Sanaa Lathan

Sanaa Lathan

Highest Rated: 86% A Raisin in the Sun (2008)

Lowest Rated: 18% The Perfect Guy (2015)

Birthday: Sep 19, 1971

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Talented, versatile and intelligent were all terms used to accurately describe Sanaa Lathan throughout her career as a supporting and lead actress of film, television and stage. A graduate of the prestigious Yale School of Drama, Lathan quickly landed work on TV soon after making the transition to Hollywood from the New York theater scene. A minor role in the bloody comic book adaptation "Blade" (1998) led to more nuanced performances in projects such as the romantic comedy-dramas "The Wood" (1999) and "The Best Man" (1999). It was, however, her role as an aspiring hoops player alongside Omar Epps in the critical darling of that year's Sundance Film Festival, "Love and Basketball" (2000), that truly marked a breakthrough for the actress. Other roles included a pairing with superstar Denzel Washington in "Out of Time" (2003), a turn as the heroine in the big-budget spectacle "AVP: Alien vs. Predator" (2004), and the reprisal of a character she had originated on stage in "A Raisin in the Sun" (ABC, 2007). Ironically, it was her work off-camera that brought Lathan one of her more successful roles as the voice of the unflappable Donna Tubbs in "The Cleveland Show" (Fox, 2009-13). Whether she was cast in a high-octane action movie or as a member of an ensemble family drama, Lathan consistently brought an undeniable realism and integrity to each and every performance.

Highest rated movies

A Raisin in the Sun
Love & Basketball
The Best Man
The Best Man Holiday
Nappily Ever After
Brown Sugar
Out of Time




No Score Yet No Score Yet On the Come Up Unknown (Character),
- 2022
No Score Yet No Score Yet With/In Unknown (Character),
- 2021
60% 48% Native Son Trudy Thomas (Character) - 2019
67% 71% Nappily Ever After Violet Jones (Character),
- 2018
34% 60% American Assassin Irene Kennedy (Character) $36.2M 2017
34% 53% Now You See Me 2 Natalie Austin (Character) $65.0M 2016
43% 15% Approaching the Unknown Captain Emily Maddox (Character) - 2016
18% 51% The Perfect Guy Leah (Character),
Executive Producer
$57.0M 2015
20% 42% Repentance Maggie (Character) $1.2M 2013
70% 83% The Best Man Holiday Robyn (Character) $70.5M 2013
85% 63% Contagion Aubrey Cheever (Character) $75.6M 2011
42% 33% Wonderful World Khadi (Character) $8.6K 2009
53% 61% Tyler Perry's the Family That Preys Andrea (Character) $37.0M 2008
86% 70% A Raisin in the Sun Beneatha Younger (Character) - 2008
61% 72% Something New Kenya McQueen (Character) $11.4M 2006
No Score Yet 57% The Golden Blaze Monica (Voice) - 2005
22% 39% Alien vs. Predator Alexa "Lex" Woods (Character) $80.3M 2004
64% 58% Out of Time Ann Harrison (Character) $40.9M 2003
66% 90% Brown Sugar Sidney (Character) $27.4M 2002
60% 85% Disappearing Acts Zora Banks (Character) - 2000
85% 95% Love & Basketball Monica Wright (Character) $27.4M 2000
47% 65% Catfish in Black Bean Sauce Nina (Character) $1.3M 1999
72% 86% The Best Man Robin (Character) $34.1M 1999
61% 92% The Wood Alicia (Character) $25.0M 1999
57% 78% Blade Vanessa Brooks (Character) $70.0M 1998
No Score Yet 61% Miracle in the Woods Young Lilly (Character) - 1997


No Score Yet No Score Yet The Best Man: The Final Chapters Unknown (Character) 2022
83% 70% Hit & Run Naomi Hicks (Character) 2021
No Score Yet 62% Family Guy Donna (Guest Voice) 2010-2012 2014-2018 2020
86% 77% The Affair Jenelle (Character) 2018-2019
67% 46% The Twilight Zone Nina (Guest Star) 2019
No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2012-2013 2018-2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly Guest 2017-2018
84% 95% Shots Fired Detective Ashe (Character) 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2011 2013 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2017
No Score Yet 66% The Chew Guest 2015 2017
No Score Yet 6% The View Guest 2015 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet 106 & Park Unknown (Character) 2013-2014
No Score Yet 64% The Cleveland Show Donna Tubbs (Voice) 2009-2013
81% 94% Boss Mona Fredricks (Guest Star) 2012
75% 81% Nip/Tuck Michelle Landau (Guest Star) 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lateline Briana (Character) 1998-2001
83% 83% NYPD Blue Shirley Barish (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Built to Last Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet 90% Family Matters Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet 100% Moesha Unknown (Guest Star) 1996