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Tamara Tunie is an award-winning actor, director and producer whose body of work has garnered international acclaim and brings to light important social issues.

This fall, she will be seen in the BBC/Netflix drama BLACK EARTH RISING as Eunice Clayton, Assistant Director of African Affairs, starring opposite of John Goodman and Michaela Coel.  The international thriller is written and directed by Hugo Blick.  Tunie is currently wowing audiences in the AMC hit series DIETLAND as Julia, manager of “the beauty closet,” an underground warehouse filled with every kind of beauty product imaginable and is the heart of a mysterious plot.

Tamara was a series regular in Sundance TV’s The Red Road as tribal chief Marie Van Der Veen opposite Jason Momoa and Julianne Nicholson. She first gained an international following in the role of Medical Examiner Dr. Melinda Warner on the legendary NBC series Law & Order: SVU. Recurring guest stars include such hit shows as Better Call Saul, Blue Bloods, Billions, Alpha House24, Elementary, and Survivor’s Remorse. She first came to national prominence in a contract role in As The World Turns as Jessica Griffin.

Tunie recently starred in the Netflix film Irreplaceable You, with Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Michiel Huisman; Flight, with Denzel Washington; The Devil’s Advocate, opposite Charlize Theron; City Hall, with Al Pacino; Snake Eyes; with Nicolas Cage and Gary Sinise; and The Caveman’s Valentine, opposite Samuel L. Jackson, to name a few. She also made her feature film directorial debut with the indie romantic comedy See You in September starring Estella Warren and Justin Kirk.

The Pittsburgh native boasts a storied career in theater both as an actor and a producer. On Broadway, she produced hit shows: Spring Awakening (winner of the 2007 Tony Award for Best Musical and Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical), Magic/Bird, and August Wilson’s Radio Golf (2007 Tony and Drama Desk Award Nominee for Best Play). She produced Frog Kiss: The Musical – a re-imagined “bedtime story” with a bawdy twist at Virginia Stage Company

Tunie starred in Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan’s two-person political suspense thriller Building the Wall alongside James Badge Dale at New World Stages. Prior, she realized the role of Marvelous in Danai Gurira’s Familiar, for which she won an Obie; she brought Kendra to life in the Barrington Stage Company’s world premiere production of American Son; and portrayed the Lead Detective in Steven Soderbergh’s The Library at The Public Theatre. She starred as Maggie in the first all African American production of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Calpurnia in Julius Caesar opposite Denzel Washington, and the 20th anniversary post-9/11 benefit concert of Dreamgirls. She also shared the Broadway stage with the late, great Lena Horne in the musical Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music.

Beyond acting, producing, and directing, Tunie is deeply engaged in several community and philanthropic efforts. She has served as chair emerita of the Board of Directors of Figure Skating in Harlem, a nonprofit organization that teaches education and life skills to young girls through the art and discipline of figure skating. Tunie also is President of the Board of Directors at Harlem Stage/The Gatehouse, a board member of God’s Love We Deliver, and she serves on the Advisory Board of Hearts of Gold.

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