Joy Bryant is an American actress and model best known for her starring role as Jasmine Trussell in the comedy-drama television series Parenthood.
In 2002, she achieved her breakthrough performance in Denzel Washington's Antwone Fisher, which garnered praise from critics and the attention of the public.
Bryant was also seen starring in the Universal comedy Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins, opposite Martin Lawrence, James Earl Jones and Mike Epps.
In 2005, Bryant was seen starring in Jim Sheridan's Get Rich or Die Tryin', loosely based on the life of rapper 50 Cent, who also appeared in the film.
She also appeared in the Universal thriller The Skeleton Key starring Kate Hudson, Peter Skaarsgard and John Hurt. The film follows a young woman (Hudson) who discovers a shocking secret while taking care of a dying man in an eerie mansion.
In December 2003, Bryant co-starred with Jessica Alba and Mekhi Phifer in Universal Pictures and director Bille Woodruff's music-driven coming-of-age drama, Honey.
Among her credits are Bobby, written and directed by Emilio Estevez; London, opposite Jessica Biel, Jason Statham and Chris Evans; Haven, opposite Bill Paxton and Orlando Bloom; Three Way Split; and Mario Van Peebles' Badasssss!.
While enrolled as a full-time student at Yale University, Bryant was discovered by a modeling scout from Next Models Management. For several years Bryant pursued a career as a fashion model in Paris and subsequently signed an exclusive contract with Tommy Hilfiger.
Bryant continues to model between films as a cover subject for Victoria Secret, and has been seen in a number of prestigious print campaigns such as the Fall 2003 GAP ads.
Born and raised in the South Bronx, Bryant attended Westminster High School in Connecticut on a full scholarship.
She is an avid supporter of the Fieldston Enrichment Program under the umbrella of A Better Chance Public School Program, an organisation that reaches out to minority talent to enrich their academic opportunities.
Bryant spends her time between Los Angeles and New York with her beloved pit bull named Nana.