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Nia Long

Nia Long

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    • October 30th, 1970
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.

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Filmography

Acting (37 Credits)

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2020Fatal Affair as Ellie
2020The Banker as Eunice Garrett
2020Life in a Year as Catherine
201947 Meters Down: Uncaged as Jennifer
2017Beaches as Hillary Whitney
2017Roxanne Roxanne as Ms. Peggy Gooden
2017Lemon as CleoWatch Free
2016Keanu as Hannah
2016Uncle Buck (2016) as Cindy Russell
2014The Single Moms Club as May
2014The Divide as Billie Page
2013The Best Man Holiday as Jordan Armstrong
2010Mooz-Lum as Safiyah
2008Gospel Hill as Mrs. Palmer
2007Are We Done Yet? as Suzanne Persons
2007Premonition as Annie
2007Big Shots as Katie Graham
2006Big Momma's House 2 as Sherri
2005Are We There Yet? as Suzanne Kingston
2004Alfie as Lonette
2003Baadasssss! as Sandra
2000Big Momma's House as Sherry Pierce
2000Boiler Room as Abbie Halpert
2000If These Walls Could Talk 2 as Karen
2000The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy as LeslieWatch Free
1999The Best Man as Jordan Armstrong
1999Held Up as Rae
1999The Secret Laughter of Women as Nimi Da Silva
1999In Too Deep as Myra
1999Stigmata as Donna Chadway
1997Love Jones as Nina Mosley
1997Soul Food as Robin (Bird)
1997Hav Plenty as Trudy
1995Friday as Debbie
1993Made in America as Zora Mathews
1991Boyz n the Hood as Brandi
1989Buried Alive as Fingers

Herself (1 Credits)

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2009Good Hair as HerselfWatch Free

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