TIKA SUMPTER (Angela Payton) is one of
Hollywood's rising stars. Best
known for her work as Raina
Thorpe on television's Gossip
Girl and Layla Williamson on
the Daytime Emmy Awardwinning
soap opera One Life
to Live, which garnered her
an NAACP Image Award
nomination, Sumpter most
recently starred in Tyler
Perry's A Madea Christmas and in OWN's The Haves
and the Have Nots, which will return in January 2014.
Sumpter stars as Candace Young in the one-hour drama,
which is written, directed and produced by Perry.
Sumpter recently joined the cast of Universal
Pictures' James Brown biopic Get on Up, alongside
Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Chadwick Boseman,
in which she'll portray singer Yvonne Fair. The film
is being directed by Tate Taylor and will hit theaters
August 1, 2014.
Sumpter's additional film credits include Sparkle,
opposite Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks; the
upcoming My Man Is a Loser, with John Stamos;
Being Mary Jane, opposite Gabrielle Union; What's
Your Number, opposite Anna Faris and Chris Evans;
Salt; Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming; and Whisper Me
a Lullaby. Her television credits include BET's The
Game; and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Sumpter was a member of the R&B group Twise.
Their single, "Paint the World, America's Anthem," can
be heard on "One Life, Many Voices," a compilation
album made in an effort to aid Hurricane Katrina
victims, featuring the voices of One Life to Live cast
members. Sumpter is proud of her involvement in
public service announcements, having appeared in an
AIDS awareness campaign with acclaimed hip-hop
Sumpter currently resides in New York City.