Grace James in “All American”
In The CW’s new drama “All American,” Karimah Westbrook plays Grace James, a woman who’s learned to do it all on her own. Raising two boys isn’t easy, especially when you’re the one keeping the dinners hot and the lights turned on. Sometimes it requires leaning on Spencer (Daniel Ezra) a little more than she’d like to admit, but that doesn’t stop her from instilling how important a future is for both her children and remaining focused on letting nothing get in the way of that.
Hailing from Chicago, Illinois, Westbrook is an American actress who never looked back after crashing an audition and making her big screen debut in the box office hit “Save The Last Dance.” Westbrook earned recognition for her role as Ginnie in the critically acclaimed biopic “Baadasss,” opposite actor/director Mario Van Peebles; as Claudia in “American Violet,” opposite Alfre Woodard; as Papa Nebo opposite Johnny Depp in “The Rum Diary;” and as Mrs. Mayers opposite Julianne Moore in the George Clooney feature “Suburbicon.”
Amassing an impressive list of credits, Westbrook has appeared in 12 feature films including “American Fusion,” where she learned to speak Mandarin Chinese. She has guest starred and recurred on more than 25 TV shows including “Shameless,” “Aquarius,” “Masters of Sex,” “The Fosters” and “Mad Men.” She has also produced several award-winning short films.