Anna Deavere Smith (born September 18, 1950) is an American actress, playwright, and professor.
She is known for her roles as National Security Advisor Dr.
Nancy McNally in The West Wing (2000–06), hospital administrator Gloria Akalitus in the Showtime series Nurse Jackie (2009–15), and as Tina Krissman on the ABC show For the People (2018–19).
Smith is a recipient of The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize (2013).
In 2015 she was selected as the Jefferson Lecturer by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
She is the founding director of the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue at New York University.