Angela Basset Now The Highest Paid Black Actress On TV … Making $10M A Year!

Tiffany Brockworth |

Angela Bassett deserves some congratulation – she’s now officially the highest paid Black actress on television.

Media Take Out just learned that Angela will be the highest paid actor of color on television after earning another raise for 9-1-1 season seven.

Since premiering in 2018, 9-1-1 has been a smash-hit procedural for Fox. The series stars Angela Bassett, Peter Krause, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Rockmond Dunbar, and Aisha Hinds as first responders in Los Angeles, exploring “the high-pressure experiences.”

The show is set to return for a seventh season, and Angela’s new paycheck will rank as one of the highest for an actress of color in a network drama.

Word on the curb is that her salary will jump from $450,000 per episode to $500,000 – earning her a cool $10 milli for next season.

Angela is an actress. Known for her work in film and television since the late 1980s, she has received various accolades, including two Golden Globe Awards, in addition to nominations for two Academy Awards and seven Primetime Emmy Awards. Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2023.

Bassett had her breakthrough portraying singer Tina Turner in the biopic What’s Love Got to Do with It (1993), which won her a Golden Globe Award and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. She also had starring roles as Betty Shabazz in Malcolm X (1992), as the mother of The Notorious B.I.G. in Notorious (2009), and as Amanda Waller in Green Lantern (2011). Her other notable film roles were in Boyz n the Hood (1991), Waiting to Exhale (1995), Vampire in Brooklyn (1995), How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998), Music of the Heart (1999), Olympus Has Fallen (2013), and London Has Fallen (2016). She also played Queen Ramonda in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Black Panther (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019), and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022). For the latter, she won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

On television, Bassett has starred as Katherine Jackson in the miniseries The Jacksons: An American Dream (1992). Her portrayal of Rosa Parks in the television film The Rosa Parks Story (2002) gained her a nomination for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress. Her performances in two seasons of the FX horror anthology series American Horror Story earned her nominations for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in 2014 and 2015. In 2018, Bassett began producing and starring as an LAPD patrol sergeant in the Fox drama series 9-1-1.

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