Chicago native Sufe Bradshaw was born into a family of nine siblings, learning early on the value of hard work and dedication from her Sicilian dad and her mother of Ghanain roots. She began her acting odyssey at the Los Angeles City Theatre Academy, where she earned a degree in Theatre. Soon after her intensive study at The Academy, she went on to train with Ben Guillory at The Robey Theatre, as well as Lee Strasberg’s prestigious Actor’s Studio, moderated by Martin Landau. Bradshaw continued to refine her craft with The Meisner Technique, along with intensive sessions in cold reading with Jimmy DiStefano, Allan Miller’s rehearsal workshop, and Wallace Audition Techniques.
Bradshaw has been featured in stage productions around Los Angeles including The Nat Turner Rebellion, A Raisin in the Sun, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, The Glass Menagerie, Hamlet, Summer and Smoke, and Burn This. Bradshaw’s first network television appearance was on the CBS drama Cold Case, and made appearances on Carlos Mencia’s sketch comedy series Mind of Mencia (Comedy Central), and MTV’s The Hard Times of RJ Burger.
Soon after, she booked her first feature film in the 2006 independent drama “Speechless,” followed by the 2007 television movie “Mr. Jackson’s Neighborhood.” She also appeared in Paramount Pictures J.J. Abram’s blockbuster “Star Trek,” as well as the Wayans Brothers “Dance Flick.”
Those exciting roles led to a string of projects, including a role in the Hallmark movie “Fixing Pete.” The spirited actress’ career soon turned the corner and she began booking roles on a variety of popular television shows, including: ER (NBC), Bones (FOX), Prison Break, FlashForward (ABC), and Trust Me (TNT).
Now, Bradshaw stars alongside Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, and Tony Hale in the upcoming comedy Veep on HBO, playing the no-nonsense character Sue.
In addition to VEEP, Bradshaw is in development on a documentary titled “New Leaves” about troubled youth and the choices they make to either do the right thing or not. Coming from a family of seven siblings, Bradshaw has taken a personal interest in this subject matter. She shares, “When I was younger my mother encouraged my brothers and I to be creative and to pursue art in order to keep off of the streets. So now with my documentary, I want to explore influences in teens’ lives and see what motivates them to make the right choices.”
In her spare time, Bradshaw is also a community activist, having worked for the last five years volunteering for Humanity for the Homeless. For the last six years, she has been participating in the Humanitarian Day event in Downtown Los Angeles where people get together and gather clothes and food for the homeless as well as volunteering at local soup kitchens. She has also mentored teens for an acting and dance program called Voices Unheard at Fairfax High School, and is a founding member of The Actor’s Lounge, an open mic project for recently relocated actors who need a place to perform.
She has also found creative fulfillment practicing the art of spoken word for the last 10 years, reading alongside some of America’s premiere poets, including many from Russell Simon’s “Def Poetry Jam.” In addition to this, Bradshaw does spoken word performances at the Greenway Court Theatre, which is part of the Greenway Art Alliance – a non-profit organization that offers visual and performing arts education for public high school students in Los Angeles.
On a more personal note, one of Bradshaw’s favorite hobbies is yoga, which she has been practicing for the last year under her teacher, Brent Laffoon. She says that it has changed her life and loves the idea that “it is not about what you are doing, but who you are being.”
Sufe currently resides in Los Angeles.