Edwina Findley Dickerson is an award-winning film, television, and theatre actress, hailed by critics as “A marvel to watch.” She made her prime-time debut as “Tosha Mitchell” on HBO’s critically acclaimed series THE WIRE, followed by four seasons as “Davina Lambreaux” on HBO’s Emmy-Nominated drama series Treme, set in Post-Katrina New Orleans. On the big screen, Edwina garnered attention for her role as “Rosie” in director Ava Duvernay’s Sundance award-winning feature Middle of Nowhere, and earned a 2017 Independent Spirit Award nomination for her “skin prickling performance”as “Melva Neddy” in Jake Mahaffy’s Free In Deed, based on a true story. Comedically, Edwina gave a hilarious turn as Kevin Hart’s wife, “Rita”, in Warner Bros’ hit comedy Get Hard with Will Ferrell, and as “Dee” in HBO’s Emmy-winning comedy Veep starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus. In 2017, Edwina starred as “Shirlane Woods” in the FOX drama Shots Fired from filmmakers Gina Prince Bythewood and Reggie Bythewood. Edwina recurs as “Diana,” the pickax-wielding warrior on Fear The Walking Dead, as “Tori,” the beautiful and cunning sister of Black Lightning’s nemesis in Black Lightning, and stars as “Kelly” on OWN’s If Loving You Is Wrong, which premiered as the highest rated series debut in OWN’s network history.
Edwina studied theatre and classical music at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in her hometown, Washington, DC, and is an alumna of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she was honored with the prestigious Outstanding Artist and Scholar Award, Founder’s Day Award, the Dean’s List, and induction into the Tisch University Scholars Program. Theatrically, Edwina performed in Eclipsed, written by actress Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead) set during the Liberian war, and the historical drama Gee’s Bend, for which Edwina was nominated for a Barrymore Award for Outstanding Lead Actress. Other theatre credits include Winter’s Tale, Twelfth Night, Henry IV, Antigone, Cyrano De Bergerac, Into the Woods, Crowns, and Crumbs From the Table of Joy from Pulitzer prize-winner Lynn Nottage.
Edwina and her husband, Business Executive Kelvin Dickerson, are the Co-Founders of the national nonprofit organization AbundantLifeU, and Edwina regularly travels the country speaking, teaching, and inspiring millennials, women, and leaders to uncover their purpose and live their dreams.