• Persia White is a Bahamian-American actress, musician, and singer
• Her net worth is estimated at over $700,000
• She was raised by her parents in The Bahamas before moving to South Florida in her early years
• Her breakout role was in the UPN/CW sitcom “Girlfriends”
• She is a vegan and animal rights advocate
Who is Persia White?
Persia Jessica White was born on 25 October 1972 under the zodiac sign of Scorpio, in Nassau, Bahamas. She is a 49-year-old American actress, probably best recognized for landing the role of Lynn Searcy in the UPN/CW sitcom “Girlfriends” (2000-2008) and Abby Bennett Wilson in The CW supernatural teen drama series “The Vampire Diaries” (2012-2017). She is also a musician and singer, known for being a member of the band XEO3.
How rich is she, as of now? Persia White Net Worth
As of mid-2022, Persia White’s net worth is estimated at over $700,000; acquired through her successful involvement in the world of entertainment as a professional actress, who has garnered over 50 television and film acting credits since she launched her career in the early 1990s. She has also increased her fortune through her music career.
Early Life, Parents, Siblings, Nationality, Ethnicity, Educational Background
Persia White spent her early years in her hometown in the Bahamas, where she was raised by her parents; however, their names and professions aren’t revealed. She has three siblings but their names are also unknown. She holds both Bahamian and American nationality, and belongs to a mixed ethnic group since her father is of Bahamian descent, while her mother is Irish-American. Her father was paralyzed in a car accident, so he moved to Miami to seek professional medical care there when she was three years old.
Two years later, she moved with her mother and siblings to South Florida, but they didn’t reunite with her father. She developed her love for performing at a very young age, joining the Miami Coconut Grove Children’s Theater at the age of eight. In her teens, she studied acting, singing, dancing and painting. Upon matriculation, Persia signed with the Ford Agency, and moved to Los Angeles to pursue her professional acting career.
Persia White launched her acting career when she made her debut feature film appearance in the 1993 fantasy action comedy “Last Action Hero”, alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger; however, it went uncredited.
Her TV debut came two years later when she made a guest appearance in the episode “The Burning Of Atlanta” of the CBS legal thriller drama series “The Client”. The following year, she featured as Trina in the made-for-TV drama film “Suddenly”, which was directed by Robert Allan Ackerman and released on ABC. At the same time, she also had episodic roles in a number of TV series, such as “NYPD Blue”, “Saved By The Bell: New Class”, “Weird Science”, and “Beyond Belief: Fact Or Fiction”, to name a few.
Rise to Prominence
Persia White acquired her breakthrough role when she was chosen to play Denise Williams in the YTV/UPN Kids/Fox Kids comedy-drama series “Breaker High”, but which was canceled after a single season ending in 1998.
Her next major role came the following year, when she was cast as Kineisha ‘K.C.’ Burrell in the short-lived NBC soap opera “Another World”. Also in 1999, she featured as Black Baby in the cult comedy horror film “Black Dolls”, which was written and directed by the celebrated filmmaker Charles Band, and also starred Kristopher Logan, Debra Mayerand Nicholas Worth. It was followed by her portrayals of Vanessa Cody opposite Peter Coyote in the crime drama film “Red Letters”, and as Leanne in the comedy film “Stalled”, directed by Stefan Haves, both released in 2000.
Her most prominent role to date came later that year, when she joined the main cast of the UPN/CW sitcom “Girlfriends”, in which she starred as Lyn Ann Searcy in more than 170 episodes through 2008, sharing the screen with Tracee Ellis Ross, Golden Brooks and Jill Marie Jones. For her work on the series, in 2008 she was nominated for an ALMA Award for Outstanding Female Performance in a Comedy Television Series.
Concurrently, in 2005, Persia White co-produced the documentary film “Earthlings”, then two years later, she had the part of Dawn in the thriller film “The Fall Of Night”, which was written and directed by Derrick Warfel, and featured as Gina in the short action film “Everyday Joe”. It was followed by her appearances as Shea in the 2009 drama film “Spoken Word”, and Trina in the 2010 drama film “Kiss The Bride”.
She then won a Grand Jury Prize for Best Actress at the American Black Film Festival for her portrayal of Trenyce in the comedy film “Dysfunctional Friends” in 2012. During the same year, she also landed the roles of Marcia Anson in the comedy film “The Marriage Chronicles”, and Mel in the action crime film “Mafia”. She then took the supporting part of Abby Bennett Wilson in the highly popular The CW supernatural teen drama series “The Vampire Diaries”, appearing in seven episodes from 2012 to 2017. Concurrently, she also wrote, produced, composed music for and starred in the 2013 short horror film “Revelation”.
Persia White then played Jack in the 2014 thriller film “Desiree”, alongside Joseph Morgan and Walton Goggins, and featured as Raven in the 2016 horror-thriller film “American Killing”.
In 2017, she wrote, produced, composed music for and played Nicole in the short thriller drama film “Carousel”, which was directed by Joseph Morgan, and portrayed Berneice in the drama film “Cargo”. The same year, she featured as Millicent in Kevin Young’s film titles “Miss Me This Christmas” and “You Can’t Fight Christmas”. In 2018, she produced and featured as PAT in the short comedy film “Juice Truck”, on which she worked together with her daughter M.
Most recently, she guest-starred in “Black-ish” and “Will & Grace”, and speaking about her upcoming projects, it’s announced that she will play Marsha Jennings in the HBO Max drama series “Ke Nui Road”.
Apart from being a successful actress, Persia White is recognized as a musician and member of the band XEO3. She is also known as a solo singer, who released her debut studio album under the title “Mecca” in October 2009. The album includes 11 songs, such as “Wanting”, “Receive” featuring Saul Williams, “Salvation”, and “Choices”, to name a few. Some of her songs were featured in “Girlfriends”.
Appearance and Vital Statistics
Persia White has long dark brown hair and dark brown eyes. She stands at a height of 5ft 6ins (1.68m), weighs around 123lbs (56kgs), with vital statistics of 32-24-35, bra size 32B, dress size 6 (US), and shoe size 7.5 (US).
Persia White is a married woman and the mother to a daughter; in 1995, she welcomed her daughter named Mecca Morgan White, with her now ex-boyfriend; her daughter is also an actress. She met her future husband Saul Williams, a famous American singer and musician, in 2003, when he guest-starred in an episode of “Girlfriends”. After dating for five years, the couple tied the knot on 29 February 2008, however, their marriage didn’t last long, since she announced on her Myspace blog that they separated on 17 January 2009. Two years later, she became romantically involved with her “Vampire Diaries” co-star Joseph Morgan, whom she dated for three years before exchanged wedding vows at a ceremony held on 5 July 2014 in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
She’s known for being a vegan, and a human and animal rights advocate; she was even named 2005 Humanitarian of the Year by People for the Ethnic Treatment of Animals (PETA).