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Karimah Westbrook (born October 6, 1978) is an American actress, known for her roles in Save the Last Dance, The Rum Diary, and Suburbicon. She portrays Grace James on All American.

Biography

Karimah Westbrook is an American television and film actress. After crashing an audition and snagging a role in the Paramount box office hit Save the Last Dance (2001), she has never looked back. A Chicago native, the youngest of two, Westbrook was inspired by actress Whoopi Goldberg growing up. After falling in love with the theater, she realized she had a strong desire to perform and decided to pursue an acting career. She attended schools such as The Academy of Dramatic Arts-West.

In 2018, Karimah was cast as Grace James in the CW show, All American. Her inspiring and relatable performance earned her a Black Reel nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

She portrays Karen Scott in "After We Collided" the sequel to the box-office hit “After”, based on Anna Todd's best-selling book series. Karimah was cast following Jennifer Beals's exit from the first film in the series, as she was unable to return due to scheduling conflicts. However due to scheduling issues with All American she was unable to return for the final two installments of the After franchise. She announced Frances Turner as her successor in the role of Karen.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Save the Last Dance Alyssa
2002 Random Acts of Violence Monique
2003 Baadasssss! Ginnie
2004 Knuckle Sandwich Nora
2005 The Tenants Female Partygoer
2005 American Fusion Layla
2006 Best Kept Secret Cassandra Short film, also writer and producer
2007 Studio Jasmine Jackson
2008 Truth Hall Lashon
2008 American Violet Claudia Johnson
2010 Louis Alice Bolden
2011 The Rum Diary Papa Nebo
2012 C'mon Man Angel
2013 Baby Girl Yaya Short film
2016 Caged Karrisa Kline Short film
Chandler International Film Festival for Best Actress
Connect Film Festival Best Ensemble Acting Award
Nominated — IIFC Award for Best Ensemble Cast Featurette
2017 Suburbicon Mrs. Mayers
2019 Bolden Alice Bolden
2020 After We Collided Karen

TV

Year Title Role Notes
2000 City of Angels Joleigha Bass Episode: "Nathan's Hot Dog"
2001 ER Sara Morris Episode: "April Showers"
2001 Moesha Shania Levy Episodes: "Graduation Day" and "All Grown Up"
2001 That's Life Runner Episode: "Larva"
2001 The District Kara Episode: "Foreign Affair"
2003 Strong Medicine Sandy Episode: "PMS, Lies and Red Tape"
2003 Girlfriends Melanie Childs Episodes: "The Wedding" and "Blood Is Thicker Than Liquor"
2003 10-8: Officers on Duty Sheila Episode: "Lucy in the Sky"
2006 In Justice Kendra Smith Episode: "Another Country"
2006 Without a Trace Missy Episode: "White Balance"
2010 Mad Men Sharon Episode: "The Rejected"
2010 Look: The Series Paige Recurring role, 3 episodes
2014 The Fosters Layla's Mother Episode: "Mother"
2014 Masters of Sex Delila Episode: "Below the Belt"
2015 Aquarius Aquarius Episode: "The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game"
2017 Shameless Sylvie Episode: "Icarus Fell. And Rusty Ate Him."
2018 Truth Hall LaShon Unsold TV pilot
2018—present All American Grace James Series regular
Nominated — Black Reel Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress, Drama Series (2019)

References

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