Tamera Mowry

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Tamera Mowry
Tia & Tamera.jpg
Tamera (left) with her twin sister Tia (right)
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 (twin sister)
Tahj Mowry
Tavior Mowry
Cory Hardrict (brother-in-law)
Website www.tameramowry.com

Tamera Darvette Mowry-Housley[1] (born July 6, 1978), known by her maiden name Tamera Mowry (/təˈmɛrə ˈmɔːri/), 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.

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 named Aden John Tanner Housley, on November 12, 2012.[11] On January 4, 2015, Mowry-Housley announced through social media that she was expecting her second child, a girl, due July 2015.[12][13] The couple welcomed daughter Ariah Talea Housley on July 1, 2015.



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Hot Chick, TheThe Hot Chick Sissy
2012 Redemption of a Dog Michelle


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Flesh 'n' Blood Penelope "Beauty Is in the Eye of the Ticketholder"
1992 True Colors Lorae "In a Flash"
1992 Full House Denise "The Devil Made Me Do It"
1994-1999 Sister, Sister Tamera Campbell Lead role
1995 Are You Afraid of the Dark? Evil Chameleon "The Tale of the Chameleons"
1995-1996 Adventures of Hyperman, TheThe Adventures of Hyperman Emma C. Squared (voice) Main role
1997 Smart Guy Roxanne "Brother, Brother"
1999-2000 Detention Orangejella LaBelle (voice) Regular role
2000 Something to Sing About Lily TV film
2000 Seventeen Again Young Cat Donovan TV film
2004-2006 Strong Medicine Dr. Kayla Thornton Main role
2005 Twitches Camryn Barnes / Apolla DuBaer TV film
2006-2007 Family Guy Esther (voice) "Mother Tucker", "Barely Legal", "Peter's Daughter"
2007 Twitches Too Camryn Barnes / Apolla DuBaer TV film
2009 Roommates Hope Daniels Main role
2009 Super Hero Squad Show, TheThe Super Hero Squad Show Misty Knight (voice) "A Brat Walks Among Us!"
2010 Double Wedding Danielle Warren TV film
2011 Things We Do for Love Lourdes Main role
2011-2013 Tia & Tamera Herself Lead role
2012 Rebounding Vanessa TV film
2012 Christmas Angel Daphney Conroy TV film
2013-Present The Real Herself Talk Show
2014-2015 Melissa & Joey Gillian "To Tell the Truth", "Let's Get It Started", "Failure to Communicate"

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. 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.

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