Cynthia Kaye McWilliams was born in Berlin, Germany, grew up primarily in Kansas City, Kansas and graduated from the prestigious Theater School of DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.
While in Chicago, Cynthia honed her skills with stage credits including the lead role in First Breeze of Summer, Lady Capulet in an adaptation of the classic, Romeo and Juliet and Vivian Baptiste in A Lesson Before Dying. Just out of college, Cynthia’s first job on camera was working opposite Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves in Warner Brothers’ The Lake House, followed by a recurring role on FOX’s Prison Break. After that, she landed a lead role in Family Practice; a pilot created by the producers of Lost. Cynthia continued to work in Chicago racking up experience in independent films like Robert Townsend’s Of Boys and Men and the romantic comedy, One Small Hitch. Cynthia then returned to television on another FOX series, Chicago Code, and soon flew from Chicago to Los Angeles to play sitcom wife to Damon Wayans in a CBS pilot. Determined, she made her move to LA permanent. Only a few months later she would land a series regular on the NAACP award winning comedy, The Real Husbands of Hollywood, playing Trina Shaw, entertainment lawyer to the stars, among them – the hilarious Kevin Hart. during that time she also enjoyed guest starring roles on The Exes, Hart of Dixie, Survivors Remorse and The Odd Couple as well as appearances in original web series Almost Home and Surviving. Cynthia recurred on ABC’s Nashville Season 4, and on Amazon’s Bosch (season 3 & 4). She went on to book the lead in an NBC drama pilot, Love is a Four Letter Word, series lead as sitcom mom, Regina Jackson in Netflix’s Prince of Peoria and most recently the lead in a holiday comedy feature, Twas the Chaos Before Christmas. Cynthia thoroughly enjoys her voiceover career having voiced for Cartoon Network, the animated film, Bilal and several video games including State of Decay 2, Far Cry, CyberPunk3000, HALO 5, Batman Arkum Asylum, Skylanders and more. Cynthia supports women & minorities creating their own content, is a believer in artist collaboration and actively supports arts education.