Actress Angela Bassett is perhaps best known for her intense portrayal of Tina Turner in the biopic WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT opposite Laurence Fishburne, Angela earned the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama, an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture, and an Academy Award nomination for her powerful performance.
Bassett is also a nine time Image award winning actress. In addition, she received Emmy nomination for her work in “THE ROSA PARKS STORY” and in “UNCLE JED’S BARBERSHOP”- episode of PBS’ Storytime. Bassett received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for her performance in RUBY’S BUCKET OF BLOOD.
Bassett was recently seen as Coretta Scott King in the Lifetime movie BETTY AND CORETTA following the lives as single mothers Betty Shabazz and Coretta Scott King face after the assassination of their husbands.
Bassett starred opposite Samuel L. Jackson in the Broadway premiere of Katori Hall’s Olivier Award winning play Mountaintop.
Some of Bassett’s films credits include: Jumping The Broom, Waiting To Exhale, How Stella Got Her Groove, Malcolm X, Boseman and Lena and more.
Bassett can next be seen as Lynne Jacobs, the head of the secret service in OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN for FilmDistrict opposite Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler, and Aaron Eckhart. In this Antoine Fuqua directed film, Banning (Butler), a former Presidential Secret Service agent, must work with the national security team to save the President (Eckhart) from his kidnappers and the terrorist attack on the White House. Olympus Has Fallen is set to hit theaters March 22.
Bassett is a Yale School of Drama graduate.