Tina Lifford

Lifford graduated from the University of Santa Monica. She began her career in 1980s, appearing on television shows includeHill Street Blues, Cagney & Lacey, and Murder, She Wrote. From 1983 to 1988, she had the recurring role on Knots Landing. In film, she made her debut in The Ladies Club (1986). The following years, she had appeared in films include Nuts(1987), Colors (1988),Paris Trout(1991), Grand Canyon(1991), Letters from a Killer(1998), Panic(2000),Pay It Forward(2000), Joe Somebody(2001), Blood Work(2002), Hostage (2005), and Catch and Release (2006) Lifford played the leading role as single mother Joan Mosley in the critically acclaimed but short-lived Fox comedy-drama series, South Central(1994). In addition to her leading role on South Central, Lifford was regular cast member on the short-lived NBC drama, Crisis Center (1997). She had number of starring roles on the made-for-television movies, include The Ernest Green Story(1993), Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story(1996) playing Jackie Joyner-Kersee,Mandela and de Klerk(1997) as Winnie Mandela, The Temptations(1998), and The Loretta Claiborne Story (2000).

During her career, Lifford had guest starring roles in over 50 shows, include Touched by an Angel, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Any Day Now, NYPD Blue, NCIS, ER, and Nip/Tuck. She also had the recurring roles on Family Law(1999-2001), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation(2004-2005), Lincoln Heights(2007-2009),Parenthood(2010-2015) and Scandal(2015).

In 2016, Lifford was cast in her first series regular role as of 1990s, in theOprah Winfrey Networkdrama Queen Sugar. She plays the role of Violet Bordelon, the aunt to the Bordelon siblings, a spunky woman involved in a long-term relationship with the younger men.

Known For


Cast Credits

Queen Sugar (2016)
Starring as Violet Bordelon
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (2016)
Guest starring as Brenda Willis
  • Episode 1x03: Denial (Mar 30, 2016)
Minority Report (2015)
Guest starring as Lily Vega (2 episodes)
Scandal (2012)
Guest starring as CIA Director Lowry (5 episodes)
Single Ladies (2011)
Guest starring as Evelyn Lancaster (3 episodes)
Parenthood (2010)
Guest starring as Renee Trussell (13 episodes)
Drop Dead Diva (2009)
Guest starring as Judge
In Plain Sight (2008)
Guest starring as Denise McBride
Heroes (2006)
Guest starring as Paulette Hawkins
Criminal Minds (2005)
Guest starring as Nora
NCIS (2003)
Guest starring as Dr. Fox
  • Episode 2x14: Witness (Feb 15, 2005)
Threat Matrix (2003)
Guest starring as The Female Pathologist
  • Episode 1x12: PPX (Jan 15, 2004)
Nip/Tuck (2003)
Guest starring as Warden DeMarco
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)
Guest starring as Judge Witherspoon (2 episodes)
South Central (1994)
Starring as Joan Moseley
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993)
Guest starring as Lee (2 episodes)
Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990)
Guest starring as Felicity Ashe
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)
Guest starring as Brenda Hoover
L.A. Law (1986)
Guest starring as Faith Glassman
Knots Landing (1979)
Guest starring as Washroom Attendant