May 17, 1976 |
Harlem, New York, U.S.
Rochelle Aytes (born May 17, 1976) is an American actress. Aytes is best known for her role as April Malloy in ABC drama series Mistresses (2013–present). She also starred in the short-lived series Drive (2007), The Forgotten (2009-10), and Work It (2012). In film, Aytes has appeared in White Chicks (2004), Madea's Family Reunion (2006), and Trick 'r Treat (2007).
Aytes was born in New York City, New York and attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School. She graduated with a BA in Fine Arts from State University of New York at Purchase college. She began her career as model and has appeared in commercials for McDonald's, L'Oreal, Coca-Cola and Mercedes-Benz.
Aytes made her film debut in the 2004 comedy White Chicks as Denise Porter, She is most remembered for playing Lisa Breaux in Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion, where Aytes plays a woman who is caught in a relationship in which her fiancé (Blair Underwood) beats and threatens her. In 2006, she played Nicole Jamieson in the test pilot episodes of Tyler Perry's House of Payne. She also provides the voice for Rochelle in Left 4 Dead 2. In 2007, Aytes guest starred in the Fox series Bones as Felicia Saroyan, the sister of Lab Supervisor, Cam. She starred in the independent film Trick 'r Treat She played role Leigh Barnthouse in the 2007 Fox series Drive. She also played Tara Kole in the TV show NCIS from CBS. Aytes also appeared in the TNT drama series Dark Blue in 2010.
Aytes was a regular cast member in the ABC drama series The Forgotten from 2009 to 2010, playing Detective Grace Russell who teams up with a volunteer group, including former Chicago police detective, Christian Slater, to solve cases of missing or unidentified homicide victims. From 2010 to 2011, she had a recurring role in the ABC series Detroit 1-8-7 as prosecutor Alice Williams, until her character was murdered in the episode "Key to the City", which aired on January 11, 2011. In 2011, Aytes guest starred in three episodes as Amber James, the former girlfriend of Keith Watson, in the seventh season of ABC comedy-drama Desperate Housewives. She is represented by Ryan Daly of Zero Gravity Management. She also starred in the short-lived ABC sitcom Work It in 2012.
In 2012, Aytes was cast as one of the four leads, along with Alyssa Milano, Yunjin Kim and Jes Macallan, in the ABC drama series Mistresses about the lives of four female friends and their involvement in an array of illicit and complex relationships. The series premiered on on June 3, 2013. Aytes played the role of Perri "Pebbles" Reid in the 2013 biographical film CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story about the R&B and hip hop musical trio TLC. In 2013, she also began appearing as Savannah Hayes, Shemar Moore' character, Derek Morgan's girlfriend on the CBS series, Criminal Minds.
|2004||White Chicks||Denise Porter|
|2006||Madea's Family Reunion||Lisa|
|2007||Trick 'r Treat||Maria|
|2011||Inheritance, TheThe Inheritance||Lily|
|2013||CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story||Perri "Pebbles" Reid||Television film|
|2014||Butterfly Chasers, TheThe Butterfly Chasers||Diana Lee|
|2014||My Favorite Five||Hailey Colburn|
|2003||Sex and the City||Hostess||Episode: "Great Sexpectations"|
|2005||Jonny Zero||Keisha||Episode: "I Did It All for the Nooky"|
|2005||My Wife and Kids||Nurse||Episode: "The 'V' Story"|
|2006||13 Graves||Karen||TV pilot|
|2006||ER||Tamara||Episode: "Split Decisions"|
|2006||CSI: NY||Sienna||Episode: "Stuck on You"|
|2006||Half & Half||Yolanda||Episode: "The Big Who You Gonna Call Episode"|
|2007||Day Break||Woman on Plane||Episode: "What If He's Free?"|
|2007||Drive||Leigh Bartnhouse||Series regular, 7 episodes|
|2007||Las Vegas||Carley||Episode: "When Life Gives You Lemon Bars"|
|2007||Bones||Felicia Saroyan||Episode: "Intern in the Incinerator"|
|2008||Dirt||Jasmine Ford||Episodes: "Ties That (Don't) Bind" and "And the Winner Is"|
|2008||Shark||Karla Ballantine||Episode: "Leaving Las Vegas"|
|2009||NCIS||Tara Kole||Episode: "Knockout"|
|2009–2010||Forgotten, TheThe Forgotten||Grace Russell||Series regular, 17 episodes|
|2010||Dark Blue||Eva||Episodes: "Shell Game" and "Home Sweet Home"|
|2010–2011||Detroit 1-8-7||Alice Williams||Recurring role, 5 episodes|
|2011||Desperate Housewives||Amber James||Recurring role, 3 episodes|
|2011||White Collar||Isabelle Wilson||Episode: "As You Were"|
|2012||Work It||Vanessa||Series regular, 13 episodes|
|2013–present||Mistresses||April Malloy||Series regular|
|2013–present||Criminal Minds||Savannah Hayes||Recurring role, 5 episodes|
|2009||Left 4 Dead 2||Rochelle||Valve Software|
|2013||Resident Evil 6||Rochelle||Capcom X Valve Crossover DLC|
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