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23 October 2009 @ 10:11 pm
Picspam: Favourite Non-White Characters  
So there I was, all set to make a picspam of my current favourite pretty people (aka lots of Askars with a dash of Mad Men and a little Katee), when jacinthsong 's post 100 non-white characters appeared on my flist and made me realise with a jolt that every single person in my picspam was white. I'm still going to post it (because ASKARS), but I felt like doing a visual response to the meme that also coincides with picspammy 's latest challenge, 'Something Different'. Here you will find 15 of my favourite non-white characters (from film and tv) and their actors as well (in alphabetical order!).

Admiral Bill Adama in ‘Battlestar Galactica’ – the characters of BSG come from distant planets, so in some ways it is debatable whether we should assign them our own racial categories. However, I recall an interview with Edward James Olmos in which he said that Adama was a Hispanic character in his opinion, so who am I to argue! Obsessive tooth brushing and bad parenting aside, Bill Adama is a great and memorable character. EJO is a Mexican American who has been acting since the 1960s, most famously in ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘Miami Vice’. He also co founded the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival and often takes the role of director.

Annie in ‘Being Human’ – Annie is a ghost with crippling self esteem issues – but she’s also a sweet, bubbly girl who is fiercely loyal to her housemates and also able to stand up for herself when it counts. Lenora Crichlow is a young Londoner whose father came from Trinidad. Despite only acting for a few years she has already had several memorable roles, and will hopefully have many more! Finding pictures of her in civvies is incredibly hard – bring on the photoshoots!

Julian Bashir in ‘Star Trek: DS9’ – Bashir/Dax was probably my first OTP. He can be an insufferable know it all at times, but Dr. Bashir is one of those loveable nerds. I so need to rewatch DS9. Alexander Siddig/Siddig El Fadil is Sudanese-English and has appeared in major movies such as ‘Syriana’ and ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ and several tv series, sometimes performing in Arabic.

Shepherd Book in ‘Firefly’ – Book is not one of Firefly’s most prominent characters, but he is certainly one of my absolute favourites. He presents a wise and calm exterior as Serenity's resident priest, but there are several hints in the series that he may be more than he appears. He is played by Ron Glass, an American actor who has been working in TV since the 1970s.

Sharon ‘Boomer’ Valerii in ‘Battlestar Galactica’ – Give me Boomer’s vulnerable, damaged, volatile Eight over Athena’s smug version any day. Grace Park is a Canadian-Korean model turned actress who regularly appears on ‘hot lists’ for many good reasons.

Ebony in ‘The Tribe’ – initially just the side kick to crazy gang leader Zoot, Ebony comes into her own during the first series of the show and beyond, revealed as a cunning, manipulative woman who will stop at nothing to gain power and influence for herself. Even when she becomes allied with the Mallrats in later series she’s still out for everything she can get. Definitely one of my favourite anti-heroines! Meryl Cassie is a New Zealander who, in addition to acting, also sings with her sisters in a band called ‘Nubian Angels’, and provided a large portion of the vocals for the Tribe album ‘Abe Messiah’.

Jen in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ – Jen is a wilful young girl who fights against the life that’s planned out for her by her wealthy parents and who also goes against tradition to become a great martial artist. Her actress, Zhang Ziyi (or Ziyi Zhang), is a Chinese actress and model who has worked extensively in China and more recently in Hollywood. She also appeared as the heroine in the movie of one of my favourite books, 'Memoirs of a Geisha'.

Lafayette Reynolds in ‘True Blood’ – Lafayette is one of True Blood’s most engaging secondary characters. A straight talking, no nonsense chef by day, by night he becomes a ‘creative’ entrepreneur, running various dodgy webcam sites and selling vampire blood as a narcotic. Nelsan Ellis is not only an actor but also an accomplished playwright.

Martha Jones in ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Torchwood’ – the Doctor’s first black assistant, Martha is an intelligent young woman who leaves behind her medical training to travel time and space. Her sense of wonder and courage are a good match for the Doctor’s, and she remains my favourite companion to date. Freema Agyeman is a Londoner of Ghanaian and Iranian heritage who also stars in ‘Law and Order:UK’.

Max Guevara in ‘Dark Angel’ – a genetically modified super warrior, Max is one of my favourite heroines, not just for her general badassness, but also for her compassion for and loyalty to her fellow transgenics and her best friends Logan, Original Cindy, Alec and Joshua. Jessica Alba was only 19 when she first played Max, and has since risen to international fame. She has a diverse heritage – her mother is Danish/French Canadian and her father is Mexican American. I think Hollywood ruined her, but back in the day she was gorgeous. (I also have to mention Original Cindy here – she was a great character who needed more screen time in the show!)

Pocahontas in ‘The New World’ – this may be considered cheating as Pocahontas is a real historical figure, but I love the portrayal of her in The New World by talented (and previously untrained) young actress Q’Orianka Kilcher. Q’Orianka was born in Germany to a Swiss mother and Peruvian Quechua / Huachipaeri father. She has a new film out soon about the Hawaiian princess Ka’iulani.

Tai-San in ‘The Tribe’ – from her first appearance in the show, Tai-San comes across as self assured and confident, placing great store in her spiritual faith. She soon becomes one of the anchors of the Mallrat Tribe and even manages to persuade fickle ladies’ man Lex into marriage, matching his fiery temper with her own. Michelle Ang is a New Zealander who has appeared in many of the country’s most famous programmes (including Xena), as well as hopping over to Australia to play Lori Lee in Neighbours.


Tara Thornton in ‘True Blood’ – Tara is a damaged, difficult woman, but it’s hard not to sympathise with her when she’s been faced with an alcoholic mother, romantic woes and supernatural interference. She’s never afraid to speak her mind, which balances out her best friend Sookie’s rather whimsical nature. Rutina Wesley is an American actress with a theatrical background who also appeared in the dance film ‘How She Move’.

Toshiko Sato in ‘Torchwood’ – Tosh is Torchwood’s resident gadget geek who uses her expertise to analyse alien technology. She’s a rather shy woman whose romantic liaisons in the show are usually less than successful, but her quiet determination saves the day on several occasions. Naoko Mori was born in Japan, but moved to England when she was twelve. She’s had a varied career including appearing in ‘Avenue Q’.

(Nyota) Uhura in ‘Star Trek XI’ – Uhura is the Enterprise’s communications officer who excels at languages and plays a key role in the film in translating a vital message. I love her combination of ambition and determination, tempered by a softer, more emotional side, as shown in her relationship with Spock. Zoe Saldana is of Dominican and Puerto Rican descent and grew up in New York. I’m also a fan of her appearance in ‘Center Stage’, where she plays a headstrong ballerina.

(By extension this also includes Nichelle Nichols’ original Uhura. Nichelle is awesome, but it’s been a while since I watched any original Star Trek, and I had to pick one of them. Original flavour Uhura was famously involved in one of the earliest interracial kisses on US television).



honeychuckles: truebloodhoneychuckles on October 23rd, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
This post is made of so much win! I'm so glad someone did this! I love love love Grace Park and Zhang Ziyi (also got to agree; Boomer > Athena any day).

This is kind of inspiring me to make a "Halfies" picspam!
the late or rather later Henrik Egermann: Jason Stackhouse: humbojeeshee on October 23rd, 2009 09:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Yes, I was interested to find out that so many of these actors have mixed heritage...gives me hope that the global babies of the future will be extra beautiful!
96 tears: trek: braaainninety6tears on October 23rd, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
Great, great post. I have so much love for Zoe and Nichelle's Uhuras alike. I've only seen a few episodes of True Blood but I think Tara is already my favorite :)
the late or rather later Henrik Egermann: Lafayette: bitchjeeshee on October 23rd, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
I loved Tara from the start as well :) I hope you enjoy the rest of TB, it's addictive as hell.
fullof_grace: fortheroadfullof_grace on October 23rd, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
what a great idea for a picspam. i'm italian/native american so it's nice to see some underrated beauties. (Plus, everytime there's a 'most gorgoues gals' spam it's the same young ladies.)

I'm currently obsessed with Lenora Crichlow lately. so gorgeous. thanks for posting.
the late or rather later Henrik Egermann: Being Human: shippyjeeshee on October 23rd, 2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
Lenora is soooo pretty (her hair is amazing)! I love Andrea Riseborough, the original Annie, but Lenora is a very good replacement.
thaursir on October 23rd, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
You win the internet for including two Tribe stars in this. Congratulations. *hands over internet wrapped in a bow*
the late or rather later Henrik Egermann: The Tribe: the breakfast club on crackjeeshee on October 23rd, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
Heh heh, my first fandom <3. And also a very diverse show! I wanted to include Dal (Ashwath Sundaresan) in this, but good pics are hard to find and I was too lazy in the end.
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the late or rather later Henrik Egermann: BSG: Oh...frakjeeshee on October 23rd, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC)
<3 Mary
asymptote: [else] joy lies in the fighttree on October 23rd, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
awesome picspam. :D

and i agree with you about jessica alba. and original cindy!
the late or rather later Henrik Egermann: Howl/Sophie: walking in the airjeeshee on October 23rd, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC)
Nicole Anell: true bloodnicole_anell on October 23rd, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
Tara! Lafayette! BOOMER! Cool picspam.
the late or rather later Henrik Egermann: Lafayette: bitchjeeshee on October 23rd, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC)
Aw, your icon is so cute :)
Heather: Dark Angel - Maxamericangrl69 on October 23rd, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
Max was awesome. She still is. She's still one of my favorite female characters.
the late or rather later Henrik Egermann: Peggy: let's do the dance of pregnantjeeshee on October 23rd, 2009 10:14 pm (UTC)
I need to rewatch Dark Angel, I miss it!
lunaysol: no you di-int!lunaysol on October 23rd, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
I miss The Tribe. sigh.

Love all your choices. True Blood season 2 needed a little more Lafayette....here's hoping for season 3. :)
One zarkin frood: Star Trek - Spock&Uhurascarletumbrella on October 24th, 2009 03:08 am (UTC)
Lenora is so freaking gorgeous. I could stare at her for days. Love her! :D

And Zoe of course. ^^
margottenenbaum: Trekmargottenenbaum on October 24th, 2009 05:30 am (UTC)
Brilliant spam! I am not familiar with all of the actors, but I really love the idea - especially because there aren't as many non-white actors on television as there should be and that really sucks.

p.s. Center Stage ftw!
Dismantled Reflection: Kitty!deeyah on October 24th, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC)
Nelsan Ellis has such nice eyes.

I don't know why but Alexander Siddig reminds me a lot of Jim Parsons in that right-most photo. O.o

pyro_manicalpyro_manical on October 25th, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)
Besides the Tribe and DS9 I am familiar with (and love!) all these characters. What a fantastic idea for a picspam because awesome POC (or I guess, characters of color) do not get nearly as much love as they deserve. I mean, as far as I'm concerned Tara and Lafayette are the starts of True Blood and Sookie is just the wacky best friend always getting into trouble (I love you Anna Paquin, but I do not care about your vampire love issues).

I also really liked your inclusions of the actor's history. I had no idea Nelsan Ellis was a playwright or that Naoko Mori was in Avenue Q! Both these things are amazing.
Bethan: Martha Jones - defender of the Earthbethan_b_bad on October 25th, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)

Martha, awesome as she was, wasn't the Doctor's first black companion, though - Mickey was. My nitpicking aside, I totally approve. Zoe Saldana is love! I wish she'd been in the second two PotC films - I spent all of the second one looking for her.
nemesisofamor: nan flanagannemesisofamor on October 15th, 2010 12:21 am (UTC)
Great spam! Love Ebony, Laffayette and Tai San!