Adina Porter

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Adina Porter
Born(1971-03-13) March 13, 1971 (age 43)
New York City, United States
Years active1992–present
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Adina Porter
Born(1971-03-13) March 13, 1971 (age 43)
New York City, United States
Years active1992–present

Adina Porter is an Obie Award-winning American actress, known for her recurring role as Lettie Mae Thornton on HBO's True Blood and as Kendra on HBO's The Newsroom.


Porter's film and TV resume stretches back to 1992's Leopold/Loeb New Queer Cinema feature, Swoon, though she's best known for frequent episodic television guest-starring roles and advertising campaigns for GEICO and Domino's Pizza. She played Letecia Barris on the series Prison Break and also appeared as Ricky in the film adaptation of Ruben Santiago-Hudson's Lackawanna Blues for HBO. Her Broadway debut came in 2001 with the Roundabout Theater's revival of The Women, directed by Scott Elliott, broadcast as part of PBS's Stage on Screen series, in addition to many significant off-Broadway and regional theater credits (including her award-winning performance in Suzan-Lori Parks's 1996 play, Venus) and multiple productions at the New York Shakespeare Festival.[1] In 2006, she guest starred in the series Without a Trace in an episode called "Watch Over Me" where she plays a social worker. In 2007, she guest starred in the House M.D. episode "Family". Prior to her work on HBO's hit television series True Blood where she plays Lettie Mae Thornton, mother to Rutina Wesley's Tara Thorton, Porter spent two seasons as housekeeper Gwen Walker on NBC's American Dreams.[2] She was also Silver the office worker in the movie The Fluffer.



1997The PeacemakerPolice NYPD
1999Body ShotsDetective Thompson
2001The FlufferSilver
2002Pipe DreamLauren Gunther
2005The SalonPercy's wife
2010The Social NetworkGretchen's Associateuncredit
2011About SunnyCheryl



1990Law & OrderMary Byman/Sheryl Decker/Woman Neighbor3 episodes, 1990–1995
1994New York UndercoverJasmine Hopkins1 episode
1997Brooklyn SouthAngela Withers1 episode
1998BrimstoneRachel1 episode
1999SnoopsAngela Jackson1 episode
2000The DistrictElla's Assistant1 episode
Judging Amy1 episode
Any Day NowDiane1 episode
City of AngelsHazina1 episode
2001NYPD BlueIfeoma Okefor/Tisha2 episodes, 2001–2003
2002Strong MedicineMalia1 episode
The GuardianAssistente D. A.1 episode
Crossing JordanVicki Moran1 episode
American DreamsGwen Walker15 episodes, 2002–2003
2005ERMrs. Hopkins1 episode
Jack & Bobby1 episode
CSI: NYShannon Goodall1 episode
Prison BreakLeticia Barris2 episodes, 2005
2006Without a TraceHarriet Lewis1 episode
2007House M.D.Claudia1 episode
Law & Order: Special Victims UnitJanelle Odami1 episode
Saving GraceTamara Cooley2 episodes, 2007–2010
2008True BloodLettie Mae ThorntonSeasons 2-6 recurring
Seasons 1,7 regular
2009Cold CaseLaticia Myers1 episode
CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationDenise Devine1 episode
2010HawthorneNancy Breton1 episode
The Whole TruthDetective Sweeney1 episode
2011Criminal Minds: Suspect BehaviorJeanette Rawlins1 episode
Private PracticeStacy1 episode
American Horror StorySally Freeman1 episode
Prime SuspectDetective Kendra Cannon1 episode
RingerPrincipal Caruso2 episodes, 2011–2012
2012The FinderMs. Estelle1 episode
Grey's AnatomyDr. Ramsey1 episode
GleeTeatcher History1 episode
The Vampire DiariesNandi1 episode
The NewsroomKendra James18 episodes, 2012–2013


1998GiaGirl at Group Therapy
2002Stage on Screen: The WomenA Nurse / Euphie / Miss Myrtle / ...
2005Lackawanna BluesRicky
2009Operating InstructionsCelia
2013DoubtStacie McNeil


1993Geoffrey Beene 30Woman
2011The Changing RoomSarah


  1. ^ "Adina Porter". Lortel archive/Internet off-Broadway Database. Retrieved June 23, 2012. 
  2. ^ "True Blood: Actor Bio: Adina Porter". Retrieved June 23, 2012. 

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