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Adina Porter as Lettie Mae Thornton in HBO’s “True Blood”

*After six seasons as a recurring player, “True Blood” veteran Adina Porter has been promoted to series regular.

Porter has portrayed Lettie Mae Thornton (the mother of Rutina Wesley’s character Tara) since the vampire drama’s first season.

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Adina Porter and Rutina Wesley as Lettie Mae and Tara Thornton in HBO’s “True Blood”

Porter also recurs on another HBO drama, Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom.”

The screen and stage actress has appeared in the HBO films “Gia” and “Lackawanna Blues” and has recurred on Fox’s “Prison Break,” ABC’s “NYPD Blue” and NBC’s “Law & Order.”