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Adrienne-Joi Johnson (born January 2, 1963)[1] is an American actress, choreographer, fitness trainer, and life coach. Acting since 1987, Johnson has made many guest appearances on sitcoms, television dramas and music videos; she also has numerous supporting roles in films, including House Party and Baby Boy.

Adrienne-Joi Johnson
Johnson in 2020
Born (1963-01-02) January 2, 1963 (age 59)
Other namesA.J. Johnson
Alma materSpelman College
  • Actress
  • dancer
  • fitness trainer
  • life coach
  • model
Years active1987present

Early life and education

Johnson attended Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School in New Jersey and graduated with honors in 1985 from Spelman College in Atlanta. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority.


She has appeared in A Different World, In the Heat of the Night, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Amen, the short-lived Sirens, Chicago Hope, The Jamie Foxx Show, and Touched by an Angel. She has also appeared in television movies such as A Mother's Courage: the Mary Thomas Story (1989), Clippers (1991), Murder Without Motive: The Edmund Perry Story (1992), Love, Lies & Lullabies (1993), and The Beast (1996).

Johnson has appeared in theatrical releases and independent films such as School Daze (1988), House Party (1990), Double Trouble (1992), Sister Act (1992), The Inkwell (1994), High Freakquency (1998), Two Shades of Blue (2000), Tara (2001), Baby Boy (2001), and Skin Deep (2003).



Year Title Role Notes
1988 School Daze Cecilia
1989 A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story Ruby Thomas TV Movie
1990 House Party Sharane
1991 Clippers Renee TV Movie
Dying Young Shauna
1992 Murder Without Motive: The Edmund Perry Story Cynthia TV Movie
Double Trouble Danitra
Sister Act Lewanda
1993 Love, Lies & Lullabies TV Movie
1994 The Inkwell Heather Lee
1998 High Freakquency D.J. Venom
1999 Two Shades of Blue Lisa
2001 Tara Nina Video
Baby Boy Juanita
2003 Black Listed Mild Cat Video
Skin Deep Sarah
2019 Sins of the Father Detective Phylicia Richardson TV Movie
2020 Holiday Heartbreak Joyce TV Movie


Year Title Role Notes
1988 A Different World Girl #3 Episode: "Mr. Hillman"
1989 In the Heat of the Night Shawna Hughes Episode: "These Things Take Time"
Day by Day Frances Episode: "Foul Play"
CBS Summer Playhouse Annie Episode: "Coming to America"
1990 New Attitude Tanya Episode: "The Case of the Missing Toupee"
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Christina Johnson Episode: "Def Poet's Society"
1st & Ten Loretta Episode: "The Squeeze"
1991 Amen Courteney Episode: "My Fair Homeboy"
1993–95 Sirens Officer Lynn Stanton Main Cast
1996 The Beast Nell Newcombe Episode: "1.1", "1.2"
Chicago Hope Trish Cook Episode: "Liver Let Die"
1997-99 The Jamie Foxx Show Janine 3 Episodes
1999 JAG Lt. Gold Episode: "The Return"
2000 Cover Me Dolores Episode: "Our Mr. Brooks", "Turtle Soup"
2001 Touched by an Angel Yvette Lakes Episode: "Angels Anonymous"
2004 Flab to Fab Hostess TV Series
2008 Baisden After Dark Herself Episode: "Obesity in America: Why Are We So Fat and What Are We Doing About It"
2010 K-Ci & JoJo: Come Clean Herself/Life Coach Episode: "Freakin' You"
2011 Life After Herself Episode: "AJ Johnson"
2013 Exhale Herself Episode: "Health & Wellness"
2014 Lindsay Herself/Life Coach TV Series
2016 Family Time Tracy Episode: "The Things We Do for Love"
2017–19 The Jellies! Debbie Jelly (voice) Main Cast
2020 Stuck with You Stephanie Recurring Cast: Season 1
Love & Hip Hop: Miami Herself Episode: "Full Circle"
2021 Life Therapy Herself TV Series Host

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Film Result
1990 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story Won
1991 Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Female in a comedy-drama film House Party Nominated
2002 Black Reel Awards Theatrical- Best Supporting actress in a Motion Picture Baby Boy Nominated


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