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.