Alfre Woodard

Biography: While this talented actress has never truly risen to superstar status, she is an accomplished performer of stage and screen. She's played a host of diverse characters---doctor, detective, judge, junkie, teacher---yet she is consistently believable, her portrayals rooted in rich realism and radiating an intuitive humanity. Her prolific, decades-spanning career---which includes TV stints on St. Elsewhere and Hill Street Blues as well as a number of TV-movies and a wide array of theatrical films---has won her critical praise and numerous acting awards. A married mother of two, Woodard has maintained a low personal profile, even when she signed on to one of TV's hottest shows in 2005, Desperate Housewives. Although her turn as enigmatic Wisteria Lane denizen Betty Applewhite boosted her entertainment stature, she retired the role in 2006. She returned to the small screen in the Christian Slater espionage outing My Own Worst Enemy (2008), playing a spy-organization supervisor, andWhile this talented actress has never truly risen to superstar status, she is an accomplished performer of stage and screen. She's played a host of diverse characters---doctor, detective, judge, junkie, teacher---yet she is consistently believable, her portrayals rooted in rich realism and radiating an intuitive humanity. Her prolific, decades-spanning career---which includes TV stints on St. Elsewhere and Hill Street Blues as well as a number of TV-movies and a wide array of theatrical films---has won her critical praise and numerous acting awards. A married mother of two, Woodard has maintained a low personal profile, even when she signed on to one of TV's hottest shows in 2005, Desperate Housewives. Although her turn as enigmatic Wisteria Lane denizen Betty Applewhite boosted her entertainment stature, she retired the role in 2006. She returned to the small screen in the Christian Slater espionage outing My Own Worst Enemy (2008), playing a spy-organization supervisor, and in the equally short-lived medical drama Three Rivers (2009). Off stage, Woodard champions various humanitarian causes, including raising awareness for global poverty and HIV/AIDS, and cofounding Artists for a New South Africa, a non-profit organization devoted to advancing democracy and equality in that country. Expand

Alfre Woodard's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 58
Highest Metascore: 96 12 Years a Slave
Lowest Metascore: 37 Annabelle
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 34
  2. Negative: 4 out of 34
34 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd The Gray Man Jul 15, 2022 Maurice Cahill tbd
53 Fatherhood Jun 18, 2021 Marion 6.3
77 Clemency Dec 27, 2019 Executive Producer / Producer / Warden Bernadine Williams 6.7
55 The Lion King Jul 19, 2019 Sarabi / Sarabi / Sarabi / Sarabi tbd
tbd Juanita Mar 8, 2019 Executive Producer / Juanita 5.3
51 Saint Judy Mar 1, 2019 Judge Benton / Judge Benton 7.2
46 So B. It Oct 6, 2017 Bernadette tbd
63 Burning Sands Mar 10, 2017 Professor Hughes 4.4
66 Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise Oct 14, 2016 Herself tbd
77 Mississippi Grind Sep 25, 2015 Cast / Sam 6.9
tbd The Hadza: Last of the First Oct 24, 2014 Narrator / Narrator tbd
37 Annabelle Oct 3, 2014 Cast / Cast / Principal Cast / Principal Cast / Evelyn / Evelyn tbd
96 12 Years a Slave Oct 18, 2013 Mistress Harriet Shaw / Mistress Harriet Shaw 8.1
56 American Violet Apr 17, 2009 Alma Roberts 8.3
49 The Family That Preys Sep 12, 2008 Alice Pratt 8.4
71 King Leopold's Ghost Aug 18, 2006 Ilanga tbd
55 Take the Lead Apr 7, 2006 Augustine James 6.4
53 Beauty Shop Mar 30, 2005 Ms. Josephine 6.1
43 The Forgotten Sep 24, 2004 Det. Anne Pope 7.6
45 The Singing Detective Oct 24, 2003 Chief Of Staff / Chief Of Staff tbd
38 Radio Oct 24, 2003 Principal Daniels 8.1
69 The Wild Thornberrys Movie Dec 20, 2002 Akela (Cheetah Mother) / Akela (Cheetah Mother) tbd
49 K-PAX Oct 26, 2001 Dr. Claudia Villars 7.5
56 Dinosaur May 19, 2000 Plio 7.2
70 Love & Basketball Apr 21, 2000 Camille Wright / Camille Wright 7.9
62 Mumford Sep 24, 1999 Lily / Lily 8.1
73 Down in the Delta Dec 25, 1998 Co-Producer / Co-Producer / Loretta Sinclair / Loretta Sinclair tbd
71 Star Trek: First Contact Nov 22, 1996 Lily Sloane / Lily Sloane tbd
47 Primal Fear Apr 3, 1996 Shoat 8.4
65 Crooklyn May 13, 1994 Carolyn Carmichael 6.4