Tonya Williams (Dr. Olivia Barber Winters on The Young and the Restless)

Current Character: Dr. Olivia Barber Winters

Birthday: 1958-07-12

Birthplace: Born in London, England

Marital Status: Divorced

Biography

Tonya Maxine Williams was born in London, England to Jamaican parents (her father was Justice Lloyd G. Williams Q.C). Her family relocated from England, to Kingston, Jamaica until 1965 when her parents separated and she and her Mother, Korah, returned to England.  In 1970 they emigrated to Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. Since the ages of five to seventeen Williams studied classical piano and violin and thought that would be the direction of her career.  But in 1977 she auditioned and won a place at the prestigious Drama program at Ryerson University in Toronto.

In the late 70’s and early 80’s Williams career was launched through a series of productions.  She starred as Billy in the Brock Theatre musical Love and Politics, she was also chosen to be the national face of the Wear a Moustache milk campaign, in 1985 she starred as Jennifer in the sitcom Check It Out. After working on the Disney movie of the week The Liberators, she moved to Los Angeles and immediately guest starred on Matlock, Hill St. Blues, Gimme A Break, Generations, and many more before landing the coveted role of Dr. Olivia Barber Hastings Winters from 1990-2011.

In 2001 she Founded and has been Executive Director of Reelworld Film Festival, whose mandate is to create opportunities and professional development for racially diverse and indigenous Canadian filmmakers and media artists.

Over the years Williams has won many awards including two NAACP Image Awards 2000 and 2002, 2005 ACTRA Award of Excellence and a 2017 WIFT-T (Women in Film and Television Toronto) Crystal Award.  She continues to act and splits her time between Los Angeles and in Toronto.

Career Highlights

The Young and the Restless - Olivia Barber Winters (1990 - 2005, 2007, 2008)
Seventeen Again - Monique (2000)
Spaced Invaders - Ernestine (1990)
Generations - Linda (1989)
A Very Brady Christmas - Belinda (1988)
Check It Out - Jennifer Woods (1985-1986)
Polka Dot Door

Awards & Acclaim

Women In Film and Television Toronto – Crystal Award - (2017)

Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award – (2012)

ACTRA Award of Excellence – (2005)

Harry Jerome Award - (2004)

Nominated, Daytime Emmy Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for The Young and the Restless (2000)

Nominated, Daytime Emmy Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for The Young and the Restless (1996)
Nominated, Image Award Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series (2006)
Nominated, Image Award Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series (2005)
Nominated, Image Award Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series (2004)

Nominated, Image Award Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series (2003)
Won, Image Award Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series (2002)
Nominated, Image Award Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series (2001)
Won, Image Award Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series (2000)
Nominated, Image Award Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series (1999)
Nominated, Image Award Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series (1998)
Nominated, Image Award Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series (1997)
Nominated, Image Award Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series (1996)

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