Tembi Locke

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Tembi Michale Locke
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Locke in 2013
Tembekile Locke

(1970-07-26) July 26, 1970 (age 48)
OccupationActress, activist
Years active1994–present

Tembekile "Tembi" Locke (born July 26, 1970) is an American actress who has appeared in television shows and film. She is best known as Dr. Grace Monroe on Syfy's series EUReKA and as Dr. Diana Davis in Sliders and has appeared in such shows as The Mentalist, Castle and Bones.

Life and career[edit]

Born to civil rights activist parents, she attended Alief Hastings High School in Houston. After high school, Locke lived for a time in Italy on a foreign exchange program. While there, she appeared several times on Italian television, including the Carnivale Di Venez.[1] After returning to the United States, she graduated with an art history degree from Wesleyan University, in Connecticut. She speaks fluent Italian.[2]

After college, Locke moved to New York City, where she worked on the CBS serial drama As the World Turns, while attending school during the day and waiting tables at night. She studied at Circle in the Square with William Esper.[citation needed] Locke and her husband, an Italian chef, live and work in Los Angeles, California. Her husband died in 2012. She is a vegetarian, and urban homesteader, regularly growing produce on vacant lots in the city.[2] Locke is a gourmet cook, and also enjoys hiking, running and fishing.[1] She is involved in several social activism programs.[2]


While in New York, Locke appeared in several off-Broadway productions, and landed a role on the long-running soap opera As The World Turns. Afterward, she moved to Los Angeles. Her prime-time television career began by playing one of Will Smith's love interests on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Locke has appeared in numerous television dramas, comedies, and films over the course of her career. She played Dr. Grace Monroe, a biotech specialist, on seasons four and five of Syfy's series EUReKA (2010–2012). She also starred as Dr. Diana Davis on season five of the Fox/Syfy show Sliders (1999–2000).

Locke's television work includes shows such as Castle, Bones, The Mentalist, Windfall, CSI: NY, and Beverly Hills, 90210. Her comedic turns include Friends, The Jamie Foxx Show, House of Payne, Like Family, and Raising Dad, among others. She has appeared in a number of movies made for television, including Black Widow, Final Approach and Born in the USA.

While her body of work involves mainly episodic television as well as several made-for-TV movies, she has worked in more than 50 American television ad campaigns.[citation needed] In 2014, Locke appeared as Dr. Walcott in Dumb and Dumber To.

As of October 2018, her most recent work is in the second installment of Hulu original "Into the Dark" series. She plays the therapist in the episode Flesh & Blood.

Locke's memoir, From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily and Finding Home (forthcoming, May 2019), is about her transracial romance with her Italian husband and her grief after his untimely death.


Year Title Role Notes
1994 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Valerie Johnson Episode: “Grumpy Young Men
1995 Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper Mindy Episode: “One Is the Loneliest Number”
1995 Me and the Boys Sheryl Episode: “The Age of Reason”
1995 Night Stand Fran Episode: “Atheletes as Role Models”
1995-1996 Beverly Hills, 90210 Lisa Dixon Recurring (Season 6)
1996 Martin Linda Livingston Episode: “Kicked to the Curb”
1996 In the Fold Ens. Meg Dundee TV Movie
1996 In the House Shanna Episode: “One Love”
Episode: “ This is a Test”
1996 Ringer Neely Film
1997 Claude’s Crib Kaylene Main (Season 1)
1997 Steel Norma Film
1997 Hitz Lisa Episode: “Pilot”
1997 The Wayans Bros. Donna Episode: “Pops’ Daughter”
1997-1998 Michael Hayes Gina Episode: “True Blue”
Episode “Vaughn Mower”
1998 The Jamie Foxx Show Monique Episode: “Guess Who’s Not Coming to Dinner?
1999 Friends Karin Episode: “The One Where Ross Hugs Rachel”
1999 Unbowed Cleola Film
1999-2000 Sliders Dr. Diana Davis Main (Season 5)
2000 Bull Unknown Episode: “One Night in Bangkok”
Episode: “In the Black”
2000 The Hughleys Myisha Episode: “Darryl’s Victory Tour”
2001 Blind Men Unknown TV Movie
2001-2002 Raising Dad Vice Principal Liz Taylor Recurring (Season 1)
2002 One on One Dr. Tiddlehorn Episode: “Misery”
2002 Prep Unknown TV Movie
2003 Touched by an Angel Amanda Episode: “And a Nightingale Song”
2003 Art of Revenge Isabel ‘Izzy’ Bloom Video
2003 The Division Nora Lowell AKA Vick Episode: “Misdirection”
2003 Eve Cammie Episode: “The Talk”
2004 Like Family Ethel Recurring (Season 1)
2004 The Bernie Mac Show Mrs. Diggs Episode: “Thanksgiving”
2004 Quintuplets Jill Episode: “(Disdainfully) the Helbergs”
2005 Unscripted Scammed/Acting Student Episode “Episode #1.8”
Episode: “Episode #1.10”
2006 CSI: NY Ellen Fielding Episode: “Charge of the Post”
2006 Windfall Addie Townsend Recurring (Season 1)
2007 The ½ Hour News Hour Unknown Episode: “Town Hall: Identity Politics”
2007 Born in the USA Unknown TV Movie
2007 Final Approach Jackie Reynolds TV Movie
2008 Black Widow Jill Keegan TV Movie
2008 House of Payne Lisa Episode: “Compromising Positions”
2009 The Mentalist Marshal Christy Knox Episode: “Red Sauce”
2010 Words Unspoken Nurse Mayes Short
2010 Bones Marilyn Stoddard Episode: “The Predator in the Pool”
2010-2012 Eureka Grace Monroe Main (Seasons 4-5)
2011 Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star Guinness Woman Film
2012 Castle Beth Cabot Episode: “Secret Santa”
2014 Dumb and Dumber To Dr. Walcott Film
2014 NCIS Alice Kent Staley Episode: “The Searchers”
2015 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Doctor Episode: “My First Thanksgiving with Josh!”
2015-2016 The Magicians Dr. Jennifer London Episode: “Unauthorized Magic”
Episode: “The World in the Walls”
2016 12 Deadly Days Unknown Mini Series
2017 Private Dick Judy Mini Series
2017 Doubt Iris Taylor Episode: “Finally”
2017 Animal Kingdom Monica Episode: “Karma”
Episode: “Bleed for It”
2017 The Climb Babe TV Movie
2017 S.W.A.T. Trisha Watson Episode: “Imposters”
2017-2018 NCIS: Los Angeles Leigha Winters Episode: “Mountebank”
Episode: “Vendetta”
2018 Collusions Regina Film
2018 Into the Dark Dr. Helen Saunders Episode: “Flesh & Blood”
2019 Proven Innocent Vanessa Dale Episode: “A Minor Confession”
Episode: “Living and Dying in East Cleveland”
TBA The Obituary of Tunde Johnson Yomi Johnson Film


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