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Nia Long

Biography

Actress who also starred on the tv screen shows THE NEW Prince of Bel-Air and Third View and in addition appeared in a number of films, including Boiler Space, Big Momma’s Home, and so are We There Yet? She experienced a role within the 1991 iconic film Boyz n the Hood, which role resulted in many other possibilities. She appeared within the music video for the Kanye Western song “Contact the Sky.” She experienced a child called Massai Zhivago Dorsey II on November 26, 2000. This year 2010 she came into a romantic relationship with basketball participant Ime Udoka plus they welcomed a child called Kez in 2011. In 2015 they truly became involved. She starred within the movie THE VERY BEST Man alongside Taye Diggs.

Quick Facts


Full Name Nia Long
Date Of Birth October 30, 1970
Place Of Birth Brooklyn, NY
Height 1.57 m
Profession TV Actress
Education Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnets
Nationality American
Children Massai Zhivago Dorsey II, Kez Sunday Udoka
Parents Doughtry Long, Talita Long
Siblings Sommore
Partner Ime Udoka, Ime Udoka
Awards NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominations NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special, Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress - Film
Movies The Best Man Holiday, The Best Man, Friday, Love Jones, Boyz n the Hood, Big Momma's House, Are We Done Yet?, Are We There Yet?, Big Momma's House 2, The Single Moms Club, Keanu, Soul Food, Boiler Room, Alfie, Premonition, Beaches, In Too Deep, Held Up, Stigmata, Mooz-lum, Made in America, Baadasssss!, Good Hair, The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy, Hav Plenty, The Secret Laughter of Women, If These Walls Could Talk 2, Gospel Hill, Roxanne Roxanne, Sightings: Heartland Ghost, The B.R.A.T. Patrol, Butter, Lemon, Buried Alive, Boston's Finest, Black Jaq
TV Shows The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, House of Lies, Third Watch, Uncle Buck, The Divide, Guiding Light, Live Shot, Big Shots, NCIS: Los Angeles, Chase, Cordell And Coneil
Star Sign Scorpio

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#Fact
1 Currently filming Big Momma's House 2 (2006). [April 2005]
2 Is currently portraying "Sasha Monroe" as she returns as a regular cast member for her second on NBC's multi-faced drama Third Watch (1999). [January 2004]
3 Returned to work 12 months after giving birth to her son Kez in order to begin filming The Single Moms Club (2014).
4 Nia and Ime Udoka welcomed a baby boy named Kez on Monday November 7th 2011 he weighed 7lbs 15oz and was 19.5 inches long at birth.
5 Younger half-sister of comedian Sommore.
6 She and Massai Z. Dorsey were to wed in June 2001, but ended their relationship before getting married to each other.
7 Career got started by Betty A. Bridges, mother of actor Todd Bridges. Betty was her acting coach for 15 years.
8 She is of Trinidadian, Granadian, and Barbadian descent.
9 Was a registered Girl Scout.
10 First child Massai Zhivago Dorsey II, with Massai Z. Dorsey was born on November 26th, 2000 in Los Angeles.
11 Took Third Place by the readers of Black Men Magazine for "The 10 Sexiest Women of the Year." [2000]
12 Nia and her beau, Massai Z. Dorsey, have announced that they are expecting their first child in November 2000. They also announced that they will wed in June 2001.
13 Voted one of the 50 most beautiful people in the World 2000 by People Magazine


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Chase 2011 TV Series Melissa Randolph
Boston's Finest 2010 TV Movie Taylor Sanchez
Mooz-Lum 2010 Safiyah Mahdi
The Cleveland Show 2009-2010 TV Series Roberta Tubbs
Gospel Hill 2008 Mrs. Palmer
Big Shots 2007-2008 TV Series Katie Graham
Are We Done Yet? 2007 Suzanne Persons
Premonition 2007/I Annie
Boston Legal 2007 TV Series Vanessa Walker
Everwood 2006 TV Series Cassie
Big Momma's House 2 2006 Sherri
Third Watch 2003-2005 TV Series Sasha Monroe
Are We There Yet? 2005 Suzanne Kingston
Alfie 2004 Lonette
Baadasssss! 2003 Sandra
Sightings: Heartland Ghost 2002 TV Movie Lou
Judging Amy 2001-2002 TV Series Andrea Solomon
Big Momma's House 2000 Sherry Pierce
If These Walls Could Talk 2 2000 TV Movie Karen (segment "1972")
Boiler Room 2000 Abbie Halpert
The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy 2000 Leslie
The Secret Laughter of Women 1999 Nimi Da Silva
Held Up 1999 Rae
Stigmata 1999 Donna Chadway
The Best Man 1999 Jordan Armstrong
In Too Deep 1999 Myra
Black Jaq 1998 TV Movie Jaqueline 'Jaq' Blackman
Butter 1998 Carmen Jones
Hav Plenty 1997 Trudy
Soul Food 1997 Bird
Love Jones 1997 Nina Mosley
Moesha 1996 TV Series Babysitter
ER 1996 TV Series Christy Wilson
Live Shot 1995 TV Series Ramona Greer
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1991-1995 TV Series Lisa Wilkes Claudia Prescott
Friday 1995 Debbie
Living Single 1993 TV Series Stacey Evans
Made in America 1993 Zora Mathews
Boyz n the Hood 1991 Brandi
Buried Alive 1990 Fingers
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1986 TV Series Darla Perkins
227 1986 TV Series Girl
Guiding Light 1952 TV Series Katherine 'Kat' Speakes (1991-1993)
Life in a Year 2018 filming
Empire 2017 TV Series Giuliana / Giuliana Green
Dear White People 2017 TV Series Neika Hobbs
Hand of God 2017 TV Series Izzy
Lemon 2017 Cleo
Roxanne Roxanne 2017 Ms. Peggy Gooden
Beaches 2017 TV Movie Hillary Whitney
Uncle Buck 2016 TV Series Alexis Russell
Keanu 2016 Hannah
The Divide 2014 TV Series Billie Page
The Single Moms Club 2014 May
Sit Down with the Stars 2014 TV Series
The Best Man Holiday 2013 Jordan
House of Lies 2013 TV Series Tamara

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Cleveland Show 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Love Jones 1997 performer: "Lyric: I Am Looking at Music", "Poem No. 3"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Road Trippin': The Making of 'Are We There Yet?' 2005 Video documentary short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
ABFF Honors 2017 TV Special Herself
Harry 2017 TV Series Herself
Rachael Ray 2007-2017 TV Series Herself
Entertainment Tonight 2009-2017 TV Series Herself
Good Morning America 2017 TV Series Herself
Live with Kelly and Ryan 2017 TV Series Herself - Guest
Real Husbands of Hollywood 2015-2016 TV Series Herself
The Talk 2013-2016 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2016 TV Series Herself
The Chew 2013-2016 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself - Guest Co-Hostess
Today 2016 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself
Made in Hollywood 2009-2016 TV Series Herself
Larry King Now 2016 TV Series Herself - Guest
Tavis Smiley 2013-2016 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself
ABFF Awards a Celebration of Hollywood 2016 TV Movie Herself
24th Annual Trumpet Awards 2016 TV Movie Herself - Host
The 42nd Annual People's Choice Awards 2016 TV Movie Herself
The Arsenio Hall Show 2013-2014 TV Series Herself - Guest
Oprah's Lifeclass 2014 TV Series Herself
45th NAACP Image Awards 2014 TV Movie documentary Herself
19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2014 TV Special Herself - Presenter
Good Day L.A. 2013 TV Series Herself
The Wendy Williams Show 2009-2013 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself
Access Hollywood Live 2013 TV Series Herself - Guest
Big Morning Buzz Live 2013 TV Series Herself
Black Girls Rock! 2013 2013 TV Movie Herself
The Insider 2013 TV Series Herself
BET Awards 2013 2013 TV Special Herself
Be Inspired: The Life of Heavy D 2012 Documentary short Herself
Kiss and Tell: The History of Black Romance in Movie 2012 Documentary
The Enduring Significance of Boyz n the Hood 2011 Video documentary short Herself
BET Awards 2011 2011 TV Special Herself
Black Girls Rock 2010 TV Movie Herself - Host
BET Awards 2010 2010 TV Special Herself
'Friday' Straight Up 2009 Video documentary short Herself
Moving Pictures Live! 2009 TV Series Herself
Celebrity Ghost Stories 2009 TV Series documentary Herself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2009 TV Series Herself
The Mo'Nique Show 2009 TV Series Herself
Good Hair 2009 Documentary Herself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2007 TV Series Herself
Glimpses of the Future: Making 'Premonition' 2007 Video documentary short Herself
38th NAACP Image Awards 2007 TV Special Herself - Presenter
The Young Hollywood Awards 2006 TV Special Herself
Last Call with Carson Daly 2006 TV Series Herself
That's What I'm Talking About 2006 TV Series documentary Herself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 2004-2006 TV Series Herself
Martha 2006 TV Series Herself
The 3rd Annual Vibe Awards 2005 TV Special Herself
25 Strong: The BET Silver Anniversary Special 2005 TV Special Herself
The Black Movie Awards 2005 TV Special Herself
2nd Annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors 2005 TV Movie Herself
BBQ Pool Party 2005 TV Movie documentary Herself
Road Trippin': The Making of 'Are We There Yet?' 2005 Video documentary short Herself - 'Suzanne'
The Tony Danza Show 2005 TV Series Herself
2004 Hispanic Heritage Awards 2004 TV Special Herself
The N Word 2004 Documentary Herself
35th NAACP Image Awards 2004 TV Special Herself
Friendly Fire: Making an Urban Legend 2003 Video documentary short Herself
America Beyond the Color Line with Henry Louis Gates Jr. 2002 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
32nd NAACP Image Awards 2001 TV Special Herself
Late Show with David Letterman 2000 TV Series Herself
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 2000 TV Special documentary Herself
31st NAACP Image Awards 2000 TV Special Herself
The Daily Show 1999 TV Series Herself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn 1999 TV Series Herself
29th NAACP Image Awards 1998 TV Special Herself
The Jon Stewart Show 1995 TV Series Herself
MTV Spring Break: Lake Havasu 1995 TV Movie Herself
The 21st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1994 TV Special Herself
26th NAACP Image Awards 1994 TV Special Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight 2017 TV Series Herself
Chelsea Lately 2014 TV Series May in 'The Single Moms Club'

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014 Hollywood Award Acapulco Black Film Festival Best Ensemble Cast The Best Man Holiday (2013) · Eddie Cibrian
· Morris Chestnut
· Terrence Howard
· Taye Diggs
· Harold Perrineau
· Regina Hall
· Sanaa Lathan
· Melissa De Sousa
· Monica Calhoun
2014 Hollywood Award Acapulco Black Film Festival Best Actress The Best Man Holiday (2013)
2005 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Third Watch (1999)
2004 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Third Watch (1999)
2000 Black Star Award Acapulco Black Film Festival Star of the Year
2000 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Theatrical - Best Actress The Best Man (1999)
2000 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture The Best Man (1999)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Outstanding Actress, Motion Picture The Best Man Holiday (2013)
2014 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series House of Lies (2012)
2012 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Actress Mooz-Lum (2010)
2005 BET Comedy Award BET Comedy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Theatrical Film Alfie (2004)
2005 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Supporting Actress Alfie (2004)
2001 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Theatrical - Best Supporting Actress Boiler Room (2000)
2001 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Actress - Comedy Big Momma's House (2000)
2001 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Big Momma's House (2000)
2001 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special If These Walls Could Talk 2 (2000)
1998 Black Film Award Acapulco Black Film Festival Best Actress Love Jones (1997)
1998 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture Love Jones (1997)
1996 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)


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#Quote
1 We're all in the service business. If you hire me to do a job I expect everybody else to be where I am. A little bit of crazy is good. It keeps things - balanced.
2 I said 'Brian, no one is going to respect me as a mother after this.' He said, 'oh no, yes they will, this is a movie, don't worry about it.' But they're not.
3 I'm not going to live my life unhappy and why should he and we talk about it and I think what's great about the film is that it shows is the meaning of family doesn't have to be as traditional as it once was, like you can make a family.
4 In terms of Cube I think he's very conscious of the technical aspect of the business whereas when you're just hired as an actor, you're not really secure in that part of your work and you're not really paying attention to where the camera.
5 It took a long time to get that film made. I went in for it almost right after or like maybe six or seven months after I had my son and actually auditioned for the Regina King part and they just were like, 'No, you're just - you just don't really seem the part.'
6 We haven't even gotten a start date but we'll see what happens with that and that will be fun. I've gotten a couple of other things but I'm not really committing myself to anything yet.
7 I know for me like I have a reputation of being kind of tough, I have a reputation of also being the girl next door, kind of sweet but I have standards and my thing is, it's me on that screen and I don't have control over everything in this and I'm grateful and thankful.
8 I think Nina Simone has had an amazing journey. She was spicy and she had attitude and she didn't care, she wanted her money in a paper bag and don't mess with me and I've been doing some research on that so.
9 I think you grow through your experiences; you get better as you grow and I'm not nearly where I think I'm going to be eventually where I inspire to be and hopefully the opportunities will continue to come.
10 I was happy she got it and I have to sort of - and one of the reasons I did Third Watch is because I wanted to break that thing of just being the pretty girl and play it down and let it be about the work.
11 It's like going to the gym everyday. It really is. I work hard on my craft, I sweat a little bit, I run a little bit, I might sprain an ankle every now and them, but it's all good and the more you do it, the more in shape you are and it's like a machine.
12 I don't think you should reprimand your child for everything you're feeling because for them it's as serious as when something happens in our day and we get upset about it.
13 I think for me to find that project is going to be something that I'm going to have to develop for myself.
14 I've seen some great write ups and I emailed her the other night because I saw her on an awards show recently.
15 But that we didn't have the level of experience in terms of working in the industry so you weren't sure and you needed to see it and this is an industry that the more you work the better you get and that the more opportunities you have the better you get.
16 You need the words, you need the script, you need the material, you need the commitment, you need the passion, it's like we depend on writers, we depend on producers, directors depend on us and once things are in the divine order as they happen.
17 Well, the studios don't really want to take those risks right off the bat. They'll take the risk after they've seen the finished product and say oh yeah we want that. This is a great film but they are hesitant to take the risk when you just see it on paper.
18 I took a little break - I was coming back to work and the last thing I was going to do was take a step backwards, so I knew that if I was going to take a feature it was going to have to be taking a step forward.
19 First of all when you're a mommy like you like the consistency of being on a show like that's just peace of mind, I know I have financial, you know stability.
20 I have a beautiful son, I don't regret it, I'm very proud of the way that we handle our relationship and the way that we keep our son first and that's our priority.
21 They have the big ferris wheel and we've been out of town for two months, so he just was like, 'Mommy I want to go to Toys R Us and I don't care if you have a movie coming out and all that.' He was just being a kid. But I had to allow him to have that moment.
22 I know where I'm going to be, I'm not traveling here and there and everywhere. That didn't necessarily prompt me to it but it definitely opened up my mind of saying okay, maybe this is a good time to do this.
23 It's my motor, it's the thing that keeps me going and so when I have these auditions for these big movies, I can depend on myself because I've been working consistently.
24 I have a four year old and I'm telling you we did Nickelodeon last night and he embarrassed me. It was like one of those moments when I couldn't believe my kid is acting like this. I just had to just like walk away from him because he was really pushing my buttons.
25 I think there are a lot of other actors that are just talented, it's just about this opportunity - it's just about when are we going to be put in those positions where we can shine.
26 He just was being four. He just was being a child. He wasn't interested in what my agenda was. He wanted to do what he wanted to do and it started because he saw the lights on in Toys R Us.


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