|Birth Name||Rutina L. Wesley|
|Date of Birth||1 February 1979|
|Place of Birth||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA|
|Height||5' 5½" (1.66 m)|
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Rutina Wesley is known for the character Tara Thorton, on the gritty Southern vampire drama, True Blood(2008). She was born in the city most renowned for glitz and glamour, Las Vegas, Nevada and was exposed to the arts at a very early age; in fact entertainment runs through her veins. Her father, Ivery Wheeler, is a noted tap dancer while her mother, Cassandra Wesley, performed on the Vegas strip as a showgirl. Rutina studied dance for years then earned an undergraduate degree in Theatre Performance from the University of Evansville in Indiana. She had the good fortune to be accepted by the acclaimed Julliard School. During Rutina's stint at Julliard, she was fortunate enough to spend a summer at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Fortune was with Rutina again when one of her Julliard classmates, Nelsan Ellis, reconnected with her when he became her co-star on True Blood (2008).
Rutina Wesley has been cast as Reba McClane for NBC Hannibal's season three.