Adilah Barnes is one of few veteran
actors in Hollywood that have not only mastered the art of successfully
marketing herself, but also of utilizing all of her many creative skills
– all the while staying true to herself and maintaining her integrity.
She has guest-starred most recently in NBC’s series Harry’s Law
and Prime Suspect, ABC’s popular series, The Middle, CBS’
well-received Cold Case, and TNT’s Trust Me. Other television credits
include Gilmore Girls, City of Angels, For the People,
Agency, Family Law, City of Angels, Any Day Now,
Suddenly Susan and Mad
About You. Her film credits include playing opposite Sandra Bullock in the CastleRock Entertainment film,
Murder By Numbers and the Universal
blockbuster and award-winning Erin Brockovich with Julia Roberts.
She has also appeared opposite Ving Rhames in the CBS Hallmark
made-for-tv movie, Little John.
An award-winning actor with over 40
years of acting experience, Barnes is best known to television audiences
for her role as Anne Marie on ABC’s Roseanne for five seasons –still
running in syndication. Barnes
has been fortunate in landing roles that come close to who she really is
– a woman of enormous strength, steadfastness and grit on a mission to
teach us about life, history and the rewards of perseverance.
Her role opposite Hilary Swank, as the infamous Ida B. Wells in
HBO’s Iron - Jawed Angels demonstrated this.
As Ida B. Wells in Iron Jawed Angels, Barnes marched for women’s
rights and ironically, in real life she is also a marcher and supporter
for women of every ethnicity.
Ms. Barnes has also extensively toured
her own one-woman play, I AM THAT I AM: WOMAN, BLACK, a historical journey
into the lives of seven renowned women: Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman,
Mary McLeod Bethune, Zora Neale Hurston, Lorraine Hansberry, Angela Davis
and Maya Angelou. I AM THAT I
AM: WOMAN, BLACK, now in its twentieth season, has toured three continents
including 40 states across the U.S, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean.
As a writer, Adilah released her first
book, ON MY OWN TERMS: One Actor’s Journey in December of 2008.
OWN TERMS received the #3 non-fiction paperback rating in Essence
Magazine’s June 2009 issue following President Obama’s two books. She
also founded in 2007 The Writer’s Well, an international literary
writer’s retreat for women located in a very beautiful, woodsy and
serene environment in the Atlanta area. Her retreat has attracted writers from as far away as Ghana.
Adilah Barnes is the Co-Founder of the
Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival, an annual, multi-cultural festival
that showcases female artists in the disciplines of dance, music,
theatrical performances, spoken word and comedy that has produced well
over 400 artists and is now in its seventeenth year.
Both The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival and Ms. Barnes,
individually, were honored with the prestigious Women in Theatre Award in
Adding another dimension to her busy
career, Adilah currently hosts her own Internet Radio show “Adilah,”
on the BlakeRadio Network, Rainbow Soul (BlakeRadio.com) where her thought
provoking interviews with celebrity guests are heard by a worldwide
Among many, Adilah’s 2010
achievement awards include X-Cel Entertainment’s Lifetime Achievement
Award in Entertainment; Stop the Violence, Increase the Peace
Foundation’s Spirit of Peace Award; Black Theatre Network’s Winona
Fletcher Award; Oroville, CA’s Dr. Martin Luther King Day Award, and
Towson University’s Program of the Year Award.
Also, in 2010, Barnes was honored with
the establishment of the 1st Annual Adilah Barnes Arts and Literary
Achievement Scholarship for Minneapolis, MN inner city youth.
Barnes was honored in 2016 by being inducted into the Hall of Fame in
her hometown of Oroville, CA.