Javicia Leslie biography: 13 things about first black actress to play Batwoman on TV

Professionally known as Javicia Leslie, Javicia Leslie Walker is an African-American actress. Before becoming an actress, she worked a 9-to-5 job in Washington, D.C., United States.

Leslie is bisexual and vegan. She is 5’3½” tall.

Stewart Talent and Thirdhill Entertainment represent Leslie. Here are 13 more facts about the actress:


  1. She was born in Augsburg, Germany to military parents. She has one older brother and one older sister.
  2. As a young girl, she was a fan of the late Whitney Houston and Angela Basset.
  3. When she was young, her parents separated. From Augsburg, she and her mother relocated to the U.S. She grew up in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, USA.
  4. She loves fashion, cooking, swimming and track. She was trained in Muay Thai, boxing, weapons and tap dance. She regularly trains in an extensive fitness boot camp.
  5. She was 21 years old when she was crowned Miss Hampton University in 2008 in Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, USA, where she also performed in many plays including “Seven Guitars” by August Wilson, “For Colored Girls’ by Ntozake Shange and “Chicago” by Bob Fosse.
  6. 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.
  7. In 2010, Leslie made her film debut by playing Kiyoko in the short film “MuSicktuation” by Jamel Hobbs.
  8. From 2015 to 2017, she played Mo or Monisha in the TV series “Chef Julian.”
  9. 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.”
  10. Her second short film role was Princess Omni in Lonnie Henderson’s “Neva~eh,” which was released in 2017.
  11. In 2018, she appeared in “Noches con Platanito.”
  12. 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. From 2018 to 2020, she played Ali Finer in “God Friended Me
  13. She is the first African-American actress to play Batwoman on television. She played the DC Comics superhero in “Batwoman” Season 2, which premiered on The CW in January 2021, a role originally played by Ruby Rose Langenheim, professionally known as Ruby Rose, in the first season.

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