Khandi Alexander is an American actress, as well as a dancer. She had her acting debut in the 1985 film Streetwalkin’. In the 1990s, she had performances in the films Joshua Tree, CB4, and Menace II Society. She next gained recognition for her role in the movie What’s Love Got to Do with It. Subsequently, she starred in Poetic Justice, Sugar Hill, and House Party 3, among others. In 1998, she starred as Joanie in There’s Something About Mary. Meanwhile, on TV, she had her first starring role as Catherine Duke on the NBC sitcom NewsRadio. She later had a recurring part as Jackie Robbins on ER. In the 2000s, she became widely known for starring as Dr. Alexx Woods on CSI: Miami. She continued her TV career in the 2010s with her starring role as LaDonna Batiste-Williams in the HBO series Treme. More recently, she played Maya Pope in the ABC series Scandal.