Dawn-Lyen Gardner is an American actress born in Los Angeles, California on August 30, 1981. She is best known for her role as Charley Bordelon West in the television drama Queen Sugar. While attending school at Julliard, she appeared in several stage productions like The Seagull, For Colored Girls, and The School of Night. In 1994 she made her debut on television in the show Viper and continued landing roles in the shows ER, Married to the Kellys, Crossing Jordan, Summerland, Bones, Cane, Heroes, Castle, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Unforgettable, Queen Sugar, and Luke Cage. In 2006 she made her debut in film in the movie Art School Confidential and has since had a role in the film The Dunning Man. She has also voiced a character in the video game Prototype 2.