Rochelle Aytes

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Rochelle Aytes
Born(1976-05-17) May 17, 1976 (age 38)
Harlem, New York, U.S.
Years active2000–present
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Rochelle Aytes
Born(1976-05-17) May 17, 1976 (age 38)
Harlem, New York, U.S.
Years active2000–present

Rochelle Aytes (born May 17, 1976) is an American actress. Aytes is best known for her role as April Malloy in ABC drama series Mistresses (2013—present). She also starred in the short-lived series Drive (2007), The Forgotten (2009-10), and Work It (2012). In film, Aytes has appeared in White Chicks (2004), Madea's Family Reunion (2006), and Trick 'r Treat (2007).

Early life[edit]

Aytes was born in New York City, New York and attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School. She graduated with a BA in Fine Arts from State University of New York at Purchase college.[1][2] She began her career as model and has appeared in commercials for McDonald's, L'Oreal, Coca-Cola and Mercedes-Benz.[2]


Aytes made her film debut in the 2004 comedy White Chicks as Denise Porter,[3] She is most remembered for playing Lisa Breaux in Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion, where Aytes plays a woman who is caught in a relationship in which her fiancé (Blair Underwood) beats and threatens her.[4] In 2006, she played Nicole Jamieson in the test pilot episodes of Tyler Perry's House of Payne. She also provides the voice for Rochelle in Left 4 Dead 2. In 2007, Aytes guest starred in the Fox series Bones as Felicia Saroyan, the sister of Lab Supervisor, Cam. She starred in the independent film Trick 'r Treat She played role Leigh Barnthouse in the 2007 Fox series Drive. She also played Tara Kole in the TV show NCIS from CBS. Aytes also appeared in the TNT drama series Dark Blue in 2010.

Aytes was a regular cast member in the ABC drama series The Forgotten from 2009 to 2010, playing Detective Grace Russell who teams up with a volunteer group, including former Chicago police detective, Christian Slater, to solve cases of missing or unidentified homicide victims.[5] From 2010 to 2011, she had a recurring role in the ABC series Detroit 1-8-7 as prosecutor Alice Williams, until her character was murdered in the episode "Key to the City", which aired on January 11, 2011.[6] In 2011, Aytes guest starred in three episodes as Amber James, the former girlfriend of Keith Watson, in the seventh season of ABC comedy-drama Desperate Housewives.[6] She is represented by Ryan Daly of Zero Gravity Management.[7][8] She also starred in the short-lived ABC sitcom Work It in 2012.[9]

In 2012, Aytes was cast as one of the four leads, along with Alyssa Milano, Yunjin Kim and Jes Macallan, in the ABC drama series Mistresses about the lives of four female friends and their involvement in an array of illicit and complex relationships.[10][11] The series premiered on on June 3, 2013. Aytes played the role of Perri "Pebbles" Reid in the 2013 biographical film CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story about the R&B and hip hop musical trio TLC.[12][13] In 2013, she also began appearing as Savannah Hayes, Shemar Moore' character, Derek Morgan's girlfriend on the CBS series, Criminal Minds.



2004White ChicksDenise Porter
2006Madea's Family ReunionLisa
2007Trick 'r TreatMaria
2011Inheritance, TheThe InheritanceLily
2013CrazySexyCool: The TLC StoryPerri "Pebbles" ReidTelevision film
2014Butterfly Chasers, TheThe Butterfly ChasersDiana Lee
2014My Favorite FiveHailey Colburn


2003Sex and the CityHostessEpisode: "Great Sexpectations"
2005Jonny ZeroKeishaEpisode: "I Did It All for the Nooky"
2005My Wife and KidsNurseEpisode: "The 'V' Story"
200613 GravesKarenTV pilot
2006ERTamaraEpisode: "Split Decisions"
2006CSI: NYSiennaEpisode: "Stuck on You"
2006Half & HalfYolandaEpisode: "The Big Who You Gonna Call Episode"
2007Day BreakWoman on PlaneEpisode: "What If He's Free?"
2007DriveLeigh BartnhouseSeries regular, 7 episodes
2007Las VegasCarleyEpisode: "When Life Gives You Lemon Bars"
2007BonesFelicia SaroyanEpisode: "Intern in the Incinerator"
2008DirtJasmine FordEpisodes: "Ties That (Don't) Bind" and "And the Winner Is"
2008SharkKarla BallantineEpisode: "Leaving Las Vegas"
2009MistressesAvaTV pilot
2009NCISTara KoleEpisode: "Knockout"
2009–2010Forgotten, TheThe ForgottenGrace RussellSeries regular, 17 episodes
2010Dark BlueEvaEpisodes: "Shell Game" and "Home Sweet Home"
2010–2011Detroit 1-8-7Alice WilliamsRecurring role, 5 episodes
2011Desperate HousewivesAmber JamesRecurring role, 3 episodes
2011White CollarIsabelle WilsonEpisode: "As You Were"
2012Work ItVanessaSeries regular, 13 episodes
2013–presentMistressesApril MalloySeries regular
2013-presentCriminal MindsSavannah HayesRecurring role, 3 episodes
Video games
2009Left 4 Dead 2RochelleValve Software
2013Resident Evil 6RochelleCapcom X Valve Crossover DLC


  1. ^ Star Pulse. "Rochelle Aytes Biography". Star Pulse. Retrieved January 22, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Rochelle Aytes Biography". Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  3. ^ Meye, George (June 23, 2004). "Lame comedy, bad makeup make this a real stinker flick". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Retrieved January 22, 2011. 
  4. ^ Saucedo, Robert (January 14, 2011). "Madea's Family Reunion – Blu-ray Review". Inside Puls. Retrieved January 22, 2011. 
  5. ^ Hale, Mike (September 22, 2009). "Amateur Detectives Meet Unidentified Victims". The New York Times. Retrieved January 22, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "'Desperate Housewives' 7.13 Preview: Meet Keith's Ex". Ace's Showbiz. January 10, 2011. Retrieved January 22, 2011. 
  7. ^ Kit, Borys (January 13, 2011). "Ryan Daly Leaves Agenting for Zero Gravity Management". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 22, 2011. 
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 14, 2011). "Hollywood Agency Comings And Goings...". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 22, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Work It canceled | canceled + renewed TV shows". TV Series Finale. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 7, 2012). "ABC Series 'Mistresses' Casts 2 Leads". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  11. ^ Hibberd, James (April 16, 2013). "Alyssa Milano's new soap 'Mistresses' gets a poster". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 24, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Carl Payne Cast As 'L.A.' Reid & Rochelle Aytes Will Play Pebbles In VH1's TLC Biopic|Shadow and Act". Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  13. ^ "Rochelle Aytes Talks 'Mistresses,' & TLC Biopic, ' Crazy, Sexy, Cool'". 2013-06-17. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 

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