Actress | Educator | Writer | Speaker


Radiant actress, writer, educator, and entrepreneur, Ciera Payton grew up surrounded by street performers, artists, and the amazing cuisine that only the vibrant city of New Orleans could offer. The eclectic environment allowed her to embrace every form of creativity and shaped her to become a creative powerhouse. Up next, Ciera will appear in the Blumhouse/Amazon Studios production of the supernatural thriller, CRONES. The film is slated to be one of eight feature-length thrillers to run exclusively on the Amazon streaming platform worldwide.

Ciera returns to television with Tyler Perry’s first, straight-to-series drama The Oval as fashion designer and wife to the Chief of Staff, Lilly Winthrop. The 25-episode series written, directed and executive produced by Perry, comes on the heels of Ciera’s breakout performance as ‘Sylvia,’ in the eleventh installment of the MADEA/Lionsgate movie franchise, A MADEA FAMILY FUNERAL (available on HULU) along with her appearance in the second season of Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It Season Two, currently streaming on Netflix.

After Hurricane Katrina, Ciera and her family relocated to North Carolina where she graduated with a B.F.A. from the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts. While at UNCSA, Ciera landed her first role as the female lead opposite Steven Seagal in the action feature, Flight of Fury. Since her breakout role, she has shared screen time with many talented artists including DeWayne “The Rock” Johnson, Nicholas Cage, Kevin Hart, and Josh Brolin. Past credits include AMC’s The Walking Dead, USA Network’s Graceland, Spike Lee’s Oldboy, and First, a web series acquired by the Issa Rae Network.

While dedicated to her acting career, Ciera also manages her non-profit organization The Michael’s Daughter Foundation, which provides an annual media arts summer camp for youth impacted by incarceration in Panorama City, CA. Her dedication to arts education in under-served communities led her to create her very own one-woman stage show, Michael’s Daughter. Her show details her compelling journey from growing up in New Orleans to her present success in Los Angeles through a series of written letters with her incarcerated father, Michael.

In addition to her creative endeavors Ciera is the owner of Sincerely Cosmetics, a vegan cosmetic company catering to health-conscious women. She continues to stay committed to being authentic in her artistry while inspiring others to do the same.

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Michael's Daughter: The Play is Ciera Payton's very own one-woman stage production. The play highlights her path to freedom and forgiveness from a challenging childhood to finding herself and her voice.


A 501 c3 non-profit organization created by Ciera Payton. The Michael's Daughter Foundation provides arts programs, emergency funds, and scholarships to youth dealing with the incarceration of loved ones.

The In Trive

A lifestyle brand founded by actress Ciera Payton. She helps to inspire and motivate women by sharing commentary on unique finds; from personal uplifting stories to nutrient-rich recipes to fashion buys to non-toxic beauty products.