Nicole Ari Parker

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Nicole Ari Parker-Kodjoe
Parker in December 2010
Born(1970-10-07) October 7, 1970 (age 43)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Other namesNikki Kodjoe
OccupationActress, former fashion model
Years active1993–present
Height5'8" (1.72m)
Spouse(s)Joseph Falasca (2001–2002)
Boris Kodjoe (2005–present)
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For the comedic actress born in 1978, see Nicole Parker.
Nicole Ari Parker-Kodjoe
Parker in December 2010
Born(1970-10-07) October 7, 1970 (age 43)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Other namesNikki Kodjoe
OccupationActress, former fashion model
Years active1993–present
Height5'8" (1.72m)
Spouse(s)Joseph Falasca (2001–2002)
Boris Kodjoe (2005–present)

Nicole Ari Parker Kodjoe (born October 7, 1970), also known as Nikki Kodjoe, is an American actress and a former model. Parker is known for her role as Becky Barnett in the 1997 film Boogie Nights and as the attorney Teri Joseph on the Showtime series Soul Food, which ran from 2000 to 2004. Additionally, Nicole co-starred on the short-lived UPN romantic comedy Second Time Around that lasted for one season.

Early years[edit]

Parker was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She is the only child of her divorced parents, health care professional Susan Parker and dentist Donald Parker.[1] After briefly attending the Montessori School, Parker entered Roland Park Country School where she stayed through high school.[2] At the age of 17, she won Best Actress in the state of Maryland's high school competition and then moved to The Washington Ballet Company before applying to the New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She graduated with an acting degree in 1993.[3]


Early in her career she appeared in several critically acclaimed independent films including The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love, Boogie Nights, 200 Cigarettes, and the 1999 Sundance Film Festival winner The Adventures of Sebastian Cole. She starred with her husband, model and actor Boris Kodjoe, in UPN's situation comedy Second Time Around.

After a string of odd jobs (including scooping ice cream), bit roles, and low wage work in the theater circuit, Parker was offered her breakthrough role on Soul Food. In Soul Food, she showcased her singing voice in several episodes. Parker also had a guest appearance on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, playing a singer. She played the role of Stephanie in the movie Divas alongside Khalil Kain. She also had a lead role in the 1998 film Exiled: A Law & Order Movie. She worked alongside Martin Lawrence in two of his films: Blue Streak and Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins. Parker also opened on Broadway in the play A Streetcar Named Desire, in the role of Blanche DuBois.

Parker was lead actress in the 2013 NBC drama pilot, Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives, and later had a recurring role on Revolution. In 2014, she stars as a series regular in the TNT crime drama Murder in the First, opposite Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Parker eloped with actor Joseph Falasca in March 2001. Their marriage lasted only eight months; they divorced later that year. She married her Soul Food co-star Boris Kodjoe on May 21, 2005, in Gundelfingen, Germany. She gave birth to their first child, a girl, Sophie Tei-Naaki Lee Kodjoe, on March 5, 2005. Sophie has spina bifida, which was diagnosed at birth.[5] Parker gave birth to the couple's second child, Nicolas Neruda Kodjoe, a boy, on October 31, 2006 in Atlanta, Georgia. The family resides in Atlanta and attends Cascade United Methodist Church.[6]

Parker is an active member of the Democratic Party.[7]



1993Other Women's ChildrenMarcelle
1995StonewallFemale Draft Officer
1995The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in LoveEvie Roy
1996Rebound: The Legend of Earl "The Goat" ManigaultWanda
1997The End of ViolenceAde
1997Subway StoriesSharonSegment "Honey-Getter"
1997Boogie NightsBecky Barnett
1998The Adventures of Sebastian ColeJenny
1998ExiledGeorgeanne Taylor
1999200 CigarettesBridget
1999Mute LoveMavis
1999Mind PreyWeather Karkinnon
1999Mirar MirrorDenise Scott
1999Loving JezebelFrances
1999Harlem AriaClarisse
1999A Map of the WorldSherry
1999Blue StreakMelissa Green
2000The Loretta Claiborne StoryChristine Claiborne
2000Dancing in SeptemberTomasina 'Tommy' Crawford
2000Remember the TitansCarol Boone
2002Brown SugarReese Marie Wiggam Ellis
2005King's RansomAngela Drake
2008Welcome Home, Roscoe JenkinsLucinda
2009Black DynamiteMahogany Black
2009Imagine ThatTrish
2009Pastor BrownTonya Copeland Brown
201135 and TickingZenobia
2014RepentanceSophie Sanchez


1999–2000CosbyRebecca3 episodes
2002CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationLillie IvEpisode: "Primum Non Nocere"
2003The SystemLinda EvansSeries regular, 9 episodes
2004All of UsTraci GarrisonEpisode: "Playdate"
2000–2004Soul FoodTeri JosephSeries regular, 74 episodes
2004–2005Second Time AroundRyan MuseSeries regular, 13 episodes
2008Never BetterAllisonTV pilot
2010The Deep EndSusan OppenheimSeries regular, 6 episodes
2011Big MikeGrace PetersonTV pilot
2013Secret Lives of Husbands and WivesPaulaTV pilot
2013Real Husbands of HollywoodHerself5 episodes
2013RevolutionJustine Allenford8 episodes
2014Murder in the FirstSonia PerezSeries regular

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  1. ^ Kam Williams (2004). "Nicole Reflects on Real Life Role As Mommy-to-Be". Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  2. ^ Sragow, Michael (12 June 2009). "City-bred Actress' Role In Kids' Film Reflects Grown-up Realities". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  3. ^ Sragow, Michael (12 June 2009). "Nicole Ari Parker's role in kids' movie reflects grown-up realities". The Baltimore Sun. 
  4. ^ Lesley Goldberg (January 22, 2014). "TNT's 'Murder in the First' Adds 'Revolution' Alum". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  5. ^ Boris and Nicole Open Up About Sophie's Spina Bifida, Celebrity Babies Blog, 15 January 2009.
  6. ^ Rhone, Nedra; and Gracie Bonds Staples. "In Atlanta’s churches, prayers for president-elect", The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 9 November 2008.
  7. ^ Hawkins, B. Denise (September 6, 2012). "Youth Summit Brings Democratic National Convention Spirit to Johnson C. Smith". Diverse Issues in Higher Education. Retrieved September 7, 2012. 

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