Cynthia Addai-Robinson was born in London to a Ghanaian mother and American father. She moved to the United States of America at the age of four. Cynthia graduated with a degree in Theatre from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University where she performed in several New York Theatre productions.
She got her first break in 2002 starring in the TV series ‘The Education of Max Bickford’, where she played the role of Susan. She has since starred in well known TV productions including CSI: NY, CSI: Miami, Dirt and Numbers and Flash Forward.
Her biggest screen role has been in the series Spartacus: War of The Damned, where she plays the role of Naevia who is a former body slave to Lucretia.
Naevia was banished from the ludus after engaging in a love affair with Crixus. Her punishment was severe, being sent to the salt mines to endure horrific conditions and violent assaults from both Roman soldiers and other slaves. When Crixus learns of her fate, he launches a rescue against all odds.
The mission is a success but their reunion is short-lived, as Crixus becomes a prisoner to the Romans. After Crixus escapes and is finally reunited with Naevia, they share a bond unlike any other. Naevia, deeply wounded from her past, asks Crixus to train her as a fighter. She uses these skills to satiate her thirst for vengeance by cleaving Ashur’s head from his body. She is now a fierce warrior and fights alongside her love.
In 2011, Cynthia played Alicia the mother of Zoe Saldana’s character in the movie Colombiana, a story of a stone-cold assassin.
Cynthia is set to guest star in the TV series Vampire Series. She will play the role of Aja, a powerful witch. Her scenes will air on March 21, 2013. She is currently on the set of TV series “King and Maxwell.