Gloria Reuben

Gloria Reuben
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Gloria Reuben on November 19, 2007
Gloria Elizabeth Reuben[1]

(1964-06-09) June 9, 1964 (age 56)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
OccupationActress, singer, producer
Years active1985–present
Wayne Isaak
(m. 1999; div. 2003)

Gloria Elizabeth Reuben (born June 9, 1964) is a Canadian actress, producer, and singer. She is known for her role as Jeanie Boulet on the medical drama ER (1995–1999, 2008), for which she was twice-nominated for an Emmy Award, and for portraying Elizabeth Keckley in the 2012 Academy Award-winning film Lincoln.

Additionally, she has been featured in films such as Timecop (1994), Nick of Time (1995), Admission (2013), and Reasonable Doubt (2014). She played Krista Gordon on Mr. Robot (2015–2019), as well as a recurring character on City on a Hill (since 2019). She played Adina Johnson on Cloak & Dagger from 2018 to 2019.

Early life

Gloria Reuben was born on June 9, 1964, in Toronto, Canada, to Pearl Avis (Mills), a classical singer, and Cyril George Reuben, an engineer.[2] Her parents are both Jamaican-born. Her father is mostly Jewish (with Ashkenazi and Sephardi roots), though also had some African ancestry; her mother is of mostly African descent.[1][3] Her father died when she was young.[4][5][6][7] Reuben was the subject of a segment of Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s television genealogy series Finding Your Roots.

Rueben grew up one of six children.[8] Her older half-brother, Denis Simpson, was an actor and children's television host and died in 2010.[5] Her younger brother David died in 1988.[9] Reuben details her relationship and experience with the deaths of her brothers in her 2019 memoir My Brothers' Keeper.[10]

Rueben began learning piano as a child and later studied music technique and theory, ballet and jazz at the Royal Conservatory of Music.[6]


Screen acting

Reuben began her career as an actress after having a few jobs as a model and in television advertisements.

Reuben came to prominence on the American television series ER as Jeanie Boulet, an HIV-positive physician assistant on the hospital's staff. She was a guest star throughout the first season and was promoted to full-time cast member at the beginning of the second. She continued that role until early in the sixth season. In 2008, Reuben returned to ER for one episode during its 14th season. She has stated that this role led to her HIV/AIDS activism.[11] In 1996, she was chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World.[citation needed]

Reuben again held a major role in a television series when she starred as FBI agent Brooke Haslett in 1-800-Missing (2003–2004). She later starred as Rosalind Whitman in the TNT series Raising the Bar.

Reuben guest-starred in the season two finale of Drop Dead Diva as Professor Kathy Miller.[12] Reuben guest-starred in season 12 of NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, reprising her role as U.S. Attorney Christine Danielson.[13] In 2012, she appeared in the CBS TV movie Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt. In 2012, Reuben played Elizabeth Keckley in Steven Spielberg's historical drama film Lincoln and her portrayal of the character received critical praise.[14] In 2013, she guest starred on the sci-fi drama series Falling Skies.

In October 2014, it was announced that Reuben had joined the cast of the USA Network series Mr. Robot.[15] Reuben plays Dr. Krista Gordon, the psychologist of the show's unstable main character, Elliott.[16] The show premiered on in June 2015. She acted in all four seasons of the show. At first a recurring role,[15] Reuben's character was upgraded to a season regular for the fourth and final season.

In 2017, Reuben was cast as Adina Johnson, mother of Tyrone Johnson, in the series Cloak & Dagger.

Stage acting

In 1999, Reuben acted in an off-Broadway production of The Vagina Monologues. In 2006, she starred as Condoleezza Rice in the play Stuff Happens at the Public Theater. The following year, she won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actress, the preeminent honour for off-Broadway productions, for her portrayal. In 2008, she returned to the Public Theater for Conversations in Tusculum.[17]


In 2000, Reuben sang backup vocals for Tina Turner on her Twenty Four Seven Tour.[18]

Reuben is a regularly performing jazz singer and pianist. She released her first record, Just for You, in December 2007.[19] Her second album, Perchance to Dream, was released in April 2015;[20] it was her first jazz record. Her next album, For All We Know, will be released in 2020.[21] She performed all around New York City in the fourth quarter of 2019 to promote her upcoming record.[21][22][23]


On November 19, 2019, Reuben released a memoir, My Brothers' Keeper, detailing her journey and an exploration of the life she shared with her two brothers, as well as her emotions and experiences after their sudden deaths.[10]

Personal life

Reuben lives in Brooklyn, New York.[18]


Reuben is a committed social activist. In large part due to her role as an HIV-positive character in ER, she continues to raise awareness about the HIV/AIDS pandemic that affects the African American and Latino communities in the United States.[24] She also takes great interest in global issues, predominantly climate change, nature, and human rights.[25] She is a special adviser on climate change for the Climate Reality Project, former United States vice president Al Gore's environmental organization. She was formerly on the board for the National Wildlife Federation.[26] She is also on the Leadership Council for the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights.[8]



1992Wild Orchid II: Two Shades of BlueCeleste
1994TimecopSarah Fielding
1995Nick of TimeKrista Brooks
1998IndiscreetEve Dodd
1999Macbeth in ManhattanClaudia / Lady Macbeth
1999David and LolaGloria
1999Deep in My HeartBarbara Ann Williams
2000ShaftSgt. CouncilUncredited
2001The Feast of All SaintsCecile Ste. Marie
2002Happy Here and NowHannah
2002Salem Witch TrialsTituba Indian
2006The SentinelMrs. Merriweather
2012LincolnElizabeth KeckleyNominated: NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Detroit Film Critics Society for Best Ensemble
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
2014Reasonable DoubtDetective Blake Kanon
2015The Longest RideAdrienne Francis
2016Jean of the JonesesJanet
2017Who We Are NowRebecca
2019The Jesus RollsLady Owner


1985Polka Dot DoorHost
1990–1991The FlashSabrina5 episodes
1995Homicide: Life on the StreetDet. Theresa Walker3 episodes
1995–1999, 2008ERJeanie BouletSeries regular; 102 episodes
Won: Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (1996–1999)
Viewers for Quality Television for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (1997–1998)
Nominated: Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (1998)
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (1997–1998)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2000)
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (1996–1999)
2001–2002The AgencyLisa FabrizziRegular: episodes 1–13, 21–22
2002, 2007–2011Law & Order: Special Victims UnitViolet Tremain (2002) / Christine Danielson (2007–2011)4 episodes
2002Little JohnNatalie BritainTV film; Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Film
2003–20041-800-MissingBrooke HaslettSeries regular; season 1: 18 episodes
2005Numb3rsErica QuimbyEpisode: "Noisy Edge"
2008–2009Raising the BarRosalind WhitmanSeries regular; 25 episodes
2010Drop Dead DivaProfessor Kathy MillerEpisode: "Freeze the Day"
2011Jesse Stone: Innocents LostThelma Gleffey
2012Jesse Stone: Benefit of the DoubtThelma Gleffey
2013Betty & CorettaMyrlie Evers-WilliamsTelevision film
2013Falling SkiesMarina Peralta10 episodes
2014Happy Face KillerFBI Agent Melinda GandTV film
2015The BlacklistDr. Selma OrchardEpisode: "Luther Braxton Conclusion"
2015–2019Mr. RobotKrista GordonSeries regular
2015Jesse Stone: Lost in ParadiseThelma Gleffey
2016Saints & SinnersMayor Pamela ClayborneSeries regular
2018BlindspotKira Evans5 episodes
2018–2019Cloak & DaggerAdina JohnsonSeries regular
2019City on a HillEloise HastingsRecurring role[27]


  1. ^ a b Stated on Finding Your Roots, PBS, September 23, 2014
  2. ^ Gloria Reuben profile,; accessed November 27, 2014.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Profile,; accessed November 27, 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Gloria!". Chatelaine. March 1999. Archived from the original on March 1, 2012. Retrieved August 18, 2010. Unfortunately, the interracial Jamaican family – her father was white, her mother black – was a conspicuous addition to the very white, very conservative community. "The realities of being a mulatto kid in London or Scarberia weren't always easy," says Reuben's half-brother Denis Simpson...
  6. ^ a b Williams, Kam (August 28, 2008). "Gloria Reuben: The Raising the Bar Interview with Kam Williams". The Sly Fox Film Reviews. Retrieved September 14, 2008. At 18, she won the Miss Black Ontario beauty pageant, although the crown did not come without controversy, as some people questioned whether she was deserving because one of her parents was white.
  7. ^ Bournea, Chris (April 3, 2007). "Gloria Reuben's Activism Moves from Screen to Real-Life Role". ThisWeek Newspapers. Archived from the original on June 24, 2009. Retrieved September 14, 2008. A Toronto native and daughter of a black mother and a white Canadian father...
  8. ^ a b "Gloria Reuben born". African American Registry. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  9. ^ "Actress Gloria Reuben Opens Up About a Very Personal Journey in New Book". Cheddar. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  10. ^ a b My Brothers' Keeper. November 19, 2019. ISBN 978-1-64293-410-6.
  11. ^ KTLA Morning Show interview, October 9, 2008.
  12. ^ "Exclusive: Gloria Reuben to Guest-Star on Drop Dead Diva".
  13. ^ "Gloria Reuben Returns to SVU". Retrieved August 17, 2010.
  14. ^ "Oscars 2013: Keep Your Eye On...",; accessed November 27, 2014.
  15. ^ a b Team, The Deadline; Team, The Deadline (October 23, 2014). "Karen Pittman Joins The Americans; Gloria Reuben In Mr. Robot". Deadline. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  16. ^ "Krista Gordon played by Gloria Reuben | Characters & Cast | Mr. Robot". USA Network. August 16, 2019. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  17. ^ "Gloria Reuben". Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  18. ^ a b "Gloria Reuben". Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  19. ^ "Just For You". Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  20. ^ "Perchance to Dream". Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  21. ^ a b "Gloria Reuben: From Ballads to Bossa". Feinstein's/54 Below. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  22. ^ "- The Triad". Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  23. ^ "Pizza Express Live". Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  24. ^ "Gloria Reuben | People | Pioneers of Television | PBS". Pioneers of Television. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  25. ^ "Gloria Reuben to Jamie Dimon – Stop Bankrolling MTR and the Coal Industry! – The Understory". Rainforest Action Network. October 26, 2009. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  26. ^ "The National Wildlife Federation Blog". The National Wildlife Federation Blog. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  27. ^ Hipes, Patrick (February 26, 2019). "'City On A Hill': James Remar & Gloria Reuben To Recur On Showtime Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 26, 2019.

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