Nafessa Williams is most known for her 2011 role as Nicole Gordon in the Meek Mill film Streets, her 2011 role as Deanna Forbes on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live, and her 2016 role as Dr. Charlotte Piel on the CBS drama Code Black. Since 2018, she plays Anissa Pierce in The CW’s Black Lightning. She also guested on Twin Peaks and Code Black.
Years active 2011–present
Born: December 4, 1989 29 years and 4 months, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Dark Brown
Height: 5ft 6in (167.64 cm)
Meausurements: 34-25-36 inches (86-64-91 cm)
Bra size: 34B
Williams was raised in West Philadelphia. She attended Robert E. Lamberton High School. Williams studied criminal justice at West Chester University and interned of Pennsylvania in the homicide unit of the District Attorney’s Office.
Filmography: Restored Me (2015), Brotherly Love (2014/I), The Man in 3B (2014), Whitney (2015), Survivor’s Remorse (2014), The Dirty 30 (2014), Dumb Girls (2013), The Bold and the Beautiful (2012), Streets (2011/I), One Life to Live (2011).
Williams got her big break in 2010 when she was cast opposite Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill Streets. The film was released in 2012. In March 2011, it was announced that Williams would join the cast of ABC’s One Life to Live in the contract role of Deanna. When Williams auditioned, the character was only supposed to appear in three episodes. However by the time of her debut, Williams had signed a four year contract. Only a month into her stint, it was announced that ABC had decided to cancel the series. Williams was released from her contract early and last appeared in July 2011. In March 2012, Williams announced that she would be appearing on the CBS soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful. Williams made her debut on May 8, 2012. However, the role was short lived and Williams only appeared in two episodes. In 2015, Williams appeared in the Queen Latifah executive produced feature film, Brotherly Love, opposite Keke Palmer. In April 2016, Williams was cast in the Showtime continuation of the 1990s ABC drama Twin Peaks. In July 2016, Williams was cast in the recurring role of Charlotte on the CBS prime time drama, Code Black. In 2017, Williams was cast as Anissa Pierce in the 2018 Mara Brock Akil/Greg Berlanti series Black Lightning.
The acting industry is notoriously difficult to break into. However, it is more difficult for some groups than others. One of the most controversial topics in Hollywood in recent years has been the few good roles offered to minorities. Luckily, thanks to the hard work from talented actors who are standing up for themselves, this is beginning to change.
One such actor is the gifted Nafessa Williams. She is famous for her role in Code Black, and appears poised to emerge as a breakout star this year. She has three high profile projects in 2017: Tales, Twin Peaks, and Black Lightning. As she will almost certainly become a household name thanks to these shows, many fans will wonder who she is outside of her performances. Here are five of the most interesting facts about the talented Nafessa Williams.
Given the slate of jobs Williams has to look forward to, one might assume that landing great parts is a piece of cake for the actor. However, it actually took many years of hard work in order to start seeing success.
She acted professionally in Philadelphia for several years before deciding that she would have more opportunities in New York. Here, she began seeing some success, landing a part in One Life to Live. After the show was cancelled, she picked up and moved again, this time to LA. After five years of hard work in the city, she has finally achieved the success she enjoys today.