Erica Tazel

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Erica Tazel
Erica Tazel - April 2015 (cropped).jpg
EducationSpelman College (BA)
New York University (MFA)
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"
2019 Queen Sugar Deesha Brown-Sonnier Recurring guest
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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