Adina Porter (born on the 13th of March, 1971) is an American actress. She first made an appearance on American Horror Story as Ben Harmon's psychiatric patient Sally Freeman in episode three of the first season, subtitled Murder House. Adina Porter provided her first important role as Lee Harris in the sixth season. She portrayed Beverly Hope in the seventh season, Cult and Dinah Stevens in the eighth season, Apocalypse.


Porter is a theatre, television, and film actress. She made her television debut in 1990 with a brief appearance on Law & Order, and would return to the show for two additional guest appearances as Sheryl Decker in 1994 and Mary Byman in 1995. Porter debuted on the silver screen for Swoon (2002) and has also made several guest appearances on a variety of television programs and networks over the intervening decades, which include CSI: NY, Prison Break, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Grey's Anatomy, Glee, The Vampire Diaries, and many more. Porter landed a recurring role as Lettie Mae Thornton on HBO series True Blood from 2008 to 2014. Since then, Porter has also had recurring roles on popular programs such as Kendra James on The Newsroom, Pearly Mae on Underground, and Indra on The 100. Porter appeared as a guest in an episode of Murder House, and returned to the anthology series five years later as the testimonial Lee Miller in Roanoke, and later Beverly Hope for Cult.

Notable Roles


  • Porter's role in Roanoke is her second appearance in a season of American Horror Story. She made her debut on the show as an episode guest star five years previously in Murder House.
  • Porter won an Obie Award for her off-broadway performance of Venus in 1996.[1]
  • Even though she portrays one of the important characters in Roanoke, she's only billed as a guest star. This is worth mentioning because actors such as Evan Peters and Cheyenne Jackson, whose characters appear in way fewer episodes are billed as starring.
    • The reason for this is a contract issue; She cannot appear in other shows if she is listed as a regular cast member on American Horror Story.[2]
  • As of 2018, Porter got three nominations for her work on American Horror Story.
    • In 2017 she was nominated for the Satellite Awards in the category of "Best Supporting Actress on Television" for the role of  Lee Harris in Roanoke.
    • In 2018, she was nominated for the Satellite Awards in the category of "Best Supporting Actress on Television" for the role of Beverly Hope in Cult.
    • In 2018, she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Awards in the category of "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie" for the role of Beverly Hope in Cult.



  1. Porter, Adina (15 Sept. 2016). Winners of the 1996 Obie Awards.
  2. Adina Porter clarifies her guest starring roles in American Horror Story on Twitter

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