Danielle Deadwyler is a multidisciplinary practitioner of arts with a diverse skillset adept in handling a professional career in performing arts, acting, filmmaking, and writing.

Rooted in theatre, dance, and creative writing, Deadwyler is best known for her acting credits in the likes of The Haves and the Haves Not, Watchman, Gifted, The Devil To Pay, and Paradise Lost.

How Old is Danielle Deadwyler?

Deadwyler, who considers herself an Atlanta chick through and through, is 38 years old as of 2020. She was born on May 3, 1982, under the Taraus stars, and has been contributing to the entertainment business as a fan and creator for almost all her life. 


Tonight is the final premiere for @janeandemmamovie | Salt Lake City, UT | I am indebted to the legacy of such a visionary. A conviction for seeking the life you deserve. A steadfast progenitor of resistance and claimin’ true. | @janeandemmamovie opens October 12 to limited release. I hope Utah gets out to the cinema this weekend! I implore #utah to do so, to enable everyone else to reap the history and story too. Thank you @tamu.smith and #Zandra for leading with Jane’s story long before the making of the film, for black women’s legacies of doin’ the damn thing. Thank you #ExcelEntertainment and #JennLee and the #Morgensens and my dude #Arthur! And my director @chansquires for championing this film ceaselessly with these beautiful folk. Grateful. Viscerally grateful. | And to my Shawty @kirbysdaughter (The Ill Na Na🦄) for always getting a ma’am together with these looks! #wcw And this life! And this fight! 💜💜

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Deadwyler first showed an affinity to the performing arts at the young age of four when her mother caught her dancing in front of the TV to Soul Train. Instantly recognizing her daughter's interests, she put young Danielle in dance classes at Marlene Rounds, and Total Dance Theatre and her artistic journey started hence.

Danielle Deadwyler Wanted to Continue her Academic Life

The multidimensional artist, in her official bio, credits her hometown institutions for her artistic and academic foundations. She was educated academically by Inman Middle School, Grady High School, and then by Spelman College, where she completed her graduation.

As a graduate student under Dr. Robin D. G. Kelley, Deadwyler also pursued her Master's of Arts in American Studies from Columbia University, focusing her analysis on issues facing women and African Americans.

Deadwyler revealed in an interview with VoyageATL that she wished to continue her academics further and even managed to be nominated as one of the finalists for the Emory's Women's Studies program. Sadly, she didn't make it, and to cope with the supposed failure, she took up a teaching career, which in turn fostered her return to theatre.

Danielle Deadwyler is Humble to Her Roots

In the same interview, Deadwyler recalled that during the last year of her teaching stint, the movie For Colored Girls was being produced by director Jasmine Guy and she took a hail Mary and went for it. Fortunately, she landed the part and has been in the performing arts industry since.

Deadwyler is humble to her roots and attributed her hometown staples, including Gate City Heritage House, Total Dance Theatre, Gary Harrison Studios, and Atlanta Street Theatre as her artistic guides.

In her career span, she has been fortunate enough to work with productions by the likes of Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre, Horizon Theatre, Synchronicity Theatre, Theatrical Outfit, Aurora Theatre, and the Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre.

The Atlanta native's on-stage time has earned her quite a few prestigious titles such as 'Creative Loafing Atlanta Critics Pick' for Best Actress, 2013, and 'Reader's Pick' for Best Performance Artist, 2017. In 2015 she was the winning recipient of the 'Suzi Bass Award' for Outstanding Lead Actress in a play.

Deadwyler might not be a veteran just yet, but she has made a fair share of contributions to the TV screens as well, starting with her television film debut A Cross to Bear on the Up Network.

Since then, she has been credited for numerous television and film roles, presented nationally and internationally, including Sweet Sweet Country, Being Mary JaneThe Haves & The Have Nots, and HBO's Watchmen.

Danielle Deadwyler Is a Mother To a Pre-teenage Son

Deadwyler was last known to have had a public relationship around 2016 with Reggie Haslam, who was also featured on her Facebook profile. 

Danielle and Reggie Haslam at the UNCF 2016 Atlanta Mayor's Masked Ball

Danielle and Reggie Haslam at the UNCF 2016 Atlanta Mayor's Masked Ball (Photo Source: Facebook)

Deadwyler also shares a 10-year-old son named Ezra Cardan Haslam with Reggie. 

Little Erza appears now and then on his father's social media, but it is unsure if his parents are still together.