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Michael Michele (born Michael Michele Williams, August 30, 1966) is an American actress and fashion designer. She portrays the role of Dominique Deveraux in The CW's Dynasty.


Michele has appeared in music videos by R&B singers Freddie Jackson and Eric Gable. In 1989 she sued actor Eddie Murphy in a high-profile Hollywood lawsuit alleging she was fired from the movie Harlem Nights for rejecting his romantic advances. "She had the role that's now being played by Jasmine Guy, from A Different World," Murphy told Rolling Stone. "The fact of the matter is, I wanted someone with greater marquee value than Michael Michele. She wasn't working out. As for her claim that I was touching her, realistically speaking, if you're gonna be a sleaze and try to sleep with somebody, you try to sleep with 'em before you give 'em the part… In her lawsuit, she says I tried to touch her, like I was a pervert. I never tried to touch this woman. We had, like, four conversations, each time with up to sixty people around us on a sound stage. But the lawsuit itself didn't bother me. Lawsuits for me are an occupational hazard."[1] Michele's suit was later settled out of court for an undisclosed sum.[2]

In 1991, Michele had a starring role opposite Wesley Snipes in the 1991 film New Jack City directed by Mario Van Peebles.[3] Despite the film's success, Michele did not have her next movie role until six years later, starring opposite Marlon Wayans in the comedy film The 6th Man. In 1992, she went on to star on the CBS late-night crime drama series Dangerous Curves, which ran for two seasons.[4][5] In 1993, she played a leading role in the six-part NBC soap opera miniseries Trade Winds.[6] The following year, she had a major recurring role in the Fox police drama series New York Undercover. She left the show in early 1995 to play one of the leads in the CBS prime time soap opera Central Park West alongside Mädchen Amick, Lauren Hutton and Raquel Welch.[7] The series was not successful and was cancelled after two seasons in 1996.

In 1998, Michele joined the cast of NBC police drama Homicide: Life on the Street as Det. Rene Sheppard on the show's final season.[8] She received her first NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series nomination for this role. Michelle reprised her role in a Law & Order episode in 1999 and in the television movie Homicide: The Movie in 2000. She later joined another NBC series, medical drama ER playing Dr. Cleo Finch from 1999 to 2002, for three seasons. She received another NAACP Image Award nomination.

In 2001, Michele played Veronica Porché Ali in the biographical drama film Ali opposite Will Smith.[9] She later had two more movie roles: crime drama Dark Blue (2002) and romantic comedy How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003).[4] She returned to television in 2004, with a starring role in the short-lived UPN legal drama series Kevin Hill opposite Taye Diggs. In 2007, she guest starred on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and in two episodes of House as a doctor who had previously worked with the CIA. In 2009 Michele starred in the Hallmark Channel film Relative Stranger with fellow ER cast member Eriq La Salle. In 2011, Michele had a recurring role on the CW teen drama Gossip Girl. In the late 2000s and early 2010s, Michele also starred in a number of unsold television pilots.

In 2017, Michele returned to series regular work playing villainous Ayanna Floyd, president of the record label, in the Fox prime time soap opera Star. Her character was described as a modern-day black Alexis Carrington.[10] She also was cast in a recurring role in the Oprah Winfrey Network drama series Queen Sugar.[11]

On March 22, 2019 it was announced that Michele had been cast as Dominique Deveraux for later in the second season of the Dynasty reboot.[12][13]



Year Title Character Notes
1990 Def by Temptation Lady #6 Film debut
1991 New Jack City Selina
1997 The 6th Man R.C. St. John
1998 The Substitute 2: School's Out Kara Lavelle Straight-to-DVD
2001 Ali Veronica Porché Ali
2002 Dark Blue Beth Williamson Nominated—Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress
2003 How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days Judy Spears Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Villain


Year Title Character Notes
1988 1st & Ten Gillian Episode: "Saturday, Bloody Saturday"
1991 Private Times Failed TV pilot
1992–1993 Dangerous Curves Holly Williams Series regular, 34 episodes
1993 Trade Winds Maxine Phillips Miniseries
1994–1995 New York Undercover Sandra Gil Recurring role (season 1), 12 episodes
1995–1996 Central Park West Nikki Sheridan Series regular, 21 episodes
1998 Peter Benchley's Creature Tauna Miniseries
1998 Players Sylvie Episode: "Con-tinental"
1998–1999 Homicide: Life on the Street Detective Rene Sheppard Main role (season 7), 22 episodes
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
1999 Law & Order Det. Rene Sheppard Episode: "Sideshow"
1999–2002 ER Dr. Cleo Finch Series regular (seasons 6–8), 55 episodes
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2001)
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2000-2001)
2000 Homicide: The Movie Detective Rene Sheppard Television film
2004–2005 Kevin Hill Jessie Gray Main role, 22 episodes
2005 The Hunt for the BTK Killer Detective Baines Television film
2006 Company Town Bridget Wilson Television pilot
2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Valerie Sennet Episode: "Burned"
2007 House Dr. Samira Terzi Episodes: "Whatever It Takes", "Ugly"
2007 Judy's Got a Gun Pamela Coates Television pilot
2009 Relative Stranger Charlotte Television film
2011 Eden Tara Martin Television pilot
2011 Gossip Girl Jane Recurring role, 4 episodes
2014 Delirium Elyse Hargrove Television pilot
2015 The Following Sheila Episode: "A Hostile Witness"
2016 Blue Bloods Lois Potter Episode: "Unbearable Loss"
2016 MacGyver Diane Episode: "Scissors"
2017–2018 Star Ayanna Floyd Series regular, 18 episodes
2017–2018 Queen Sugar Darlene Sutton Recurring role, 4 episodes
2019–present Dynasty Dominique Deveraux Recurring role (season 2); Series Regular (Season 3-Present)



  • Michele's favourite food is Pizza and Caviar.
  • Michele's favourite colours are yellow, and white.