Xosha Roquemore

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Xosha Kai Roquemore
Born (1984-12-11) December 11, 1984 (age 32)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2008–present

Xosha Kai Roquemore (pronounced Zo-sha) (born December 11, 1984) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Jo Ann in Precious and Tamra in The Mindy Project.

Early life and education[edit]

Roquemore was born in Los Angeles in 1984 and is named after the Xhosa people of South Africa.[1] She started acting when she joined The Amazing Grace Conservatory, in ninth grade. After graduating high school, she moved to New York City and graduated from the Tisch program of the New York University.[2]

Roquemore starred in her first major film as Jo Ann in Precious.[2] In 2013 she was cast in a recurring role on Kirstie based on her work in the series' pilot. Her role, however, was recast after she was added as a series regular to The Mindy Project as a result of a three episode guest star stint.[3]



Year Title Role Notes
2008 Shades of Brooklyn Vol. 1 Allison Short film
2009 Precious Jo Ann Nominated - Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
2009 Rivers Wash Over Me Racine Buchanan
2011 I Can Smoke? Shirley Short film
2012 Price Check Donna
2013 G.B.F. Caprice Winters
2013 The Butler Foxy Uncredited
2014 Human Code: Emotions/Society Video short film
2014 Patton Oswalt Confronts His Haters Short film


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Viralcom Showgirl #1 1 episode: "You Got Yourself 30 Seconds"
2010 Nurse Jackie City Island Clerk 1 episode: "Comfort Food"
2010 10 Things I Hate About You Baby 1 episode: "Don't Trust Me"
2010 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Trina Smith 1 episode: "Inhumane Society"
2010 My Boys Tracee 1 episode: "The NTO"
2010 Playing With Guns Cinnamon TV Movie
2011 Rescue Me Jayne 2 episodes: "Jeter", "Vows"
2012 Southland Drea 1 episode: "Community"
2013 Kirstie Tanya 1 episode: "Pilot"
2013 - present The Mindy Project Tamra Webb Recurring cast (season 1)
Main cast (season 2-present)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2009 Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award Best Ensemble Shared with Mo'Nique, Lenny Kravitz, Paula Patton, Gabourey Sidibe, Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepherd, Stephanie Andujar, Chyna Layne, and Amina Robinson Precious Nominated


  1. ^ Radloff, Jessica (November 12, 2013). "Meet the Hilarious Xosha Roquemore A.K.A. Tamra on The Mindy Project". www.glamour.com. Glamour. Retrieved March 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Valentine, Jennifer (2008). "Introducing Xosha Roquemore". www.clutchmagonline.com. Clutch. Retrieved March 1, 2015. 
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 26, 2013). "Xosha Roquemore Joins 'Mindy Project' As New Regular, Kevin Durand In 'The Strain'". deadline.com. Deadline. Retrieved March 1, 2015. 

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