Golden Brooks

Golden Brooks

Birth name: Golden Ameda Brooks
Born: December 1, 1970
Age: 47
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, U.S.
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Biography

Golden Ameda Brooks (born December 1, 1970) is an American actress. She began her career with starring role in the Showtime comedy series, Linc's (1998-2000), and later has appeared in films Timecode (2000) and Impostor (2001).

From 2000 to 2008, Brooks starred as Maya Wilkes in the UPN/The CW comedy series, Girlfriends for which she received two NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series nominations. She also has appeared in films Motives (2004), Beauty Shop (2005), and Something New (2006).

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Early life

Brooks was born in San Francisco, California. As a child, she competed as a figure skater and won several trophies. Brooks is also a classically trained dancer. She studied and taught ballet, jazz, and modern dance. Brooks studied literature and sociology and is a graduate of UC Berkeley where she majored in Media Representation of Minorities with a minor in Theater. Brooks earned a Masters degree from Sarah Lawrence College.

Career

In her early career, Brooks was active in the Rodney Theater Company. On television, she has appeared on The Adventures of Pete & Pete, Promised Land, Linc's, and The Jamie Foxx Show as a girl named Nancy, whom Jamie confuses with Fancy. Brooks also appeared in a number of films, like Hell's Kitchen, Timecode, and Impostor. From 1998 to 2000, she starred alongside Pam Grier in the Showtime comedy series, Linc's.

Brooks is best known for her portrayal of the character Maya Wilkes, Joan's former sharp-tongued secretary and now acclaimed author, on the CW sitcom Girlfriends, in which she starred alongside Tracee Ellis Ross, Persia White and Jill Marie Jones from 2000 to 2008. In 2001, she appeared in an episode of Moesha, portraying Maya Wilkes. Brooks also directed the 2006 episode titled "Hustle & Dough," and wrote the 2007 episode titled "Snap Back," which featured guest star Erykah Badu. The character of Maya is portrayed to be several years younger than the other characters Joan, Toni, and Lynn, however, in reality, Brooks is actually the eldest of the four actors. For her performance in Girlfriends, Brooks received BET Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2004, and well as two nominations for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series in 2003 and 2008.

Brooks has won Black Reel Awards for 2004 film Motives, co-starring with Vivica A. Fox and Shemar Moore. She also has starred in Beauty Shop (2005) and Something New (2006). In 2008, Brooks was cast as Kim Kaswell in the Lifetime comedy-drama pilot Drop Dead Diva, but later was replaced by Kate Levering. In 2011, she starred in the independent film The Inheritance. In 2012, Brooks joined the cast of Hart of Dixie in season 2 playing Ruby Jeffries, Mayor Lavon Hayes' ex-girlfriend from high school, who runs against him for mayor. She is good friends with the title character Zoe Hart and a rival of southern belle Lemon Breeland. In 2014, Brooks stars as one of five leads on the TV One reality series, Hollywood Divas.

In 2015, Brooks was cast in a recurring role of Patrick Stewart's lead character's ex-wife in the Starz comedy series, Blunt Talk. In 2016, she was cast in a series regular role opposite Damon Wayans Sr. in the Fox pilot Lethal Weapon. Brooks was fired from Lethal Weapon after the project’s table read, and Keesha Sharp, her Girlfriends co-star, later replaced her in role.

Personal life

Brooks has a daughter with her former boyfriend D.B. Woodside, Dakota Tao Brooks-Woodside, born on September 1, 2009.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Drive by: A Love Story Young Tuli Short film
1998 Hell's Kitchen Gold
1998 Zero Stress The Dancer
2000 Timecode Onyx Richardson
2001 Asylum Angela Short film
2001 Impostor Cale's Sister
2004 Motives Allannah James Nominated - Black Reel Award for Best Actress in the Independent Film
2005 Beauty Shop Chanel
2006 Something New Suzette
2008 A Good Man Is Hard to Find Rachel
2010 Polish Bar Ebony
2011 The Mudman Mother
2011 The Inheritance Karen American Black Film Festival Award for Best Actress
2011 The Perfect Gift Sandra Harris
2012 A Beautiful Soul Anita Stevens
2012 In Sickness and in Health Hope Television film
2012 The Great Divide Kim
2015 The White Sistas Stone White Also producer
2015 My B.F.F. Sharice Brown
2016 Supermodel Patricia Gillard
2016 Definitely Divorcing Tonisha
2017 He Watches Over Me Jasmine
2017 Almost Amazing Wendy

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1993 The Adventures of Pete & Pete Heather Episode: "Crisis in the Love Zone"
1999 Promised Land Erica Sims Episode: "Leaving the Life"
1998-2000 Linc's CeCe Jennings Series regular, 35 episodes
2000 The Parkers Chris Episode: "Since I Lost My Baby"
2000 The Jamie Foxx Show Nancy Episode: "Double or Nothing"
2001 Moesha Maya Wilkes Episode: "That's My Mama"
2002 Haunted Rachel Landry Episode: "Abby"
2004 Star Trek: Enterprise Alicia Travers Episodes: "Storm Front: Part 1" and "Storm Front: Part 2"
2005 Eve LaDonna Episode: "Testing Testing HIV"
2000-2008 Girlfriends Maya Denise Wilkes Series regular, 172 episodes
BET Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (2004)
Nominated - NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series (2003, 2008)
2008 CSI: Miami Pam Dashell Episode: "And How Does That Make You Kill?"
2011 The Exes Bree Miller Episode: "Pilot"
2012-2013 Hart of Dixie Ruby Jeffries Recurring role, 11 episodes
2014-present Hollywood Divas Herself TV One reality series
2015-2016 Blunt Talk Vivian Recurring role
Charities

Golden Brooks supports the following charitable causes: Cancer, Breast Cancer, AIDS.

[ Source: Wikipedia ]