Nia Long Biography
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Also Known As: Nia Talita Long
Born in: Brooklyn, New York
Famous as: Actress
father: Doughtry Long
mother: Talita Long
children: Kez Sunday Udoka, Massai Zhivago Dorsey II
Partner: Ime Udoka
U.S. State: New Yorkers
Nia Talita Long is an American actress well-known for her popular television roles of ‘Lisa Wilkes’ in ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’, ‘Karen’ in ‘If These Walls Could Talk 2’, ‘Officer Sasha Monroe’ in ‘Third Watch’, ‘Tamara’ in ‘House of Lies’, and ‘Hillary Whitney’ in ‘Beaches’. Born into a family of mixed descent, she is blessed with exotic looks which enabled her to create a glamorous image in the show business. Her childhood was chaotic as her parents divorced when she was quite young. As a little girl she sought solace in co-curricular activities in school and eventually became interested in acting. She worked hard to become a professional actress and was guided in her endeavor by her acting coach Betty Bridges. Today, Nia is also a popular figure in the film industry, having appeared in films like ‘Love Jones’, ‘Soul Food’, ‘The Best Man’, ‘The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy’, and ‘Boiler Room.’ In her over three-decade long acting career, Nia has earned several credits to her name across different platforms in the show business. She is also the recipient of numerous awards and nominations.
- Nia Long made her TV debut in the episode ‘The B.R.A.T Patrol’ of ‘Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color’ as ‘Darla Perkins’ in 1986. She waited five more years to get a second chance on television when she appeared as ‘Katherine "Kat" Speakes’ in ‘Guiding Light’. After making two special appearances in ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ and ‘Living Single’, she landed the role of ‘Lisa Wilkes’ in the American sitcom ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’. She played the role for two seasons in 15 episodes in total. Nia Long was nominated for ‘Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series’ at the NAACP Image Award for her fantastic work.
- In 2000, she played the character of ‘Karen’ in the television movie ‘If These Walls Could Talk 2’ for which she was nominated for ‘Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special’ at the NAACP Image Awards. A year later she played ‘Andrea Solomon’ in Amy Brenneman’s American legal drama television series ‘Judging Amy’ in six episodes. Her biggest role so far came in 2003 when she was picked for the role of ‘Officer Sasha Monroe’ in the American crime drama television series ‘Third Watch’, created by John Wells and Edward Allen Bernero. She was part of the show for three seasons and 35 episodes in total, and also bagged the ‘Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series’ award at the NAACP Image Awards for her stellar performance.
- She appeared in popular television shows like ‘Boston Legal’ (as ‘Vanessa Walker), ‘Big Shots’ (as ‘Katie Graham’), and ‘The Cleveland Show’ (as ‘Roberta Tubbs’) between 2007 and 2010. She was again nominated for the ‘Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series’ at the NAACP Image Awards for her role of ‘Tamara’ in the American comedy television series ‘House of Lies’, created by Matthew Carnahan. Later on, she played lead roles in shows like ‘The Divide’, ‘Real Husbands of Hollywood’, ‘Uncle Buck’, ‘Dear White People’, and ‘Empire’. Recently, she landed the regular role of ‘Executive Assistant Director Shay Mosley’ in the American action television series ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’.
- Nia Long made her film debut in 1990 with the role of ‘Fingers’ in ‘Buried Alive’. She later played important roles in films like ‘Boyz n the Hood’, ‘Made in America’, and ‘Friday’ before appearing as ‘Nina Mosley’ in the 1997 American romantic drama film ‘Love Jones’. She was nominated for the ‘Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture’ at the NAACP Image Awards as well as for the ‘Best Actress’ award at the Acapulco Black Film Festival Awards for her brilliant performance in the film.
- She won the Black Reel Award for ‘Best Actress’ as well as the NAACP Image Award for ‘Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture’ for her brilliant performance in the 1999 African American romantic comedy-drama film ‘The Best Man’, written and directed by Malcolm D. In 2000, she played the role of ‘Abbie Halpert’ in the American crime drama film ‘Boiler Room’ for which she was nominated for the ‘Best Supporting Actress’ award at the Black Reel Awards.
- She featured in the critically acclaimed role of ‘Lonette’ in the 2004 British-American romantic comedy-drama film ‘Alfie’. She was again nominated for the Black Reel Award for ‘Best Supporting Actress’. Nia’s work continued to earn her recognition over the years and she was praised for her stellar performance in the American comedy-drama film ‘The Best Man Holiday’ in 2013.
- Nia Long was born in Brooklyn, New York, on October 30, 1970. Her father Doughtry Long and mother Talita Long were both school teachers by profession. Her parents got divorced when she was very young and she eventually moved out with her mother to Iowa City, Iowa.
- She attended the Roman Catholic school St. Mary's Academy in Inglewood, California and later graduated from the Westchester High School in Los Angeles in 1989. Apart from being a very bright student, Nia also learned ballet, tap, jazz, gymnastics, as well as guitar. She eventually grew interested in acting over the years. She started dating Nigerian-American former professional basketball player Ime Sunday Udoka in 2010 and the couple welcomed their son Kez Sunday Udoka on November 7, 2011. She also has another son from a previous relationship.
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