Essence Atkins

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Essence Atkins
BornEssence Uhura Atkins
(1972-02-07) February 7, 1972 (age 41)
New York City, New York, USA
Other namesEssence Uhura Atkins
Essence Uhurra Atkins
OccupationActress
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Jaime Mendez (2009–present)
 
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Essence Atkins
BornEssence Uhura Atkins
(1972-02-07) February 7, 1972 (age 41)
New York City, New York, USA
Other namesEssence Uhura Atkins
Essence Uhurra Atkins
OccupationActress
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Jaime Mendez (2009–present)

Essence Uhura Atkins (born February 7, 1972) is an American actress. She is best known for the roles of Dee Dee Thorne on the UPN sitcom Half & Half and as Yvette Henderson on the The WB sitcom Smart Guy. She is currently starring in the TV series Are We There Yet? as Suzanne Kingston-Persons.

Career[edit]

Atkins has appeared in a variety of movies and TV shows, including How High, Deliver Us from Eva, Family Matters, Sister Sister,"Moesha", and The Cosby Show. One of her television roles was in the Saved by the Bell spin-off, Saved by the Bell: The College Years. She appeared in the pilot, but when Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, a regular from the original, opted to return, Atkins's character was written out. She also had a main role in Smart Guy as the older sister Tasha Yvette Henderson, as well as the starring role of Dee Dee Thorne in the series Half & Half, playing half-sister to Rachel True's character.

She is currently starring in the TBS sitcom series Are We There Yet? and has a recurring role on Mr. Box Office starring Bill Bellamy [1]

Personal life[edit]

Atkins was born in Brooklyn, New York. Jeffery Atkins currently located in Yonkers, NY is her biological father. In September 2009, Atkins married collegiate football free safety Jaime Mendez, whom she met through the online dating service Match.com.[2] Her Half and Half co-star Valarie Pettiford performed during the reception.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1999Nikita's BluesNikitaShort film
2001Nikita BluesNikita
2001XCU: Extreme Close UpTamikah Jones
2001How HighJamie
2002Looking Through LillianAndrea
2003Deliver Us from EvaKareenah Dandridge
2007Love... & Other 4 Letter WordsRoxanne
2008Love for SaleCandace
2009Dance FlickCharity
2010Preacher's KidPeaches
2010N-SecureRobin Joyner
2011Bachelor Party, TheThe Bachelor PartyMichelleVideo
2012Dysfunctional FriendsAlice
2013Haunted House, AA Haunted HouseKisha Davis
2013Act Like You Love MeKellyPost-production
2013Another StatesideElsie RamirezPost-production
2013My Sisters WeddingTandyPost-production
2014A Haunted House 2Kisha Davis

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1986Cosby Show, TheThe Cosby ShowPaula YoungEpisode: "Vanessa's Rich"
1989Cosby Show, TheThe Cosby ShowPaula YoungEpisode: "I'm "In" with the "In" Crowd"
1991Sunday in ParisAllison ChaseTV short
1991Charlie HooverAmyEpisode: "Out of the Frying Pan"
1992Family MattersBeckyEpisode: "Brown Bombshell"
1992Here and NowKhalilaEpisodes: "Love Handles", "A.J.'s Big Leap"
1993Saved by the Bell: The College YearsDanielle MarksEpisode: "Pilot"
1995Under One RoofCharlotte "Charlie" LangstonMain role (6 episodes)
1995Wayans Bros., TheThe Wayans Bros.NinaEpisode: "Farmer's Daughter"
1996Parent 'Hood, TheThe Parent 'HoodChantelEpisode: "One Man and a Baby"
1996Malibu ShoresJulie TateMain role (10 episodes)
1996John Larroquette Show, TheThe John Larroquette ShowJocelynEpisodes: "The Blues Traveller", "Cheeses H. Taste"
1997-1999Smart GuyYvette Henderson(51 episodes)
1998Promised LandRachelEpisode: "Mirror Image"
1999MoeshaPiper DavisEpisodes: "Party's Over (Here)", "Unappreciated Interest"
2000Sabrina the Teenage WitchMarnieEpisodes: "Love in Bloom", "Salem's Daughter"
2000Love SongToniTV film
2002-2006Half & HalfDee Dee Thorne(91 episodes)
2005Love, Inc.ReneeEpisode: "Mad About You"
2007Football WivesTV pilot
2007Class, TheThe ClassMelanie DeaconEpisode: "The Class Has to Go to a Stupid Museum"
2007HouseCapt. Greta CooperEpisode: "The Right Stuff"
2009Nita Tales: The SeriesShandraEpisode: "Dark Heart"
2010–presentAre We There Yet?Suzanne Kingston-PersonsMain role (68 episodes)
2011Tyler Perry's House of PayneMonicaEpisode: "Where the Payne's Away"
2012From This Day ForwardPatriceTV film
2012A Haunted House
2012Mr. Box OfficeSamantha OwensMain role (21 episodes)

Awards and nominations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ LexiB (2009-10-26). "Essence Atkins Returns To Television In TBS Comedy, Are WCategory:People_from_New_York_Citye There Yet". LexiB.net. 
  2. ^ Elaine Aradillas (2009-10-15). "Half and Half's Essence Atkins Says I Do". People Magazine. Retrieved 2009-10-15. 

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