Kim Coles

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Kim Coles
Kim Coles 1998.jpg
Coles in 1998
Kim LaShaunda Coles

(1962-01-11) January 11, 1962 (age 60)
EducationNorth Carolina Central University
  • Actress
  • comedian
  • game show host
Years active1988–present
Known forSynclaire James – Living Single
(m. 1985; div. 1995)
Reggie Mckiver
(m. 2015; div. 2019)

Kim LaShaunda Coles (born January 11, 1962)[3][4] is an American actress, comedian and game show host. Coles is known for her roles as a cast member on In Living Color for the first season (1990-1991) and as Synclaire James-Jones on television sitcom Living Single (1993–1998), which both originally aired on Fox. She was the host of BET's game show Pay It Off in 2009.[5]

Early life[edit]

Coles was born in Brooklyn, New York City. Her father was the first Black dean of the Pratt Institute.[1] She attended a private Lutheran school and was quiet and studious until high school, when her sense of humor emerged.[1] She graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School.[6]


Coles has appeared on many television shows, including Frasier ("Dr." Mary Thomas),[7] Six Feet Under, Celebrity Mole, Living Single and The Geena Davis Show. Early in her career, she appeared as one of the hosts of It's Showtime at the Apollo. She was an original cast member on the sketch comedy series In Living Color that appeared on the FOX network. After leaving "In Living Color", she then got the role as Synclaire James on Living Single and won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series. She appeared as the mother of Spirit on UPN's One on One. Coles is a published author; her book is called I'm Free But It Will Cost You, ISBN 978-0-7868-8322-6, Hyperion Books, 1998.

Coles appeared on Celebrity Mole: Hawaii and was the first contestant to be eliminated. At the reunion of the show, she was one of two celebrities (the other was Michael Boatman) to correctly guess that Frederique van der Wal was the series' saboteur, Kathy Griffin was the winner, and Erik von Detten was the runner-up. Coles also joined other celebrities for a weight loss journey on the VH-1 reality show, Celebrity Fit Club. After 16 weeks, she lost a total of 24 lbs, and dropping nearly 4 percentage points in body fat, going from 34.7% to 31%. She accomplished this with the help of her team, "Ralphie's Angels". She lost 10.2% of her body weight, dropping down to 196 lbs.

Coles was a regular panelist on the 2000 revival of To Tell the Truth during its second season. She was also featured as a guest host on two episodes of The View. Coles was a co-host of the syndicated daytime television show In The Loop With iVillage alongside The Apprentice winner Bill Rancic and fellow season one contestant Ereka Vetrini. She has recently joined the cast of 10 Items or Less on TBS.

On September 30, 2009, she hosted the game show Pay It Off, lasted for one season on BET, which is similar to Debt. In 2010, she appeared on RuPaul's Drag Race. She appeared in an episode of TV One's series "Life After" in late 2011.

Coles has also performed as a stand-up comedian, with some of her material dealing with her struggle with being overweight at times.[8]


Personal life[edit]

Coles has been married twice, first to Aton Edwards from 1985 to 1995, then to Reggie Mckiver, a former SWAT police officer in the Dominican Republic, from 2015 to 2019.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
1991 Strictly Business Millicent
2005 Kids in America Loretta Jenkins
2009 Wig Cacey Short Film
2019 Love Is Not Enough Angela


Year Title Role Notes
1990 In Living Color Various Characters series regular (Season 1; 13 episodes)
1993 Martin Bonquisha "Baby You Can Drive My Car"
1993–1998 Living Single Synclaire James-Jones series regular (118 episodes)

Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (1996-1998)

1995 The Crew Synclaire James "The Worst Noel"
1996 The Show Deandra "Deandra and Them"
1996 MADtv Host / Herself 2 episodes
1999 New Attitude Host unknown episodes
1999 Hollywood Squares Herself / Panelist recurring role (5 episodes)
2000 Frasier Dr. Mary Thomas 2 episodes

Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

2000–2001 The Geena Davis Show Judy Owens series regular (22 episodes)
2001 Biography Herself / Interviewee "Kim Fields: A Little Somethin' Somethin' "
2002 Six Feet Under Dolores "The Liar and the Whore"
2002–2003 Pyramid Herself / Celebrity Contestant recurring role (3 episodes)
2002–2004 One on One Leilani Jones recurring role (5 episodes)
2003 The Parkers Florence "That's What Friends Are For"
2003 Star Search Herself / Guest Judge "The One with Living Single Star Kim Coles"
2004 My Wife and Kids Mrs. Delores "Childcare Class"
2005 The Show with A.J. Calloway Amy TV Movie
2005 Celebrity Fit Club Herself / Contestant series regular (7 episodes)
2007 Hell on Earth Angel TV Movie
2009 10 Items or Less Mercedes “Mercy” P. Jones recurring role (4 episodes)
2010 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself / Guest Judge "Starrbootylicious"
2011 Love That Girl! Dr. Sarah Van Jones "Head Shrunk"
2011 Celebrity Ghost Stories Herself "Mickey Rooney / Eric Mabius / Brande Roderick / Kim Coles"
2012 Let's Stay Together Carol "Waiting to XXXhale"
2012 The Soul Man Wanda recurring role (4 episodes)
2013 Wendell and Vinnie Suzanne "Of Mothers & Gardens"
2014 Baby Daddy Darlene "Livin' on a Prom"
2014 Quick Draw Mrs. Mabel Tannenbaum "The Grasshopper Plague"
2014 Off the Chain N/A Writer

Episode "#3.1"

2014 Gotham Comedy Live Herself / Host 2 episodes
2015 Faux Show Rhonda Dusty TV Movie
2015 The BFF Chronicles N/A Writer / Executive Producer
2016 Mann and Wife Donna "Mann Up"


  1. ^ a b c Poe, Janita (August 29, 1992). "Kim Coles finds life after 'Living Single'". Chicago Tribune. Fort Worth Star-Telegram. p. 4E.
  2. ^ Kim Coles
  3. ^ "Birthdays". Houston Chronicle. January 11, 2009. Retrieved September 2, 2012.
  4. ^ "Celebrity Birthdays". Jet. January 16, 2006. p. 3.
  5. ^ BET Shows' Pay It Off- August 2009
  6. ^ "Enewsletter - February 2013 Kim Coles '80 - Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation".
  7. ^ "Kim Coles: Credits". Retrieved December 23, 2011.
  8. ^ Barber, Michel'le (April 1, 1991). "Comedian says ... fat isn't funny: Kim Coles loses 50 pounds, finds husband and new fans". Ebony.[dead link]
  9. ^ Apatoff, Alex. "Kim Coles' Wedding Dress: See Exclusive Photos and Get All the Scoop!". People Magazine. Archived from the original on 14 July 2015. Retrieved 23 July 2015.

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