Salli Elise Richardson (born November 23, 1967) is an American television and film actress and director. Richardson is known for her role as Angela on the 1994 hit comedy/action film A Low Down Dirty Shame and for her role as Dr. Allison Blake on the Syfy comedy-drama series Eureka (2006–2012).
She is also known for her voice acting as Elisa Maza on the Disney animated series Gargoyles (1994–1996), and as Viveca Foster on the CBS series Family Law (1999-2002). Richardson also has appeared in a number of films such as A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994), The Great White Hype (1996), Antwone Fisher (2002), Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004) and I Am Legend (2007). She had leading roles in the independent films Pastor Brown (2009), Black Dynamite (2009) and I Will Follow (2010).
Richardson-Whitfield was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of an African American-Native American mother and a white father, of Italian and English descent. She has three brothers: Josh Richardson, Chad Richardson, and Nalin. Richardson played tennis in high school, and launched her acting career in the Kuumba Workshop theater there. She graduated from the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools in 1985.