Shareeka Epps

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Shareeka Epps
Born (1989-07-11) July 11, 1989 (age 30)
Years active2004–present

Shareeka Epps (born July 11, 1989) is an American actress. She starred in the 2006 film Half Nelson, alongside Ryan Gosling and Anthony Mackie.

Life and career[edit]

After being discovered in junior high school, Epps starred in the low budget, short film Gowanus, Brooklyn alongside Matt Kerr, playing the role of "Drey", a high school student. The short film won the Short Filmmaking Award at "Sundance Film Festival" in 2004.[citation needed]

The success of Gowanus, Brooklyn led to a full-length feature film, Half Nelson. Released August 11, 2006 the story concerns an inner city middle-school teacher who forms a friendship with one of his students after she discovers that he has a drug habit. Epps reprised her role as "Drey" and the role of the teacher was replaced by Ryan Gosling. The film also starred rising star Anthony Mackie.[1]

For Half Nelson, Epps won the Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Actor (2006);[2] was named Best Supporting Actress by the Boston Society of Film Critics Awards (2006);[2] won the WFCC Award for Female Rights To Male Roles in Movies at the Women Film Critics Circle Awards (2006);[2] and Best Female lead by the Independent Spirit Awards (2007).[2]

Epps also received nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics Association;[2] Alliance of Women Film Journalists;[2] Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards;[2] Chicago Film Critics Association Awards;[2], Online Film Critics Society Awards;[2] St. Louis Film Critics Association, US[2] and two Black Reel Awards nominations.[2]

In 2007 Epps acted in Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem although her portrayal of Kendra was completely omitted from the theatrical as well as the DVD release.[3][4]

Epps made her first TV appearance in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit airing on April 15, 2008, titled "Undercover" as Ashley Tyler.[citation needed] In 2013 she starred in American Milkshake alongside Tyler Ross and Georgia Ford.[citation needed]

In 2009, Shareeka provided spoken word vocals on the songs "Intro" and "Werewolf Heart" from Dead Man's Bones eponymous debut album. Ryan Gosling, who co-starred in Half Nelson, is one of the two members of Dead Man's Bones.

Epps currently resides in New York.[citation needed]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Gowanus, Brooklyn Drey Short
2006 Half Nelson Drey
2007 Neal Cassady Annie Gibson
2007 Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem Kendra Uncredited
2009 The Winning Season Lisa Robinson
2010 My Soul to Take Chandele Brown
2010 Mother and Child Ray Lawrence
2011 Yelling to the Sky Fatima Harris
2013 American Milkshake Henrietta


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Ashley Tyler Episode: "Undercover"

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