Nicole Ari Parker
Parker in December 2010
|Alma mater||New York University|
Boris Kodjoe (m. 2005)
Nicole Ari Parker (born October 7, 1970) is an American actress and model. She made her screen debut with a leading role in the critically acclaimed independent film The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love (1995) and went on to appear in Boogie Nights (1997), directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.
Parker has starred in a number of movies, including Blue Streak (1999), Remember the Titans (2000), Brown Sugar (2002), Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (2008), Black Dynamite (2009), and Almost Christmas (2016). On television, Parker played the leading role of attorney Teri Joseph in the Showtime drama series Soul Food (2000-04), for which she received five NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series nominations. She also starred in the short-lived UPN romantic comedy Second Time Around (2004-05) and the ABC drama Time After Time (2017). In 2017, she joined the cast of Fox's prime-time soap opera Empire playing Giselle Barker.
Parker was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She is the only child of her divorced parents, health care professional Susan Parker and dentist Donald Parker. After briefly attending a Montessori school, Parker entered Roland Park Country School, where she stayed through high school. At the age of 17, she won Best Actress in the state of Maryland's high school theater competition. She became a member of The Washington Ballet Company before earning an acting degree in 1993 from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
Early in her career she appeared in several critically acclaimed independent films, including The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love, Boogie Nights, 200 Cigarettes, and the 1999 Sundance Film Festival winner The Adventures of Sebastian Cole. She starred with her husband, model and actor Boris Kodjoe, in UPN's situation comedy Second Time Around.
After a string of odd jobs (including scooping ice cream), bit roles, and low-wage theater work, Parker was offered her breakthrough role on Soul Food. In several episodes of the series, she was able to show her singing abilities, which also served her well in roles as singers on an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and in the movie Divas.
Parker also had a lead role in the 1998 film Exiled: A Law & Order Movie. She worked alongside Martin Lawrence in two of his films: Blue Streak and Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins. On Broadway she played Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire.
Parker was lead actress in the 2013 NBC drama pilot Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives, and later had a recurring role on Revolution. In 2014, she starred as a series regular in the first season of the TNT crime drama Murder in the First, opposite Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson.
In 2017, she joined the popular and award-winning Fox series Empire, playing Giselle Barker in a recurring role during the fourth season. She has been promoted to a series regular for the fifth season.
Parker eloped with actor Joseph Falasca in March 2001. Their marriage lasted only eight months; they divorced later that year. She married her Soul Food co-star Boris Kodjoe on May 21, 2005, in Gundelfingen, Germany. She gave birth to their first child, a girl, on March 5, 2005. Sophie has spina bifida, which was diagnosed at birth. Parker gave birth to the couple's second child, a son, in October 2006 in Atlanta, Georgia.
The family attends the Cascade United Methodist Church when in Atlanta.
|1993||Other Women's Children||Marcelle|
|1995||Stonewall||Female Draft Officer|
|1995||The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love||Evie Roy|
|1996||Rebound: The Legend of Earl "The Goat" Manigault||Wanda|
|1997||The End of Violence||Ade|
|1997||Subway Stories||Sharon||Segment: "Honey-Getter"|
|1997||Boogie Nights||Becky Barnett|
|1998||The Adventures of Sebastian Cole||Jenny|
|1998||Exiled: A Law & Order Movie||Georgeanne Taylor||TV movie|
|1999||Mind Prey||Weather Karkinnon|
|1999||Mirar Mirror||Denise Scott|
|1999||A Map of the World||Sherry|
|1999||Blue Streak||Melissa Green|
|2000||The Loretta Claiborne Story||Christine Claiborne|
|2000||Dancing in September||Tomasina 'Tommy' Crawford|
|2000||Remember the Titans||Carol Boone|
|2002||Brown Sugar||Reese Marie Wiggam Ellis|
|2005||King's Ransom||Angela Drake|
|2008||Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins||Lucinda Allen|
|2009||Black Dynamite||Mahogany Black|
|2009||Pastor Brown||Tonya Copeland Brown|
|2011||35 and Ticking||Zenobia|
|2016||Almost Christmas||Sonya Meyers|
|2018||How It Ends||Paula Sutherland|
|2002||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Lillie Iv||Episode: "Primum Non Nocere"|
|2003||The System||Linda Evans||Series regular (9 episodes)|
|2004||All of Us||Traci Garrison||Episode: "Playdate"|
|2000-2004||Soul Food||Teri Joseph||Series regular (74 episodes)|
|2004-2005||Second Time Around||Ryan Muse||Series regular (13 episodes)|
|2010||The Deep End||Susan Oppenheim||Series regular (6 episodes)|
|2011||Big Mike||Grace Peterson||Pilot|
|2013||Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives||Paula||Pilot|
|2013||Real Husbands of Hollywood||Herself||5 episodes|
|2013||Revolution||Justine Allenford||8 episodes|
|2014||Murder in the First||Jacqueline Perez||Series regular (9 episodes)|
|2015||The Boris & Nicole Show||Herself/Co-host||25 episodes|
|2015-2016||Rosewood||Kat Crawford||Recurring role|
|2017||Time After Time||Vanessa Anders||Recurring role|
|2017-present||Empire||Giselle Barker||Recurring role (Season 4) |
Main role (Season 5-)
|2018||The Romanoffs||Cheryl Gowans|
|2019||Lip Sync Battle||Herself||Episode: "Boris Kodjoe vs. Nicole Ari Parker"|
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|1998||Screen Actors Guild||Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture||Boogie Nights||Nominated|
|2001||Image Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture||Remember the Titans||Nominated|
|2001||Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series||Soul Food||Nominated|
|2002||Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series||Soul Food||Nominated|
|2003||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture||Brown Sugar||Nominated|
|2003||Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series||Soul Food||Nominated|
|2004||Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series||Soul Food||Nominated|
|2005||Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series||Soul Food||Nominated|