Erica Tazel

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Erica Tazel
Born Dallas, TX[1]
Occupation Actress
Known for Justified

Erica Tazel is an American theatre and television actor best known for the role of Rachel Brooks in the FX television series Justified (2010–present).

Tazel holds a B.A. from Spelman College and an M.F.A. from New York University's Graduate Acting Program.[2][3]

Tazel made her professional acting debut at the New York Shakespeare Festival’s A Winter’s Tale (2000);[3][1] further roles include at the Royal Shakespeare Company's Cymbeline, and an off-Broadway appearance in Playwrights Horizons' Juvenilia. Tazel was nominated for the L.A. Drama Critics Circle award for Lead Performance, for her work in I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given To Me by a Young Lady from Rwanda (role of Juliette, 2007), and received the NAACP Theatre Award for Best Lead Female (2007) for that same role.[3]

On screen, Erica Tazel has made limited appearances, including a minor role in the David Duchovny drama House of D (2004, table below), starring Anton Yelchin, Robin Williams, Téa Leoni, and Erykah Badu.[4]

Tazel's television debut was as a dance teacher an episode of Sex and the City (2001);[1] prior to her current supporting role in Justified she was a guest lead on Without A Trace, had recurring roles on Jericho and Third Watch, and guest roles on programs including The Office, ER, Law & Order and Law & Order: SVU, Life, Heartland, Bones and Firefly.[3]


Year Film Role Other notes
2004 House of D Reader
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Sex and the City Grace Episode: "Baby, Talk Is Cheap"
Third Watch Shaquana Golden 2 episodes
2002 Firefly Doralee Episode: "Safe"
2003 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Lynn Hauser Episode: "Risk"
Law & Order Receptionist Episode: "Suicide Box"
2006 Bones Karen Merton Episode: "The Soldier on the Grave"
2007 Jericho Jessica Williams 2 episodes
Without a Trace Tess Pratt Episode: "Skin Deep"
Heartland Temple Episode: "A Beautiful Day"
ER Mrs. Birk Episode: "Blackout"
2008 Life Mum at Park Episode: "Find Your Happy Place"
2009 The Office Julia Episode: "Lecture Circuit: Part 1"
2010–present Justified Rachel Brooks Main cast, Supporting


  1. ^ a b c Erica Tazel Biography from, retrieved 11 June 2014
  2. ^ IMDB Resume, accessed 3 December 2012
  3. ^ a b c d, entry "Erica Tazel", accessed 3 December 2012
  4. ^, accessed 3 December 2012

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