American film and television actress who became known for her roles on Boston Public and the soap opera Guiding Light. She went on to portray Charlotte Graham in the series Recovery Road.
She began her career in stage productions of Rent and Bright Lights, Big City.
She became known in film for her work in the 2006 Academy Award-winning movie Dreamgirls.
Her marriage to Bev Land, which spanned from 2001 to 2007, produced one child. In 2012 she began dating Paul Becker.
She played Dianna Brock alongside Tyler Perry in the 2010 film Why Did I get Married Too?