Erika Alexander is an award-winning actress, writer, producer and activist. Best known for her roles as Maxine Shaw on Fox’s Living Single, Cousin Pam on NBC’s The Cosby Show, and LeeAnne on OWN’s Queen Sugar, Erika was most recently seen in the Academy Award-nominated, blockbuster movie,Get Out, where she plays Detective LaToya.
Erika’s acting career began at 14 years old when she was discovered in a basement theater in Philadelphia by famed movie producers Merchant and Ivory, who cast her as the lead in their film My Little Girl. She later toured the world with Peter Brook in The Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Mahabharata. Next, Bill Cosby created the role of Cousin Pam for Erika on the hit television show The Cosby Show.
Erika starred for five years as fan favorite “Maxine Shaw” on the hit television series Living Single, winning two NAACP Awards for Best Actress in a Comedy.
Erika’s film work has been equally distinguished. She co-starred opposite Denzel Washington in Tony Scott’s Deja Vu and in director Steven Soderbergh’s Full Frontal with Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt. She also starred in the film La Mission with Benjamin Bratt.
Erika has written several screenplays for film and television, many of which Color Farm Media is producing. She also co-created and co-wrote The Best American Comic and Glyph award-winning graphic novel, Concrete Park, published by Dark Horse. Erika is currently co-writing, with Joss Whedon, the Buffy spin-off graphic novel, Giles, for Dark Horse.
Erika served as Hillary Clinton’s “most traveled national surrogate” from 2007 - 2016. She also served as a 2008 William J. Clinton Foundation delegate to Africa. Additionally, Erika is an activist /advocate for at-risk youth and for women and girls, speaking around the country and raising money. She is on the advisory board for many organizations, including VoteRunLead.