August 1, 1973 |
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Tempestt Bledsoe (born August 1, 1973) is an American actress. She is best known for her childhood role as Vanessa Huxtable on the long-running NBC sitcom The Cosby Show.
In December 2010, it was announced that Bledsoe would be the host of Clean House on the Style Network, replacing long-time host Niecy Nash.
As of September 2012, she is one of the stars of the new NBC TV sitcom Guys with Kids, portraying Marny, for the 2012/2013 television season.
In 1984, Bledsoe was cast for the role of Vanessa Huxtable on the sitcom The Cosby Show. Bledsoe had a recurring role on the show until its final season in 1992. She also made a one-time appearance as Vanessa on A Different World. In the mid-1990s, Bledsoe enjoyed a year-long run as the host of her own daytime talk show, The Tempestt Bledsoe Show, produced by Columbia-Tristar and Dick Clark. She made a brief appearance in the sitcom The Parkers and has been featured in the recurring role of a single mother on the ABC show The Practice. She also appeared in the Lifetime show Strong Medicine, and South of Nowhere. Her most recent credits include starring as Nina in the Oxygen Channel's original television movie, Husband for Hire, Steven Bochco's Raising the Bar, and Abby in the third season of Disney Channel's animated series The Replacements.
She appeared on VH1's Celebrity Fit Club. It was announced on December 1, 2010 that Bledsoe would return to TV, replacing Niecy Nash as the host of Clean House on Style Network. Her first episode aired on January 26, 2011. In 2012, Bledsoe can be heard as the voice of Sheriff Hooper in the Laika animated film ParaNorman.
Personal life 
In addition to her acting career, Bledsoe received a degree in finance from New York University and enjoys music. She has been in a long-term relationship for sixteen years with actor Darryl M. Bell, who co-starred in the NBC TV comedy A Different World, a spinoff of The Cosby Show. The couple appeared together in the Fox Reality Channel series Househusbands of Hollywood, which debuted August 2009.
Bledsoe is vegetarian.
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