Erica Tazel

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Erica Tazel
Born Dallas, TX [1]
Occupation Actress
Known for Justified

Erica Tazel is an American, formally trained theatre and television actor currently starring as the supporting character Rachel Brooks, Deputy U.S. Marshal, in the FX television series Justified (2010–present) alongside Timothy Olyphant.

While Tazel originally anticipated a career in medicine,[2] the Dallas, Texas native turned instead to theatre, completing a B.A. at Spelman College and an M.F.A. at New York University's Graduate Acting Program.[3][4]

Tazel made her professional acting debut at the New York Shakespeare Festival’s A Winter’s Tale (2000);[5][6] her further stage credits include at the Royal Shakespeare Company's Cymbeline in the United Kingdom, an off-Broadway appearance in Playwrights Horizons' Juvenilia, and regional theatrical projects including appearances at The Old Globe (San Diego, Much Ado About Nothing), the Dallas Theatre Center and Arizona Theater Company, and at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Laguna Playhouse, and TheaterWorks (Hartford). 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.[7]

On screen, Erica Tazel has made limited appearances, including in the 18 min. short As It Is (2010), directed by Ka'ramuu Kush, and in a minor role in the David Duchovny drama House of D (2004, table below), starring Anton Yelchin, Robin Williams, Téa Leoni, and Erykah Badu.[8]

Tazel's television debut was as a dance teacher an episode of Sex and the City (2001);[9] her television credits prior to her current supporting, starring role in Justified include a guest leading position on Without A Trace, recurring roles on Jericho and Third Watch, and extensive guest-starring roles on award-winning programs including The Office, ER, Law & Order and Law & Order: SVU, Life, Heartland, Bones and Firefly (table, below).[10]

Tazel is involved in charitable efforts, including with Get on the Bus, an organization that reuniting children with incarcerated parents, and at Sparrow Rainbow Village, an AIDS hospice and orphanage in Johannesburg, South Africa.[11]


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. ^ Erica Tazel Biography
  2. ^ Conversations with Ross: Featuring Erica Tazel
  3. ^ IMDB Resume, accessed 3 December 2012
  4. ^, entry "Erica Tazel", accessed 3 December 2012
  5. ^, entry "Erica Tazel", accessed 3 December 2012
  6. ^, accessed 3 December 2012
  7. ^, entry "Erica Tazel", accessed 3 December 2012
  8. ^, accessed 3 December 2012
  9. ^, accessed 3 December 2012
  10. ^, entry "Erica Tazel", accessed 3 December 2012
  11. ^, entry "Erica Tazel", accessed 3 December 2012

External links[edit]