Angela Bassett is an actress, director, producer and activist known for her biographical film roles, most notably her performance as Tina Turner in the biopic What's Love Got to Do with It, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical.
She has also starred in How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Waiting to Exhale, Malcolm X, and the television movie The Rosa Parks Story, among numerous others.
In 2011, Bassett starred opposite Samuel L. Jackson in the Broadway premiere of Katori Hall's Olivier Award-winning play "Mountaintop," a gripping reimagining of events the night before the assassination of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
She had a recurring role since 2013 on the FX horror series American Horror Story: Coven, and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her performance as Voodoo queen Marie Laveau. She returned for Freak Show, Hotel and Roanoke, the anthology series' fourth, fifth and sixth seasons. She also made an appearance in Apocalypse, the show's eighth season.
In 2018, she appeared in Marvel's Black Panther. The film was a box office hit and received widespread critical acclaim. She also voiced the character Shatter in the 2018 Transformers movie Bumblebee.
Along with her husband, actor Courtney B. Vance, Angela Bassett co-wrote the book, "Friends: A Love Story." The inspirational book is the real-life love story of Bassett and Vance, who were friends for many years before marrying. They have also formed Bassett/Vance Productions and their first venture, United States, marks Bassett's directorial debut; it is based on the novel Erasure by Percival Everett.
In 2018, Bassett began producing and starring in the Fox first responder drama series 9-1-1, playing LAPD patrol sergeant Athena Grant. The one-hour drama series follows the high risk scenarios encountered by first responders in the Los Angeles area.
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