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Persia White
Born Persia White
October 25, 1977 (1977-10-25) (age 32)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Occupation Actress, Singer
Spouse(s) Saul Williams (m. 2008–2009) «start: (2008)–end+1: (2010)»"Marriage: Saul Williams to Persia White" Location: (linkback:
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Persia White (born October 25, 1977) is an American actress and musician. White is known for playing free-spirited professional student Lynn Searcy on the long-running sitcom Girlfriends. She is also a member of the industrial rock band XEO3.


Early life and career

White was born in Miami, Florida and raised in Nassau, Bahamas, and Miami. At the age of three, she earned a scholarship to the Nassau Civic Ballet Company. At age eight, she joined the Miami Coconut Grove Children's Theater. As a teen, White studied dance, acting, singing, and painting.[1]

She has appeared in various independent films, including Red Letters (opposite Peter Coyote) and the cult horror Blood Dolls. She starred in the made-for-TV movies Operation Sandman (opposite Ron Perlman), and Suddenly, opposite Kirstie Alley. Her television work includes guest starring roles on Angel, NYPD Blue, The Steve Harvey Show, Brooklyn South, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as well as a series regular role on Breaker High with co-star Ryan Gosling. In 2008, White appeared in The Fall of Night, as the character Dawn. She can also be seen in Chrisette Michele's video, "Be OK".

In addition to acting, White also co-produced the award-winning documentary Earthlings, narrated by Joaquin Phoenix.[2]

White recently completed the drama Spoken Word, set for release in 2010.[3]


White, who is a vegan, is also a human rights and animal rights advocate, and environmentalist. She was honored by PETA as a 2005 Humanitarian of the Year.[1] She is a board member for the Humane Society of the United States, and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.[4] She is also an active member of Global Green, Farm Sanctuary. White is a member of the Church of Scientology and its affiliated Citizens Commission on Human Rights.[5][6]

Personal life

White has one daughter, Mecca, from a previous marriage.[7] On February 29, 2008, White announced on her MySpace blog that she married her boyfriend, musician Saul Williams.[8] On January 17, 2009, White announced via her MySpace blog that she and Williams were no longer together.[9]


Year Film Role Notes
1994 Blue Chips Uncredited
1996 Frankie D.
1999 Blood Dolls Black Baby
2000 Stalled Leanne
Red Letters Vanessa Cody
2005 Earthlings
2007 The Fall of Night Dawn
Everyday Joe Gina Co-producer
2009 Spoken Word Shea
Year Title Role Notes
1996 NYPD Blue Margie Episode: "These Old Bones"
Malibu Shores Listener Episode: "Hotline"
Saved by the Bell: The New Class Heather Episode: "Little Hero"
Goode Behavior Trish Episode: "Goode Grades"
Suddenly Trina Television movie
1997 Weird Science Kim 1 episode
The Burning Zone Episode: "Critical Mass"
Sister, Sister Anya Episode: "Three the Heart Way"
The Parent 'Hood Alexia "Tango & Cash"
Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction Molly Episode: "On the Road"
1997-1998 Breaker High Denise Williams Unknown episodes
1997-2003 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Girl #3
Episodes: "Welcome to the Hellmouth"
"The Harvest"
"Unaired Buffy the Vampire Slayer pilot"
1998 Brooklyn South Cinnamon Episode: "Cinnamon Buns"
Malcolm & Eddie Sharon Episode: "Bowl-a-Drama"
1999 The Steve Harvey Show Monique 1 episode
Clueless Veronica Episode: "My Best Friend's Boyfriend"
Another World Kineisha 'K.C.' Burrell Unknown episodes
2000 Operation Sandman Private Winslow Television movie
2000-2008 Girlfriends Lynn Searcy 172 episodes
2001 Angel Agnes "Aggie" Belfleur Episode: "Over the Rainbow"
2005 Unscripted Flirty Girl 1 episode


Award nominations

Year Award Result Category Series
2008 ALMA Award Nominated Outstanding Female Performance in a Comedy Television Series Girlfriends


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