Erica Tazel

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Erica Tazel
Erica Tazel - April 2015 (cropped).jpg
Tazel in April 2015
Dallas, TX[1]
Known forJustified

Erica Tazel is an American theatre and television actor best known for the role of Rachel Brooks in the FX television series Justified (2010–2015).

Life and career[edit]

Tazel holds a B.A. from Spelman College and an M.F.A. from New York University's Graduate Acting Program.[2]

She made her professional acting debut at the New York Shakespeare Festival’s The Winter’s Tale (2000);[1][2] further roles include at the Royal Shakespeare Company's Cymbeline, and an off-Broadway appearance in Playwrights Horizons' Juvenilia. Tazel was nominated for the L.A. Drama Critics Circle award for Lead Performance, for her work in I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given To Me by a Young Lady from Rwanda (role of Juliette, 2007) at The Colony Theatre in Burbank, CA, and received the NAACP Theatre Award for Best Lead Female (2007) for that same role.[2]

On screen, Tazel has made limited appearances, including a minor role in the David Duchovny drama House of D (2004, table below), starring Anton Yelchin, Robin Williams, Téa Leoni, and Erykah Badu.

Tazel's television debut was as a dance teacher in an episode of Sex and the City (2001);[1] prior to her supporting role in Justified she was a guest lead on Without A Trace, had recurring roles on Jericho and Third Watch, and guest roles on programs including The Office, ER, Law & Order and Law & Order: SVU, Life, Heartland, Bones, and Firefly.[2]


Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Sex and the City Grace Episode: "Baby, Talk Is Cheap"
2001 Third Watch Shaquana Golden 2 episodes
2002 Firefly Doralee Episode: "Safe"
2003 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Lynn Hauser Episode: "Risk"
2003 Law & Order Receptionist Episode: "Suicide Box"
2004 House of D Reader
2006 Bones Karen Merton Episode: "The Soldier on the Grave"
2007 Jericho Jessica Williams 2 episodes
2007 Without a Trace Tess Pratt Episode: "Skin Deep"
2007 Heartland Temple Episode: "A Beautiful Day"
2007 ER Mrs. Birk Episode: "Blackout"
2008 Life Mum at Park Episode: "Find Your Happy Place"
2009 The Office Julia Episode: "Lecture Circuit: Part 1"
2010–2015 Justified Rachel Brooks Series regular, 49 episodes
2015 NCIS Coach Curry Episode: "Troll"
2015 Runaway Island Vonda Hines
2015 Mr. Right Lisa
2016 Roots Matilda TV miniseries
2016 Odious Evelyn
2017 The Orville Baleth Episode: "Mad Idolatry"
2017–2018 The Good Fight Barbara Kolstad Series regular, 11 episodes
2017 The Night Shift Dr. Bella Cummings 3 episodes
2017 DC's Legends of Tomorrow Esi Jiwe Episode: "Guest Starring John Noble"
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2016 Mafia 3 Cassandra Provided voice & likeness.


  1. ^ a b c Erica Tazel Biography from, retrieved 11 June 2014
  2. ^ a b c d, entry "Erica Tazel", accessed 3 December 2012

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