Tamera Mowry

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Tamera Mowry
Born Tamera Darvette Mowry
(1978-07-06) 6 July 1978 (age 37)
Gelnhausen, West Germany
Residence Napa Valley, California, United States
Other names Tamera Mowry-Housley
Education Pepperdine University
Occupation Actress, television host, model, author, businesswoman, singer
Years active 1990–present
Spouse(s) Adam Housley (m. 2011)
Children 2
Relatives Tia Mowry-Hardrict (twin sister)
Tahj Mowry
Tavior Mowry
Cory Hardrict (brother-in-law)
Website www.tameramowry.com

Tamera Darvette Mowry-Housley (née Mowry; born July 6, 1978),[1] known by her maiden name Tamera Mowry, is an American actress and model.[2] She first gained fame for her teen role as Tamera Campbell on the ABC/WB sitcom Sister, Sister (opposite her identical twin sister Tia Mowry). She has also starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie Twitches and its sequel, Twitches Too. and played Dr. Kayla Thornton on the medical drama Strong Medicine. A reality TV show following the life of her and her twin sister, Tia & Tamera, began airing on the Style Network in 2011, ending in 2013 after three seasons.

Currently, she is one of the hosts of The Real talk show along with Adrienne Bailon, Jeannie Mai, Tamar Braxton and Loni Love, which premiered on July 15, 2013.[3]

She and her identical twin sister Tia Mowry were in a singing group in the early 1990s called "Voices". The group debuted their first single, "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!" in 1992 and charted No.12 on the Billboard Hot 100 with TLC.

Personal life[edit]

Tamera Darvette Mowry was born in Gelnhausen in then-West Germany on July 6, 1978 to Darlene Renee Mowry (née Flowers), a security guard and later her children's manager, and Timothy John Mowry, who was in the U.S. Army at the time of her birth and who became a custody officer/jailer with the City of Glendale Police Department when the family moved to California.[1][4][5] Tamera Mowry is the older twin by two minutes. Tamera was born at 4:30pm, followed by Tia at 4:32pm.

Her father has English ancestry, and her mother is of Afro-Bahamian descent.[6] Mowry's parents met in high school, in Miami, Florida, both joining the U.S. Army, and both eventually reaching the rank of Sergeant.[7] Mowry has described her family as being both "close-knit" and "deeply religious",[5] and the sisters became born-again Christians when they were eight years old.[8] She also has two younger brothers named Tahj Mowry, an actor, and Tavior Mowry, who plays college football for University of California, Davis.

In July 2013, Tamera revealed that she did not lose her virginity until she was 29 due to her being a devout Christian, and that after she did it, she felt guilty and committed to staying celibate until marriage.[9] She married Fox News Correspondent Adam Housley[10] after dating for almost six years. The couple married on May 15, 2011 in California's Napa Valley. The couple welcomed their first child, a son, Aden John Tanner Housley, on November 12, 2012.[11] On January 4, 2015, Mowry-Housley announced through social media that she is expecting her second child, a girl, due in July 2015.[12][13] The couple welcomed daughter, Ariah Talea Housley, on July 1, 2015.



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Something to Sing About Lily Television film
2000 Seventeen Again Young Cat Donovan Television film
2002 The Hot Chick Sissie
2005 Twitches Camryn Barnes / Apolla
2007 Twitches Too Camryn Barnes / Apolla
2010 Double Wedding Danielle Warren Television film/Executive producer
2012 Redemption of a Dog Michelle
2012 Christmas Angel Daphney Television film


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Been Gone Stupid Retard #1 2 episodes
1992 True Colors Lorae 1 episode
1994 The All-New Mickey Mouse (MMC) Herself 1 episode
1994–99 Sister, Sister Tamera Campbell 119 episodes
1995 Are You Afraid of the Dark? Evil Chameleon "The Tale of the Chameleons"
1995–96 The Adventures of Hyperman Emma C. Squared 8 episodes
1996 All That Herself
1997 Smart Guy Roxanne "Brother, Brother"
1998 Blue's Clues Herself "Blue's Birthday"
1999 Detention Orangejella LaBelle 13 episodes
2000 How I Loved a Macho Boy Jamal Santos 3 episodes
2004–06 Strong Medicine Dr. Kayla Thornton 37 episodes
2006–07 Family Guy Esther Voice
3 episodes
2009 Roommates Hope 13 episodes
2009 The Super Hero Squad Show Misty Knight 1 episode
2011 Things We Do for Love Lourdes 5 episodes
2011 Access Hollywood Live Herself Co-host
2011 CHRISJayify Herself Episode: "Drugs Are Bad"
2011–13 Tia & Tamera Herself Executive producer
2014–present The Real Herself Host
2014 Melissa and Joey Gillian Season 3 Episode 24 'To Tell the Truth'[14]

Awards and nominations[edit]

NAACP Image Awards

Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards

People's Choice Awards

Teen Choice Awards

Young Artist Awards

  • 1995 – Nominated – Best Youth Comedienne in a TV Show for Sister, Sister (shared with Tia Mowry)
  • 1996 – Nominated – Best Performance by a Young Actress – TV Comedy Series for Sister, Sister (shared with Tia Mowry)
  • 1997 – Nominated – Best Performance in a TV Comedy – Leading Young Actress for Sister, Sister (shared with Tia Mowry)
  • 2001 – Nominated – Best Performance in a TV Movie (Comedy) – Leading Young Actress for Seventeen Again (shared with Tia Mowry)


  1. ^ a b "Tamera Mowry profile at FilmBiography.com". FilmReference.com. Retrieved November 13, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Tamera Mowry". ethnicelebs.com. 
  3. ^ "It’s Official: ‘The Real’ Talk Show Begins Four-Week Test Run July 15". Deadline.com. June 12, 2013. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Winsome twinsome: Tia and Tamera Mowry are 'Sister, Sister's sibling schemers". People 4 (17). May 9, 1994. p. 175. Archived from the original on August 1, 2008. Retrieved January 4, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Tia, Tamera And Tahj Mowry Keep Laughter In The Family With Hit TV Shows 'Sister, Sister' And 'Smart Guy'. Findarticles.com (1999-03-01). Retrieved on 2012-07-06.
  6. ^ During an appearance on The Wendy Williams Show in 2010, it was stated that for years, the Mowrys believed that they had Italian ancestry on their father's side; however, after researching their family tree on Ancestry.com, they discovered that their father has English ancestry.
  7. ^ Double Devotion – Today's Christian. Web.archive.org (2008-01-09). Retrieved on 2012-07-06.
  8. ^ TV's tantalizing twins: Tia and Tamera Mowry share 'Sister Sister' sitcom, schoolwork and singing. Findarticles.com. Retrieved on 2012-07-06.
  9. ^ Tamera Mowry-Housley Talks About Losing Her Virginity At 29, Staying Celibate Until Her Wedding | Posted: 07/19/2013
  10. ^ Wihlborg, Ulrica. (2011-01-20) Tamera's engagement to marry Housley. People.com. Retrieved on 2012-07-06.
  11. ^ "Tamera Mowry-Housley, Adam Housley Welcome Baby". Abcnews.go.com. 2012-11-14. Retrieved 2012-12-03. 
  12. ^ Michaud, Sarah. (2015-01-04)Tamera Mowry-Housley Expecting Second Child People.com Retrieved on 2015-01-31.
  13. ^ Leon, Anya. (2015-01-08) It’ll Be a Girl for Tamera Mowry-Housley People.com Retrieved on 2015-01-31.
  14. ^ "Melissa & Joey Episode: "To Tell the Truth"". 

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