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Tina Lifford

Tina Lifford is an American actress and playwright.

Tina emerged on the entertainment scene over 20 years ago in her debut role as a series lead on the critically acclaimed FOX comedy-drama, South Central (1994). Since then, the Chicago-born actor has been living her artist's' dream, her moving portrayal of "Winnie Mandela" in the Showtime biopic, Mandela and de Klerk (1997). Starring in more than 100 films and television shows over the course of her career, Tina's interest in creating new narratives for women like herself led her to venture behind the scenes and create The Circle, a stage play about how seven diverse women navigate the choppy waters of life.

Shifting perspectives and narratives and challenging what it means to be health has inspired Tina to conceive her latest initiative, The Inner Fitness Project. This wellbeing model and guide was birthed out of the need to create a movement focused on making Inner Fitness as well understood and familiar in society as physical fitness. Tina has also published two books: The Little Book of Big Lies... and Truths that Set You Free and The 14 Practices of Inner Health and Wellbeing for Building and Maintaining Emotional and Spiritual Strength. As a licensed practitioner in personal development, Tina designs and facilitates straight talk workshops and retreats for women to teach skills for navigating challenges and creating a more fulfilling life.

Known For


Cast Credits

Filthy Rich (2020)
Guest starring as Monique (3 episodes)
The Rookie (2018)
Guest starring as Warden Miller
Queen Sugar (2016)
Starring as Violet Bordelon (65 episodes)
Guest starring as Tina Lifford
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)
Family Law (1999)
Guest starring as Judge Alice Kingston (2 episodes)
Judging Amy (1999)
Guest starring as Ms. Arroyo
The Practice (1997)
Guest starring as Mrs. Johnson
Crisis Center (1997)
Starring as Tess Robinson
American Gothic (1995)
Guest starring as Loris Holt (4 episodes)
South Central (1994)
Starring as Joan Moseley (4 episodes)
  • Episode 1x10: Date (Jun 7, 1994)
  • Episode 1x08: Gun (2) (May 24, 1994)
  • Episode 1x05: Men (May 10, 1994)
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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 (2 episodes)
Cagney & Lacey (1982)
Guest starring as Precinct Officer
Knots Landing (1979)
Guest starring as Washroom Attendant
Guest starring as Tina (6 episodes)
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