Okuma at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival
|Born||Enuka Vanessa Okuma
September 20, 1976
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
|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). She has also starred in a number of films, including House of the Dead (2003) and Stolen (2009).
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. 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
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. 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.
In 2011, she made her directorial debut with the short film, Cookie, on which she is also credited as writer, actor, and executive producer.
|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|
|1999–2000||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|
|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
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|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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