Aisha Jamila Hinds is an American actress who is best known for her roles on the TV shows ‘The Shield’ and ‘True Blood’. Ever since her debut in 2003, she has proved her versatility as an actress by giving remarkable performances in TV series like ‘9-1-1’, ‘Detroit 1-8-7’ and ‘Under the Dome’. She was first noticed for her role as Anna in the 2005 movie ‘Assault on Precinct 13’. However, it was her performance as women’s rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer in the biographical film ‘All the Way’ that finally brought her recognition as an actress. Hind was also praised for her portrayal of Harriet Tubman in WGN America’s period drama series ‘Underground’. She currently stars on the procedural drama series ‘9-1-1’ in the leading role of firefighter/paramedic Henrietta "Hen" Wilson. The show has been renewed for a third season by 20th Century Fox Television. Recently, Hind wrapped filming for the Hollywood movie ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’, which is scheduled for a release in mid-2019.
Rise to Stardom
After graduating from the ‘High School of Performing Arts’ in New York, Aisha Hind made her television debut in a 2003 episode of the police procedural series ‘NYPD Blue’. She then played the character of Miss Marigold in the educational-cum-entertainment series for children ‘Blue’s Clues’. Her breakthrough came in 2004 when she starred in eight episodes of the crime drama ‘The Shield’ as Annie Price. She was next seen on crime drama shows like ‘Crossing Jordan’ (2004) and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’ (2009); and comedy drama series like ‘Boston Legal’ (2004) and ‘Desperate Housewives’ (2009).
While Hinds was cast in regular roles on TV shows, such as the science fiction series ‘Invasion’ (2005) and the police procedural drama ‘Detroit 1-8-7’ (2010-2011), they failed to garner ratings and were scrapped prematurely. Meanwhile, she continued to make her presence felt with recurring roles in other television series like ‘Dollhouse’ (2009), ‘Hawthorne’ (2009-2010) and ‘True Blood’ (2008-2010). In 2013, she was roped in to play Rosalyn Sakelik on the CW series ‘Cult’, created by Rockne S. O'Bannon. In the same year, she was cast as a series regular on the CBS sci-fi mystery show ‘Under the Dome’, but her character was changed to a recurring role by the end of the first season. In 2014, she was nominated for the ‘Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress: Television Movie/Cable’ for her role as Arlene Carter in the television action film ‘Gun Hill’.
Hinds’s portrayal of the civil rights activist, Fannie Lou Hamer, in the 2016 biographical drama film ‘All the Way’ was praised by the critics and the audience. She was also lauded for her remarkable performance as the American abolitionist and political activist Harriet Tubman in WGN America’s period drama ‘Underground’. In 2017, she featured in the drama miniseries ‘Shots Fired’. Having worked in a number of procedural dramas, Hinds has become a specialist actress of this genre. Even currently, she appears in Ryan Murphy’s ‘9-1-1’, which revolves around the lives of first responders, fire-fighters and paramedics. She is also working in an upcoming true crime anthology television series called ‘Unsolved’.
Throughout her acting career, she played supporting roles in films like ‘Assault on Precinct 13’ (2005), ‘Mr. Brooks’ (2007), ‘Madea Goes to Jail’ (2009), ‘Unstoppable’ (2010) and ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ (2013). She recently finished filming for ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’, which is slated for a release in 2019. Apart from having a thriving TV and film career, Hinds is also a notable stage actress. She played a leading role in the 2011 production of ‘The Best of Enemies’, performed at ‘George Street Playhouse’.
As an activist, Hind regularly roots for racial equality. She is an ambassador for the ‘Innocence Project,’ an initiative that raises funds for the welfare of innocent black people who have been falsely convicted due to racial prejudice or lack funds to afford a legal defense.
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Family & Personal Life
Aisha Hinds was born on 13 November 1975 in Brooklyn, New York City. Her parents are of Grenadian descent. She leads a private life and has not revealed anything about her relationships, even though she is quite active on social media. There are rumors about her sexual orientation, with many speculating that she might be lesbian, but she has never commented on it.
She maintains no hair and rarely fixes her nails, and her unique style reflects her feminist beliefs. She says that her appearance is only one of the many things that define her.