Golden Brooks stars as Maya, the sharp-tongued, yet good-hearted assistant to Joan (Tracee Ellis Ross), in the hit comedy series Girlfriends. The series is a Grammnet and Happy Camper Production in association with Paramount Television Production Division.
As a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, holding a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology with an emphasis on media representation’ of minorities, Golden Brooks also holds a Master's Degree from Sarah Lawrence College. She used her extensive training from Berkeley, where she also minored in theater, to capture roles in numerous high-profile feature films, including "Girl 6" directed by Spike Lee, "Timecode" directed by Mike Figgis and starring Holly Hunter, Salma Hayek and Jeanne Tripplehorn, "Hell's Kitchen" and the upcoming release "Imposter," in which she appears opposite Gary Sinise and Vincent D'Onofrio in a story by Philip K. Dick.
Brooks has an impressive list of television credits which includes her series regular role on Showtime's "Linc's," as well as guest-starring roles on "The Jamie Foxx Show" for The WB, "The Parkers," "Adventures of Pete and Pete" for Nickelodeon and "Promised Land" for CBS.
Born in San Francisco, Brooks was raised both there and in Los Angeles. At an early age, her mother encouraged Brooks to participate in a wide variety of endeavors, including gymnastics, ballet and theater, and the youngster soon found herself performing in numerous church plays, where she first learned to love appearing in front of an audience.
A dedicated volunteer, Brooks has worked with inner city youths to help improve their performances in school through English, poetry and empowerment training. She is also very active in sports and enjoys horseback riding, ice-skating and gymnastics. Brooks resides in Los Angeles with her cat, Saeku.
Reggie Hayes stars as William, Joan's (Tracee Ellis Ross) good-natured colleague, who has become the girlfriends’ "big brother," in the hit comedy series Girlfriends. The series is a Grammnet and Happy Camper Production in association with Paramount Television Production Division.
Reggie Hayes has portrayed series regular roles on the comedies "Getting Personal" and "Grown Ups." Hayes also appeared in numerous guest roles on episodes of "Will & Grace," "Party of Five," "Pretender," "Roswell," "Married with Children," "Then Came You," "Something So Right," "Space: Above and Beyond" and "Twilight Zone."
Among Hayes' feature film credits are roles in the critically-acclaimed "Being John Malkovich," co-starring John Malkovich, Cameron Diaz, and John Cusack, "A Family Thing," starring James Earl Jones and Robert Duvall, and "Hell Cab."
Hayes' training is rooted in the theater and he has performed in the stage productions of "Bang the Drum Slowly," "Othello," "Less Than Equal," "Richard II," "Chicago Conspiracy Trial," "Hellcab Does Christmas," "Any Place But Here," "Native Speech," "No One Goes Mad" and "Inspecting Carol." As a member of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, he also has performed in countless productions of the Bard's works.
A Chicago native, Hayes graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Acting and Honors in Performance. He considers himself a shop-aholic and a classic car buff, counting a 1963 Cadillac DeVille convertible among his collection.
Jill Marie Jones stars as Toni, the drop-dead gorgeous real estate agent with a comically overblown lust for money in the hit comedy series Girlfriends. The series is a production of Grammnet Productions and Happy Camper Productions in association with Paramount Television Production Division.
Jones, who landed the role as Toni while a relative newcomer to Hollywood, considers her role on Girlfriends to be her first "big break." Jones won the part following an exhaustive search for the right combination of comic timing, killer looks and intelligence. Prior to this series, she worked as a model and began studying with acting coach John Kirby. Jones also guest-starred on the Saturday morning teen series "City Guys."
A former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader and Dallas Mavericks Dancer, Jones has displayed her dancing skills and athletic prowess as a featured performer on "Monday Night Football" and "The Miss Texas Pageant." Jones also traveled the world as a dancer with the USO and has entertained U.S. troops stationed in Egypt, Korea, Japan and Israel.
An avid sportswoman, Jones enjoys basketball, volleyball, track, rollerskating and rollerblading.
Persia White stars as Lynn, a free spirited, professional student who has been thrust into the working world in the hit comedy series Girlfriends. The series is a production of Grammnet and Happy Camper Production in association with Paramount Television Production Division.
Persia White has amassed an impressive list of feature film credits in a relatively short period of time. She had starring roles in the independent films "Red Letters" opposite Peter Coyote, "Blood Dolls," "The Making," "Frankie D.," "My Perfect Date" and "Mix." White was also seen in the recent independent film "Stalled."
White's extensive television experience includes a starring role on the syndicated teen series "Breaker High." She has guest-starred on episodes of "NYPD Blue," "Buffy The Vampire Slayer," "Brooklyn South," "Clueless," "The Client," "Malcolm & Eddie," "Weird Science," "Dick Clark's Beyond Belief," "Suddenly," "Malibu Shores" and "Angel." White also starred in the made-for-television films "An Urban Legend" with Kirstie Alley, "Operation Sandman" opposite Ron Perlman and "Mindfield" for UPN.
The actress has also distinguished herself on stage and has appeared in regional productions of "Raisin in the Sun," "A Chorus Line," "A Little Night Music," "A Preface to an Alien Garden," "Runaways" and "Bad Seed."
White's family moved around a lot when she was a child, nonetheless, she always found herself involved in local theater, beginning with the Nassau Civic Ballet Company at age three. At eight, she was performing with Miami's Coconut Grove Children's Theater, and as a teen was studying dance, singing and painting. She was voted "most talented senior" in high school and was subsequently awarded two theater scholarships to attend college.
A native of Miami, White has a passion for music and is currently working on her first album with her band "XEO3," which she describes as "aggressive, dark and heavy rock." She also wrote and recorded music for three films in which she starred, "My Perfect Date," "Blood Dolls" and "Stalled."
Tracee Ellis Ross stars as Joan Clayton, a single woman whose career as a lawyer often overtakes her personal life in the hit comedy series Girlfriends. The series is a Grammnet and Happy Camper Production in association with Paramount Television Production Division.
Ross' portrayal of Clayton in Girlfriends has earned her two NAACP Image Award nominations for "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series," as well as a PRISM Award nomination for "Outstanding Performance in a Comedy Series." Named by the Los Angeles Times as a "Face to Watch" after her debut television experience, viewers were introduced to Ross when she served as host of "The Dish" for Lifetime Television. Ross' television credits also include "Lyricist Lounge," a sketch comedy show for MTV.
Ross' big screen debut was a leading role in the feature film "Far Harbor," costarring with Marcia Gay Harden and Jennifer Connelly. She also appeared in the Columbia Pictures comedy "Hanging Up," in which she played Meg Ryan's distracted assistant.
On stage, Ross starred in the award winning play, "The Vagina Monologues." She made her highly acclaimed debut at the Canon Theater in Los Angeles and has performed with the production in San Francisco. Most recently, she took a turn as one of the guest celebrities in the hit dramatic play, "Blackout."
Prior to acting, Ross worked as a model, and has graced the pages of top fashion and consumer magazines, including Harper's Bazaar, Essence, Mirabella, Life, US, O and In Style. She has also appeared in advertising campaigns for The Gap, Donna Karan Collection, DKNY and Paul Mitchell.
Named by Essence Magazine as an "It" woman of 2000, she is described as a "trend setter with signature style." She was also named one of America's "Leading Ladies" along with Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer on the American Elite 1000 List for 2000, which acknowledges women who are gracefully redefining the rules for success.
Ross is a graduate of Brown University and the William Esper Acting Studio. Although a New Yorker at heart, Ross presently makes her home in Los Angeles.