MALINDA WILLIAMS BIO
Williams, an esteemed Hollywood sweetheart, stars in two highly
anticipated projects this year. In the exciting new television
drama, "Windfall" (NBC), Malinda portrays Kimberly
George, a 22 year-old single mother whose luck finds her winning
the $386 Million dollar lottery and leaving her life in the
trailer park behind.
Malinda will grace the silver screen in the eagerly anticipated
film, " Idlewild" (Universal). "Idlewild" will be
Malinda's first starring role in a major musical production. In
this period piece, also starring Outkast members Big Boi and
Andre 3000, Malinda will portray Zora, the wife of "Rooster"
If you ask this talented actress some of her career goals,
she will tell you, "I just want to portray African-American women
accurately, because that is all I represent; not necessarily
positively or negatively, just correctly."
If this beautiful actress's face seems familiar, it may be because
she spent five years portraying Tracey "Bird" Van Adams, a beauty
salon owner and struggling entrepreneur on Showtime's
ground-breaking, history making series " Soul Food ." Malinda
has worked consistently in a business where many careers are
short-lived. Her versatile talents and distinctive beauty have led
her to a list of admirable credits.
In 2003 and 2004 she earned an NAACP Image Award nomination
for "Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series", and in 2002, 2003 and
2004 the series received the NAACP Image Award for
"Outstanding Drama Series" with yet another nomination in 2004.
Malinda's leading role film credits include: The Wood (MTV
/Paramount), High School High (TriStar), and An Invited
Guest which won the Best of Show at the 1999 Acapulco Black Film
Festival and the Audience Award at the 1999 Urban World Festival in
New York. She also starred in Dancing in September (HBO).
Other film credits include: Sunset Park (Columbia/TriStar)
and A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (New Line). Malinda's
guest starring television credits include: CBS's The District,
Law and Order: SVU and ABC's NYPD Blue.
Having the ability to portray characters ranging from a
sophisticated beauty salon owner, to a mentally challenged teenager,
has branded Malinda Williams one of Hollywood's most well-respected
Before acting, McCoy began her career as a model doing
fashion shows in churches and high schools in her native
Chicago, Illinois. She launched two fashion lines in 2005,
Luxe & Romance, a lingerie line that was introduced during
New York's Fashion Week, and Xraye, her new jeans line for
In addition to her acting career she is a businesswoman
having come from a family in the hospitality and banking
industries in Chicago. Soon she will be breaking ground on a
group home for teenagers in her home town of Chicago called
"Raye of Sunshine".