People's Choice Award winner, Beverly Todd learned the entertainment industry working with her mentor, the master artisan, Sidney Poitier. Benefiting from his tutelage, she had compiled an impressive list of theater, television and film achievements.
Beverly began her professional career in the Off-Broadway hit, "Deep Are The Roots." After a successful run she auditioned for composer Richard Rodgers and was selected to star in the London production of, "No Strings." She went on to star in the Actor's Studio production of, "Blues For Mr. Charlie" for the Theater World Festival in London, England. Todd won a starring role in the Broadway comedy, "Carry Me Back To Morningside Heights," directed by Sidney Poitier and subsequently appeared with Mr. Poitier in the films, "Uptown Saturday Night," "The Lost Man," "They Call Me Mr. Tibbs" and "Brother John."
Beverly is credited with breaking ground for actresses of color in the critically acclaimed PBS Television Special, "Six Characters In Search of An Author." Her portrayal in the title role as the Stepdaughter marked the first time an actress of color was selected for this acting honor. The role garnered Beverly her first NAACP Image Award nomination.
She won the People's Choice Award and received her second NAACP Image Award nomination for her starring role in the phenomenally successful, history making, television mini-series, "Roots."
She is particularly proud of her work opposites Louis Gossett, Jr., in the made-for-TV movie, "Don't Look Back, The Story of Leroy 'Satchel' Paige" in which she starred as the wife of the famed major league baseball player.
Another milestone in her career was in the starring role opposite Richard Pryor as his stabilizing force, rational loving wife and mother in the feature film comedy, "Moving." This role produced her third NAACP Image Award nomination.
In the stirring film dram, "Clara's Heart," she realistically portrayed the mean and sinister street-smart Jamaican woman whose life was intertwined with a fellow Jamaican, Whoopi Goldberg.
Beverly is still remembered by millions of moviegoers as the strong, sensitive, Vice-Principal (Ms. Levias), pushed to the breaking point by Morgan Freeman's character in the film, "Lean On Me." For this standout performance she received her fourth NAACP Image Award nomination.
She appeared with Clarence Williams, III, in the made for television movie, "Ali, an American Hero," chronicling the early life of Mohammed Ali for the Fox Television Network. For over 2 years she had a recurring role in the acclaimed Golden Globe Award winnng series "Six Feet Under" on HBO. She starred in "Animal" opposite Vhing Rhames and Terrance Howard. Beverly has many other film and television roles to her credit, including guest star role on "The Closer", and a recurring role on "Lincoln Heights" and "House".
She has a production company with Dionne Warwick, CTW Productions. CTW has joined forces with a UK company, Classic Pictures Entertainment, and is producing a documentary on the life and career of Dionne. Beverly is Co-producer.
Her most recent films are the Oscar-winning "Crash" and "The Bucket List" where she starred opposite Morgan Freedman and Jack Nicholson.
Her new film "Hope and Redemption: The Lena Baker Story" will be released in February 2010.