Dominique Thorne made her feature film debut in Academy Award winning writer/director Barry Jenkins' IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, playing the role of "Sheila Hunt," the petulant younger sister of "Fonny Hunt" (Stephan James). The film, which premiered at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival, received critical acclaim and accolades including: AFI Awards Movie of the Year, Independent Spirit Awards Best Feature, NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Independent Motion Picture and one of National Board of Review's Top Ten Film of 2018. Thorne will next be seen starring opposite Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield in Warner Brothers' JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH, directed by Shaka King. The film follows the story of Fred Hampton, Chairman of the Illinois Black Panther Party, and his fateful betrayal by FBI informant William O'Neal. Thorne plays "Judy Harmon" a fictional character who is a member of Fred's security team. Executive produced by Ryan Coogler and Charles D. King; JUDAS will be released in early 2021.
A Brooklyn, New York native, Thorne got her start on stage, starring in several productions during her time as a drama student at NYC's Professional Performing Arts High School (PPAS). In 2015, she was named a National YoungArts Winner for Spoken Theater. Thorne also won the 2015 United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts, a prestigious award appointed by White House Commission that selects one young woman and one young man from each state who demonstrate community service, artistic excellence, and leadership. As part of the MCC Theater's Youth Company, she performed in their annual show UNCENSORED. The program showcases the most original and thought-provoking work of NYC youth in the dramatic arts. Thorne co-wrote and performed a piece about her heritage, titled 19th CENTURY GAZELLE.