Adina Porter stars as “Beverly Hope” in the seventh installment of American Horror Story.
Porter has made her mark in all areas of entertainment: television, film and theatre. Last installment, she shocked TV audiences as the “equally reviled and celebrated,” “Lee Harris,” in American Horror Story: Roanoke. Her first appearance was as a guest star in the inceptive American Horror Story: Murder House.
Currently, Porter can be seen in a recurring arc on Showtime’s Ray Donovan. In addition, Porter will continue as “Grounder Chief Indra,” on the fifth season of CW’s post-apocalyptic, The 100. She recently starred as the heroic “Pearly Mae,” in WGN’s period piece, Underground. Porter is recognizable from seven seasons as “Lettie Mae Thornton” in HBO’s cornerstone series True Blood. Viewers also know her as “Kendra James” from Aaron Sorkin’s HBO drama, The Newsroom and leader of the Guilty Remnant in The Leftovers, which marked Porter’s sixth venture with HBO, along with memorable performances in HBO films Lackawanna Blues and Gia. Porter has worked in pivotal roles on numerous TV series including: Code Black, The Catch, Glee, Grey’s Anatomy, American Dreams, C.S.I., The Vampire Diaries, Law & Order: SVU, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, Private Practice, and House M.D., among others.
On the big screen, Porter can be seen alongside Emily Mortimer in Wig Shop. Additional film credits include: multi award-winning The Social Network, The Last Word, The Peacemaker, About Sunny, and others. Porter made her Broadway debut in The Women, directed by Scott Elliot. This was her second project with Elliot, having collaborated with him at The Williamstown Theatre Festival, in Arthur Miller’s A Ride Down Mt. Morgan. Porter is grateful to have worked with some of the country’s best stage directors: George C. Wolfe, Lisa Peterson, Mark Wing-Davey, Richard Foreman, Don Scardino, Michael Grief, and Risa Bramon Garcia. Other theatre credits include Beth Henley’s The Debutante Ball, at Manhattan Theatre Club, numerous plays at the NY Shakespeare Festival, most notably her Obie Award-winning performance in Venus, written by Suzan-Lori Parks.
Porter was born and raised in New York City. She attended S.U.N.Y. Purchase, and the famed High School for the Performing Arts. Currently, Porter spends most of her spare time chasing after her two children.