Salli Richardson

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Salli Richardson
Salli Richardson-Whitfield 2.jpg
Richardson in July 2012.
BornSalli Elise Richardson
(1967-11-23) November 23, 1967 (age 46)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Other namesSalli Richardson-Whitfield
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Dondre Whitfield (m. 2002)
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Salli Richardson
Salli Richardson-Whitfield 2.jpg
Richardson in July 2012.
BornSalli Elise Richardson
(1967-11-23) November 23, 1967 (age 46)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Other namesSalli Richardson-Whitfield
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Dondre Whitfield (m. 2002)

Salli Elise Richardson-Whitfield (born November 23, 1967) is an American television and film actress.

Richardson is best known for her role as Dr. Allison Blake on the Syfy comedy-drama series Eureka (2006-2012). She also known for her voice acting as Elisa Maza on the Disney animated series Gargoyles (1994-1996),[1] and as Viveca Foster on the CBS series Family Law (1999-2002). Richardson also has appeared in the number of films such as A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994), The Great White Hype (1996), Antwone Fisher (2002), Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004) and I Am Legend (2007). She had leading roles in the independent films Pastor Brown (2009) and I Will Follow (2010).

Early life[edit]

Richardson-Whitfield was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of an African American mother and an Irish-Italian father.[2] She has three brothers: Josh Richardson, Chad Richardson, and Nalin. Richardson played tennis in high school, and launched her acting career in the Kuumba Workshop theater there.[3] She graduated from the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools in 1985.


Richardson began her acting career in the theater before roles in television and film.[3] In film, she played small parts in Prelude to a Kiss, Mo' Money, Posse, and later had major roles in Sioux City and A Low Down Dirty Shame. From 1994 to 1996 she had voice role of Elisa Maza on the animated series Gargoyles.[1] She had many guest-starring roles in numerous television shows, such as Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, New York Undercover, The Pretender, Stargate SG-1, NYPD Blue, House, Bones, Criminal Minds and NCIS.

Richardson in 2008

Richardson starred opposite Dixie Carter and Kathleen Quinlan in the CBS legal drama series, Family Law, from 1999 to 2002. She had a recurring roles as Nancy Adams on Rude Awakening, and as Laura on CSI: Miami. She starred opposite Denzel Washington in the 2002 drama film Antwone Fisher. She also appeared in 2004 horror Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid and starred opposite Will Smith in 2007 post-apocalyptic film I Am Legend. She later had a leading roles in the independent dramas Pastor Brown (2009) and I Will Follow (2010). She also starred in the The Sin Seer with Isaiah Washington, set for 2015 release.[4]

From 2006 to 2012, Richardson starred as Department of Defense agent (and later head of Global Dynamics) Allison Blake in the Syfy comedy-drama series Eureka. Her second pregnancy was written into the storyline of the series.[3] After series cancellation, she was cast as lead in the Lifetime drama pilot The Secret Lives of Wives.[5] In 2014, Richardson was cast in a recurring roles on Lifetime's The Lottery as the first lady of the United States,[6] and on BET's Being Mary Jane as an old friend of the lead character.[7][8]

Personal life[edit]

On September 8, 2002, she married long-time boyfriend and fellow actor Dondre Whitfield. She and Whitfield have one daughter, Parker Richardson-Whitfield, and one son, Dre Terrell Whitfield (born January 24, 2009).[9] Whitfield has appeared along with her husband Dondre Whitfield in a late night infomercial as part of an advertising campaign to promote the Time Life Zestify Midnight Soul collection.[10]



1991Up Against the WallDenise
1992Prelude to a KissBridesmaid
1992Mo' MoneyPretty Customer
1992How U Like Me NowValerie
1994I Spy ReturnsNicole ScottTelevision film
1994Sioux CityJolene Buckley
1994A Low Down Dirty ShameAngela
1994Lily in WinterAda CovingtonTelevision film
1995Once Upon a Time When We Were ColoredMiss Alice
1996Soul of the GameLahoma
1996The Great White HypeBambi
1997True WomenMarthaTelevision film
1998ButterBlusette Ford
2002Book of Love: The Definitive Reason Why Men Are DogsKaren
2002Antwone FisherBerta Davenport
2002Baby of the FamilyNelli McPherson
2003Biker BoyzHalf & Half
2004Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood OrchidGail Stern
2007I Am LegendZoe Neville
2009Black DynamiteGloria
2009Pastor BrownJessica 'Jesse' BrownNominated — Black Reel Award for Best Actress
2010I Will FollowMaye
2012We the PartyPrincipal Reynolds
2013TeachersChristineTelevision film
2015The Sin SeerNiaPost-production


1992Silk StalkingsShelleyEpisode: "Wild Card"
1993Star Trek: Deep Space NineFenna / NadellEpisode: "Second Sight"
1994RocDiane HubbardEpisode: "The Last Temptation of Roc"
1994New York UndercoverTammy BarrettEpisode: "Eyewitness Blues"
1994-1996GargoylesElisa Maza (voice)Series regular, 60 episodes
1996Gargoyles: The Goliath ChroniclesElisa MazaSeries regular, 11 episodes
1997Stargate SG-1Drey'aucEpisode: "Bloodlines"
1997Between BrothersVanessaEpisode: "The Player"
1998The PretenderCynthia SloanEpisode: "Gigolo Jarod"
1998-1999Mercy PointLt. Kim SalisawSeries regular, 8 episodes
1999The Jamie Foxx ShowCamille TurnerEpisode: "Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire"
2000Secret Agent ManRachelEpisode: "WhupSumAss"
2000-2001Rude AwakeningNancy AdamsRecurring role, 9 episodes
1999-2002Family LawViveca FosterSeries regular, 68 episodes
2003CSI: MiamiLauraRecurring role, 5 episodes
2004Line of FireErica LoganEpisode: "The Senator"
2004Second Time AroundAmandaEpisode: "Coupling Up"
2004NYPD BlueBobbi KingstonEpisodes: "My Dinner with Andy" and "I Like Ike"
2005HouseSharonEpisode: "Sports Medicine"
20051-800-MissingKellyEpisode: "Sisterhood"
2005The War at HomeVanessaEpisode: "Guess Who's Coming to the Barbecue"
2006BonesAssistant U.S. Attorney Kim KurlandEpisode: "Aliens in a Spaceship"
2009Criminal MindsTamara BarnesEpisodes: "Hopeless" and "The Eyes Have It"
2006-2012EurekaAllison BlakeSeries regular, 77 episodes
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series (2011)
2012The FinderAthena BrookesEpisode: "Life After Death"
2012The Secret Lives of WivesReedTV pilot
2012-2013The NewsroomJane BarrowRecurring role, 3 episodes
2013NCISCarrie ClarkEpisode: "Alibi"
2014House of LiesSandra JoyEpisode: "Power(less)"
2014CastleU.S. Attorney Elizabeth WestonEpisode: "The Greater Good"
2014Being Mary JaneRecurring role


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