As evidenced by her star turn in Lionsgate's feature release AKEELAH AND THE BEE, Dalia Phillips
is an actress on the rise. As Akeelah's teacher, Dalia held her own alongside Laurence Fishburne
and Angela Bassett
. Dalia first impressed writer/director Doug Atchison
when he saw her in an actors showcase in Los Angeles. He said she stood out amongst dozens of other performers and made scripted words seem natural and unrehearsed. Born in Trinidad and raised in Philadelphia and New York, Dalia's acting experiences are as eclectic as her background. Her notable TV appearances include The West Wing, NYPD Blue, Strong Medicine, and As the World Turns. Dalia got her start on the stages of New York, appearing in numerous theatrical productions. A student of The Groundlings program in Los Angeles and a top graduate of The Acting Studio in New York, she also toured with the prestigious Negro Ensemble Company. After relocating to Los Angeles, she got her feet wet starring in indie films before landing a long list of national commercials. This all led up to her breakout work in the inspirational AKEELAH AND THE BEE, opening April 28th.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2006.
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