Tamala Jones

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Tamala Jones
Tamala Jones at Paleyfest 2012.jpg
Jones at the 2012 PaleyFest honoring ABC's Castle.
BornTamala R. Jones
(1974-11-12) November 12, 1974 (age 40)
Pasadena, California, U.S.
Other namesTamala, T. Jones, R, R Jones
Years active1995–present
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Tamala Jones
Tamala Jones at Paleyfest 2012.jpg
Jones at the 2012 PaleyFest honoring ABC's Castle.
BornTamala R. Jones
(1974-11-12) November 12, 1974 (age 40)
Pasadena, California, U.S.
Other namesTamala, T. Jones, R, R Jones
Years active1995–present

Tamala R. Jones (born November 12, 1974) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles in the movies Booty Call, The Wood, Kingdom Come, The Brothers, and Two Can Play That Game. She currently stars on the ABC television show Castle as medical examiner Lanie Parish.

Early life[edit]

Jones was born in Pasadena, California[citation needed] She began her career as a model, appearing in magazine and television commercials. She is the younger sister of actress Tracey Cherelle Jones.


Her first acting role was a guest appearance on the teen sitcom California Dreams. She had her first major television role playing a student in the short-lived ABC drama Dangerous Minds. Jones had co-starring roles on the 1998-2002 series For Your Love and the short-lived The Tracy Morgan Show. She had a recurring role as Tonya, an old girlfriend of Flex's (seasons one and five) on One on One. She has guest starred on other television series, including The Parent 'Hood, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Veronica's Closet, , My Name Is Earl, Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip and Malcolm & Eddie.

In the fall of 1993, Jones appeared in the music video for Give It Up, Turn It Loose by En Vogue. In 2001, she was in the music video for "Girls, Girls, Girls" by rapper Jay-Z with fellow actresses Paula Jai Parker and Carmen Electra. Also that year, Jones was featured in the music video for Gravel Pit by Wu-Tang Clan.

Her film credits include Booty Call, The Wood, and Kingdom Come. Jones also has a small, yet crucial role in the film Up in the Air.

She recently appeared in the music video for the song Independent by rapper Webbie as a female black President of the United States.

Tamala was voted as one of The 10 Sexiest Women of the Year in 2000 and 2001 by Black Men Magazine.

Personal life[edit]

In 2003, she dated rapper Nate Dogg after the two met on the set of Chris Rock's film Head of State.[1]

In 2006, she had her breasts surgically enhanced.[2] Of them, she said, "I did my homework and looked for a specialist. I didn't go to any ol' body to get them done. I went to someone who works on breast cancer patients, and he creates a breast that looks and feels real. I can't wait to get a movie part where I can show them to you guys. In the right part in the right movie, I am willing to show these babies."[2]



1995How to Make an American QuiltAnna's Great Grandmother
1997Booty CallNikki
1999Wood, TheThe WoodTanya
1999Blue StreakJaniece
2000Next FridayD'wana
2000Turn It UpKia
2000How to Kill Your Neighbor's DogLaura Leeton
2000Ladies Man, TheThe Ladies ManTheresa
2001Kingdom ComeNadine
2001Brothers, TheThe BrothersSheila West
2001Two Can Play That GameTracey Johnson
2001On the LineJackie
2003Head of StateLisa Clark
2004Nora's Hair SalonClorie
2005Long DistanceMargaret Wright
2006ConfessionsTory Adams
2007What Love IsKatherine
2007Who's Your Caddy?Shannon
2007Daddy Day CampKim Hinton
2008American DreamKeisha
2008Show StoppersRenee
2008Hustle, TheThe HustleNikki
2008Who's Deal?Mrs. Watson
2009Up in the AirKaren Barnes
2009Janky Promoters, TheThe Janky PromotersRegina
2009LaredoMaggieShort film
201135 and TickingVictoria
2013Things Never SaidDaphne
2013Yellow RibbonKaren RuttyShort film
2014Act of FaithJacqueline
2014Box, TheThe BoxAdelineShort film
2014Shaker PointeMartha Spears


1995Parent 'Hood, TheThe Parent 'HoodYvonneEpisode: "The Bully Pulpit"
1995Wayans Bros., TheThe Wayans Bros.WandaEpisode: "Shawn Takes a New Stand"
1995Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, TheThe Fresh Prince of Bel-AirTiffanyEpisode: "Not, I Barbecue"
1995ERJoanie RobbinsEpisodes: "The Birthday Party", "Motherhood"
1996JAGNiaEpisode: "The Brotherhood"
1996Dangerous MindsCallie TimmonsTV series
1997Malcolm & EddieCarolineEpisode: "Two Men and a Baby"
1997-1999Veronica's ClosetTinaRecurring role (8 episodes)
1998-2002For Your LoveBobbie SeawrightMain role (84 episodes)
2000Little RichardLucilleTV film
2001ERJoanie RobbinsEpisode: "Four Corners"
2001-2005One on OneTonyaRecurring role (10 episodes)
2002CouplesJuliaTV film
2003-2004Tracy Morgan Show, TheThe Tracy Morgan ShowAlicia MitchellMain role (18 episodes)
2005Nadine in Date LandStarTV film
2005Love, Inc.TerriEpisode: "Bosom Buddies"
2006Ghost WhispererAmy WrightEpisode: "Drowned Lives"
2006CSI: MiamiKatie WatsonEpisode: "Going, Going, Gone"
2006FlirtStevie RidgeTV film
2007Studio 60 on the Sunset StripClaireEpisode: "The Disaster Show"
2007My Name Is EarlLiberty WashingtonRecurring role (4 episodes)
2007Protect and ServeSharon HarveyTV film
2009Everybody Hates ChrisDarleneEpisode: "Everybody Hates Boxing"
2009-2014CastleLanie ParishRegular role (134 episodes)
2010Party DownMary EllisonEpisode: "James Ellison Funeral"
2012Soul Man, TheThe Soul ManYvetteEpisode: "My Old Flame"
2012King Bachelor's PadLt. MurrayEpisode: "Sherlock Homeboy"


  1. ^ "Dogg – Nate Dogg Dating Tamala Jones". Contact Music. April 14, 2003. 
  2. ^ a b "Tamala Jones – Tamala Keen To Show Off Her New Breasts". Contact Music. March 8, 2006. 

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