|Dawn-Lyen Gardner Quick Info
|5 ft 8 in
|Date of Birth
|August 31, 1985
Dawn-Lyen Gardner is an American actor and voice artist who has gained acclaim by playing the character of Charley Bordelon West in the Oprah Winfrey Network drama series Queen Sugar. She has also been cast in many other shows and movies such as The Sinbad Show, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, ER, Viper, Castle, Married to the Kellys, Art School Confidential, Bones, Crossing Jordan, Cane, Summerland, Unforgettable, Luke Cage, The Mysteries of Laura, God Friended Me, and The Dunning Man.
Los Angeles, California, United States
Dawn-Lyen Gardner studied at Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and graduated in 1999. Then, she shifted to New York City and attended Juilliard School with actor Rutina Wesley (the two worked together in the television show Queen Sugar). Dawn-Lyen Gardner graduated from Juilliard School in 2003.
She has also taken dance and music lessons.
Actor, Voice Artist
Dawn-Lyen Gardner has been repped by Harden Curtis Kirsten Riley Agency, Talent Agency, New York City, New York, United States.
5 ft 8 in or 173 cm
60 kg or 132 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
Mixed (Black and Asian)
Dawn-Lyen Gardner is of African-American descent on her father’s side and has Chinese ancestry on her mother’s side.
Dawn-Lyen Gardner Facts
- Dawn-Lyen uses she/her pronouns.
- She played Ronnie Wilkes in the science fiction action-adventure television series Viper in 1994.
- Dawn-Lyen Gardner made her first theatrical film appearance as Coed in the 2006 comedy-drama film Art School Confidential, starring Max Minghella, Sophia Myles, John Malkovich, Jim Broadbent, and others.
- In 2012, she provided vocals to the character of Steela Gerrera in the computer-animated military science fiction series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
- She was cast as Samantha Williams in an episode titled The Mystery of the Watery Grave of the police procedural comedy-drama television series The Mysteries of Laura in October 2015.
- Dawn-Lyen brought to life the character of Megan McLaren in the neo-Western action drama television series Luke Cage in 2016.
- In 2016, she started appearing as Charlotte “Charley” Bordelon West (the 2nd Bordelon child) in the drama television series Queen Sugar and her co-stars include Rutina Wesley, Kofi Siriboe, Nicholas L. Ashe, Dondre Whitfield, Timon Kyle Durrett, Greg Vaughan, Bianca Lawson, Tammy Townsend, and others.
- For her role in Queen Sugar, Dawn-Lyen Gardner was nominated for Black Reel Award for “Outstanding Actress, Drama Series” in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2021 as well as for an NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series” in 2022.
- She has done voiceover work for video games such as Conan Exiles and Prototype 2.
Featured Image by Dawn-Lyen Gardner / Instagram