Tessa Thompson

Tessa Thompson

Highest Rated: 99% Selma (2014)

Lowest Rated: 9% When a Stranger Calls (2006)

Birthday: Oct 3, 1983

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

Tessa Thompson's confident screen presence helped to make her a major screen talent in the late 2010s, with starring roles in such critically and box office hits as "Selma" (2014), "Creed" (2015), "Thor: Ragnarok" (2017) and "Sorry to Bother You" (2018). Born Tessa Lynn Thompson on October 3, 1983 in Los Angeles, California, she hailed from a musical family - her father was Marc Anthony Thompson, founder of the neo-soul collective Chocolate Genius, Inc., and her maternal grandfather was rumba bandleader and television host Bobby Ramos - and divided her childhood between Los Angeles and New York City. She began acting as a student at Santa Monica High School, and focused on a degree in cultural anthropology at Santa Monica College while continuing to perform on stages across Los Angeles. These included a 2005 performance in "Romeo and Juliet" for the Boston Court Theatre in Pasadena that earned an NAACP theater nomination. That same year, Thompson made her screen acting debut in an episode of the CBS crime drama "Cold Case," which was soon followed by series regular work in the second season of "Veronica Mars" (UPN/CW, 2004-07) as Jackie Cook, a potential love interest for Percy Daggs III's crime-solving Wallace Fennell. From there, she worked steadily on television, including recurring roles on "Heroes" (NBC, 2006-2010, 2015) , "Detroit 1-8-7" (ABC, 2010-11) and the Tom Fontana/Barry Levinson period crime series "Copper" (BBC America, 2012-13); feature work during this period included a lead in Tina Mabry's powerful "Mississippi Damned" (2009), with Thompson as a rural Southern girl subjected to terrible abuse, the dance drama "Make It Happen" (2008) and Tyler Perry's adaptation of "For Colored Girls" (2010). She earned her big break as the star of Justin Simien's "Dear White People" (2014), playing a college radio host whose social observations roil the white, conservative students and faculty at a fictitious university. The critical praise afforded to her performance led to more substantive roles, including civil rights activist Diane Nash in Ava DuVernay's "Selma" (2014), as Michael B. Jordan's independent-minded love interest in "Creed" (2015), and as Delos Board member Charlotte Hale on HBO's "Westworld" (2016- ).The following year, Thompson was seen by millions in Marvel Studios' "Thor: Ragnarok" (2017), playing a flinty slave trader who imprisons and later befriends Chris Hemsworth's God of Thunder. A box office hit, "Thor" helped to mint Thompson as a star, and she parlayed her fame into starring roles in indie fare like the Western "Little Woods" (2018) and the critically acclaimed satire "Sorry to Bother You" (2018) and mainstream fare like the science fiction thriller "Annihilation" (2018) and "Creed II" (2018).

Highest rated movies

Selma Little Woods Creed Avengers: Endgame Sylvie's Love Sorry to Bother You Thor: Ragnarok
Dear White People




No Score Yet No Score Yet Thor: Love and Thunder Valkyrie (Character) - 2022
90% 85% Passing Irene (Character),
Executive Producer
- 2021
93% 76% Sylvie's Love Sylvie (Character),
Executive Producer
- 2020
65% 50% Lady and the Tramp Lady (Voice) - 2019
75% 43% Between Two Ferns: The Movie Self - 2019
23% 66% Men in Black: International Agent M (Character) $80.0M 2019
94% 90% Avengers: Endgame Valkyrie (Character) $858.4M 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Janelle Monae: Dirty Computer Zen (Character) - 2018
95% 55% Little Woods Ollie (Character),
Executive Producer
$147.1K 2018
83% 79% Creed II Bianca (Character) $115.7M 2018
93% 70% Sorry to Bother You Detroit (Character) $17.5M 2018
20% 33% Furlough Nicole Stevens (Character) - 2018
88% 66% Annihilation Josie Radek (Character) $32.7M 2018
93% 87% Thor: Ragnarok Valkyrie (Character) $315.0M 2017
61% 37% Dirty Cops - War on Everyone Jackie Hollis (Character) - 2016
95% 89% Creed Bianca (Character) $109.7M 2015
No Score Yet 48% Grantham & Rose Wallis (Character) - 2014
99% 86% Selma Diane Nash (Character) $52.1M 2014
91% 61% Dear White People Sam White (Character) $4.4M 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Points of Origin Rosemary (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Automotive Maggie (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet 50% Murder on the 13th Floor Nia Palmer (Character) - 2012
32% 73% For Colored Girls Nyla/Purple (Character) $37.7M 2010
No Score Yet 83% Mississippi Damned Kari Peterson (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Exquisite Corpse Liz (Character) - 2009
22% 41% Make It Happen Dana (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet 50% The Initiation of Sarah Esme (Character) - 2006
9% 44% When a Stranger Calls Scarlet (Character) $47.9M 2006


No Score Yet 28% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2018 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning America Guest 2018 2020-2021
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2018 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet etalk Guest 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live with Kelly and Ryan Guest 2019-2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainment Tonight Guest 2019-2020
No Score Yet 100% The Graham Norton Show Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Centerpiece Guest 2020
81% 78% Westworld Charlotte Hale (Character) 2016 2018 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Strahan & Sara Guest 2019
No Score Yet 41% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainment Studios.TV Guest 2015-2016 2019
No Score Yet 22% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Celebrity Page Guest 2018
94% 80% Portlandia Unknown (Guest Star) 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet ET Canada Guest 2017-2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet 106 & Park Unknown (Character) 2014
No Score Yet 100% The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson Guest 2014
No Score Yet 8% The View Guest 2014
81% 78% Copper Sara Freeman (Character) 2012-2013
58% 74% 666 Park Avenue Unknown (Guest Star) 2012-2013
No Score Yet 84% Rizzoli and Isles FBI Agent Anna Farrell (Guest Star) 2011
81% 100% Detroit 1-8-7 Unknown (Guest Star) 2010-2011
18% 66% Off the Map Sydney (Guest Star) 2011
31% 0% Three Rivers Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mo'Nique Show Unknown (Character) 2010
53% 65% Heroes Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
No Score Yet 80% Private Practice Zoe Salter (Guest Star) 2009
6% No Score Yet Mental Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
42% No Score Yet Hidden Palms Nikki Barnes (Character) 2007
91% 78% Veronica Mars Jackie Cook (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
84% 76% Grey's Anatomy Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
No Score Yet 84% Cold Case Unknown (Guest Star) 2005