Crystal Dionne Porter, professionally known as Syr (pronounced S-e-e-r) Law is an American actress. She has performed in leading roles in a variety of films ranging from romantic comedies and dramas to science fiction. She received a WMIFF nomination and a win at the Nollywood Film Critics Award (NAFCA) for her performance in “Paparazzi: Eye in the Dark”. This same film open the door to other American actors, as she was the first African-American Actress to successfully cross over into all African genre and win several awards and nominations worldwide.
Family and early life
Law was born Crystal Dionne Porter to Albert Wesley Porter and Miriam Gibson Porter. Law's father, retired from the City of Miami was born in Tallahassee, Florida to Willie Pearle Porter, the first AA to serve as an Instructor at Mt. Sinai Hospital and Gilbert L. Porter, an educator in the State of Florida. Law grew up in Atlanta, GA where she attended The Lovett School for Primary Education. Sutton Middle and North Atlanta High School for International Studies served for her Secondary studies. Law's mother and father gave her an Episcopal upbringing. Regarding religion, she now calls herself spiritual. She attended Hampton University in Hampton, VA where she received a BA in English. Post-college, Law discovered her love for acting. The Actor's Express Black Playwright's Festival led to an invitation into the theaters exclusive Intern Program and offered her a chance to act professionally.
Law made her film debut, credited under her birth name Crystal Porter, as a Freshman in Pay The Price, 2000. She followed playing the role of a good-heart masseuse opposite Billy Dee Williams in The Good Neighbor, 2001, a sassy check-out girl in Big Ain't Bad, 2002 and a politically roused intern in Bottom, 2004. Appearing in four films in 2005, Law appeared in her first studio film for Lions gate, Tyler Perry's Diary of a Mad Black Woman directed by Darren Grant. That year, Law starred in Camp DOA as college student on a road trip gone wrong, the critically acclaimed Sci-Fi Indie, Dark Remains and Somebodies was recognized at Sundance Film Festival and developed into a spin-off for BET, as the Network's first scripted series. Joining the Screen Actors Guild in 2007, Law found her birth name was in use. She used the first four letters of her first name, reversed their order, dropping the later letter. Hence, Syr found her own Law. The film Touching, 2007 is Law's first credit under her current professional name. Election,2008 saw Law playing an ambitious college student. The critically acclaimed film What To Bring To America, 2010 introduced Law as an international powerhouse. Law worked with Allen Wolf in 2010 on the sleeper, In My Sleep and the international market opened for Law in 2011 in her celebrated performance as Pearl Wisdoms in Paparazzi: Eye in the Dark. In 2012, Law made her television debut as Beckyon NBC's Days of Our Lives.
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- WMIFF 2011 Award Nomination - Best Actress In A Lead Role "Paparazzi: Eye in the Dark"
- NAFCA 2011 Award – Best Actress In A Lead Role Diaspora Film "Paparazzi: Eye in the Dark"
- ↑ HorrorMovies.org. CAMP DOA. Retrieved on 14 June 2012.
- ↑ Shadow and Act. Syr Film Paparazzi Plays World Wide.
- ↑ Nollywood Critics.com. Syr Law Listed in Nollywood Who's Who.
- ↑ SandraRose.com. Sneak Peek: "Paparazzi: Eye In The Dark" Trailer. Retrieved on 14 June 2012.
- ↑ The Nigerian Voice. Syr Law debuts in Nollywood. Retrieved on 14 June 2012.
- ↑ The Voice News Magazine. Hollywood Actress wins big at NAFCA as Best Actress in a leading role in Diaspora Film. Retrieved on 14 June 2012.
- ↑ Ghana Celebrities. Law Wins-BEST ACTRESS IN LEADING ROLE DIASPORA FILM. Retrieved on 14 June 2012.
- ↑ Modern Ghana. Award Winning Paparazzi Plays in Silverbird Ghana. Retrieved on 14 June 2012.
- ↑ Horror Movies. Law in Credits.
- ↑ Nafca. AWARD.
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