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Preslaysa Edwards

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Preslaysa Edwards
BornPreslaysa Edwards
(1979-06-11) June 11, 1979 (age 41)
New Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S.
🏳️ Nationality
💼 Occupation
Actress and Author
TelevisionThe Mystery Files of Shelby Woo
🏅 AwardsAmerican Christian Fiction Writers Genesis Award
🌐 Websitehttp://www.preslaysa.com


Preslaysa Edwards (aka, Preslaysa Williams[1]) is an American actress and award-winning author of contemporary romance and women's fiction. Her writing accolades include the American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis Award for Short Novel[2] and the Indiana Romance Writers of America's Golden Opportunity Contest. Her unique stories hold a particular focus on the lives of Afro-Asian characters. In 2020, Preslaysa's forthcoming own-voices romance novel was a Featured Deal of the Week in Publishers Weekly.[3]

As an actress, she played Cindy Ornette on Nickelodeon's The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo, which aired from 1996 to 1998. Preslaysa co-starred with Pat Morita from The Karate Kid. Her television credits also include roles on the popular American comedy-drama TV series This Is Us[4], the American political thriller TV series, Homeland.[5] She also appeared in the 2020 film, Last Moment of Clarity.[6]

Biography[edit]

Preslaysa attended Bishop Ahr High School in New Jersey.[7] She graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Spanish language and literature.[8] She later earned a graduate degree from the College of Charleston and Seton Hill University.[9]

Her acting credits span over 20 years. Preslaysa started acting in the early 1990s where she performed under the stage name, Presley Edwards.[10] Under this stage name, she appeared in the Off-Broadway play, The Onliest One Who Can't Go Nowhere at the Ensemble Studio Theatre which was directed by the acclaimed director Woodie King, Jr and written by the playwright J.E. Franklin. Preslaysa (aka, Presley) was called "appealing in the central role" by the New York Times.[11]

Preslaysa's theatre work led to several television roles. She played in the role of Cindy Ornette on Nickelodeon's The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo, which aired from 1996 to 1998. In 1997, she was a panelist on the game show Figure It Out.[12] In 1999, she acted as Gertrude in the Horton Foote play The Death of Papa, which was part of a series of plays named The Orphans' Home Cycle.[13][14]

In 2017, Preslaysa's acting credits continued on television, when she appeared on the popular American comedy-drama TV series This Is Us.[15] Preslaysa also played various roles on the American political thriller TV series, Homeland.[16]

In 2020, Preslaysa appeared in the film, Last Moment of Clarity.

As an acclaimed writer, Preslaysa won the American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis award for pre-published authors in the Short Novel category.[17] Preslaysa's forthcoming romance novel was the Featured Deal of the Week in Publishers Weekly.[18]

References[edit]

  1. "Home". Preslaysa Williams. Retrieved 2020-11-17.
  2. "ACFW - The Voice of Christian Fiction". www.acfw.com. Retrieved 2020-11-17.
  3. Deahl, Rachel (February 7, 2020). "Book Deals: Week of February 10, 2020". www.publishersweekly.com. Retrieved 2020-11-17. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. "Preslaysa Edwards". IMDb. Retrieved 2020-11-17.
  5. "Preslaysa Edwards". IMDb. Retrieved 2020-11-17.
  6. "Preslaysa Edwards". IMDb. Retrieved 2020-11-17.
  7. "Bishop Ahr graduates 256 students". The Central New Jersey Home News. 8 June 1997. p. B4. Retrieved 3 November 2020.
  8. "Edwards-Williams". The Central New Jersey Home News. 3 November 2002. p. G3. Retrieved 3 November 2020.
  9. "Preslaysa Williams". HarperCollins. Retrieved 2020-11-17.
  10. Gussow, Mel (1992-06-02). "Review/Theater; Four One-Acts on the Ways Life Can Go Wrong (Published 1992)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-11-17.
  11. Gussow, Mel (1992-06-02). "Review/Theater; Four One-Acts on the Ways Life Can Go Wrong (Published 1992)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-11-17.
  12. Chance, Norman (2011). Who Was Who on TV. p. 500. ISBN 978-1-4568-2129-6. Retrieved 3 November 2020. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  13. "'Death of Papa' A Gentle Chronicle". Hartford Courant. 4 June 1999. p. F2. Retrieved 3 November 2020.
  14. "Strong cast, directing fill out flat 'Papa'". The Boston Globe. 9 June 1999. p. F5. Retrieved 3 November 2020.
  15. "Preslaysa Edwards". IMDb. Retrieved 2020-11-17.
  16. "Preslaysa Edwards". IMDb. Retrieved 2020-11-17.
  17. "ACFW - The Voice of Christian Fiction". www.acfw.com. Retrieved 2020-11-17.
  18. Deahl, Rachel. "Book Deals: Week of February 10, 2020". www.publishersweekly.com. Retrieved 2020-11-17. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

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