Valarie Pettiford is an American actress. She had her career beginnings in the 1970s, debuting in the 1978 film The Wiz. In the ’80s, she appeared in the films The Cotton Club and Robots. From 1988 to 1990, she played Det. Courtney Walker in the soap opera Another World. She later starred as Shelia Price in One Life to Live, as well as starred in the movie Street Hunter. In the 2000s, Pettiford had roles in the movies Glitter, Like Mike, Paris, and Stomp the Yard. She also played notable roles on TV, such as the role of Gayle Noland in The District and Big Dee Dee Throne in Half & Half. In the 2010s, she played Charlene Cooper in The Blacklist. As of 2018, she stars as Emily Mather in A Discovery of Witches.