Angela Evelyn Bassett (born August 16, 1958) is an American actress. She has become well known for her biographical film roles portraying real life women in African American culture, including Tina Turner, [[Film/MalcolmX Betty Shabazz]], Rosa Parks and [[Music/MichaelJackson Katherine Jackson]]. She was born in Harlem, New York and moved to St. Petersburg, Florida as a child. She has a bachelor's degree in African-American Studies and a Masters in Fine Arts from Yale University. Her rise to fame came with her roles in ''Film/BoyzNTheHood'' and ''Film/MalcolmX''. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance as Tina Turner in ''Film/WhatsLoveGotToDoWithIt'', and was the first African-American to win a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.

She's married to Creator/CourtneyBVance. The two appeared as husband and wife on ''Series/{{ER}}''.

!!Selected Filmography:
* ''Film/BoyzNTheHood'' (1991) as Reva Devereaux
* ''Film/MalcolmX'' (1992) as Betty Shabazz
* ''Film/WhatsLoveGotToDoWithIt'' (1993) as Music/TinaTurner
* ''Film/WaitingToExhale'' (1995) as Bernadine 'Bernie' Harris
* ''Film/StrangeDays'' (1996) as Lornette 'Mace' Mason
* ''Film/HowStellaGotHerGrooveBack'' (1998) as Stella
* ''Film/AkeelahAndTheBee'' (2006) as Tanya Anderson
* ''Series/{{ER}}'' (2008-2009) as Dr. Cate Banfield
* ''Film/JumpingTheBroom'' (2011) as Claudine Watson
* ''Film/GreenLantern'' (2011) as Amanda Waller[[note]]This film was intended to launch the Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse, with Bassett continuing to play the role. She was replaced by Viola Davis when the film was dropped from the franchise, and ended up in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse instead as noted below.[[/note]]
* ''Film/OlympusHasFallen'' (2013) as Lynne Jacobs
** ''Film/LondonHasFallen'' (2016)
* ''Black Nativity'' (2013) as Aretha Cobbs
* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStory'' (2013 -- present) in various roles:
** ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryCoven'' (2013 -- 2014) as [[HistoricalDomainCharacter Marie LaVeau]]
** ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryFreakShow'' (2014 -- 2015) as Desiree Dupree
** ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryHotel'' (2015 -- 2016) as Ramona Royale
** ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryRoanoke'' (2016) as Monet Tumusiime
* ''Tom Clancy's VideoGame/RainbowSixSiege'' (2015) as Six (voice and motion capture)
* ''WesternAnimation/BoJackHorseman'' (2015 - 2016) as Ana Spanakopita (voice)
* ''Film/BlackPanther'' (2018) as Ramonda
* ''Film/MissionImpossibleFallout'' (2018)