Enuka Okuma

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Enuka Okuma
Enuka Okuma TIFF 2011.jpg
Born Enuka Vanessa Okuma
(1976-09-20) September 20, 1976 (age 40)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Occupation Actress
Years active 1990–present
Spouse(s) Joe Gasparik (m. 2011)

Enuka Vanessa Okuma (/ɛˈnkə ˈkmə/; 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 is also known for her work on the Canadian television series Madison (1994–1998) and Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye (2002–2005). She has also starred in a number of films, including House of the Dead (2003) and Stolen (2009).

Throughout her career, Okuma has been nominated for 3 Gemini Awards and 1 Canadian Screen Award.[1]

Early Life[edit]

Okuma was born in Vancouver, British Columbia.[2] She is of Nigerian descent credited alternatively as Enuka Okuma and Enuka Vanessa Okuma.


Early work: 1990s[edit]

In 1990, she began her career on television, appearing as regular cast member during the first season of the teen soap opera, Hillside. Throughout the 1990s, she also played supporting roles in several made for television films and Canadian television series. She eventually made her feature film debut with a supporting role in Double Jeopardy (1999).

In 1995, for her role in Madison, she was nominated for the Gemini for Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series, but lost. The following year, for the same show, she was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role.

Transition from teen roles: 2000s–present[edit]

In 1999, Okuma won a Women In Film award at the Vancouver International Film Festival for her role in Daydrift. Okuma co-starred in the American crime drama series Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye from 2002 to 2005. She guest starred on various hit television series, including 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] For her role on the show, Okuma was nominated for the Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Series in 2013.

When being interviewed about how she got her role on Rookie Blue, Okuma said:

I originally auditioned for the part of Gail [played by Charlotte Sullivan] and Charlotte auditioned for Traci. When we got the parts, I said, “I think I would rather play Traci” and Charlotte said, “I think I would rather play Gale.” Thankfully, the producers thought the same.[4]

In 2015, Okuma was cast as one of lead characters in the ABC pilot, The Adversaries.[5] That year, she also guest starred as Nia Lahey on the hit series How To Get Away With Murder.

Other work[edit]

In 2011, she made her directorial debut with the short film, Cookie, on which she is also credited as writer, actor, and executive producer.[6]

Personal Life[edit]

On July 2, 2011, she married musician Joe Gasparik.[7][8]


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
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 G-Saviour Cynthia Graves Film
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
Ocean Group/AB Groupe/Westwood Media English dub
2002–2005 Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye Lucy Dotson TV series, 56 episodes
2008 "seule face à l'injustice" Beverly Rivers Telefilm
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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