Sydney Tamiia Poitier Biography

Sydney Tamiia Poitier is a talented American film and television actress known for her impressive body of work. With notable roles in TV shows like ‘First Years’, ‘Abby’, ‘Joan of Arcadia’, and ‘Knight Rider’, as well as movies such as ‘True Crime’, ‘Nine Lives’, ‘Hood of Horror’, and ‘Clinical’, Poitier has captivated audiences with her exceptional performances. She has also made a mark in the world of short films, starring in projects like ‘Page 36’, ‘Yard Sale’, ‘Big Tweet’, ‘Flawed’, ‘The List’, and ‘Blues’. Despite her success, Poitier remains a private person and is not active on social media. Nevertheless, she continues to attend awards functions and industry events, showcasing her dedication to her craft and connecting with fellow professionals. With her immense talent and beauty, Poitier has become an inspiration for aspiring actors worldwide, earning herself a devoted fan base.

Quick Facts

  • Age: 50 Years, 50 Year Old Females
  • Family: Spouse/Ex-: Dorian Heartsong (m. 2012), father: Sidney Poitier, mother: Joanna Shimkus, siblings: Anika (older sister) and Pamela, Beverly, Sherri and Gina (half-sisters)
  • Actresses
  • American Women
  • Height: 5’11” (180 cm), 5’11” Females
  • Notable Alumni: Stella Adler Studio Of Acting
  • Ancestry: Bahamian American, Haitian American, Lithuanian American, Canadian American
  • U.S. State: California
  • City: Los Angeles
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  • Education: New York University, Stella Adler Studio of Acting


Sydney Tamiia Poitier began her acting career in 1998 with a role in the TV movie ‘Free of Eden’. She then appeared in the mystery drama film ‘True Crime’ and the TV movie ‘Noah’s Ark’ in 1999. In the following years, she was cast in the series ‘First Years’ as Riley Kessler and in the drama ‘Abby’ as Abigail Newman. Poitier also had a role in an episode of ‘The Twilight Zone’ before being cast as Rebecca Askew in the fantasy/family drama ‘Joan of Arcadia’ in 2003. She continued her career with appearances in the series ‘Veronica Mars’, as well as the short films ‘The List’ and ‘Blues’ in 2007 and 2008 respectively. Poitier then portrayed the character of Carrie Rivai on the series ‘Knight Rider’ in 2008 and acted in the short films ‘Page 36’ and ‘Yard Sale’ in 2010. She also appeared in the short film ‘Big Tweet’ in 2011 and the web series ‘Kendra’. In 2014, Poitier joined the cast of the drama ‘Chicago P.D’ and also appeared in the short film ‘Flawed’. She went on to act in the movies ‘Too Late’ in 2015 and ‘Clinical’ in 2017.

Personal Life

Sydney Tamiia Poitier was born on November 15, 1973, in Los Angeles, California, USA. Her parents are Canadian former actress Joanna Shimkus and Bahamian-American actor Sidney Poitier. She has an older sister named Anika and four half-sisters, Pamela, Sherri, Gina, and Beverly, from her father’s previous relationship. Poitier attended the Tisch School of the Arts and earned her bachelor’s degree in acting from there. She also studied at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. In her personal life, she is married to Dorian Heartsong and they have a daughter together.

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