Joy Bryant

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Joy Bryant
Joy Bryant Paleyfest 2013.jpg
Bryant at the Paleyfest 2013
Born(1974-10-18) October 18, 1974 (age 40)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Alma materYale University
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)Dave Pope (2008–present)
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Joy Bryant
Joy Bryant Paleyfest 2013.jpg
Bryant at the Paleyfest 2013
Born(1974-10-18) October 18, 1974 (age 40)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Alma materYale University
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)Dave Pope (2008–present)

Joy Bryant (born October 18, 1974) is an American actress and former fashion model, who is currently starring as Jasmine Trussell in the NBC family drama Parenthood.

Early life[edit]

Bryant was born in the Bronx, New York. She was raised by her grandmother;[1] she explained: "I grew up not really having a connection to my father."[2] She started dancing at age three.[3] While living in the Bronx, she graduated from CJHS 145x and was a member of the Fieldston Enrichment Program, an elite high school preparatory program.[4] Bryant is a graduate of Westminster School, a boarding school in Connecticut.[5] She attended Yale University.[1]


Early on, Bryant played a small role in Ill Al Skratch's video "I'll Take Her". Bryant had contracts with several brands, including Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and RocaWear.[6] She has also appeared in advertising for Gap and Victoria's Secret also starring in a Carlos Santana and Musiq Soulschild music video for the song Nothing at All" opposite Connecticut born actor Andre Warmsley in 2004.

Her acting debut came in 2001 in Robert Townsend's Carmen: A Hip Hopera. After a small role in the action comedy Showtime, she made her big breakthrough in Denzel Washington's directorial debut, Antwone Fisher.[7] In 2005 she appeared in several high-profile films, including Baadasssss!, The Skeleton Key, London and Get Rich or Die Tryin'. She also played the role of Tunde Adebimpe's love interest in "Will Do" a 2011 TV on the Radio music video. Bryant is now starring as Jasmine Trussell in Parenthood.[8] BuddyTV ranked her #19 on its TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2011 list.[9]

Personal life[edit]

In October 2007 OK! reported that Bryant was engaged to stuntman Dave Pope, who she met on the set of Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins.[10] They married in June 2008.[11] She owns a ranch house in Glendale, California.[1] She is an ambassador of Oxfam's Sisters on the Planet, an organization that helps women fight hunger, poverty and climate change.[12]


2001Carmen: A Hip HoperaNikki
2002KiteShane's Mother
Antwone FisherPO2 Cheryl Smolley, US Navy
2003How to Get the Man's Foot Outta Your AssPriscillaAlternative title: Baadasssss!
2004Three WayRita Caswell
Spider-Man 2Woman at Web
2005The Skeleton KeyJill
Get Rich or Die Tryin'Charlene
2007The Hunting PartyDuck's girlfriend
2008Welcome Home Roscoe JenkinsBianca Kittles
2011The Chicken ShackAlicia
2012Hit and RunNeve Tatum
2014About Last NightDebbie Sullivan
2003–2004ERValerie GallantRecurring role
2010–presentParenthoodJasmineMain Cast
77 Episodes
2011Love BitesGuest star

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of awards and nominations
2003Black Reel AwardsBest Supporting ActressAntwone FisherNominated
2005Black Reel AwardsBest Supporting ActressBaadasssss!Nominated
2007Screen Actors GuildOutstanding Cast in a Motion PictureBobbyNominated
2013NAACP Image AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesParenthoodNominated[13]


  1. ^ a b c Bryant, Joy (June 21, 2011). "Waste Not, Want Not". Elle. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Parenthood actress Joy Bryant flaunts her perfect Miami bikini body as she holidays in the Sunshine State". Daily Mail. June 10, 2011. Retrieved November 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ Fromm, Emily (November 9, 2005). "5 Things You Gotta Know About Joy Bryant". People. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  4. ^ Trangle, Sarina (June 13, 2012). "Four decades of greatness". The Riverdale Press. Retrieved November 26, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Joy Bryant - Parenthood". Retrieved November 26, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Joy Bryant". Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  7. ^ Biography for Joy Bryant Movies May 17, 2008
  8. ^ "Tuning In to TV". The Washington Times. August 20, 2009. Retrieved November 26, 2013. 
  9. ^ "TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2011". BuddyTV. Retrieved January 13, 2012. 
  10. ^ "OK! Exclusive: Joy Bryant Engaged!". OK!. October 31, 2007. Retrieved November 26, 2013. 
  11. ^ Orloff, Brian (June 28, 2008). "Joy Bryant Weds Stuntman Fiancé in the Hamptons". People. Retrieved November 26, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Joy Bryant – Oxfam America". Retrieved November 26, 2013. 
  13. ^ "The 44th NAACP Image Awards - Nominations". December 11, 2012. Retrieved June 10, 2013. 

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