Sanaa Lathan

Sanaa Lathan is an American actress.

Date of birth

Sanaa Lathan was born on September 19, 1971, in New York City, New York, US.


She was born to actor and dancer Eleanor McCoy and director and producer Stan Lathan. Her brother, Tendaji Lathan, grew up to become a well-known DJ. Her parents later divorced, but she remained close to both of them. She was raised partly in Beverly Hills with her father and partly in New York with her mother.

Early life

She was a natural athlete and trained in gymnastics and dance at a young age. She was also exposed to the entertainment industry due to her parents. She performed in a number of plays with the ‘Black Theatre Workshop’ in her younger days. She appeared in a number of Shakespearean plays during her ‘Yale University’ days. She was encouraged by her father to take up roles in TV serials such as ‘In the House,’ ‘NYPD Blue,’ and ‘Family Matters.’ She finally moved to California to boost her acting career.


She studied at the ‘Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics’ and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from the ‘University of California, Berkeley.’ She then completed her master’s degree in drama from ‘Yale University.’

Love life

Sanaa Lathan is currently believed to be single. She has dated co-star Omar Epp and former ‘National Basketball Association’ (NBA) player Adewale Ogunleye, among others, in the past.

Net worth

Not yet established.


In her early days, Nathan ventured into both ‘Off-Broadway’ shows and the Los Angeles stage circle. Her role as a mother in the 1998 superhero horror movie ‘Blade’ earned her positive reviews. She was nominated for a ‘National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Award’ the following year for her performance in the romantic comedy ‘The Best Man.’ The film was one of the top 10 highest-grossing African–American movies.

She made a major breakthrough in her career when she starred alongside Omar Epps in the romantic drama ‘Love & Basketball’ in 2000. She won the ‘NAACP Image Award’ for ‘Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture’ for her role as the love interest of Epps. She made an ‘Off-Broadway’ appearance in the play ‘The Vagina Monologues’ during the same period.

In 2001, she was cast in the multicultural comedy movie ‘Catfish in Black Bean Sauce.’ This was closely followed by her role as an aspiring singer and songwriter in the movie ‘Disappearing Acts.’

She performed in the ‘Broadway’ play ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ in 2004 and later reprised her role in an ‘ABC’ TV production of the play. She also appeared in the thriller ‘Out of Time’ and the science-fiction movie ‘Alien vs. Predator.’ The latter grossed over $171 million worldwide.

Her role in the romantic comedy ‘Something New,’ involving an interracial relationship with Simon Baker, made her popular and earned her many similar roles. She co-starred with Matthew Broderick in the dark comedy–drama ‘Wonderful World’ in 2009.

Lathan then played the role of ‘Leah Vaughn’ in the 2015 romantic thriller ‘The Perfect Guy.’ She was also the executive producer of the film. She has also produced and acted in the romantic comedy ‘Nappily Ever After.’

She has appeared as herself in the reality TV parody ‘Real Husbands of Hollywood’ and several other series. She has also been seen in the drama series ‘Shots Fired’ and ‘The Affair.’

In 2021, Sanaa starred as Naomi Hicks in Hit & Run, a Netflix Original television series.

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Sanaa Lathan
First Name Sanaa
Surname Lathan
Born 19th September, 1971
Home City New York City, New York, U.S.
Current City