Nafessa Williams is currently starring opposite Cress Williams (Jefferson Pierce) in CW’s drama pilot BLACK LIGHTNING playing the role of “Anissa Pierce”, the passionate and quick-witted daughter of Pierce. Williams can also be seen in Netflix’s BURNING SANDS, playing ‘Toya’ the friend all the boys seem to love and who lives her life in the moment. She also recently appeared in the highly-anticipated reboot of TWIN PEAKS.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Williams has always had an affinity for acting. She started her career as a model while juggling school at West Chester University where she graduated and intended to pursue a degree in law. After working in the homicide department for the D.A’s office she realized law was not her path. Williams began to grow her skills and started taking acting classes with Tasha Smith and Susan Batson (Nicole Kidman), and those classes would soon pay off as she booked her first job on ONE LIFE TO LIVE. She then decided to move to Los Angeles and pursue acting full-time and has since been seen on shows such as CODE BLACK, SURVIVOR’S REMORSE, and REAL HUSBANDS OF HOLLYWOOD to name a few.
When Williams is not filming, she enjoys her online fashion boutique “Saturday Dreaming,”—inspired by women who are following their dreams and embracing their individuality along the way. She also loves staying in shape physically and mentally through running, and meditation. Williams believes that everyone should live their purpose and hosts the VIP Happy Hour (YouTube) with her friends where they inspire and motivate women to live the life that is destined for them and be “#girlbosses”. Beyond inspiring women, she also gives back to the community through The Peggy Beatrice Foundation where she feeds the homeless on Skidrow in downtown Los Angeles.