Joy Bryant


Joy Bryant was born in a modest home in The Bronx, New York and as a young woman, was enrolled in an inner-city outreach organization called “A Better Chance,” designed to encourage minority talent. Joy was also blessed with brains as well beauty and remained an excellent student throughout her high school years. As a result, she was awarded a full academic scholarship to Yale University.

While enrolled as a full-time student at Yale, Joy was discovered by a modeling scout from Next Models Management and subsequently pursued a career as a fashion model in Paris. Her slender yet classic beauty got her an exclusive contract with prestigious brand names such as Tommy Hilfiger and the Victoria’s Secret lingerie catalogue.

Joy’s acting debut came about in 2001 in Robert Townsend‘s Carmen: A Hip Hopera (2001). An MTV production, the film also starred Beyoncé Knowles and Mekhi Phifer, along with several hip-hop superstars. After a small role in the Eddie Murphy action comedy Showtime (2002), she made her big breakthrough in Denzel Washington‘s directorial debut, Antwone Fisher. Bryant played Cheryl, the beautiful and supportive girlfriend of Antwone (Derek Luke). In 2003, she co-starred with Jessica Alba in Bille Woodruff‘s romantic drama Honey (2003). That same year, she appeared in Mario Van Peebles‘ _Baadasssss! (2003)_, based on his father Melvin Van Peebles‘ autobiographical novel. Projects for 2004 included the crime drama Three Way (2004) with Gina Gershon.


The year 2005 turned out to be an even better year for the actress. Joy appeared in high-profile films such as The Skeleton Key (2005), London (2005), and Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2005). Her performances as the sassy Mallory in London (2005) and the strikingly pretty Charlene in Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2005) were critically acclaimed, and re-enforced her reputation as a versatile actress.

9 thoughts on “Joy Bryant

  1. She’s married.

    JUNE 29, 2008SISTA 13 COMMENTS
    Joy Bryant Congrats go out to actress Joy Bryant as the 31 year old “Virtuality” star wed her boyfriend this weekend during a beachside ceremony at a private residence in Amagasett, New York. Joy, who is also a former model who was spotted while attending Yale University on a full academic scholarship, met her stuntman fiance, David People, while filming the Martin Lawrence comedy “Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins”. People Magazine reports that wedding guests received e-mail invitations to the ceremony that simply requested that “Ladies, leave their Manolos at home.” The actress is reported to have worn a custom dress designed by her friend Angela Missoni, while the groom sported a grey Calvin Klein suit. No official pics from the ceremony have been made available yet, but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before they hit the net.

  2. I am really glad to know that Joy has done so well! And “ABC,” is something that parents may want to take a second look at. A cousin of mine is a past participate and graduate of the A Better Chance program. He definitely became a credit to our people ad society. Kudos to Joy!

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