gilliam
1997Built to Last as Linda
1997Drive as Carolyn Brody
1996Moesha as
1993Late Night with Conan O'Brien as
1989Family Matters as