Lynn Whitfield


NOW FILMING: Recurring on Lena Waithe’s The Chi for Showtime 

UP NEXT: Just wrapped starring lead role in the independent film, Albany Road, starring across Renee Elise Goldsberry. 

Lynn Whitfield is an Emmy Award winner and Golden Globe nominee for Best Actress in a Movie or Miniseries for her portrayal of Josephine Baker in HBO’s The Josephine Baker Story

Lynn is a four time NAACP Award winner and Gracie Award winner for her role as Lady Mae in OWN's family drama series, Greenleaf.   It was created by playwright/showrunner Craig Wright and executive produced by Oprah Winfrey.  Greenleaf reunited Lynn with Oprah as on-screen sisters who go head to head.  This was their third time collaborating following the television movies The Women of Brewster Place and The Wedding.

Lynn can be seen starring in the HULU original film, Vacation Friends with John Cena, Lil Rel Howery and Yvonne Orji.  It is directed by Clay Tarver.  

Whitfield was recently seen in the hit original Netflix film, Nappily Ever After starring across Sanaa Lathan.

Previous film credits are the award winning Eve’s Bayou, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate opposite Martin Lawrence, Taking the Heat opposite Tony Goldwyn, Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion, Stepmom, and Head of State opposite Chris Rock. 

Additional TV credits include an arc on ABC’s Mistresses, How To Get Away With Murder, FlashFoward, HeartBeat, Chasing Life, VH1’s Hit the Floor, Fox’s Boston Public and CBS’ Without a Trace.

Lynn received her BFA from Howard University and joined the theater company, D.C. Black Repertory following her graduation. She later moved to New York City and performed in several off-Broadway shows including the acclaimed Los Angeles production of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf opposite Alfre Woodard.