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SANAA LATHAN plays explorer, adventurer, environmental technician and field guide Alexa "Lex” Woods.

Lathan co-starred opposite Denzel Washington in Carl Franklin's crime thriller "Out of Time.” The film revolves around a police chief (Washington) of a small Florida town who "borrows” money from the evidence room so he can run away with the woman (Lathan) he's always been in love with. For her performance in this film, she recently received a Best Actress nomination from FilmLife (American Black Film Festival).

Lathan starred in the romantic comedy "Brown Sugar,” for which she earned an NCAAP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture. She has also been nominated in the Best Actress category for the 2003 BET Awards for this role. For her work in writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood's romantic drama, "Love and Basketball,” Lathan received critical acclaim, including a Best Actress Award from the NAACP and a nomination for Best Actress from the Independent Spirit Awards. The film debuted to a standing ovation at the Sundance Film Festival. Notably, she reunited with director Prince-Bythewood on the HBO film "Disappearing Acts.”

Lathan has also earned an Image Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for the hit romantic comedy, "The Best Man.” Written and directed by Malcolm Lee, the film is a revealing look at the more intimate side of life for a group of successful friends who are reunited when one of their college buddies gets married. Additional feature film credits include the coming-of-age drama, "The Wood,” Ted Demme's comedy "Life” with Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence, the sci-fi thriller "Blade” with Wesley Snipes, and producer/writer/director Chi Muoi Lo's "Catfish in Black Bean Sauce”.

Lathan's television credits include a regular role on the series "Lateline” with Al Franken, and a starring role in the original movie "Miracle in the Woods” with Della Reese and Meredith Baxter.

A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, Lathan has performed on stage in numerous regional and Off-Broadway productions including "Por' Knockers” and "A Movie Star Has to Star in Black and White” at the Public Theatre. She also appeared as Isabella, the nun, in a Shakespeare in the Park production of "Measure for Measure” at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park. She starred in New York's West Side theatre production of Eve Ensler's acclaimed production of "The Vagina Monologues”.

Lathan most recently starred in the critically-acclaimed Broadway play, "Raisin in the Sun,” alongside P. Diddy, Audra McDonald and Phylicia Rashad. Her performance as "Beneatha” in "Raisin in the Sun” has garnered her a Theatre World Award and a Tony nomination for Best Actress.


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