Tessa Thompson

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Tessa Thompson
BornTessa Lynne Thompson
(1983-10-03) October 3, 1983 (age 29)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active2005–present
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Tessa Thompson
BornTessa Lynne Thompson
(1983-10-03) October 3, 1983 (age 29)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active2005–present

Tessa Lynne Thompson[1] (born October 3, 1983) is an American actress. She is perhaps best known for the role as Jackie Cook on the Television noir Veronica Mars and as Nyla Adrose in the film For Colored Girls.


Personal life

Thompson was born in Los Angeles, California. 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 band Chocolate Genius, Inc.[citation needed] She is also the granddaughter of actor/musician Bobby Ramos ("Latin Cruise"), one of the first Latin Americans to have his own television show.[citation needed] She sings with the Cape Town Ladies Choir. She is currently working on a musical project 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]



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.


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 will next be seen opposite Mary Elizabeth Winstead in the dancing film Make it Happen in 2008. She is also set to appear in four additional film projects. Two 2008 releases The Human Contract and Periphery, as well as two additional 2009 releases Red & Blue Marbles and Mississippi Damned.

She appeared in Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls in 2010.


Thompson made her stage debut in a fifth grade play, starring as a tap dancing wolf, opposite Amber Tamblyn. More recently, 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.


2006When a Stranger CallsScarlet
2008Make It HappenDana
2008Human Contract, TheThe Human ContractWaitress
2009Mississippi DamnedKari Peterson
2010Everyday Black ManClaire
2010Exquisite CorpseLiz
2010For Colored GirlsNyla / Purple
2011South DakotaChris
2011Red & Blue MarblesBeccaCompleted
2011Inner Auto Movie ProjectMaggiePost-production
2012Murder on the 13th FloorNia Palmer
2005Cold CaseWilhemina 'Billie' DoucetteEpisode: "Best Friends"
2005-2006Veronica MarsJackie Cook22 episodes
2006Grey's AnatomyCamille TravisEpisode: "Losing My Religion"
Episode: "Deterioration of the Fight or Flight Response"
2006Initiation of Sarah, TheThe Initiation of SarahEsmeTV movie
2007Hidden PalmsNikki Barnes7 episodes
2008LifeLizaEpisode: "Trapdoor"
2009MentalLainey JeffersonEpisode: "Lines in the Sand"
2009Private PracticeZoeEpisode: "Yours, Mine & Ours"
Episode: "Strange Bedfellows"
2009HeroesRebecca Taylor3 episodes
2009Three RiversPenelope KirkellEpisode: "A Roll of the Dice"
2010BetwixtJennyTV movie
2010Blue BelleBlue5 episodes
2010Detroit 1-8-7Lauren WashingtonEpisode: "Local Hero/Overboard"
Episode: "Home Invasion/Drive-By"
2011Detroit 1-8-7Lauren WashingtonEpisode: "Blackout"
2011Off the MapSydneyEpisode: "A Doctor Time Out"
2011Rizzoli & IslesAnna FarrellEpisode: "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"


Black Reel Awards


  1. ^ According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905-1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. At Ancestry.com
  2. ^ "Caught a Ghost". caughtaghost.com. 

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