Tessa Thompson Biography, Age, Movies, Height, TV Shows, Parents, Husband, Songs, Awards and Interview

Who is Tessa Thompson? Tessa Thompson Biography, Wiki

Tessa Thompson is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. She is famously known for her role as Nyla Adrose in the 2010 drama movie For Colored Girls and as Diane Nash in the 2014 movie, Selma and she has also starred in other movies and television series such as Life, Grey’s Anatomy, and Creed II.

Tessa Thompson Age

Tessa Thompson turns 37 years old in 2020. Thompson was born on October 3, 1983, in Los Angeles, United States of America. She celebrates her birthday on October 3rd every year.

Tessa Thompson Height and Weight

Thompson stands at a height of 5 feet 4 inches (1.63 m). She also weighs a massive 121 lbs (55 kgs). It is believed that she measures 34-25-36 inches for her hips, waist, and bust sizes respectively. Tessa is a woman of average stature.

Tessa Thompson Early Life

Thompson was born in Los Angeles, California. Her father, a singer/songwriter Marc Anthony Thompson of the band Chocolate Genius, Inc., is of Panamanian (Afro-Panamanian) descent and her mother is of Mexican and European descent. She grew up in Los Angeles while spending summers and winters in New York, where her father is based. She attended Santa Monica High School and then Santa Monica College, where she studied cultural anthropology.

Tessa Thompson Education

Thompson attended Santa Monica High School where she played Hermia in a student production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She then attended Santa Monica College (SMC), where she studied cultural anthropology. While at SMC, she also attended lectures by Lisa Wolpe of Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company (LAWSC).

Tessa Thompson Family, Parents, and Siblings

Her father, Anthony Thompson, was part of the band Chocolate Genius Inc., and her grandfather is the actor and musician Bobby Ramos of Latin Cruise fame

Tessa Thompson Parents

Thompson’s father is called Marc Anthony Thompson a singer-songwriter of the musical collective Chocolate Genius, Inc., is of Afro-Panamanian descent, while her mother is of Caucasian and Mexican ancestry.

Tessa Thompson Father

Tessa Thompson has a lot in common with her father, although she didn’t see him as often as she wanted. Her parents divorced when she was still a kid, and since then the girl had been sharing her time between the Californian home of her mother and Brooklyn residence of her father. A dark-skinned Panamanian Marc Anthony Thompson shared with his daughter not just his complexion, but also his passion for music. In her interviews, Tessa told numerous times, that her father and she have open relationships, and since the earliest years they could discuss anything. Marc tried to be a good father for his daughter Tessa. Once they filmed a homemade show about hunting for lizards. It was he, who encouraged his girl to develop her acting skills. Very often she phoned her dad and left voicemails on his phone, using different voices. Marc was sure, Tessa was born to be an actress.

Marc Anthony Thompson is not less popular than his talented daughter. He gained wide recognition as a singer and songwriter, whose career has been lasting since the 1980s. His name is closely-knitted with the band “Chocolate Genius”, which he founded in the late 1990s with a number of other enthusiasts. The debut album of the band “Black Music” was released in 1998. It was accepted warmly with the audience.

Nowadays, Marc Anthony has a busy career. He joins recording new songs with appearances in some movies and theater productions. He lives in New York with his current wife, Kate Sterlin, a photographer. He has a son and a daughter with Kate – Tessa’s younger half-siblings.

Tessa Thompson Siblings

Despite the fact that Tessa and Zsela are not full siblings (they share the same dad and have different mothers), the girls have a close bond.

Zsela is 11 years younger than Tessa. She resides in Hudson, NY. The young woman decided to follow her father’s steps and become a professional singer. In February 2019 she released her debut single “Noise”. Her older sister Tessa promotes Zsela’s song through social media.

The girl works hard to prove worthy of her famous father and older half-sister. She is working on an extended play and performs at charity events as of now. In addition to Zsela, Tessa has an older sister and a younger half-brother from the paternal side (Jody Rome Thompson)

Tessa Thompson Husband | Married

From what we know, Tessa Thompson has never been married. However, she has had one or two flings and relationships before. Her then-relationship with Ben Crowley was heavily publicized but sadly, they called it off even before it started. In 2015, she shared a romantic hoax with Jack Gilinsky.

Tessa’s sexual orientation has been best described as complicated. The star actress in an interview with Porter Magazine in June 2018, publicly stated that she is bi-sexual, that is, she is both attracted to both the female and male folks. Shortly after the news of her confession went viral, she became the gist of town.

While a lot of her fans were trying to get around the news, she appeared in the singer, Janelle Monae music video, Make Me Feel. Her seductive display in the video gave rise to rumors of her relationship with the singer. While most of her fans had their fingers crossed, the actress replied in a tweet that the singer is just a friend but however, if they decide to date, they owe no one explanations. As it stands, Tessa claims that she is currently single and is not looking out to date.

In June 2018, Janelle posted;

“We love each other deeply. We’re so close, we vibrate on the same frequency. If people want to speculate about what we are, that’s okay. It doesn’t bother me.”

This might be a confirmation of their relationship. She came out as queer or pansexual and she is open to dating both of the genders. In 2019 however, Janelle unfollowed Tessa to what fans assumed they had broken up. Janelle was seen being cozy with Lupita Nyongo at the MET Gala and people thought that Lupita was now her new boo. In October however, Monae posted a series of their candid and cute moments wishing Tessa a happy birthday.

Tessa Thompson Net Worth

Tessa is estimated to have a net worth of about $4 million. Thompson has enjoyed a long career in the entertainment industry for quite a long time. Through proceeds from her work as an actress, she has been able to accumulate a modest fortune.

Tessa Thompson Measurements and Facts

Here are some interesting facts and body measurements you should know about Thompson.

Tessa Thompson Bio and Wiki

  • Full Names: Tessa Thompson
  • Popular As: Tessa
  • Gender: Female
  • Occupation / Profession: Actress, Singer, and Songwriter
  • Nationality: American
  • Race / Ethnicity: White
  • Religion: Not Known
  • Sexual Orientation: Straight

Tessa Thompson Birthday

  • Age / How Old?: 37 years old
  • Zodiac Sign: Libra
  • Date of Birth: October 3, 1983
  • Place of Birth: Los Angeles
  • Birthday: October 3rd

Tessa Thompson Body Measurements

  • Body Measurements: Not Available
  • Height / How Tall?: 5 feet 4 inches (1.63 m)
  • Weight: 121 lbs
  • Eye Color: brown eye color
  • Hair Color: black hair color

Tessa Thompson Family and Relationship

  • Father (Dad): Marc Anthony Thompson
  • Mother: Jane Thompson
  • Siblings (Brothers and Sisters): Zsela
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Dating / Girlfriend: Engaged to Lisa Monalae
  • Children:  None

Tessa Thompson Networth and Salary

  • Net Worth: $4 million
  • Salary: Over $2 million as salary annually
  • Source of Income: actress, singer, and songwriter

Tessa Thompson House and Cars

  • Place of living: To be Updated
  • Cars: Car Brand to be Updated

Tessa Thompson Career

After graduating from college, she ventured into professional acting and made her debut appearance in The Tempest. She took a chill pill for a few years before appearing in the stage play; Romeo and Juliet. That role gave her the NACCP Theatre Nomination that year.

She subsequently made an appearance in a few television drama series in 2005. Her performance in CBS series, Cold Case cemented her place in the ABC medical drama series; Grey Anatomy. In between her role on the medical drama series, she played as Jackie Cook on Veronica Mars.

In 2006, she starred in the drama series Hidden Palms and also appeared occasionally in Life and Private Practice as well as Heroes. While she appeared in Detriot 187 (2010), it became the platform her fans used in watching most of her remarkable acting stints. Also, she starred in other shows like 666 Park Avenue, Copper, and Westworld.

Tessa Thompson has only had a few film roles but has done well to greatly impress at all of them. Her first film debut was in the horror film; When A Stranger Calls. She later played as a dancer in the movie, Make It Happen in 2008 and starred in For Colored Girls (2010); a Tyler Perry stage play.

Onwards, Tessa appeared in movies like Dear White People, The Grand Romantic, Thor: Ragnarok, Annihilation, Sorry to Bother You, Creed, Creed II and Men in Black: International. As a musician, Tessa was a member of the band group, Caught a Ghost. She also contributed to the soundtracks for Creed and Creed II.

Thompson currently stars as “Charlotte Hale” on the HBO series Westworld (2016-). The show was created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. The main cast includes Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, and James Marsden. Westworld was renewed for a 3rd season in May 2018. Thompson’s television credits also include 666 Park Avenue, Copper, Dear White People, and Portlandia. She voiced the character “Tanisha” for a 2016 episode of the animated series BoJack Horseman.

Tessa Thompson Thor

In April 2016, it was announced that Thompson had been cast in the upcoming superhero film Thor: Ragnarok set for release on November 3, 2017. In May 2016, Thompson was revealed to be portraying Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok.

Tessa Thompson Music

Thompson produced music as part of the electro band Caught A Ghost. The band provided songs for the film Dear White People, in which she also starred

Tessa Thompson Dear White People

In 2014, she starred in Justin Simien’s Sundance winner Dear White People and played civil rights activist Diane Nash in Ava DuVernay’s Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic Selma.

Tessa Thompson Westworld

In 2016, she had a guest role starring role in the HBO science-fiction drama series in three episodes of Westworld as board director Charlotte Hale.

Tessa Thompson Creed

Tessa gained more recognition for starring as civil rights activist Diane Nash in the historical drama Selma in 2014, a singer in the sports drama Creed in 2015 and its sequel Creed II in 2018. Thompson appeared in Ryan Coogler’s Rocky sequel Creed and contributed to the soundtracks for both Creed and Creed II, for which she co-wrote and performed several songs with producer Moses Sumney.

Tessa Thompson Avengers

She played the role of Valkyrie in the film Avengers. It is 2012 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture

‘Annihilation,’ ‘Sorry to Bother You,’ ‘Men In Black: International’

In 2018, Thompson continued delving into the world of fantasy, but this time in the sci-fi horror genre Annihilation, which also starred an all-female led cast including Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriquez, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. That same year, she also starred in the sci-fi comedy Sorry to Bother You, opposite Get Out actor Lakeith Stanfield. Thompson then teamed up with Ragnarok co-star Chris Hemsworth for more sci-fi action in Men in Black: International (2019).

Tessa Thompson Movies

  • 2019 Avengers: Endgame as Valkyrie
  • 2019 Lady and the Tramp as Lady (voice)
  • 2019 Men in Black: International as Agent M
  • 2018 Annihilation as Josie Radek
  • 2018 Creed II as Bianca Taylor
  • 2018 Dirty Computer as Zen / Mary Apple 23
  • 2018 Furlough as Nicole Stevens
  • 2018 Little Woods as Ollie
  • 2018 Sorry to Bother You as Detroit
  • 2017 South Dakota as Chris
  • 2017 Thor: Ragnarok as Valkyrie / Scrapper 142
  • 2016 Salt Water as Brit
  • 2016 War on Everyone as Jackie Hollis
  • 2015 Creed as Bianca Taylor
  • 2014 Dear White People as Samantha “Sam” White
  • 2014 Grantham & Rose as Wallis
  • 2014 Selma as Diane Nash
  • 2013 Automotive as Maggie
  • 2012 Murder on the 13th Floor as Nia Palmer
  • 2011 Periphery as Caitlin
  • 2011 Red & Blue Marbles as Becca
  • 2010 Everyday Black Man as Claire
  • 2010 Exquisite Corpse as Liz
  • 2010 For Colored Girls as Nyla Adrose
  • 2009 Mississippi Damned as Kari Peterson (at age 20)
  • 2008 The Human Contract as Waitress
  • 2008 Make It Happen as Dana
  • 2006 When a Stranger Calls as Scarlet

Tessa Thompson Songs

  • I will go to War
  • Grid
  • Time Tick
  • Shed You
  • Breathe
  • Main title

Tessa Thompson Awards and Nomination

  • 2009 American Black Film Festival- Best Actor
  • 2011 Black Reel Awards- Best Breakthrough Performance
  • 2014 Gotham Awards- Breakthrough Actor
  • 2014 African-American Film Critics Association- Breakthrough Performance
  • 2015 NAACP Image Awards- Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
  • 2015 Black Reel Awards-Best Actress
  • 2015 Hamptons International Film Festival- Breakthrough Performer
  • 2015 African-American Film Critics Association- Best Supporting Actress
  • 2016 Black Reel Awards- Best Supporting Actress

Frequently Asked Questions About Tessa Thompson

Who is Tessa Thompson?

Tessa Lynne Thompson a famous actress who gained wide recognition after appearing in Tina Mabry’s independent film Mississippi Damned in 2009.

How old is Tessa Thompson?

Thompson was born on October 3, 1983, in Los Angeles, United States of America. She celebrates her birthday on October 3rd every year. Tessa Thompson turns 37 years old in 2020.

How tall is Tessa Thompson?

Thompson stands at a height of 1.63 m.

Is Tessa Thompson married?

Details about her love life are still under review. We will let you know when she gets in a relationship.

How much is Tessa Thompson worth?

Thompson has an approximate net worth of $4 million. This amount has been accrued from her leading roles in the entertainment industry.

Where does Thompson live?

Because of security reasons, Tessa has not shared her precise location of residence. We will immediately update this information if we get the location and images of her house.

Is Tessa dead or alive?

Thompson is alive and in good health. There have been no reports of her being sick or having any health-related issues.

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