Mo'Nique

Comedian, Actor, Model
One of the best-loved female comedians of the new millennium and a role model for plus-sized women everywhere, Mo'Nique's comic talent carried her from the comedy club stage to television, film and beyond. Mo'Nique was ... Read more »
Born: 12/11/1967 in Woodlawn, Maryland, USA

Filmography

Actor (70)

Blackbird 2015 (Movie)

Claire Rousseau (Actor)

Irish Jam 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Love & Hip Hop 2014 (Tv Show)

Host

We Are Family 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Game 2007, 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Mortified Sessions 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

United Negro College Fund: An Evening of Stars 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Barbara Walters Oscar Special 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Flavor of Love Girls: Charm School 1998 - 2007, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Host

Moesha 1998 - 2007, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 41st NAACP Image Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hughleys 2000 - 2007, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Mo'Nique Show 1998 - 2007, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Host

Precious 2009 (Movie)

Mary (Actor)

The 40th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Family Feud 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wanna Bet? 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins 2008 (Movie)

Betty (Actor)

BET Awards '07 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Host

Campus Ladies 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Flavor of Love Girls: Charm School Reunion 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Host

Last Comic Standing 2002 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mo'Nique's FAT Chance: The Road to Paris 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Host

Mo'Nique: I Coulda Been Your Cellmate 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Thank God You're Here 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Boondocks 2007 (Tv Show)

Voice

Ugly Betty 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

2006 BET Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Beerfest 2006 (Movie)

Cherry (Actor)

Farce of the Penguins 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Vicky (Actor)

Phat Girlz 2006 (Movie)

Jazmin Biltmore (Actor)

Shadowboxer 2006 (Movie)

Precious (Actor)

Domino 2005 (Movie)

Lateesha Rodriguez (Actor)

Girlfriends 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Steve Harvey's Big Time Challenge 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 36th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

2004 BET Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Host

Apollo at 70: A Hot Night in Harlem 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Hair Show 2004 (Movie)

Peaches (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Mo'Nique 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Mouthing Off: 51 Greatest Smartasses 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Queen For A Day 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Host

Soul Plane 2004 (Movie)

Jamiqua (Actor)

The 2003 Essence Music Festival 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 35th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bernie Mac Show 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

3rd Annual BET Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Host

Instant Classic Bloopers 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2003 Essence Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 34th NAACP Image Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

7th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Half Past Dead 2002 (Movie)

Twitch's Girl (Actor)

1st Annual BET Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Baby Boy 2001 (Movie)

Patrice (Actor)

The 32nd NAACP Image Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Queens of Comedy 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Two Can Play That Game 2001 (Movie)

Diedre (Actor)

3 Strikes 2000 (Movie)

Dahlia (Actor)

68th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Parkers 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Bessie (TV Show)

Actor

Good Fences (TV Show)

Actor

The List (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (4)

Blackbird 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

We Are Family 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mo'Nique's Fat Chance 1998 - 2007, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Phat Girlz 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

One of the best-loved female comedians of the new millennium and a role model for plus-sized women everywhere, Mo'Nique's comic talent carried her from the comedy club stage to television, film and beyond. Mo'Nique was already a local hero in her native Baltimore and a seasoned stand-up comedienne known for her down-home truth when she achieved every comic's dream - to star in her own sitcom. "The Parkers" (UPN, 1999-2004) jettisoned Mo'Nique to national fame, while her continuing work on stage - highlighted in "The Queens of Comedy" (2002) - established her as an inspiring "everywoman" who encouraged her audiences to be confident and proud, no matter their size or situation. In addition to a growing film career in comedies like "Two Can Play that Game" (2001) and "Soul Plane" (2004), as well as an increasing demand for her to host everything from the BET Awards to her own late night talk show, Mo'Nique received surprisingly glowing reviews for her award-winning work in the drama, "Precious" (2009). It seemed no matter the genre or the medium, Monique's hilariously mouthy persona cut through racial divides as she maintained a commitment to encouraging women through humor.

Relationships

Sidney Hicks Actor

Husband
Married May 20, 2006

Jonathan Hicks

Son
Born Oct. 3, 2005; twin of David; father, Sidney Hicks

David Hicks

Son
Born Oct. 3, 2005; twin of Jonathan; father, Sidney Hicks

Alice Imes Actor

Mother

Steven Imes Actor

Father

Steven Imes III Executive Producer

Brother

Millicent Imes Executive Producer

Sister

Gerald Imes

Brother
Mo'Nique revealed that her brother molested her when he was 13 and she was eight

Mark Jackson

Husband
Married Dec. 25, 1997 Divorced in 2001

Mark Jackson

Son
Born c. 1985; father, Mark Jackson

Shalon Jackson

Son
Born c. 1990; father, Mark Jackson

Gerald Levert Actor

Companion
Once romantically linked No longer together

Milestones

2009

Nominated for the 2009 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role ("Precious")

2009

Won critical acclaim for her portray of an abusive mother in Lee Daniels' "Precious"

2009

Nominated for the 2009 Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female ("Precious")

2009

Nominated for the 2009 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture ("Precious")

2009

Nominated for the 2009 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role ("Precious")

2008

Appeared in the comedy film, "Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins" with Martin Lawrence

2007

Guest-starred on an episode of ABC's "Ugly Betty" as a weekend security officer

2007

Helmed the documentary "Mo'Nique Behind Bars," which focuses on women who are incarcerated

2006

Appeared in Lee Daniels' directorial debut, "Shadowboxer"

2006

Hosted "Mo'Nique's F.A.T Chance," an annual beauty pageant for 'Fabulous and Thick' woman (Oxygen)

2006

Played an aspiring plus size fashion designer struggling to find love in "Phat Girlz"

2004

First lead role in a feature film, "Hair Show"

2004

Starred in "Soul Plane," a comedy about the maiden flight of a black-owned airline

2004

Published the book, Skinny Women Are Evil: Notes of a Big Girl in a Small-Minded World

1999

Had a recurring role on the UPN sitcom "Moesha" as Nikki Parker

1999

Played Nikki Parker, a plain-speaking and spirited young woman, on UPN's "Moesha" spin-off, "The Parkers"

Began working as a plus-size model at the age of 17

Established a stand-up career, working high schools and colleges, opening for R&B singers Keith Sweat and Bobby Brown, and reaching a larger audience with appearances on "Showtime at the Apollo" (NBC) and "Def Comedy Jam" (HBO)

Bonus Trivia

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"Monique is my birth name. I changed the spelling. I needed to be just a little fabulous diva, honey. So I said, 'Mo-Apostrophe-Nique.'" - from The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 2, 2000

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