Enuka Okuma

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Enuka Okuma
Enuka Okuma TIFF 2011.jpg
Born Enuka Vanessa Okuma
(1976-09-20) September 20, 1976 (age 39)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Occupation Actress
Years active 1990–present

Enuka Vanessa Okuma (/ɛˈnkə ɵˈkmə/; born September 20, 1976) is a Canadian actress, best known for her role as detective Traci Nash in the Global/ABC police drama series, Rookie Blue (2010-2015). Okuma also known for her work on the Canadian shows Madison (1994-1998) and Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye (2002-2005). During her career, Okuma was nominated for the Gemini Awards four times.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Okuma was born in Vancouver, British Columbia.[2] She is of Nigerian descent credited alternatively as Enuka Okuma and Enuka Vanessa Okuma. In 1990, she began her career on television, appearing as regular cast member during the first season of the teen soap opera, Hillside. During the 1990s, she played supporting roles in a number of made for television films and Canadian television series. In film, she made her debut with supporting role in Double Jeopardy (1999).

Okuma co-starred in the American crime drama series Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye from 2002 to 2005. She guest starred on Dark Angel, Odyssey 5, Cold Case, Grey's Anatomy and NCIS: Los Angeles. In 2009, she had the recurring role as Marika Donoso on the seventh season of the Fox series 24. She also provided the voice of Lady Une in Gundam Wing, and of Jade in the Canadian animated series War Planets and also in an episode of MythQuest.

In 2010, Okuma began starring in the Global/ABC police drama series, Rookie Blue as detective Traci Nash.[3] In 2015, Okuma was cast as one of leads in the ABC soapy drama pilot, The Adversaries.[4]

On July 2, 2011, she married Joe Gasparik.[5] Also in 2011, she made her directorial debut in the short film, Cookie, on which she is also credited as writer, actor, and executive producer.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
1990 MacGyver Young Club Member (as Vanessa Okuma) TV series, 1 episode
1991 Fifteen Kelly (as Vanessa Okuma) TV series, 13 episodes
1992-1993 Dragon Ball Z Android 18 (Canadian version, voice) TV series, 32 episodes
1993-1997 Madison Sheri Davis (as Enuka Vanessa Okuma and as Vanessa Okuma) TV series, 5 episodes
1995 Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Additional Voices (English version) TV series, 3 episodes
1997 Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz Lady Une (English version, voice) TV series
1998 Da Vinci's Inquest Summer TV series, 2 episodes
1998-1999 NightMan Singer / Crystal TV series, 3 episodes
1998-1999 War Planets Jade (voice) TV series, 6 episodes
1999 Daydrift Lucy Film
1999-2000 Deep in the City Kira/Kyra TV series, 5 episodes
2000-2001 These Arms of Mine Adrian TV series, 2 episodes
2001 Josie and the Pussycats Fashion Team Film
2001 Suddenly Naked Andrea Film
2001 Sea Sarah Film
2002 Da Vinci's Inquest Maria TV series, 2 episodes
2003 House of the Dead Karma Film
2000-2003 Dragon Ball Z Android 18 (voice) TV series, 56 episodes
2002-2005 Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye Lucy Dotson TV series, 56 episodes
2009 24 Marika Donoso TV series, 4 episodes
2009 Stolen Officer Angie Riddick Film
2010-2015 Rookie Blue Traci Nash TV series, 74 episodes
2015 How to Get Away with Murder Nia Lahey TV series, 2 episodes


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