Alfre Woodard’s work as an actor has earned her an Oscar nomination, four Emmy Awards with 17 Emmy nominations, three SAG Awards and a Golden Globe. She was most recently nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her portrayal of Ruby Jean Reynolds on the hit HBO show, TRUE BLOOD. Woodard’s illustrious body of work includes her Oscar nominated performance in Martin Ritt’s CROSS CREEK; HBO’s MANDELA, in which she was honored with an ACE Award for her portrayal of Winnie Mandela; Lawrence Kasdan’s GRAND CANYON; John Sayles’ PASSION FISH; Joseph Sargent’s MISS EVERS’ BOYS, for which she won an Emmy, SAG and Golden Globe Award; Spike Lee’s CROOKLYN; Gina Prince-Bythewood’s LOVE AND BASKETBALL; Tyler Perry’s THE FAMILY THAT PREYS; and Maya Angelou’s DOWN IN THE DELTA.
Woodard directed and produced, “Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales,” which won the 2010 Audiobook of the Year, and garnered a 2010 Grammy Award nomination for “Best Children’s Spoken Word Album.” The audiobook hosts a collaboration of talent both broad and diverse, featuring: Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman and Samuel L. Jackson.
Woodard recently starred in TNT’s police drama MEMPHIS BEAT as Lt. Tanya Rice, and just wrapped work on Lifetime’s remake of STEEL MAGNOLIA’s, playing Ouiser Boudreaux.
Woodard also enjoys philanthropic work and currently serves on the National Film Preservation Foundation board, as well as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences International Outreach Committee.
In addition to her acting career, Woodard is a longtime activist, currently serving on The Creative Coalition, and is a co-founder of “Artists for a New South Africa” – a non-profit organization working to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS, and further the cause of democracy and Human rights in South Africa. In 2009 Woodard was appointed to the “President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities” by President Barack Obama.