Alfre Woodard is an American film, stage, and television actress, producer, and political activist. She is best known for her roles as Rita in Remember My Name, Beatrice "Geechee" in Cross Creek, Jane in Grand Canyon, Doris Robson on the NBC drama series Hill Street Blues, and Dr. Roxanne Turner on the NBC medical drama series St. Elsewhere.
For Disney, she voiced Maisie in The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue, Polly Henry/Narrator in the short film John Henry, and Plio in the 2000 CGI film, Dinosaur. She also played Miriam Sharpe in Captain America: Civil War, Mrs. Whatsit in A Wrinkle in Time, Mary Thomas in "A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story", Ann Orkin in The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag, and Mariah Dillard on the Marvel/Netflix series Luke Cage. Additionally, she voiced Sarabi in the 2019 CGI live-action adaptation of The Lion King.