Essence Atkins is an actress by profession. In the past, she used to be a model in the fashion industry. Atkins is a prominent figure in both television world and film world.
Essence Atkins Mini Bio
Essence’s birth name is Essence Uhura Atkins. Raised in Brooklyn, New York, Essence has been into acting career since her early days. Therefore, her academic life isn’t so well known to the media.
Atkins started into the television world in 1986 as Paula Young in one of the episodes of The Cosby Show. After 1986, she had a brief halt before again appearing on TV in 1989 in the same role of The Cosby Show.
Following the rough start, Essence continuously landed in various roles in single episodes of various series in the early 90s. In 1995, Atkins appeared in six regular episodes of the series Under One Roof as Charlotte “Charlie” Langston. Then again, in 1996, she did ten episodes as Julie Tate in the series Malibu Shores.
From 1997 to 1999, Essence was cast as one of the main roles of the series Smart Guy. As her best ever achievement ended in 1999, Atkins turned into the Hollywood side as well. She kicked off with the role of Nikita in the short film Nikita’s Blues.
After the first movie appearance, Essence’s career seems to have skyrocketed. Since then, she has landed in numerous television shows and Hollywood films. From 2002 to 2006, Atkins did more than 90 episodes of the series Half & Half as the character Dee Dee Thorne. Side by Side, she has managed to do some movies such as Love for Sale, Dance Flick, Charity and The Bachelor’s Party.
One of her most successful television series is Are We There Yet? In the series, Atkins performed the role of Suzanne Kingston-Persons.
Family and Personal Life
Essence Uhura Atkins is reported to have been born on February 7, 1972. The identity of her parents is yet to be revealed, though.
Currently, the 44 years old Essence is married to Puerto Rican Jaimie Mendez. The couple has a baby too. His name is Varro Blair Mendez and is almost 6 years old this year.
In 2016, Essence is associated with the television show Marlon and the film Illicit. In 2006, she was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in Half & Half. Again in 2012, Atkins was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for Are We There Yet?