Tessa Thompson

Tessa Thompson
Thompson at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con
Tessa Lynne Thompson

(1983-10-03) October 3, 1983 (age 40)
Alma materSanta Monica College
Years active2002–present
RelativesZsela (half-sister)
AwardsFull list

Tessa Lynne Thompson (born October 3, 1983) is an American actress. She began her professional acting career with the Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company while studying at Santa Monica College, appearing in productions of The Tempest and Romeo and Juliet. Her breakthrough came with leading roles in Tina Mabry's independent drama film Mississippi Damned (2009) and Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls (2010).

Thompson gained favorable notices for roles in the comedy-drama Dear White People (2014), and as civil rights activist Diane Nash in Ava DuVernay's historical drama Selma (2014). She gained mainstream attention for her roles in franchise films, playing Bianca Taylor in the sports dramas Creed (2015), Creed II (2018) and Creed III (2023), and as Valkyrie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero films, including Thor: Ragnarok (2017) and Thor: Love and Thunder (2022), as well as her leading role in Men in Black: International (2019). She received acclaim for her roles in the independent films Sorry to Bother You (2018), Annihilation (2018), Sylvie's Love (2020), and Passing (2021), the latter of which earned her a nomination for a British Academy Film Award.

On television, she starred in the noir drama series Veronica Mars (2005–2006), the drama series Copper (2012–2013), and the science fiction series Westworld (2016–2022).

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