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).
Golden Ameda Brooks
December 1, 1970
|Alma mater||University of California, Berkeley Sarah Lawrence College|
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), Something New (2006) and The Darkest Minds (2018). In 2019, Brooks received critical acclaim for her performance in the TNT limited drama series I Am the Night.
Brooks was born in San Francisco, California. 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.
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. 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.
In 2017, Brooks was cast as lead character's mother in The Darkest Minds, a young adult dystopian thriller directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson. She also was cast in the Paramount Network drama series Yellowstone starring Kevin Costner. Later she was cast in the series regular role on the TNT drama series I Am the Night directed by Patty Jenkins, playing mother of the lead character. She received critical acclaim for her performance in I Am the Night. "Golden Brooks elevating every scene she's in", said Daniel Fienberg in his review for The Hollywood Reporter. In 2019, she reunites with her Girlfriends co-stars Tracee Ellis Ross, Jill Marie Jones and Persia White in the episode of ABC comedy series Black-ish.
Brooks has a daughter with her former boyfriend D. B. Woodside, Dakota Tao Brooks-Woodside, born on September 1, 2009.
|1997||Drive by: A Love Story||Young Tuli||Short film|
|1998||Zero Stress||The Dancer|
|2004||Motives||Allannah James||Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Actress in the Independent Film|
|2008||A Good Man Is Hard to Find||Rachel|
|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|
|2017||He Watches Over Me||Jasmine|
|2018||The Darkest Minds||Molly Daly|
|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|
|2014–2016||Hollywood Divas||Herself||TV One reality series|
|2015-2016||Blunt Talk||Vivian||Recurring role, 5 episodes|
|2019||I Am the Night||Jimmy Lee||Series regular|
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