Tamara Taylor

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Tamara Taylor
Tamara Taylor wearing Mark Belford – Heart and Stroke Foundation - The Heart Truth celebrity fashion show - Red Dress - Red Gown - Thursday February 8, 2012 - Creative Commons.jpg
Tamara Taylor, March 2012
Born (1970-09-27) September 27, 1970 (age 43)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actress
Years active 1991–present
Spouse(s) Miles Cooley (2007-2012)[1][2]

Tamara Taylor (born September 27, 1970) is a Canadian television actress.[3] Her most famous role is that of Dr. Camille Saroyan, head of the Forensic Division, on the forensic crime drama Bones.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Taylor was born in Toronto to a Black Canadian father and a Scottish Canadian mother. She dropped out of high school to try modeling and see the world, with her mother supportive of her decision: "School will always be there, she told me."[5]

Tamara is a second cousin to Neve Campbell with whom she appeared on Party of Five.[1] Tamara married attorney Miles Cooley in 2007[1] but the couple divorced in May, 2012. [2]

Career[edit]

She has appeared in the CBS medical drama 3 lbs as Della and the UPN series Sex, Love & Secrets[4] in the role of Nina, both of which were short-lived.

Taylor has made guest appearances on NCIS, Numb3rs, Lost, CSI: Miami, Without a Trace, Party of Five[1][4] and Dawson's Creek. In her feature film debut, Senseless, she played Marlon Wayan's love interest.[6] She portrayed Debrah Simmons in the 2005 romantic-comedy Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Halle Berry's best friend in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge[6] and had a brief role in Serenity, the movie conclusion of the TV series Firefly by Joss Whedon. Through her part in Serenity, Taylor was able to audition for a show with actor David Boreanaz, who had previously worked with Whedon in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. She also appeared in the TV series Lost, as the former girlfriend of Michael and mother of Walt.[5]

She first appeared in Bones in the first episode of the second season, "The Titan on the Tracks," portraying the character Dr. Camille Saroyan. In the first six episodes of the season, she was credited as a guest star because creator and writer Hart Hanson had planned to kill her in episode twelve when Howard Epps, a recurring serial killer, poisoned her in order to create more tension and drama between the two main characters. However, the response to Cam was so strong that the writers offered her a position as a recurring regular in the show.[1] Thus, since episode 7, "The Girl with the Curl," she has been credited as a main character of the series and appears in the title sequence.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1991 A Different World Roast Attendee (uncredited) 1 episode
1992 Freshmen Dorm Carla 1 episode
1996–1997 Party of Five Grace Wilcox 16 episodes
1998 Senseless Janice Tyson
1998 Dawson's Creek Laura Weston 2 episodes
1999 Early Edition Meredith Armstrong 1 episode
1999 Introducing Dorothy Dandridge Geri Nicholas TV movie
1999 Providence Tracy Doyle 1 episode
2000 City of Angels Dr. Ana Syphax 13 episodes
2002–2003 Hidden Hills Sarah Timmerman 17 episodes
2003 Miracles Dr. Linda Qualey 1 episode
2003 Everwood Dr. Lence 1 episode
2003 Becker Dana McCall 1 episode
2003 Without a Trace Tracy McAllister 1 episode
2004 The Dispatch Agent Halpern 1 episode
2004 Six Feet Under Roger's Lawyer 1 episode
2004 CSI: Miami Dr. Leslie Harrison 1 episode
2004 One on One Judy 1 episode
2005 Diary of a Mad Black Woman Debrah
2005 Serenity Teacher
2005 Lost Susan Lloyd 2 episodes
2005 Sex, Love & Secrets Nina 8 episodes
2005–2006 NCIS Special Agent Cassie Yates 2 episodes
2006 Numb3rs Olivia Rawlings 1 episode (The O.G.)
2006 3 lbs Della 1 episode
2006–present Bones Dr. Camille Saroyan 163 episodes
2007 Gordon Glass Karen
2011 Shuffle Linda

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Mary Margaret (July 17, 2007). "Bones Actress Tamara Taylor Gets Married". People Magazine. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Ulrica Wihlborg (May 30, 2012). "Bones Star Tamara Taylor Finalizes Divorce". People.com. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Tamara Taylor - Bones". wetpaint. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "Tamara Taylor Biography". Fox. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Tamar Abrams (May 9, 2012). "Bones' Tamara Taylor has overcome shyness and orthodontia to conquer Hollywood". Huffington Post. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Tamara Taylor Biography". Filmbug. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 

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