Okuma at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival
|Born||Enuka Vanessa Okuma
September 20, 1976
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
|Other names||Enuka Vanessa Okuma|
|Spouse(s)||Joe Gasparik (m. 2011)|
Enuka Vanessa Okuma (/ /; 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 work: 1990s
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, such as Madison. She eventually made her feature film debut with a supporting role in Double Jeopardy (1999).
Transition from teen roles: 2000s–present
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. She had the recurring role as Marika Donoso on the seventh season of the Fox series 24.
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.
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
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. The following year, also for Madison, she was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role.
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 and the Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Series in 2013.
|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|
|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
|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|
|Andromeda||Sofia/Isabella Ortiz||TV series, 1 episodes|
|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|
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