Kym E. Whitley
Born in Khartoum, Sudan, raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and introduced to the world via Hollywood, Kym E. Whitley is a funny, talented and driven quadruple-threat actress, producer, director and stand-up comedian. She is also the star of OWN's Raising Whitley.
After a scene-stealing run as the hilarious wisecracking secretary on the UPN comedy series Sparks, Whitley became a staple on television, guest-starring on popular shows such as Grey's Anatomy, HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm (which got her Emmy nods), Lifetime's 1-800-Missing, Disney's That's So Raven, ABC's My Wife and Kids, UPN's Love Inc., The Parkers, The Boondocks on the Cartoon Network, Fox's The Cleveland Show, 'Til Death, BET's Let's Stay Together and ABC's Animal Practice. Currently, Whitley is the voice of Honeybee on Black Dynamite: The Animated Series.
Proving she isn't just another pretty face, Whitley created and co-hosted her own evening talk show on BET entitled Oh Drama! Other hosting credits include The Brian McKnight Show (in syndication) and the NBC show School Pride.
These same qualities have made her an in-demand big-screen player, starring alongside some of Hollywood's elite, such as Matt Damon, Johnny Depp, Jim Carrey, Jennifer Aniston, Martin Lawrence, Ice Cube and Eddie Murphy. Whitley's past credits include box office hits We Bought a Zoo, Rango, Fun with Dick and Jane, Along Came Polly, The Perfect Man, I Love You, Man, Deliver Us from Eva, College Road Trip, Next Friday, Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, Black Dynamite and Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
In addition to her television and film appearances, Whitley continues to perform sidesplitting stand-up routines throughout the world. Presently, she hosts Ladies' Night Live at the Comedy Union in Los Angeles. She also owns and operates Kwick Whit Productions and has produced several projects, including Love Chronicles, Cruising for Love with Kym Whitley and the feature-length film 35 and Ticking. With all this talent, it comes as no surprise that Whitley's career continues to flourish with several upcoming television and movie projects.
Whitley's personal passions include raising her adorable son that she adopted in 2011, as well as giving back to her community and causes that touch her heart. As a result, she donates her time and talents to as many fundraisers that her schedule permits. A few of her passions are HBCUs (Historically Back Colleges and Universities), women's shelters, victims' rights and anything having to do with children. Whitley started her own nonprofit called Comics 4 Kids, which she has used to host toy drives during Christmas and celebrity basketball on the East Coast.
Kym E. Whitley maintains true love and dedication to her industry. Look for this phenomenal and talented woman to be around Hollywood for a long time to come.