We all know that Regina King is a queen, so we're celebrating since today is her birthday!

The actress is turning 49 years old today and the past year has been amazing for anyone who has been following the Los Angeles native's career as she was finally recognized for the powerhouse talent that she is.

In February, the Academy awarded the performer with her first Oscars trophy for her role in Barry Jenkin's If Beale Street Could Talk, which came hot off the heels of her collecting her first Golden Globes award a month earlier.

Then, in May, Netflix announced that the multi-talented artist had inked a first look deal with the streaming service, meaning that soon we'll likely see movies and series under her Royal Ties production banner end up on our queue.

It's a huge achievement for the star as well as audiences since, in her Golden Globes acceptance speech, King stated that she was committed to making sure at least 50% of her hires would be women, addressing one of the representation issues that has plagued the industry and been brought to light via organizations like Time's Up.

In the latter half of the year, King dominated headlines again when she was cast as Sister Night in the critically acclaimed and highly-anticipated HBO series, Watchmen, which also fulfilled a long-held (and well deserved) dream of hers to play a superhero.

To ring in the latest trip around the sun for the celebrity, we've rounded up the best roles that King has played over her 35-plus year career.

Let us know which role is your favorite!

Regina King, 227


 Boyz n the Hood, Regina King

Columbia Pictures

Regina King, Poetic Justice, Janet Jackson

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Friday, Ice Cube, Regina King

New Line Cinema

Regina King, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jerry Maguire

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Down To Earth, Chris Rock, Regina King

Paramount Pictures/ZUMA

Regina King, Hilary Duff, A Cinderella Story


Regina King, Ray


Regina King, This Christmas

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Regina King, Southland


Regina King, The Boondocks

Sony Pictures

The Leftovers, Regina King, Jovan Adepo

Van Redin/HBO

Regina King, American Crime

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Regina King, Viola Davis, Seven Seconds

David Giesbrecht / Netflix

Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

Annapurna Pictures

Watchmen, Regina King


Regina King's Best Roles
Which of Regina King's roles is your favorite?

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