Adilah Barnes


ABP Productions


Adilah Barnes is one of few veteran actors in Hollywood who have not only mastered the art of successfully marketing herself, but also of utilizing all of her many creative skills – all the while staying true to herself and maintaining her integrity.  She has guest-starred most recently on ABC’s Body of Proof, NBC’s Harry’s Law and Prime Suspect, and ABC’s popular series. Her film credits include playing opposite Sandra Bullock in the CastleRock Entertainment film, Murder By Numbers and the Universal blockbuster and award-winning Erin Brockovich with Julia Roberts.  She has also appeared opposite Ving Rhames in the heartwarming CBS Hallmark made-for-tv movie, Little John.

An award-winning actor with over 45 years of acting experience, Barnes is best known to television audiences for her role as Anne Marie on ABC’s Roseanne for five seasons – and still running in syndication.  

In her role, opposite Hilary Swank, as the infamous Ida B. Wells in HBO’s Iron - Jawed Angels, Barnes marched for women’s rights and ironically, in real life she is also a marcher and supporter for women of every ethnicity.   

Barnes has also extensively toured her own one-woman play, I AM THAT I AM: WOMAN, BLACK, a historical journey into the lives of seven renowned women that include Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Mary McLeod Bethune, Zora Neale Hurston, Lorraine Hansberry, Angela Davis and Maya Angelou.  I AM THAT I AM: WOMAN, BLACK, now in its twenty-third season, has toured 40 states and three continents including the U.S/Caribbean, Africa, and Europe.

Also an acting instructor and coach, Adilah’s many celebrity clients have included Freda Payne, Florence LaRue, Toni Braxton, Jada Pinkett, Benjamin Bratt, Don “DC” Curry and Chris Brown.

As a writer, Barnes released her first book, ON MY OWN TERMS: One Actor’s Journey in December of 2008. ON MY OWN TERMS received the #3 non-fiction paperback rating in Essence Magazine’s June 2009 issue following President Obama’s two books. In 2007, She founded The Writer’s Well, an international literary writer’s retreat for women located in a very beautiful, woodsy and serene environment in the Atlanta area. It has attracted global writers from as far away as Ghana and Puerto Rico.

Barnes is the Co-Founder of the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival, an annual, multi-cultural solo festival that has produced close to 500 artists from around the globe and is now gearing up for its Emerald 20th Anniversary. She, individually and the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival were both honored with the prestigious Women in Theatre Award in 2006.

Adilah also hosts the internet talk show, Adilah. The network has been streamed around the world and in September, 2012 her show broke BlakeRadio talk show records with over 48,000 listener downloads of her interview with actor Ted Lange of the long-running and popular ABC tv series, Love Boat.

Adilah’s many honors include X-Cel Entertainment’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Entertainment, Stop the Violence, Increase the Peace Foundation’s Spirit of Peace Award, Black Theatre Network’s Winona Fletcher Award, Oroville, CA’s Dr. Martin Luther King Day Award, and Towson University’s Program-of- the-Year Award.

Also, in 2010, Adilah was honored with the establishment of the 1st Annual Adilah Barnes Arts and Literary Achievement Scholarship for Minneapolis, MN inner city youth. (Georgia location)

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