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BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRICAN AMERICAN " TESSA THOMPSON " IS AN ACTRESS WHO PLAYED JACKIE COOK ON TELEVISION NOIR VERONICA MATS : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "

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                                                                                                            Tessa Thompson


Tessa Thompson
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Thompson at the 46th NAACP Image AwardsNominee Press Conference
BornTessa Lynne Thompson
October 3, 1983 (age 31)
Los AngelesCalifornia, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active2005–present
Tessa Lynne Thompson[1] (born October 3, 1983) is an American actress. She played Jackie Cook on the television noir Veronica Mars, Nyla Adrose in the film For Colored Girls, and civil rights activist Diane Nash in Selma (2014).

Early life

Thompson was born in Los Angeles, California. She made her stage debut in a fifth grade play, starring as a tap dancing wolf, opposite Amber Tamblyn. She attended Santa Monica High School and was in many high school theatre productions. Thompson is the daughter of singer/songwriter Marc Anthony Thompson of the New York-based bandChocolate Genius, Inc.[citation needed]

Career

Television

Thompson, who started in Los Angeles professional theater, may be best known for her role as Jackie Cook on the UPN/CW neo-noir drama series Veronica Mars, starring as a series regular for the show's second season. Additional television appearances include a guest spot on the Cold Case episode "Best Friends" as Wilhemenia "Billie" Ducette, and as Dr. Richard Webber's niece, Camille, on the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy. In 2007, she was a part of the cast on the CW`s short-lived drama Hidden Palms, portraying Nikki Barnes. She most recently worked on guest star roles on Life and Private Practice, and appeared in the fourth season of Heroes. In 2010, she had a guest role as the wife of a detective on Detroit 187. In 2012, she had a guest role as Gavin Doran's daughter, Sasha, on 666 Park Avenue.

Film

Thompson's first feature film appearance was in the 2006 remake of the horror film When a Stranger Calls playing the role of Scarlet. Thompson was next seen opposite Mary Elizabeth Winstead in the dancing film Make it Happen in 2008, and did two other films that year:The Human Contract and Periphery. In 2009, Thompson appeared in Red & Blue Marbles and Mississippi Damned.
She appeared in Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls in 2010, followed by Justin Simien's 2014 independent film Dear White People. Most recently, she portrayed civil rights activistDiane Nash in Selma, released in 2014.

Theater

Thompson was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for her stage performance as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet: Antebellum New Orleans 1836 with The Theatre at Boston Court in Pasadena, California which was her professional debut and her first professional Shakespeare production. Subsequently, she has appeared in many more plays in Los Angeles.[citation needed]

Music

Thompson worked with songwriter and producer Jesse Nolan and Stephen Edelstein titled Caught A Ghost. She is listed in the bio page of the band's website as providing "sultry vocals and percussions". The band's sound is explained on their website to "feature elements of classic Motown and stax volt compositions with influences from dubstep, 90s rap, and contemporary electronica".[2]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
2006When a Stranger CallsScarlet
2008Make It HappenDana
2008The Human ContractWaitress
2009Mississippi DamnedKari Peterson
2010Everyday Black ManClaire
2010Exquisite CorpseLiz
2010For Colored GirlsNyla Adrose
2011PeripheryCaitlin
2011Red & Blue MarblesBecca
2012Murder on the 13th FloorNia Palmer
2013AutomotiveMaggie
2013South DakotaChris
2013Grantham & RoseWallisCompleted
2014Dear White PeopleSamantha WhiteAfrican American Film Critics Association for Best Breakout Performance
Gotham Awards for Breakthrough Actor
Nominated - NAACP Image Awards for Best Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominated - Black Reel Award for Best Actress
2014SelmaDiane Nash
2015CreedFilming
????The Prop Is the GirlBritPost-production

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
2005Cold CaseWilhemina "Billie" DoucetteEpisode: "Best Friends"
2005–2006Veronica MarsJackie CookRegular role (22 episodes)
2006Grey's AnatomyCamille TravisEpisodes: "Deterioration of the Fight or Flight Response", "Losing My Religion",
2006The Initiation of SarahEsmeTV film
2007Hidden PalmsNikki BarnesMain role (7 episodes)
2008LifeLizaEpisode: "Trapdoor"
2009MentalLainey JeffersonEpisode: "Lines in the Sand"
2009Private PracticeZoeEpisodes: "Yours, Mine & Ours", "Strange Bedfellows"
2009HeroesRebecca TaylorEpisodes: "Hysterical Blindness", "Strange Attractors", "Shadowboxing"
2009Three RiversPenelope KirkellEpisode: "A Roll of the Dice"
2010BetwixtJennyTV film
2010Blue BelleBlueLead role (5 episodes)
2010–2011Detroit 1-8-7Lauren WashingtonEpisodes: "Local Hero/Overboard", "Home Invasion/Drive-By", "Blackout"
2011Off the MapSydneyEpisode: "A Doctor Time Out"
2011Rizzoli & IslesFBI Agent Anna FarrellEpisode: "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"
2012–2013666 Park AvenueSasha DoranRecurring role (5 episodes)
2012–2013CopperSara FreemanMain role (19 episodes)

Awards and nominations

  • Won- 2011 Black Reel Award for Outstanding Breakthrough Performance for For Colored Girls
  • Won- 2011 Black Reel Award for For Colored Girls