Cynthia Addai-Robinson is an American actress born January 12, 1985 in London. She is of American African descent; her mother is from Ghana and her father was an American citizen. At the age of 4, Cynthia moved to the U.S where she was raised by her mother in a suburb of Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of Tisch School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater. Also, she trained at Lee Strasberg Theater Institute and in dance forms ballet, jazz and tap.
Starting off first by participating in several various Off-Broadway plays, she later landed her first role on television in 2002 in an episode of The Education of Max Bickford. Afterwards, she made some appearances on television shows like Law & Order: Trial by Jury, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, CSI: Miami, Numb3rs and Justice.
In 2006, Cynthia was originally cast to play Melanie Barnett in the American sitcom The Game but was replaced by Tia Mowry. In 2009, she featured on the ABC drama, Flash Forward playing the character Debbie, a nurse. That same year, she appeared in Tina Mabry’s independent film Mississippi Damned as Milena.
Cynthia is known for her roles as Naevia in the Starz television series Spartacus and Amanda Waller in The CW TV series Arrow. She also plays the role of Nadine Memphis on the USA Network series Shooter. In 2011 she made her big screen debut playing Zoe Saldana’s mother Alicia Restrepo in Colombiana.