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Kim Hawthorne stars in OWN's drama series "Greenleaf" as Jacob's ambitious and combative wife, Kerissa Greenleaf.

Raised in Newark, New Jersey, Kim Hawthorne was just twelve years old when she began studying opera. She went on to earn a classical music scholarship to Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama. After graduating with honors and a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre, she launched her professional theater career at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, where she originated the role of Minnie Dove Charles in Pearl Cleage's "Flyin' West" under the direction of Kenny Leon. She then moved to New York, where she made her Broadway debut performing the lead role of Queen in Cy Coleman and Ira Gasman's musical "The Life," directed by Michael Blakemore.

Hawthorne has over two decades of experience on the big screen and television. Her feature film roles include "The Chronicles of Riddick" and "Along Came a Spider." She was a series regular on Louis C.K.'s first HBO show, "Luckie Louie," and she was nominated for Canada's prestigious Leo Award for her role in "Da Vinci's Inquest." She had recurring roles in the Canadian series "Jeremiah" and "Whistler" and, more recently, FOX's "Rake." Guest appearances include "Switched at Birth," "NCIS: Los Angeles," "Castle," "Southland," "Rizzoli & Isles," "Tyler Perry's House of Payne," "Private Practice," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "Hawthorne," "Law & Order: Los Angeles," "Men of a Certain Age" and "CSI: Miami." Hawthorne got her start in the daytime soap operas "All My Children" and "Another World."

When she is not acting, Hawthorne enjoys designing jewelry and spending time with her sons, Julian and Tobias.


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Height: 5' 5"
Full Name / Real Name: Kimberly Hawthorne
Hometown: Newark, NJ

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