Who is Raven Goodwin?
Raven Shamira Goodwin was born in Washington DC, USA, on 24 June 1992 – her zodiac sign is Cancer, and she holds American nationality. She’s an actress, who’s perhaps still known best for her portrayal of Cleo, in the 2003 comedy movie “The Station Agent”. It was written and directed by Tom McCarthy, starred Peter Dinklage, Patricia Clarkson and Bobby Cannavale, and follows a man who has just lost his best friend, and has befriended a woman, and a hot dog vendor. The movie won 29 of the 60 awards for which it was nominated.
Early life and education
Raven was raised in Washington DC, but hasn’t shared any details concerning her parents, as she respects their privacy. She hasn’t spoken of having any siblings either, and is thus believed to be an only child.
Raven became interested in acting at a quite an early age, and her mother was very supportive, as she drove her to various auditions. She launched her acting career in 2001, aged nine, with her portrayal of Annie Marks, in the romantic comedy movie “Lovely & Amazing”. In 2005, Raven could’ve been seen playing three characters, in three episodes of the critically acclaimed family comedy series “Malcolm in the Middle”, as well as playing Tara in the episode “Infectious Love” of the drama series “Strong Medicine”.
She enrolled at a local high school in 2006, and continued acting during her four years there. Upon matriculating in 2010, Raven focused on acting, and hasn’t attended college.
Roles in TV series
In 2006, Raven made a guest appearance in the episode “Everybody Hates Valentine’s Day” of the comedy “Everybody Hates Chris”, and she also appeared in two episodes of the comedy “All of Us”.
She gained recognition in the following year, when cast to play Tangie Cunningham, one of the lead characters in the family comedy “Just Jordan”. It was created by Alison Taylor, also starred Kristen Combs and Shania Accius, and follows the life of a young adult whose teacher has now become his manager. The series was nominated for three awards. The following years saw Raven make a guest appearance in an episode of several series, such as the comedies “30 Rock” and “Meet the Browns”, and in 2010, she starred as Becca Huffstatter, alongside Nikki Blonsky and Zander Eckhouse, in the family comedy “Huge”.
It follows seven teenagers who have found themselves at a weight-loss camp, and the series was nominated for a single award.
Raven’s perhaps known best for her portrayal of Ivy Wentz in the family comedy “Good Luck Charlie”, between 2010 and 2014,. It follows the Duncan family who have just welcomed their fourth child, Charlie, while letting her three older siblings take care of her.
Most recently, between 2013 and 2019 Raven starred as Niecy in the romantic thriller drama “Being Mary Jane”. Created by Mara Brock Akil, it also starred Gabrielle Union and Lisa Vidal, and follows the life of a beautiful young woman, who’s working as a TV show host. The series won 11 of the 37 awards for which it was nominated.
Roles in movies
In 2006, Raven appeared in the comedies “Phat Girlz” and “Just a Phase”, and the following year saw her play DJ, in the romantic drama “All About Us”. In 2008, she starred in the short film “Just Jordan: Behind the Scenes”, as well as in the short drama “My Genie”.
She gained recognition in 2011, with her portrayal of Ivy, in the family comedy drama “Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas”, which follows the same family from the series “Good Luck Charlie”, who have separated on Christmas. In 2017, Raven played Lew in the action adventure comedy “Snatched”, written by Katie Dippold, directed by Jonathan Levine, and which starred Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn and Kim Caramele.
It follows a woman who has been dumped by her boyfriend right before they were to go on an exotic vacation, while she’s now convinced her mother to go with her. The film won two of the four awards for which it was nominated.
In 2019, Raven starred in the comedy “Christmas Belles”, and most recently in 2020, she appeared in three movies: the short drama “Baldwin Beauty”, the drama “The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel” and the short drama “In Sudden Darkness”.
She’s currently shooting for the upcoming drama “Lola James”.
Raven sang the song “Eye of the Tiger” in the 2011 episode “Bells” of the series “New Girl”, and in 2020, she sang various songs in the movie “The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel”.
Raven has made a guest appearance in a number of talk-shows, including “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”, “The Mo’Nique Show” and “Iyania, Fix My Life”.
Awards and nominations
Raven has been nominated for six awards, including a 2004 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture (shared with colleagues), and a 2004 Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Cast, also shared with colleagues, both for the movie “The Station Agent”.
For her performance in the film “Lovely & Amazing”, Raven was nominated for an Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Youth Performance, a Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance, and a Black Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance.
— Raven S. Goodwin (@ravengoodwin) January 25, 2020
Love life and husband
Raven’s quite open when it comes to her love life, and is today engaged to Wiley Battle, an American finance executive. In 2019 she announced on Instagram that the two were engaged, and on 15 April 2020 she gave birth to their daughter Riley Rosa Bell Battle. Neither Wiley nor Raven have shared if they have set the date for their wedding, but it’s widely believed that it’ll take place in the early 2022.
Before Wiley, back in 2009, Raven was in a relationship with Micah Williams, an American actor, who has played supporting characters in various critically acclaimed movies, including “Bruce Almighty” and “Jump In!” They were together for around a year.
As of July 2021, Raven’s engaged to Wiley Battle, hasn’t married, and has a daughter with Wiley.
Hobbies and other interests
Raven’s a fashionista, and loves going shopping for clothes; she does it multiple times a week, which makes her a bit of a shopaholic. Raven loves to wear dresses, and her Instagram account is filled with pictures which feature her wearing various colorful dresses. She enjoys being active on Instagram, as she likes the attention she’s receiving from her 380,000 followers.
Raven likes to travel, and her acting career has taken her to various US states, while she’s also been to a couple of European countries, including England and France.
She’s deeply religious, and goes to church at least once a week.
Raven enjoys tasting various cuisines – her favorite is Mexican food.
In her spare time, she likes to watch movies starring her favorite actor Will Smith, such as “I, Robot”, “Independence Day” and “Seven Pounds”.
Weight loss, measurements and net worth
Raven’s age is 29. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, her height is 5ft 3ins (1.6m) and she weighs around 205lbs (93kgs). Since early 2020, Raven’s been losing weight, and has been following a very strict diet.
As of July 2021, her net worth has been estimated at over $500,000.