Javicia Leslie Walker, who is professionally known as Javicia Leslie, is the first African-American actress to play Batwoman on television. She will play the DC Comics superhero in “Batwoman” Season 2, which will premiere on The CW in January 2021, a role originally played by Ruby Rose Langenheim, professionally known as Ruby Rose, in the first season.
In 2010, Leslie made her film debut by playing Kiyoko in the short film “MuSicktuation” by Jamel Hobbs. Her second short film role was Princess Omni in Lonnie Henderson’s “Neva~eh,” which was released in 2017.
From 2015 to 2017, Leslie played Mo or Monisha in the TV series “Chef Julian.” From 2018 to 2019, she played Paris Duncan in “The Family Business,” a crime family drama series Carl Weber created based on his New York Times bestselling novel.
In 2016, she made full-length film debut by playing Samantha Morgan in the TV movie “Swim at Your Own Risk.” In the same year, she played a waitress in another TV movie titled “Prototype” and played Mo in the TV series “Hello Cupid Reboot.”
In 2018, Leslie appeared in “Noches con Platanito.” She played Ali Finer in “God Friended Me” from 2018 to 2020.
Stewart Talent and Thirdhill Entertainment represent Leslie. Here are 13 more facts about the actress:
- She was born in Augsburg, Germany on May 30, 1987 to military parents. She has one elder brother and one elder sister.
- She is 5’3½”.
- She is bisexual.
- She is vegan.
- As a young girl, she was a fan of the late Whitney Houston and Angela Basset.
- When she was young, her parents separated. From Augsburg, she and her mother relocated to the United States. She grew up in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, USA.
- She was trained in Muay Thai, boxing, weapons and tap dance. She regularly trains in an extensive fitness boot camp.
- She loves fashion, cooking, swimming and track.
- Before becoming an actress, she worked a 9-to-5 job in Washington, D.C., USA.
- She attended Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, USA, where she performed in many plays including “Seven Guitars” by August Wilson, “For Colored Girls’ by Ntozake Shange and “Chicago” by Bob Fosse.
- In 2008, she was crowned Miss Hampton University.
- After graduating from Hampton University, she moved to Los Angeles, California, USA to pursue a career in acting.
- In Los Angeles, she started as a commercial model.