Essence Atkins

Essence Atkins

Date Of BirthFebruary 7, 1972
Age48 years 1 months 29 days
Day of BirthMonday
Place Of BirthBrooklyn, New York, United States
Zodiac SignAquarius
Professions Actress , Producer , Model
Full Name Essence Uhurra Atkins
Other Name Esence Atkins

Personal Information
Residence New York, United States
Religion Christianity
Language English
Star SignAquarius
Nationality American
EthnicitiesMultiracial , African American
Sexual Orientation Straight
Body Features & Measurements
Height157 CM
5 Feet 2 Inches
Eye color Dark Brown
Hair color Black
Weight57 KG
126 lbs
Shoe Size7 (US)
Dress Size8 (US)
Figure Measurements 32-24-33
Figure Type Hourglass
Body Type Average
Bra Size 32B
Family Information
Father Geoffrey Atkins
Mother Sandy Nelson
Son Varro Blair Mendez (born on 25th December 2011)
Cousin Chriss Ifflet
Niece Alyssa Rager-Mendez
Education Qualifications
Education(School) Profession Children School (A school for kids who can not attend regular schools while being busy other professions like acting,)
Alma MaterAlvin Ailey Institute (Dancing Institute)
Love, Romance, Marriage
Husband Jaime Mendez (Football player; married in 2009 & divorced in 2016)
Career Information
Debut (Movie) Nikita's Blues(1999)
Years Active 1986-
Debut (TV) The Cosby Show
Favorites, Hobbies, Likes/ Dislikes
Horse Riding
Favorite MoviesA Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Aliens (1986)
Alien (1979)
Social Networks, Web links
Facebook ProfileEssence Atkins Facebook Profile
Twitter ProfileEssence Atkins Twitter Profile
Instagram ProfileEssence Atkins Instagram Profile
More Information
Friends Valarie Pettiford (actress & dancer)
Gabrielle Union
Alfonso Ribeiro
Net worth$5 Million


Essence Atkins is an American TV & Movie actress, Model, voice artist & Producer. She made her acting debut with- The Cosby Show. Nikita's Blues(1999) was her first movie. Essence is popular for playing roles- Kisha in A Haunted House(2013), Jamie in How High(2001), Suzanne Kingston in Are We There Yet?, Tasha Yvette Henderson in Smart Guy, Ashley Wayne in Marlon, Samantha Owens in Mr. Box Office, Dee Dee Thorne in Half & Half, Julie Tate in Malibu Shores, Charlotte in Under One Roof, Paula Young in The Cosby Show.

Essence Atkins

[ Essence Atkins ]

Childhood - Family

Essence Uhura Atkins was born on 7th February 1972 in Brooklyn, New York, United States to Sandy Nelson(Mother) & Geoffrey Atkins(Father). She grew up in St. Albans, Queens.

Essence Atkins Childhood

[ Essence Atkins Childhood ]

Essence Atkins with Father Geoffrey Atkins

[ Essence Atkins with Father Geoffrey Atkins ]


Marriage - Relationship

Essence Atkins & Jaime Mendez

Essence & Jaime met on 14th February 2008 through the online dating service->

They dated for an year and tied the knot on 26th September 2009 in Pasadena, California at the Ambassador Mansion & Gardens. She wore Stephen Yearick gown. Jaime is a football player of Puerto Rican origin, her friend & co-star of Half and Half- Valarie Pettiford performed at the reception event. The couple had taken salsa classes together for the wedding.

Essence Atkins with husband Jaime Mendez

Image: Essence Atkins with husband Jaime Mendez

Essence Atkins filed for divorce in 2016.


Essence & Jaime had a son named Varro Blair Mendez born on 25th December 2011. She was 39 at the time, it was a christmas day.

Essence Atkins with son Varro Blair Mendez

Image: Essence Atkins with son Varro Blair Mendez

Facts & Trivia

Questions & Answers


Movies List

Year Movie Character Comments
2019 Same Difference Tonya / Shauna also as executive producer
2018 Coins for Christmas Madison TV Movie
2017 Illicit Nadine  
2016 You Can't Hurry Love Camille TV Movie
2015 Girlfriends Getaway 2 Lauren TV Movie
2015 Battle Scars Elsie Ramirez  
2015 Sister Code Corrine Wells  
2014 My Other Mother Candy TV Movie
2014 Girlfriends' Getaway Lauren TV Movie
2014 A Haunted House 2 Kisha  
2013 Holiday Road Trip Clara TV Movie
2013 My Sister's Wedding Tandy  
2013 Act Like You Love Me Kelly  
2013 A Haunted House Kisha  
2012 From This Day Forward Patrice  
2012 Dysfunctional Friends Alice  
2011 The Bachelor Party Michelle Direct to video
2010 N-Secure Robin Joyner  
2010 Preacher's Kid Peaches  
2009 Dance Flick Charity  
2008 Love for Sale Candace  
2007 Football Wives   TV Movie
2007 Love... & Other 4 Letter Words Roxanne  
2003 Deliver Us from Eva Kareenah Dandrige  
2002 Looking Through Lillian Andrea  
2001 How High Jamie  
2001 XCU: Extreme Close Up Tamikah Jones  
2001 Nikita Blues Nikita  
2000 Love Song Toni TV Movie


TV Series List

Year Series Character Comments
2019 Ambitions Amara Hughes Main Role; All 18 Episodes 
2019 Carol's Second Act Kathleen "Game Changer" (Season 1 Episode 6)
2019 A Black Lady Sketch Show   "3rd & Bonaparte Is Always in the Shade" ( Season 1 Episode 3)
2019 Wonder Pets! Extra "Save the Choir!/Minions Rules!"(Season 6 Episode 21)
2017-2018 Marlon Ashley Wayne 20 episodes; Main Role
2017 Face Value Team Captain  
2017 The Great Indoors Denise "The Heartbreaker" (Season 1 Episode 20)
2012-2013 Mr. Box Office Samantha Owens 22 episodes; Season 1; Main role
2010-2012 Are We There Yet? Suzanne Kingston-Persons 74 episodes; Main Role; 
2011 House of Payne Monica "Payne Showers", "Playing with Fire", "When the Payne's Away"(Season 7 Episode 2-4)
2009 Nite Tales: The Series Shandra "Dark Heart" (Season 1 Episode 2)
2007 House Captain Greta Cooper "The Right Stuff" ( Season 4 Episode 2)
2007 The Class Melanie Deacon "The Class Has to Go to a Stupid Museum" ( Season 1 Episode 14)
2002-2006 Half & Half Dee Dee Thorne All 91 episodes; Main Role;
 2005 Love, Inc. Renee "Mad About You" (Season 1 Episode 3)
2000 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Marnie "Love in Bloom", "Salem's Daughter" (Season 4 Episode 15,17); Every Witch Way But Loose (Season 5 Episode 1)
1999 Moesha Piper Davis The Party's Over (Here) (Season 5 Episode 3); Unappreciated Interest (Season 5 Episode 9)
1997-1999 Smart Guy Tasha Yvette Henderson Main role; 51 episodes; Seasons 1-3
1997 Promised Land Rachel Mirror Image (Season 1 Episode 14)
1996 The John Larroquette Show Jocelyn The Blues Traveller , Cheeses H. Taste (Season 4 Episode 4,8)
1996 Malibu Shores Julie Tate Main Role; All 10 episodes; Season 1 Episdoes 1-10
1996 The Parent 'Hood Chantel "One Man and a Baby" ( Season 2 Episode 12)
1995 The Wayans Bros. Nina Farmer's Daughter (Season 2 Episode 11)
1995 Under One Roof Charlotte Langston Main role; All 6 episodes; Season 1 Episodes 1-6
1993 Saved by the Bell: The College Years Danielle Marks "Pilot" (season 1 Episode 1)
1992 Here and Now Khalilia Love Handles, A.J.'s Big Leap (Season 1 Episode 7,9)
1992 Family Matters Becky Brown Bombshell (Season 3 Episode 16)
1991 Charlie Hoover Amy Out of the Frying Pan ( Season 1 Episode 5)
1986-1989 The Cosby Show Paula Young Vanessa's Rich ( Season 3 Episode 8); I'm 'In' with the 'In' Crowd (Season 6 Episode 3)


Short Movies

Year Short Movie Character Comments
2017 Solstice Ranch Lola Solstice  
2016 Darryl   as associate producer
1999 Nikita's Blues Nikita  
1991 Sunday in Paris Allison Chase TV



Year Won? Award Project Category Comments
2005 Nomination Image Awards Half & Half Outstanding Supporting Actress (comedy)  
2011 Nomination NAACP Image Awards Are We There Yet? Outstanding Actress ( Comedy Series)  
2018 Nomination NAACP Image Awards Marlon Outstanding Supporting Actress (Comedy Series)  




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