Essence Atkins

Actress, Dancer
Trained as a dancer from early childhood, Essence Atkins made the switch to acting as a teenager when she was cast in a guest role on "The Cosby Show" (NBC, 1984-1992). She went on to small parts on other television ... Read more »
Born: 02/07/1972 in New York, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (29)

Light Girls 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Herself

A Haunted House 2 2014 (Movie)

Kisha (Actor)

Love and Other 4 Letter Words 2014 (Movie)

Roxanne (Actor)

My Sister's Wedding 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Haunted House 2013 (Movie)

Kisha (Actor)

Are We There Yet? 2009 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Tyler Perry's House of Payne 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

N-Secure 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

Preacher's Kid 2010 (Movie)

Peaches (Actor)

Dance Flick 2009 (Movie)

Charity (Actor)

Love for Sale 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

Half & Half 2002 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 37th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Love, Inc. 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Second Annual Vibe Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Deliver Us From Eva 2003 (Movie)

Kareenah (Actor)

Looking Through Lillian 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

How High 2001 (Movie)

Jamie (Actor)

Moesha 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nikita Blues 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Promised Land 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Malibu Shores 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Parent 'Hood 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Wayans Bros. 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Here and Now 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

Saved By the Bell Graduation Special 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Sunday in Paris 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Love Song (TV Show)

Actor

Under One Roof (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Trained as a dancer from early childhood, Essence Atkins made the switch to acting as a teenager when she was cast in a guest role on "The Cosby Show" (NBC, 1984-1992). She went on to small parts on other television shows before landing a starring role on the drama "Under One Roof" (CBS, 1995), which lasted a mere six weeks. Atkins continued undaunted in her career, however, winning a number of roles in feature films and starring on several more television series including "Smart Guy" (The WB, 1997-99), "Half & Half" (UPN, 2002-06), and "Are We There Yet?" (TBS, 2010- ), as well as working alongside Marlon Wayans in the spoof of found-footage horror films, "A Haunted House" (2013).

Relationships

Jaime Mendez

Husband
Met on online dating service Match.com Valentine's Day 2008 Married Sept. 26, 2009

Varro Mendez

Son
Born Dec. 25, 2011; father, Jaime Mendez

EDUCATION

Professional Children's School

Milestones

2013

Reteamed with Marlon Wayans in paranormal genre spoof "A Haunted House"

2010

Co-starred with Terry Crews on TBS family sitcom "Are We There Yet?"

2009

Cast in "Dance Flick" opposite Marlon Wayans and Damon Wayans Jr.

2007

Featured in ABC movie "Football Wives"

2003

Cast alongside Gabrielle Union and LL Cool J in romantic comedy "Deliver Us From Eva"

2002

Co-starred with Rachel True as half sisters on UPN sitcom "Half & Half"

2001

Made feature debut opposite Redman and Method Man in hit comedy "How High"

2000

Co-starred with singer Monica in MTV's romantic comedy "Love Song"

1997

Landed breakout role on Disney Channel sitcom "Smart Guy"

1996

Joined Keri Russell on NBC series "Malibu Shores"

1995

Co-starred on short lived drama "Under One Roof" (CBS)

1986

Made TV acting debut on "The Cosby Show" (NBC)

Bonus Trivia

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Her middle name, "Uhura," derives from Nichelle Nichols' character on "Star Trek."

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Atkins is a longtime activist for AIDS research and education.

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Met her husband Jaime Mendez on the popular dating site Match.com.

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