With an impressive body of work that encompasses film, television, theater and writing, Regina Taylor is one of Hollywood’s most versatile actors whose career continues to evolve with exciting and challenging projects.
Regina is best known to television audiences for her role as Lilly Harper in the series "I'll Fly Away." She received many accolades for her performance in the show including winning a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and two Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Regina can currently be seen starring in the CBS hit drama "The Unit" alongside Dennis Haysbert. In February, she took home the NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Actress in a Drama” for her work on the show.
Regina made her professional acting debut on CBS in the movie "Crisis at Central High" and her other television credits include the series "The Education of Max Bickford," "Feds" as well as television movies "Strange Justice” playing Anita Hill (Peabody Award and Gracie Award), "In From the Night," "Cora Unashamed," "The Third Twin," "Hostile Waters," "Children of the Dust," "I'll Fly Away: Then and Now," "Howard Beach: Making a Case for Murder," "Concealed Enemies," and "Nurse."
Segueing effortlessly between the big and small screen, Regina has starred in blockbuster films alongside some of Hollywood most talented leading men. Her film credits include "The Negotiator," "Courage Under Fire," "A Family Thing," "The Keeper," "Clockers," "Losing Isaiah," "Jersey Girl" and "Lean on Me."
In addition to her film and television work, Regina holds the honor as being the first Black woman to play William Shakespeare's Juliet in Broadway's "Romeo and Juliet." Her other theater credits include "As You Like It," "Macbeth," "Machinal," "A Map of The World," "The Illusion" and "Jar the Floor." In addition, she won the L.A. Dramalogue Award for her performance in "The Tempest" on the west coast.
Regina not only feels comfortable on the stage, she is also an accomplished playwright. Her other credits as playwright include "Oo-Bla-Dee," for which she won the American Critics' Association new play award, "Drowning Crow," (her adaptation of Chekhov's THE SEAGULL, which was produced on Broadway by Manhattan Theater Club in its inaugural season at the Biltmore Theater and starred Alfre Woodard), "The Dreams of Sarah Breedlove," "A Night in Tunisia," "Escape from Paradise," "Watermelon Rinds," and "Inside the Belly of the Beast." Regina’s critically acclaimed "Crowns" was the most performed musical in the country this past year. Her latest play “Magnolia” will premiere at Chicago's Goodman Theatre in March 2009 directed by Anna Shapiro, Tony Award winner for “August: Osage County.”
Regina is a member and Artistic Associate of the Goodman Theatre. She received an honorary doctorate from DePaul University. She was raised in Dallas, Texas and still calls it home.