An accomplished actor, writer, social activist and entrepreneur, Ciera Payton is a well-respected pillar of the entertainment industry with an unwavering dedication to the arts. Growing up in the vibrant city of New Orleans, Ciera was surrounded by creativity in all forms - from street performers blowing their horns to muralists transforming the city's landscape to every cook's special recipe for gumbo. This dynamic environment fed her passion to become a successful working actor.
After Hurricane Katrina, Ciera and her family relocated to North Carolina where she graduated with a B.F.A. from the North Carolina School of the Arts. While still enrolled in school, Ciera landed the female lead role opposite Steven Seagal in Flight of Fury. Since her breakout role, she has shared screen time with many talented artists including Viola Davis, Nicholas Cage, Kevin Hart and Josh Brolin. Past credits include USA Network's Graceland, Bad Teacher on CBS, Spike Lee's Oldboy, and First, a new web s