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Jones at the 2012 PaleyFest honoring ABC's Castle.
|Born||Tamala R. Jones
November 12, 1974
Pasadena, California, U.S.
|Other names||Tamala, T. Jones, R, R Jones|
Tamala R. Jones (born November 12, 1974) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles in the movies Booty Call, The Wood, Kingdom Come, The Brothers, and Two Can Play That Game. She currently stars on the ABC television show Castle as medical examiner Lanie Parish.
Jones was born in Pasadena, California, the oldest of three children and the only girl. She began her career as a model, appearing in magazine and television commercials.
Her first acting role was a guest appearance on the teen sitcom California Dreams. She had her first major television role playing a student in the short-lived ABC drama Dangerous Minds. Jones had co-starring roles on the 1998-2002 series For Your Love and the short-lived The Tracy Morgan Show. She had a recurring role as Tonya, an old girlfriend of Flex's (seasons one and five) on One on One. She has guest starred on other television series, including The Parent 'Hood, Veronica's Closet, Malcolm & Eddie, My Name Is Earl, Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
In the fall of 1993, Jones appeared in the music video for Give It Up, Turn It Loose by En Vogue. In 2001, she was in the music video for "Girls, Girls, Girls" by rapper Jay-Z with fellow actresses Paula Jai Parker and Carmen Electra. Also that year, Jones was featured in the music video for Gravel Pit by Wu-Tang Clan.
Tamala was voted as one of The 10 Sexiest Women of the Year in 2000 and 2001 by Black Men Magazine.
In 2006, she had her breasts surgically enhanced. Of them, she said, "I did my homework and looked for a specialist. I didn't go to any ol' body to get them done. I went to someone who works on breast cancer patients, and he creates a breast that looks and feels real. I can't wait to get a movie part where I can show them to you guys. In the right part in the right movie, I am willing to show these babies."
- How to Make an American Quilt (1995) — Anna's Great-Grandmother
- Booty Call (1997) — Nikki
- Can't Hardly Wait (1998) — Cindi
- The Wood (1999) — Tanya
- Blue Streak (1999) — Janiece
- Next Friday (2000) - D'Wana
- Turn It Up (2000) — Kia
- How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog (2000) — Laura Leeton
- The Ladies Man (2000) — Theresa
- Kingdom Come (2001) — Nadine
- The Brothers (2001) — Sheila West
- Two Can Play That Game (2001) — Tracey Johnson
- On the Line (2001) — Jackie
- Head of State (2003) — Lisa Clark
- Nora's Hair Salon (2004) — Chloe
- Long Distance (2005) — Margaret Wright
- Urban Legends: Bloody Mary (2005) — Deputy Lorena Foreman
- Confessions of A Call Girl (2006) — Tory Adams/Candy
- The American Dream (2007) — Keisha
- What Is Love (2007) — Katherine
- Who's Your Caddy? (2007) — Shannon
- Daddy Day Camp (2007) — Kim Hinton
- American Dream (2008) — Keisha
- Show Stoppers (2008) — Chapter Leader Renee
- The Hustle (2008) — Nikki
- Who's Deal? (2008) — Mrs. Watson
- Busted (2009) — J.J.
- Janky Promoters (2009) — Regina
- Up in the Air (2009) — Karen Barnes
- 35 and Ticking (2011) — Victoria
- The Parent 'Hood (1995) — Yvonne
- ER (1995, 2001) — Joanie Robbins
- The Wayans Bros. (1995) — Wanda
- The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1995) — Tiffany
- JAG (1996) — Nia
- Dangerous Minds (1996) TV Series — Callie Timmons
- Veronica's Closet (1997–1999) — Tina
- For Your Love (1998) — Barbara Jean 'Bobbi' Seawright Ellis
- Little Richard (2000) — Lucille
- One on One (2001, 2002, 2005) — Tanya
- Couples (2002) — Julia
- The Tracy Morgan Show (2003–2004) — Alicia Mitchell
- Nadine in Date Land (2005) — Star
- Love, Inc. (2005) — Terri
- Ghost Whisperer (2006) — Amy
- CSI: Miami (2006) — Ms. Watson
- My Name Is Earl (2007) — Joy's Sister Liberty
- Short Circuitz (2007)
- Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2007) — Claire
- Castle (2009–present) — Dr. Lanie Parish
- Everybody Hates Chris (2009) — Darlene
- Party Down (2010) – Mary Ellison
- The Soul Man (2012) – Yvette
- RuPaul's Drag U (2012) – Guest Professor
- King Bachelor's Pad (2012) – Lieutenant Murray
- "Dogg – Nate Dogg Dating Tamala Jones". Contact Music. April 14, 2003.
- "Tamala Jones – Tamala Keen To Show Off Her New Breasts". Contact Music. March 8, 2006.
- Morales, Wilson (2009-12-03). "Tamala Jones: "Playing With The Big Boys" In 'Up In The Air'". Black Voice. Retrieved 2010-03-28.