Thompson, who was born in Los Angeles, started in theater then had small roles in television before establishing her name in film. Her first notable, breakout film role was “Dear White People” in 2014, then followed by Ava DuVernay’s 2014 film “Selma”. Thompson is also known for her role in the Emmy-nominated drama series “Westworld”. In 2015, Thompson starred in “Creed” and reprised her role in “Creed II” in November 2018. Thompson is currently in production of Creed III. Thompson played Valkyrie in the Marvel film “Thor: Ragnarok” in 2017, followed by “Avengers: Endgame” in 2019, and will reprise the role in the forthcoming “Thor: Love and Thunder”, set for release in 2022. In 2019, Thompson appeared on the cover of TIME magazine as the Leader of the Next Generation. In 2020, Thompson co-starred in “Sylvie’s Love”, which she executive produced as well. Thompson has most recently won acclaim for her role as Irene Redfield in Rebecca Hall’s 1920s-set film “Passing,” released in November 2021 on Netflix. The film is an adaptation of Nella Larsen’s 1920s Harlem Renaissance novel that explores the practice of racial passing. Alongside her acting career, in 2021, Thompson launched her own production lub tuam txhab, Viva Maude, for which she signed a first look deal with HBO/HBO Max, beginning with the book to screen adaptations of “The Secret Lives of Church Ladies” and “Who Fears Death.” In addition, Thompson created and will exec produce the docu-series for Hulu entitled “Puzzle Talk,” which is currently in development.
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