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Known Credits: 50

Birthday: 1970-10-30

Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York, USA

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Nia Long

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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.

Acting
2016 The Best Man Wedding as Jordan
2015 Spy
2014 The Divide - (8 episodes) as Billie Page
2014 The Single Moms Club
2013 The Best Man Holiday as Jordan Armstrong
2012 House of Lies - (12 episodes) as Tamara
2011 Mooz-lum as Safiyah
2010 Chase - (18 episodes)
2009 Good Hair as Herself
2008 The Wendy Williams Show - (1 episode)
2008 Gospel Hill as Mrs. Palmer
2007 Big Shots - (10 episodes) as Katie Graham
2007 Are We Done Yet? as Suzanne Persons
2007 Premonition as Annie
2006 Big Momma's House 2 as Sherri
2005 Are We There Yet? as Suzanne Kingston
2004 Alfie as Lonette
2004 Boston Legal - (3 episodes)
2004 The Tony Danza Show - (1 episode)
2003 Baadasssss! as Sandra
2002 Sightings: Heartland Ghost as Lou
2002 Everwood - (1 episode)
2000 106 & Park - (1 episode)
2000 Big Momma's House as Sherry Pierce
2000 Boiler Room as Abbie Halpert
2000 If These Walls Could Talk 2 as Karen
2000 The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy as Leslie
1999 The Secret Laughter of Women
1999 The Best Man as Jordan Armstrong
1999 Held Up as Rae
1999 Third Watch - (1 episode)
1999 Judging Amy - (6 episodes)
1999 Stigmata as Donna Chadway
1999 In Too Deep as Myra
1998 Butter as Carmen Jones
1997 Soul Food as Robin (Bird)
1997 Love Jones as Nina Mosley
1996 Moesha - (2 episodes)
1995 Live Shot - (13 episodes) as Ramona Greer
1995 Friday as Debbie
1994 ER - (1 episode)
1993 Late Night with Conan O'Brien - (2 episodes)
1993 Living Single - (1 episode)
1993 Made in America as Zora Mathews
1991 Boyz n the Hood as Brandi
1990 Edgar Allan Poe's Buried Alive as Fingers
1990 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - (16 episodes)
1990 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - (25 episodes) as Lisa Wilkes
1986 The B.R.A.T. Patrol as Darla Perkins
1900 Cordell And Coneil - (0 episodes)
1900 Guiding Light - (0 episodes)