Erika Alexander

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Actress • Writer • Producer • Activist • Entrepreneur

Birth Date: November 19, 1969

Age: 54 years old

Birth Place: Winslow, Arizona

With her almond-shaped eyes and earthy intensity, Alexander possesses a disarmingly composed manner that often makes the characters she play appear more secure than they really are. Before nabbing the role of the calculating Maxine Shaw on the Fox sitcom "Living Single" (1993-97), Alexander made her TV series debut as Clair Huxtable's (Phylicia Rashad) 17-year-old less-privileged second cousin Pam on the last two seasons of "The Cosby Show" (NBC, 1990-1992). When that show's run ended, she showed up the following season as the proud but insecure medical student Cheryl Carter on the short-lived series "Going To Extremes" (ABC). But before TV discovered Alexander, she was already something of a seasoned show business trouper. In the second week of her freshman year at New York University, she dropped out to accept a role in Peter Brook's acclaimed "The Mahabaharta" (1987) in which she toured internationally for a year. Alexander then recreated her part for the film version shot in Paris.

Upon her return to New York she garnered a featured role in Joseph Papp's Public Theater production of Bill Gunn's "The Forbidden City" (1989). Other noteworthy performances followed in the CBS miniseries "Common Ground" (1990), the ABC Afterschool Special "Roy's Baby" and the ABC movie "The Last Best Year of My Life" (1990) opposite Mary Tyler Moore.

After producing and directing a successful acting showcase in New York in 1992, Alexander launched her own production company.

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Screen Actors Guild Awards

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2024

Earth MamaStream

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Miss Carmen
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2023
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American FictionStream

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Coraline
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2023
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The Long Walk Home

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Selma Cotter
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2022

The Jennifer Hudson Show

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Swimming with SharksStream

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Meredith
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2022
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WildflowerStream

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Mary
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2022
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Run the WorldStream

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Barb
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Run the WorldStream

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Bard
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2021
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American RefugeeStream

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Helen Taylor
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The Drew Barrymore ShowStream

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2020

GMA3: What You Need to Know

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2020

John Lewis: Good Trouble

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2020

Tamron Hall

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2019

Wu-Tang: An American SagaStream

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Linda Diggs
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2019

Hollywood Action Masters

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2019

Sister Circle

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2017

Queen SugarStream

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LeeAnne
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2016

Brave New Jersey

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Helen Holbrook
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2016

NCIS: New OrleansStream

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2014

BoschStream

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Connie Irving
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2014
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The Magic City

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Ms. Fletcher
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Last Man StandingStream

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Carol Larabee
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SuburgatoryStream

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2011
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SuitsStream

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Sarah Leighton
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2011
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Mission Street Rhapsody

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Lena
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2009

In Plain SightStream

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Theresa Simmons
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2008

In Justice

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2006

Criminal Minds: EvolutionStream

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2005

Grey's AnatomyStream

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2005
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NUMB3RSStream

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HouseStream

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Ms. Fields
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2004
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CSI: MiamiStream

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Half & HalfStream

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Street Time

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Love Liza

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Brenda
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30 Years to Life

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Joy
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CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationStream

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Judging Amy

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Mama Flora's Family

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7th HeavenStream

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ERStream

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Vatima Abika
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1994

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Living SingleStream

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Maxine Shaw
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Fathers and Sons

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Venell
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The Long Walk Home

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Selma Cotter
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The Mahabharata

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Hidimbi
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George Washington: The Forging of a Nation

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Oney Judge
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1986

My Little Girl

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Joan
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The Cosby ShowStream

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1984

CBS News Sunday Morning

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