Enuka Okuma

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Enuka Okuma
Enuka Okuma TIFF 2011.jpg
Born Enuka Vanessa Okuma
(1976-09-20) September 20, 1976 (age 41)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Other names Enuka Vanessa Okuma
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).

Early life[edit]

Okuma was born in Vancouver, British Columbia.[1] She is of Nigerian descent.

Career[edit]

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.[2] Throughout the 1990s, she also played supporting roles in several made for television films and Canadian television series, such as Madison.[2] She eventually made her feature film debut with a supporting role in Double Jeopardy (1999).

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

Okuma co-starred in the American crime drama series Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye from 2002 to 2005.[3] She guest starred on various hit television series, including Dark Angel, Odyssey 5, Cold Case, Grey's Anatomy and NCIS: Los Angeles. She had the recurring role as Marika Donoso on the seventh season of the Fox series 24.

In 2010, Okuma began starring in the Global/ABC police drama series, Rookie Blue as detective Traci Nash.[4] 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.[5]

Okuma was cast as one of lead characters in the ABC pilot, The Adversaries,[6] in 2015. That year, she also guest starred as Nia Lahey on the hit series How To Get Away With Murder.[7]

Voice Work[edit]

Okuma provided the voice of Lady Une in the English dub of Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Android 18 on the Canadian version of Dragon Ball Z, Jade on the Canadian animated series Shadow Raiders, and also in an episode of MythQuest. She voiced the gem fusion Rhodonite in 2 episodes of Steven Universe.

Writing and Directing[edit]

Okuma made her directorial debut with the short film, Cookie, on which she was also a writer, actor, and executive producer.[8][9]

Okuma co-wrote the episode "Best Man" on Rookie Blue.[10]

Awards[edit]

For her role in Madison, she was nominated for Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series at the 1995 Gemini awards.[11] The following year, also for Madison, she was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role.[12]

Okuma won a Women In Film award at the 1999 Vancouver International Film Festival for her role in Daydrift.

For her role on Rookie Blue, Okuma was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series at the 2011 Gemini awards[13] and the Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Series in 2013.[14]

Personal life[edit]

On July 2, 2011, she married musician Joe Gasparik.[15][16]

Filmography[edit]

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
1998 Da Vinci's Inquest Summer TV series, 2 episodes
NightMan Singer / Crystal TV series, 3 episodes
Shadow Raiders Jade (voice) TV series, 6 episodes
1999 Daydrift Lucy Film
Deep in the City Kira/Kyra TV series, 5 episodes
2000 Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Lady Une (English version, voice) TV series
Dragon Ball Z Android 18 (voice) TV series, 56 episodes
Ocean Group/AB Groupe/Westwood Media English dub
G-Saviour Cynthia Graves Film
These Arms of Mine Adrian TV series, 2 episodes
2001 Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz Lady Une (English version, voice) TV series
Josie and the Pussycats Fashion Team Film
Suddenly Naked Andrea Film
Andromeda Sofia/Isabella Ortiz TV series, 1 episodes
Sea Sarah Film
2002 Da Vinci's Inquest Maria TV series, 2 episodes
Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye Lucy Dotson TV series, 56 episodes
2003 House of the Dead Karma Film
2008 Seule Face à l'injustice Beverly Rivers Telefilm
2009 24 Marika Donoso TV series, 4 episodes
Stolen Officer Angie Riddick Film
2010 Rookie Blue Traci Nash TV series, 74 episodes
2015 How to Get Away with Murder Nia Lahey TV series, 2 episodes
2016 Slasher Lisa-Ann Follows TV series, 4 episodes
Masters of Sex Cleo TV series, 1 episode
2017 Steven Universe Rhodonite (voice) TV series, 2 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Enuka Okuma Biography". Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Crushable Quotable: Rookie Blue Star Enuka Okuma Got Her Start on Canadian Teen Dramas with Ryan Reynolds". Crushable. Retrieved 13 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "Q&A with F.B.Eye: Enuka Okuma | Sue Thomas F.B.Eye | The Official Site of the popular TV Series | The Official Site of the popular TV Series Sue Thomas F.B.Eye". suethomasdvd.com. Retrieved 13 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "The Cultural Post". Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Rookie Blue's Enuka Okuma Talks Her Role and Future With Sam - The CableTV Blog". cabletv.com. Retrieved 2016-06-20. 
  6. ^ Petski, Denise. "Dilshad Vadsaria Joins Fox’s ‘Frankenstein'; ABC’s ‘The Adversaries’, ‘The Catch’, ‘LA Crime’ Add Cast - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "Someone's Dying on How to Get Away With Murder Tonight & We Think It'll Be...". E! News. Retrieved 13 October 2016. 
  8. ^ "Cookie". 1 May 2011 – via IMDb. 
  9. ^ "An interview with Enuka Okuma - Cinema Without Borders". cinemawithoutborders.com. Retrieved 13 October 2016. 
  10. ^ "Rookie Blue's Enuka Okuma Accepts a New Challenge - The TV Junkies". The TV Junkies. 30 June 2015. Retrieved 13 October 2016. 
  11. ^ "The 1995 Gemini nominees". playbackonline.ca. Retrieved 13 October 2016. 
  12. ^ "Special Report: Gemini Nominees: Who’s nominated". playbackonline.ca. Retrieved 13 October 2016. 
  13. ^ "New series scoop Gemini nominations". CBC News. Retrieved 13 October 2016. 
  14. ^ "Enuka Okuma on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 13 October 2016. 
  15. ^ "enuka okuma - the official site". Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  16. ^ "Actress Enuka Okuma's Movie-Inspired Wedding". Inside Weddings. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 

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