Known For: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Judas and the Black Messiah, If Beale Street Could Talk, Freaky Tales
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A Brooklyn, New York, native, Dominique Thorne got her start on stage, starring in several productions during her time as a drama student at NYC’s Professional Performing Arts High School (PPAS). In 2015, she was named a National Young Arts Winner for Spoken Theater. Thorne also won the 2015 United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts, a prestigious award appointed by White House Commission that selects one young woman and one young man from each state who demonstrate community service, artistic excellence and leadership. As part of the MCC Theater’s Youth Company, she performed in their annual show “Uncensored.” The program showcases the most original and thought-provoking work of NYC youth in the dramatic arts. Thorne co-wrote and performed a piece about her heritage, titled “19th Century Gazelle.”
Thorne made her feature film debut in Academy Award-winning writer/director Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk, playing the role of “Sheila Hunt,” the petulant younger sister of “Fonny Hunt” (Stephan James). The film, which premiered at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival, received critical acclaim and accolades, including AFI Award’s “Movie of the Year,” Independent Spirit Award’s “Best Feature,” NAACP Image Award “Outstanding Independent Motion Picture” and one of National Board of Review’s Top Ten Film of 2018. She next starred opposite Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield in Warner Bros. ’Judas and the Black Messiah' directed by Shaka King. The film follows the story of Fred Hampton, Chairman of the Illinois Black Panther Party, and his fateful betrayal by FBI informant William O’Neal. Thorne played “Judy Harmon,” a fictional character who is a member of Hampton’s security team. With Ryan Coogler, Charles D. King and Shaka King as the producers, Judas premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival and went on to be nominated for five Academy Awards, including the first Best Picture nomination with an all-Black producing team.
In December 2020, Marvel Studios announced that Thorne will star in Disney+’s “Ironheart” series, which brings to screen for the first time the comic book character “Riri Williams,” a brilliant inventor who built her own version of the Iron Man suit in an MIT dorm. She made her debut as “Riri Williams” ahead of the title series in the box office record breaking hit Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which released theatrically on November 11, 2022.