Sydney Tamiia Poitier

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Sydney Tamiia Poitier
Sydney Tamiia Poitier.jpg
At the premiere of Grindhouse in Austin, Texas, March 2007
BornSydney Tamiia Poitier
(1973-11-15) November 15, 1973 (age 41)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Other namesSydney Tamila Poitier
Sydney Poitier
Alma materTisch School of the Arts
Stella Adler Studio of Acting
OccupationActress
Years active1998–present
Spouse(s)Dorian Heartsong (m. 2012)
ParentsSidney Poitier
Joanna Shimkus
 
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Not to be confused with Sidney Poitier, her father.
Sydney Tamiia Poitier
Sydney Tamiia Poitier.jpg
At the premiere of Grindhouse in Austin, Texas, March 2007
BornSydney Tamiia Poitier
(1973-11-15) November 15, 1973 (age 41)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Other namesSydney Tamila Poitier
Sydney Poitier
Alma materTisch School of the Arts
Stella Adler Studio of Acting
OccupationActress
Years active1998–present
Spouse(s)Dorian Heartsong (m. 2012)
ParentsSidney Poitier
Joanna Shimkus

Sydney Tamiia Poitier (born November 15, 1973) is an American television and film actress.

Early life and family[edit]

Born in Los Angeles, Poitier is the daughter of Bahamian/American actor Sidney Poitier and Canadian former actress Joanna Shimkus.[1] Her mother is of Lithuanian and Irish decent.[2] She has an older sister, Anika. She also has four older half-sisters, Beverly, Pamela, Sherri, and Gina, from her father's first marriage.[3]

Poitier attended Tisch School of the Arts where she earned a bachelor's degree in acting.[1] She also studied at Stella Adler Studio of Acting.[4][5]

Career[edit]

Poitier began her career of acting in the late 1990s. In 2001, she landed her first role on television in the NBC drama series First Years. The series was canceled after three episodes. In 2003, she starred in the UPN sitcom Abby. That series was also canceled after during its first season. Later that same year, she had a recurring role in Joan of Arcadia, where she played Rebecca Askew, the love interest of Joan's older brother, Kevin (Jason Ritter). She was also a regular on the first season of Veronica Mars.[6] However, she left the show after only appearing in four episodes.

In 2007, Poitier starred in Death Proof, director Quentin Tarantino's segment of the movie Grindhouse, as radio DJ Jungle Julia. The next year, she had a co-starring role in the new Knight Rider series, as FBI Agent Carrie Rivai.[7] In 2011, she guest starred on two episodes of Private Practice.

Personal life[edit]

Sydney Tamiia Poitier married her husband, musician Dorian Heartsong, in the summer of 2012. As of November 2014, they are expecting her first child.[8]

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1998Park DaySophia Johnson
1998Free of EdenNicole TurnerTV movie
1999True CrimeJane March
1999Noah's ArkRuthTV movie
2001MacArthur ParkLinda
2001First YearsRiley Kessler9 episodes
2001Happy BirthdayHannah
2003AbbyAbigail Newman10 episodes
2003Twilight Zone, TheThe Twilight ZoneDr. Leslie CoburnEpisode: "The Placebo Effect"
2003–2004Joan of ArcadiaRebecca Askew8 episodes
2004Devil Cats, TheThe Devil CatsHellena Handbasket
2004Veronica MarsMallory Dent4 episodes: (appearance, credited for 7 episodes)
"Credit Where Credit's Due"
"You Think You Know Somebody"
"Return of the Kane"
"The Girl Next Door"
2005Nine LivesVanessa
2006Grey's AnatomyDeborah FleissEpisode: "17 Seconds"
2006Hood of HorrorWanda
2007GrindhouseJungle JuliaSegment: "Death Proof"
2007List, TheThe ListCecile
2008BluesDee
2008–2009Knight RiderCarrie Rivai12 episodes
2010Page 36Miss GrayShort film
2010Yard SaleKate ButlerShort film
2011Big TweetBig Tweet's GirlShort film
2011Private PracticeMichelleEpisode: "Love and Lies"
2011Supah NinjasKatherine Sharp/KataraEpisode: "Katara"
2012Hawaii Five-0Grace TilwellEpisode: "I Ka Wa Mamua (In a Time Past)"
2012Kendra (web series)5 episodes
2014Chicago P.D.Detective Sumnersince episode 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b McCann, Bob (2010). Encyclopedia of African American Actresses in Film and Television. McFarland. p. 268. ISBN 0-786-43790-1. 
  2. ^ "The Naked Truth Is: Joanna Isn't". The Calgary Herald. Women's News Service. September 4, 1970. p. 15. Retrieved January 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ Nipson, Herbert (May 1988). "Sidney Poitier Is Back". Ebony 43 (7): 40. ISSN 0012-9011. 
  4. ^ "Sidney Poitier And Daughter Sydney Maniia Star In TV Movie About Leaving The Projects And Wanting A Better Life In 'Free of Eden'". Jet 95 (12): 64. ISSN 0021-5996. 
  5. ^ "Sydney Tamiia Poitier Tackles Racy Sports World and Rocky Love Life As Star Of New TV Show 'Abby'". Jet 103 (5): 60. ISSN 0021-5996. 
  6. ^ "Poitier on a mission to UPN's 'Mars'". Chicago Tribune. August 2, 2004. p. 46. 
  7. ^ Warn, Sarah (2008-02-18). "Sydney Tamiia Poitier Plays Queer in the 'Knight Rider' TV Movie". AfterEllen.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-17. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  8. ^ Sydney and Anika Poitier pregnant

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