Nia Long

    October 30, 1970
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
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Nia Long (born October 30, 1970) is an American actress and occasional music video director. She is best known for her roles in the television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Third Watch, and the films Soul Food, Love Jones, The Best Man, Big Momma's House, and Are We There Yet?   Long was born in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. Her family is of Afro-Trinidadian descent. Her name, Nia, is one of the seven days of Kwanzaa, which means purpose in Swahili. Long's parents divorced when she was two years old, and she and her mother moved to Iowa City, Iowa. They subsequently moved to a South Los Angeles neighborhood when Long was seven. Long's father currently resides in Trenton, New Jersey. Long's half-sister is comedienne Sommore, one of the stars of The Queens of Comedy. She attended the Roman Catholic school St. Mary's Academy and studied ballet, tap, jazz, gymnastics, guitar, and acting. She graduated from WestchesterHigh School in 1989. Long's acting coach was Betty Bridges, better known as the mother of Diff'rent Strokes star Todd Bridges. Her earliest role was in the Disney television movie, The B.R.A.T Patrol alongside Sean Astin, Tim Thomerson and Brian Keith. Her first notable role on television was a three-year contract role as Kathryn "Kat" Speakes on the soap opera Guiding Light. Long portrayed Kat from 1991 to 1994, then f rom 1994 - 1995, she played Will Smith's girlfriend and fiancée Beulah "Lisa" Wilkes on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. In 2003, she joined the cast of the drama Third Watch, where she played NYPD Officer Sasha Monroe, continuing until the series finale in 2005. In 2005 and 2006, Long appeared on Everwood, and appeared on Boston Legal during its 2006-2007 season. Long also starred in Big Shots from 2007-2008 alongside Michael Vartan and Dylan McDermott. She also made a guest appearance on the successful sitcom Living Single during its first season. Long appeared in supporting roles in a number of movies including, Boyz n the Hood, Friday, and Made in America. She played a leading role, or a member of the primary ensemble, in several films, including Soul Food, Love Jones, Boiler Room, Big Momma's House, Are We There Yet?, and The Best Man. Ice Cube has starred with her in four films, while (fellow Westchester High alum) Regina King has starred with her in two. Long was voted one of the 50 most beautiful people in the World in 2000 by People. She won a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series in 2004 for her performance on Third Watch.   In addition to her film credits, she directed Yolanda Adams's music video for "This Too Shall Pass" and co-directed and appeared in Ashanti's music video, "Baby". She also appears in the video for Kanye West's, "Touch The Sky". Long and her former long-time boyfriend and fellow actor Massai Z. Dorsey have a son, Massai Zhivago Dorsey II, born on November 26, 2000.

Life in a Year Catherine 2020
Fatal Affair Ellie 2020
The Banker Eunice Garrett 2020
47 Meters Down: Uncaged Jennifer 2019
Roxanne, Roxanne Ms. Peggy Gooden 2017
Lemon Cleo 2017
Beaches Hillary Whitney 2017
Keanu Hannah 2016
The Single Moms Club May 2014
The Best Man Holiday Jordan Armstrong 2013
The Enduring Significance of Boyz n the Hood 2011
Mooz-lum Safiyah 2011
Good Hair Herself 2009
Gospel Hill Mrs. Palmer 2008
Are We Done Yet? Suzanne Persons 2007
Premonition Annie 2007
Big Momma's House 2 Sherri 2006
Are We There Yet? Suzanne Kingston 2005
Alfie Lonette 2004
Baadasssss! Sandra 2004
Friendly Fire: Making of an Urban Legend 2003
Sightings: Heartland Ghost Lou 2002
Big Momma's House Sherry Pierce 2000
If These Walls Could Talk 2 Karen 2000
Boiler Room Abbie Halpert 2000
The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy Leslie 2000
The Secret Laughter of Women Nimi Da Silva 1999
The Best Man Jordan Armstrong 1999
Held Up Rae 1999
Stigmata Donna Chadway 1999
In Too Deep Myra 1999
Butter Carmen Jones 1998
Soul Food Robin (Bird) 1997
Hav Plenty Trudy 1997
Love Jones Nina Mosley 1997
Friday Debbie 1995
Made in America Zora Mathews 1993
Boyz n the Hood Brandi 1991
Edgar Allan Poe's Buried Alive Fingers 1990
The B.R.A.T. Patrol Darla Perkins 1986
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Lisa Wilkes <mt>
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Judging Amy <blank> <mt>
Big Shots Katie Graham <mt>
Moesha <blank> <mt>
Living Single <blank> <mt>
Late Night with Conan O'Brien <blank> <mt>
ER Christy Wilson <mt>
Live Shot Ramona Greer <mt>
The Tony Danza Show <blank> <mt>
Third Watch <blank> <mt>
106 & Park <blank> <mt>
Boston Legal <blank> <mt>
The Wendy Williams Show <blank> <mt>
The Divide Billie Page <mt>
Uncle Buck Cindy Russell <mt>
NCIS: Los Angeles Shay Mosley <mt>
America Beyond the Color Line Herself <mt>
The Goldbergs Lucy Somers <mt>
Celebrity Ghost Stories <blank> <mt>
Dear White People Neika Hobbs <mt>
The Cleveland Show Roberta Tubbs (voice) <mt>
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