12 Years a Slave, State of Affairs, Passion Fish, Alfre Woodard

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Alfre Woodard has been voted the President of the United States—at least on television!

The Oscar nominee has a new role as President Constance Payton, the nation's first female, African-American president, on NBC's political drama, State of Affairs! As leader of the free world, Payton has a ton of responsibility on her shoulders, but luckily she has the help of her daily briefer, skillful CIA analyst Charleston Tucker (Katherine Heigl).

BTW, this show has some major girl power!

Woodard's successful career as an actress spans almost four decades and she has countless brilliant performances under her belt, including parts in 12 Years a Slave, Cross Creek and Passion Fish. Take a look back at some her best roles and don't miss the premiere of State of Affairs on Monday, Nov. 17, at 10 p.m. on NBC.

(E! and NBC are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)

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