Being a daughter of famous Bahamian actor Sir Sidney Poitier, and Canadian actress Joanna Shimkus, Sydney Tamiia Poitier followed her parents' footstep towards acting career. After landing a role in in the 2001 NBC drama series First Years, the actress has been unstoppable and starred over dozens of movies and TV series.
The Bahamian-American actress played a central role of Det. Sam Shaw in TV series Carter. Her films like Nine Lives; Hood of Horror; and Clinical served the actress to gather spotlight all around the globe.
Married To Musical Artist; Shares Daughter With Husband
Sydney is married to her longtime boyfriend Dorian Heartsong since June 2012. Her husband Dorian is a musical artist and a former bassist of American rock band Powerman 5000. During his stint on the rock band, he was known as 'Dorian 27' and left the group in 2001 after some conflicts with the band members. He has performed soundtracks for the movies like Extreme Ops and Live Free or Die.
Sydney and her husband, Dorian Heartsong attends the Hollywood premiere of 'Biker Boyz' on 29 January 2003 in California (Photo: alamy.com)
In an interview with NDailyNews in January 2003, the Carter actress revealed that she dated some sweet guys in the past. Sydney explained dating could be quite messy and complicated process as the nice guys she dated were 'complete idiots.' Eventually, the Bahamian-American actress noticed the wise characteristics of the musical artist Dorian and relished a relationship with him.
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Back in 2007, while the actress lived with her musical artist boyfriend in Los Angeles, extolling a married life was not her priority. However, in June 2012, Sydney defied against the odds and shared an official husband-and-wife relationship with Dorian.
Nearly after three years of their married life, the couple welcomed their first children in May 2015. They named their daughter A'Zalia Delancey Coffey. Their children surname as Delancey carries a name of the street in New York, and Coffey carries an anglicized form as a descent of Cobhthach, which signifies the meaning of triumphant.
Bahamian-American Father, Canadian Mother
Sydney was born to her parents Sir Sidney Poitier and Joanna Shimkus. The American actress possesses mixed ethnicity with Afro-Bahamian, Lithuanian, and Irish ancestry.
Her father Sidney is a Bahamian-American actor who became a first black actor and first Bahamian to secure two awards, 'Academy Award for Best Actor,' and the 'Golden Globe Award for Best Actor' for his character as Homer Smith in 1963 movie Lilies of the Field. Sidney, who has Afro-Bahamian ancestry, has featured in over three dozens of movies and has authored three autobiographical books. Sydney's father, Sidney has the net worth of $25 million from his career as an American-born Bahamian actor.
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Her Canadian mother Joanna possesses Lithuanian and Irish heritage. Joanna is a Canadian actress and made her debut in 1964 film De I'amour. She was raised as Catholic by her parents Joseph Shimkus and Marie Teresa Petrie. She married Sidney in 1976 and gave birth to their two daughters. Sydney's mother, Joanna has the net worth of $5 million as a Canadian-born American actress.
Anika, who is the sister of Sydney, is an actress and a mother of two children. The Poitier siblings have four half-sisters named Beverly, Pamela, Sherri, and Gina from their father's previous relationship. Her maternal grandfather is reported to be a Jewish and Lithuanian origin. Sydney's paternal grandfather Reginald James Poitier and paternal grandmother Evelyn Outten had a lineage of Bahamian.
Born on 15 November 1973, Sydney Tamiia Poitier is a native of Los Angeles, California. Sydney stands at the height of 1.8 m (5' 10") and holds American nationality.
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As per wiki, she graduated from the New York University, Tisch School of the Arts and received a bachelor's degree in acting.