Javicia Leslie was born in Augsburg, Germany. She moved to Maryland at a young age and was raised in Upper Marlboro, near Washington, D.C. Her first starring role came in 2016 television film “Killer Coach.” Leslie has appeared in several television series including MACGYVER, on the Network, “Chef Julian” and “Prototype.”
In 2017 Leslie filmed a role as one of the leads in the hit BET show, “The Family Business,” based on the novel by New York Times bestselling author Carl Weber, which ranked consistently in the top 10 overall programs on cable TV. Recently, Javicia completed a lead role in the Yvette Nicole Brown-penned feature film “Always a Bridesmaid.”
Onstage, Leslie appeared in several productions at Hampton University, including “Seven Guitars,” “For Colored Girls” and “Chicago.”
As driven philanthropically as she is career-wise, Leslie has started an annual charity drive timed to her birthday to use the evening to give back to youth in her community. This year, she collected donations of sports items via her charity, The Chandler Foundation.
Leslie is trained in Muay Thai, boxing, weapons and tap dance. She enjoys cooking, track and swimming, and she regularly trains in an extensive fitness boot camp.
Her birthday is May 30. Follow her on Twitter @JaviciaLeslie and Instagram @javicia.