An actor whose career has witnessed great peaks and deep valleys, Angela Robinson isn’t new to the acting world. The Broadway veteran has been acting for a very long time, playing many strong characters, but mostly pursuing purpose instead of fame. Fans of The Haves and the Have Nots would know Robinson better as the woman who brought life to the ice queen character, Veronica Harrington. Robinson efficiently embodies the character Veronica whom viewers love to hate on the OWN hit drama series.
Angela Robinson has been gradually establishing herself as a household name but when the cameras stop rolling, not much is known about the veteran thespian. The following are facts about her personal life.
From Jacksonville To Broadway And Hollywood
Angela Robinson was born on the 17th of April 1963 in Jacksonville, Florida. There is little to nothing known to the public about her parents, family background or early life. It is, however, known that she grew up in her hometown of Jacksonville where she attended William M. Raines High School. Robinson discovered her artistic talents quite early and was certain she wanted to be a performer. She, however, completed her college degree first, graduating with a BSc in sociology at Florida A&M University (1987), before pursuing her dreams.
Angela Robinson has her acting roots in theatre. She started out at Jacksonville’s Alhambra Dinner theatre in 1989 and has gone on to establish an extensive career on stage. On and Off-Broadway, she has featured in an array of productions and has played all sorts of characters. Her most notable theatre credits include productions of The Wizard of Oz, Dream Girls, and her longest-running Broadway experience, Oprah Winfrey Presents: The Color Purple. As a trained actress, Robinson also has credited roles on TV and film. She featured in the 2001 short film Another Bed and had a guest role in a 2005 episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Angela Robinson’s Most Acclaimed Roles
Robinson has built up an impressive filmography in a career spanning three decades. Her most famous role, however, remains that of the ice queen, Veronica Harrington, in the Tyler Perry drama series, The Haves and Have Nots. The veteran actress became a household name for effectively embodying the ferocious, calculating and unapologetic character. A powerful attorney and politician’s wife, her character has an unyielding need for control and will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Her insecurities get the best of her and in the bid to control everything around her, Veronica ultimately ends up destroying her relationships.
Angela Robinson’s perfect portrayal of Veronica Harrington fetched her rave reviews from several media outlets and film critics. It also turned what was initially billed to be a minor character into the major cornerstone of the show. Additionally, the Jacksonville native received the 2015 Gracie Award for Outstanding Female Actor as a result of her performance on the show. In her acceptance speech, Robinson revealed that she had been “hustling” in the business for a long time and was quite glad to finally receive an accolade in recognition of her work
Apart from The Haves and Have Nots, another work that has fetched Robinson widespread praise is the stage production, The Color Purple. The acclaimed musical chronicles the journey of an African American woman, named Celie, in the American South in the mid-1900s. Robinson featured in the 2010 US national tour of the musical and portrayed a jazz singer named Shug Avery. She was praised for her vocal prowess as well as unbeatable dancing skills.
Inside Her Union With Her Soulmate
Offstage and when the cameras are not rolling, Angela Robinson is better known as a wife, a spiritual woman, and a philanthropist. The actress is happily married to her husband of two decades, Scott Whitehurst.
Whitehurst is a native of Indianapolis and was born in the year 1962. He is an actor and has featured in numerous theatrical productions including Into The Hazard, Black Eagles, The Persians, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest, Double Infidelity, Romeo And Juliet, and She Stoops To Conquer. He has also scored minor roles in movies and TV series such as Malcolm X, American Experience and Law & Order. Additionally, Whitehurst is a drama professor and has taught at several schools including Essex County College, New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, and College of Performing Arts, The New School.
It is not known how exactly Robinson met her husband but we do know that they tied the knot in 1996. They have remained inseparable since then and are a classic example of couple’s goals. Robinson often gushes about her man on social media and celebrates him on important occasions such as birthdays, father’s day as well as their anniversary. Additionally, during an interview, the actress revealed that while most people often focus on the bad aspects of marriage, she has had a great marriage and can’t imagine life without her husband.
Angela Robinson Basks In The Glow of Maternal Bliss
After over twenty years as man and wife, Angela and Scott became parents for the first time in 2018 when they welcomed a son named Robinson “Robbie” Scott via adoption. In an interview, the actress revealed that they had been trying to conceive for 21 years but weren’t successful. They finally decided to try adoption but were discouraged because they were deemed to be too old. The couple, however, refused to back down and as fate would have it, they got their son through a new adoption agency.
Robinson now feels gifted beyond measure and spends her days mostly basking in the joy of motherhood. Grateful for an opportunity to share her heart with her child, the actress enjoys seeing the world through her son’s eyes and describes it as ‘absolutely wonderful’. Robinson has disclosed that having a child has made her more selfless and altruistic. She has also disclosed that even though she and her husband went through some difficulties and challenges in the course of the adoption journey, she would gladly do it all over again just to be Robbie’s mother.