Nicole Leach

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Nicolle Rochelle in 2009
Nicolle Rochelle

(1979-05-10) May 10, 1979 (age 40)
Livingston, New Jersey, United States
OccupationActress, singer, dancer, activist
Years active1988–2018

Nicolle Rochelle, often credited professionally as Nicole Leach (especially early in her career), is an American actress, dancer, and jazz singer; most widely known for her appearances on television including Shining Time Station, The Babysitters Club, and made for television movies The Vernon Johns Story starring James Earl Jones and after school special Summertime Switch.

Early life[edit]

Rochelle grew up in West Orange and Montclair, NJ. She attended Montclair High School, graduated early after 3 years and went on to earn her Linguistic Anthropology degree from Brown University.[1]


Rochelle has appeared in several television shows, usually under the name "Nicole Leach", including the first season of Shining Time Station with Ringo Starr as the granddaughter of the workshop's operator, several seasons of The Babysitters Club videos, and four episodes of The Cosby Show as a friend of the youngest Huxtable child. She also had guest roles on Clarissa Explains It All, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego, Third Watch, and Law & Order.

Rochelle has performed on and off-Broadway in such shows as Dangerous Games, Fame on 42nd Street, Miracle Brothers, and a 2004 production of Limonade Tous le Jours starring Alan Alda. In 2003 she played Katherine in Shakespeare in the Park's Henry V. In 2005, she played the title role in the musical Nefertiti in Fort Lauderdale. Rochelle starred in role of the new Josephine Baker in the musical A la recherche de Josephine, produced by Jérôme Savary, in Paris and touring Europe and the US from 2006 to 2010.

Starting in 2010, Rochelle has toured internationally with the French electro-swing group "Ginkgoa" [2] , French musician/singer/songwriter Julien Brunetaud with their blues/jazz group "Nikki & Jules",[3] and been invited to sing with bands across the world from Austria to Germany, Ukraine to Hungary, Argentina, Switzerland to the USA, and is currently releasing her new artist/activist project called "Modern GEAIsha", hip hop fusion music with a message,[4]


In 1995, while still in high school, Rochelle participated in a musical to benefit the fight against HIV/AIDS.[1]


Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
1989–1991 Shining Time Station Tanya Cupper Starring role, season 1
1990 Tales from the Darkside: The Movie Margaret Segment: "Lover's Vow"
1990 Shining Time Station: 'Tis a Gift Tanya Cupper TV movie
1990–1992 The Cosby Show Danielle 4 episodes
1990–1993 The Baby-Sitters Club Jessica Ramsey Main cast
1993 Clarissa Explains It All Olivia DuPris 4 episodes
1994 The Vernon Johns Story Baby Dee TV movie
1994 Summertime Switch Christine TV movie
1996 NYPD Blue Shirelle McClintock Episode: "The Backboard Jungle"
1996 Swift Justice Larraine Episode: "Takin' Back the Streets"
1996 Law & Order Liana Rogers Episode: "Pro Se"
2001 Someone like You Nia
2001 Law & Order Mari Episode "White Lie"
2002 The Life Short film
2002 Third Watch Regina Episode: "Thicker Than Water"
2003 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sarah Rendell Episode: "Shaken"
2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury Catherine Selles Episode: "Day"
2006 25 to Life Det. Mendoza Video game; voice role
2006 Chappelle's Show Dave's Ex Episode: "3.1"
2007 Adrift in Manhattan Melanie
2010 La maison des Rocheville Josy TV miniseries
2013 Jo Nurse Hydrotherapy TV series


  1. ^ a b Jaeger, Barbara. "N.J. child actresses take their roles to heart: Musical benefits the AIDS fight", The Record (Bergen County), April 28, 1995. Accessed September 17, 2007. "Last year, Leach, a sophomore at Montclair High School, participated in 'Kids Care,' which she said helped raise approximately $25,000 for the AIDS battle."
  2. ^ " (archived)".
  3. ^ " (archived)".
  4. ^ "Modern (archived)".

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