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Demetria McKinney

Ada Monroe in “The Winchesters”


In The CW’s new supernatural thriller “The Winchesters,” Demetria McKinney stars as Ada Monroe, a studious and sharp bookstore owner who takes an interest in the mystical and the occult. Ada has a mysterious history with John’s (Drake Rodger) father and the secret organization he belonged to, which threatens to complicate her relationship to the team.

McKinney has had starring roles on several series including “Motherland: Fort Salem,” “Saints & Sinners” and “A House Divided” and may be best known for her role as Janine Payne in “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne,” which produced over 250 episodes and received five NAACP Image Awards for Best Sitcom.

Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to a military family, McKinney has lived all over the world. While touring in a stage production of “The Woman I am Today,” Tyler Perry discovered her and as McKinney will say, “kick started” her career. She went on to work with Perry on his stage play “Meet the Browns,” and starred in several of his other stage productions including “What’s Done in The Dark,” “Why Did I Get Married?” and “A Madea Christmas.” Additionally, McKinney appeared in lead roles on stage in “The Mountaintop,” “Church Girl,” “I Dream,” (in which she portrayed Mrs. Coretta Scott King) and “Dreamgirls,” where she performed alongside the legendary Jennifer Holliday.

McKinney always makes time for her first love: music. In 2017, she released her debut album Officially Yours, featuring the single Easy which was a top 5 hit on the Billboard and Urban AC radio charts. She has opened on tour for R&B mainstays including Tyrese, BBD, Tank, and Fantasia and received a 2017 NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding New Artist.

When she is not working, McKinney loves spending time with her family, taking in a good movie, traveling and painting art. She is very passionate about cancer research, due to her father, who is a cancer survivor. She also spends time in the women empowerment space, especially with young African American women in her community as a support for those who have experienced sexual abuse or homelessness, and is equally passionate about Earth Awareness.

McKinney currently resides in Georgia.

September 2022