Nicole Ari Parker
|Nicole Ari Parker|
Parker in December 2010
October 7, 1970 |
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
|Other names||Nikki Kodjoe|
|Spouse(s)||Joseph Falasca (2001–2002)
Boris Kodjoe (2005–present)
Nicole Ari Parker Kodjoe (born October 7, 1970), also known as Nikki Kodjoe, is an American actress. Parker is known for her role as Becky Barnett in the 1997 film Boogie Nights and as the attorney Teri Joseph on the Showtime series Soul Food, which ran from 2000 to 2004. Additionally, Nicole co-starred on the short-lived UPN romantic comedy Second Time Around that lasted for one season.
Parker was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She is the only child of her divorced parents, health care professional Susan Parker and dentist Donald Parker. After briefly attending the Montessori School, Parker entered Roland Park Country School where she stayed through high school. At the age of 17, she won Best Actress in the state of Maryland's high school competition and then moved to The Washington Ballet Company before applying to the New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She graduated with an acting degree in 1993.
Early in her career she appeared in several critically acclaimed independent films including The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love, Boogie Nights, 200 Cigarettes, and the 1999 Sundance Film Festival winner The Adventures of Sebastian Cole. She starred with her husband, model and actor Boris Kodjoe, in UPN's situation comedy Second Time Around.
After a string of odd jobs (including scooping ice cream), bit roles, and low wage work in the theater circuit, Parker was offered her breakthrough role on Soul Food. In Soul Food, she showcased her singing voice in several episodes. Parker also had a guest appearance on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, playing a singer. She played the role of Stephanie in the movie Divas alongside Khalil Kain. She also had a lead role in the 1998 film Exiled: A Law & Order Movie. She worked alongside Martin Lawrence in two of his films: Blue Streak and Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins. Parker also opened on Broadway in the play A Streetcar Named Desire, in the role of Blanche DuBois.
Parker was lead actress in the 2013 NBC drama pilot, Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives, and later had a recurring role on Revolution. In 2014, she stars as a series regular in the TNT crime drama Murder in the First, opposite Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson.
Parker eloped with actor Joseph Falasca in March 2001. Their marriage lasted only eight months; they divorced later that year. She married her Soul Food co-star Boris Kodjoe on May 21, 2005, in Gundelfingen, Germany. She gave birth to their first child, a girl, Sophie Tei-Naaki Lee Kodjoe, on March 5, 2005. Sophie has spina bifida, which was diagnosed at birth. Parker gave birth to the couple's second child, Nicolas Neruda Kodjoe, a boy, on October 31, 2006 in Atlanta, Georgia. The family attends the Cascade United Methodist Church when in Atlanta. They currently reside in Los Angeles, CA.
|1993||Other Women's Children||Marcelle|
|1995||Stonewall||Female Draft Officer|
|1995||The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love||Evie Roy|
|1996||Rebound: The Legend of Earl "The Goat" Manigault||Wanda|
|1997||The End of Violence||Ade|
|1997||Subway Stories||Sharon||Segment "Honey-Getter"|
|1997||Boogie Nights||Becky Barnett|
|1998||The Adventures of Sebastian Cole||Jenny|
|1999||Mind Prey||Weather Karkinnon|
|1999||Mirar Mirror||Denise Scott|
|1999||A Map of the World||Sherry|
|1999||Blue Streak||Melissa Green|
|2000||The Loretta Claiborne Story||Christine Claiborne|
|2000||Dancing in September||Tomasina 'Tommy' Crawford|
|2000||Remember the Titans||Carol Boone|
|2002||Brown Sugar||Reese Marie Wiggam Ellis|
|2005||King's Ransom||Angela Drake|
|2008||Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins||Lucinda|
|2009||Black Dynamite||Mahogany Black|
|2009||Pastor Brown||Tonya Copeland Brown|
|2011||35 and Ticking||Zenobia|
|2002||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Lillie Iv||Episode: "Primum Non Nocere"|
|2003||The System||Linda Evans||Series regular, 9 episodes|
|2004||All of Us||Traci Garrison||Episode: "Playdate"|
|2000–2004||Soul Food||Teri Joseph||Series regular, 74 episodes|
|2004–2005||Second Time Around||Ryan Muse||Series regular, 13 episodes|
|2008||Never Better||Allison||TV pilot|
|2010||The Deep End||Susan Oppenheim||Series regular, 6 episodes|
|2011||Big Mike||Grace Peterson||TV pilot|
|2013||Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives||Paula||TV pilot|
|2013||Real Husbands of Hollywood||Herself||5 episodes|
|2013||Revolution||Justine Allenford||8 episodes|
|2014||Murder in the First||Jacqueline Perez||Series regular|
|2015||The Boris & Nicole Show||Herself|
Awards and nominations
|2001||Image Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture||Remember the Titans||Nominated|
|2001||Image Awards||Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series||Soul Food||Nominated|
|2002||Image Awards||Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series||Soul Food||Nominated|
|2003||Image Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture||Brown Sugar||Nominated|
|2003||Image Awards||Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series||Soul Food||Nominated|
|2004||Image Awards||Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series||Soul Food||Nominated|
|2005||Image Awards||Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series||Soul Food||Nominated|
|1998||Screen Actors Guild||Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture||Boogie Nights||Nominated|
- Kam Williams (2004). "Nicole Reflects on Real Life Role As Mommy-to-Be". DallasBlack.com. Retrieved 2009-07-08.
- Sragow, Michael (12 June 2009). "City-bred Actress' Role In Kids' Film Reflects Grown-up Realities". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
- Sragow, Michael (12 June 2009). "Nicole Ari Parker's role in kids' movie reflects grown-up realities". The Baltimore Sun.
- Lesley Goldberg (January 22, 2014). "TNT's 'Murder in the First' Adds 'Revolution' Alum". The Hollywood Reporter.
- Boris and Nicole Open Up About Sophie's Spina Bifida, Celebrity Babies Blog, 15 January 2009.
- Rhone, Nedra; and Gracie Bonds Staples. "In Atlanta’s churches, prayers for president-elect", The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 9 November 2008.
- Hawkins, B. Denise (September 6, 2012). "Youth Summit Brings Democratic National Convention Spirit to Johnson C. Smith". Diverse Issues in Higher Education. Retrieved September 7, 2012.
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