Tamera Mowry

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Tamera Mowry-Housley
Born Tamera Darvette Mowry
(1978-07-06) July 6, 1978 (age 38)
Gelnhausen, West Germany
Residence Napa Valley, California, U.S.
Other names Tamera Mowry
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 (brother)
Tavior Mowry (brother)
Cory Hardrict (brother-in-law)
Website www.tameramowry.com

Tamera Darvette Mowry-Housley[1] (/təˈmɛrə ˈmɔːri/; born July 6, 1978)[1] is an American actress and model. 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 she played Dr. Kayla Thornton on the medical drama Strong Medicine. A reality TV show following her and her twin sister's lives, 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 former fellow Disney Channel star Adrienne Bailon, Jeannie Mai, and Loni Love, which premiered on July 15, 2013.[2]

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.72 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Early life[edit]

Tamera Darvette Mowry was born in Gelnhausen in then-West Germany on July 6, 1978 to Darlene Renee Mowry (née Flowers), who served in the U.S. Army and later became 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][3][4] 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.[5] Mowry's parents met in high school, in Miami, Florida, both joining the U.S. Army, and both eventually reaching the rank of sergeant.[6] Mowry has described her family as being both "close-knit" and "deeply religious",[4] and the sisters became born-again Christians when they were eight years old.[7]


Other Ventures[edit]

To kick off motherhood, Tamera and her sister, Tia Mowry, planned on starting a project, Need Brand.[8] Milky! and Stretchy! are two of the products that can cater to motherhood. Milky! is a 2.5 oz. bottle with all organic ingredients that can help mothers produce milk. Stretchy! is a stretch mark cream for post-operation scars.

Another sibling project includes a two-book series called Twintuition: Double Vision and Twintuition: Double Trouble.[9]

Personal life[edit]

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 chaste until marriage.[10] She married Fox News Correspondent Adam Housley[11] 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.[12] On January 4, 2015, Mowry-Housley announced through social media that she was expecting her second child, a girl, due July 2015.[13][14] The couple welcomed daughter Ariah Talea Housley on July 1, 2015.

She also has two younger brothers named Tahj Mowry, an actor, and Tavior Mowry, who plays college football for University of California, Davis.

Tamera had a Shih Tzu named Milano.



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 The Young Grandma Catherine "Cat" Donovan TV film
2001–05 Express Yourself Herself Interstitial series
2004–2006 Strong Medicine Dr. Kayla Thornton Main role
2005 Twitches Camryn Elizabeth Barnes / Apolla DuBaer TV film
2006–2007 Family Guy Esther (voice) "Mother Tucker", "Barely Legal", "Peter's Daughter"
2007 Twitches Too Camryn Elizabeth 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"
2016 Talking Dead Herself Talk show

Awards and nominations[edit]

Daytime Emmy Awards

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 c "Tamera Mowry Biography (1978-)". FilmReference.com. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved November 13, 2012. 
  2. ^ "It's Official: 'The Real' Talk Show Begins Four-Week Test Run July 15". Deadline.com. June 12, 2013. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Winsome twinsome: Tia and Tamera Mowry are 'Sister, Sister's sibling schemers". People (interviews). May 9, 1994. p. 175. Archived from the original on August 1, 2008. Retrieved January 4, 2010. 
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ On her talk show, The Real, Tamera discovered that her Mother's descendants came from Ghana. During an appearance on The Wendy Williams Show in 2010, it was stated that for years, the Mowrys had 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.
  6. ^ Double Devotion – Today's Christian. Web.archive.org (2008-01-09). Retrieved on 2012-07-06.
  7. ^ TV's tantalizing twins: Tia and Tamera Mowry share 'Sister Sister' sitcom, schoolwork and singing. Findarticles.com. Retrieved on 2012-07-06.
  8. ^ "Tia & Tamera Mowry Actors and Founders of NEED Brand | Natural Child World". naturalchildworld.com. Retrieved 2016-06-08. 
  9. ^ Archipelago, World. "Twintuition: Double Vision - Tia Mowry, Tamera Mowry - Hardcover". HarperCollins US. Retrieved 2016-06-08. 
  10. ^ Tamera Mowry-Housley Talks About Losing Her Virginity At 29, Staying Celibate Until Her Wedding | Posted: 07/19/2013
  11. ^ Wihlborg, Ulrica. (2011-01-20) Tamera's engagement to marry Housley. People.com. Retrieved on 2012-07-06.
  12. ^ "Tamera Mowry-Housley, Adam Housley Welcome Baby". Abcnews.go.com. 2012-11-14. Retrieved 2012-12-03. 
  13. ^ Michaud, Sarah. (2015-01-04)Tamera Mowry-Housley Expecting Second Child People.com Retrieved on 2015-01-31.
  14. ^ 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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