Regina King (born January 15, 1971) is an American film and television actress and director. She played Brenda Jenkins on the NBC sitcom 227 and had a supporting role in the feature film Jerry Maguire. King in her later career became widely known for her leading roles in two Peabody award-winning television shows, The Boondocks, on which she voiced Huey and Riley Freeman, and Southland on which she portrayed Detective Lydia Adams. The latter role earned her two nominations for the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2012 and 2013. In 2015, King began starring in the ABC anthology series American Crime, for which she won her first Primetime Emmy Award.
She is also known for her recurring role Janine Davis on The Big Bang Theory as well as 24, and starring in the films Ray, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, Poetic Justice, Friday, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, Enemy of the State, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, and A Cinderella Story.