Regina King’s Life on Screen


ESSENCE Magazine’s February 2011 cover star Regina King made her acting debut in 1985 on the legendary comedy “227” as Brenda Jenkins. That show played upon King’s strong suit — comedy — which she would follow through her impressive resume. Let’s take a look back at King’s life on-screen…

Poetic Justice

As sassy Iesha, King was serving up drama and attitude in John Singleton’s “Poetic Justice” (1993) starring Janet Jackson, Tupac Shakur and Joe Torry.

Higher Learning

King reunited with director John Singleton to play college student Monet in 1995’s “Higher Learning.”


Who can ever forget King (playing Ice Cube’s younger sister Dana) sleeping with her head upright so she wouldn’t mess up her hairstyle in the 1995 classic “Friday?” We can relate, girl.

A Thin Line Between Love and Hate

In this 1996 classic, King played Martin Lawrence’s childhood sweetheart Mia.

Jerry Maguire

King stole the show with her passionate portrayal of football player Rod Tidwell’s (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) wife, Marcee in 1996’s “Jerry Maguire.” Show me the money!

How Stella Got Her Groove Back

King has made us laugh time and again, but perhaps no role is more memorable than her role in 1998’s “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” as Vanessa — Stella’s (Angela Basset) sister.

Enemy of the State

King teamed up with Will Smith for this 1998 thriller.

Daddy Day Care

King sure knows a thing or two about comedy. She starred alongside Eddie Murphy in 2003’s “Daddy Day Care.”

A Cinderella Story

With several acting roles under Regina’s belt, she decided to take on a lighter role — as she did in 2003’s “A Cinderella Story.” She played Rhonda, a diner worker who took the main character, Sam, to find a costume for a party.


In a role that put her back on the map, Regina King stole the screen as Margie Hendricks in 2004’s critically acclaimed film, “Ray.”

Miss Congeniality 2

In another comedic role, she brought many laughs and smiles to the silver screen in “Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous” with Sandra Bullock.

Our Family Wedding

In her most recent role, Regina played Angela in “Our Family Wedding.” This romantic comedy starred Lance Gross, Forest Whitaker, Charlie Murphy and more…

The Boondocks

Regina King voiced both Huey and Riley, the brothers from Aaron McGruder’s “The Boondocks.” Makes sense, right?


Currently on TNT’s “Southland” Regina King is fighting crime on the mean streets of L.A. as detective Lydia Adams.