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Multiracial actress Robinne Lee made her film debut in the romantic comedy “Hav Plenty” (1997) and has since continued to add to her resume with roles in the films "National Security" (2003), "Deliver Us from Eva" (2003), "13 Going on 30" (2004), "Hitch" (2005), and "This Is Not a Test" (2008), which won her Best Acting Performance Award at the Boston International Film Festival.
She will next be seen in the upcoming films "Hotel for Dogs" with Don Cheadle, Emma Roberts, Lisa Kudrow, and Kevin Dillon and "Seven Pounds" alongside Will Smith, Rosario Dawson, Woody Harrelson, and Michael Ealy.
On the small screen, this 5' 4" actress with Jamaican, Chinese, English, Scottish and Arawak Indian ancestry has appeared in the TV movies "Cupid & Cate" (2000), "The Runaway" (2000), and "Almost a Woman" (2001), as well as guest-starred in the TV series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "The Big House," and "Numb3rs."
She also played the recurring role of Nicole Jamieson on the syndicated sitcom/comedy-drama TV series "Tyler Perry's House of Payne" (2006-2007).
Childhood and Family:
On July 16, 1974, Robinne Lee was born in Mount Vernon, New York. The Jamaican, Chinese, English, Scottish and Arawak Indian descendant holds a law degree from Columbia University and received a B.A. in Psychology from Yale University. She currently resides in Los Angeles.
This Is Not a Test
Upon graduation from Yale University with a degree in psychology, Robinne Lee decided to pursue acting and began studying with the well-known acting instructor Sondra Lee. She began her acting career as a supporting actress in romantic comedies with Christopher Scott Cherot's “Hav Plenty” (1997), playing Cherot's sister and Reginald James' wife Leigh.
Entering the new millennium, the novice actress appeared in the Hallmark Hall of Fame productions both originally broadcast on CBS, "Cupid & Cate," a romantic drama based on Christina Bartolomeo's novel and starring Mary-Louise Parker and Peter Gallagher, and "The Runaway," a drama inspired by Terry Kay's novel and starring Dean Cain.
She then played a small role in the dramatic TV movie based on Esmeralda Santiago book, "Almost a Woman" (2001; starring Ana Maria Lagasca), and was spotted as a guest in a November 2002 episode of The WB/UPN cult television series starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." She also appeared in the music video of R&B duo K-Ci & JoJo song "This Very Moment" (2002).
In 2003, Lee was cast in the films "National Security," an action comedy by Dennis Dugan starring Martin Lawrence and Steve Zahn in which she played Zahn's ex-girlfriend Denise, and "Deliver Us from Eva," a romantic drama comedy by Gary Hardwick starring LL Cool J and Gabrielle Union in which she portrayed one of Union's sisters, Bethany.
The following year saw Lee in Melanie Williams-Oram's 19-minute short drama film "Shook" and Gary Winick's comedy movie starring Jennifer Garner, "13 Going on 30." She was also spotted as a guest in an episode of the short-lived ABC prime time television sitcom starring actor/comedian Kevin Hart, "The Big House."
Lee went on to support Usher Raymond, Joy Bryant, and Clifton Powell in the mini musical movie "Rhythm City Volume One: Caught Up" (2005; V) and took over the role originally offered to Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai, Cressida Baylor, in Andy Tennant's romantic comedy film "Hitch" (2005), starring Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kevin James and Amber Valletta. She also played an agent in two episodes of the CBS police procedural/crime drama TV series starring Rob Morrow and David Krumholtz, "Numb3rs."
Recently, TV viewers could catch Lee replaced Rochelle Aytes as Nicole Jamieson, the Payne children's assistant principal whom C.J. (played by Allen Payne) soon began dating, on the syndicated sitcom/comedy-drama TV series "Tyler Perry's House of Payne" (2006-2007). As for her film work, she won Best Acting Performance Award at Boston International Film Festival for her portrayal as Viv in writer/director Christopher Angel's comedy/drama "This Is Not a Test" (2008), opposite Hill Harper.
Lee has completed her upcoming film projects, Thor Freudenthal's film adaptation of Lois Duncan's 1971 children's book, "Hotel for Dogs," starring Don Cheadle, Emma Roberts, Lisa Kudrow, and Kevin Dillon, and Gabriele Muccino's drama "Seven Pounds," starring Will Smith, Rosario Dawson, Woody Harrelson, and Michael Ealy.
Boston International Film Festival: Best Acting Performance, "This Is Not a Test," 2008