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Smart, classy, sexy, charming and versatile are just a few of the characteristics that define NICOLE ARI PARKER (Trish) and make her one of the hottest chameleons in the entertainment industry today. Parker's most recent appearance was in "Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins” with Martin Lawrence. Next up is the drama "Pastor Brown.”

Parker is as adept at portraying strong, sexy women as she is at playing complicated, diverse characters. She has displayed her acting range in several mainstream and independent films, including "King's Ransom,” "Brown Sugar,” "Remember the Titans,” "Blue Streak” with Martin Lawrence, "Boogie Nights” with Mark Wahlberg and the HBO Original Film "Dancing in September.” She has also been featured in "200 Cigarettes,” "Loving Jezebel,” "Subway Stories” and "Sebastian Cole,” a winner at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival.

Probably best known for captivating viewers each week in the outstanding role of Teri Joseph in Showtime's award-winning original series "Soul Food,” Parker is much like the character of Teri, a strong, powerful woman, but also much more fun-loving. She recently starred opposite her then-fiancé Boris Kodjoe in the hit sitcom "Second Time Around,” in which they played a once-married couple who, after years of being apart, decide to remarry and give their relationship a second try.

Parker has an extensive background in theater, having performed in off- Broadway productions such as "Chicago,” "House of Lear” and "Romeo and Juliet.” She also appeared in the television movies "The Wonderful World of Disney's The Loretta Claiborne Story,” "Exiled” and "Mind Prey.”

Growing up, Parker always knew she wanted to be an actress. She began pursuing her dream at the Baltimore Actors Theatre, and then it was on to Washington Ballet Company before moving to New York to continue her acting studies at New York University. She is a graduate of NYU's famed Tisch School of the Arts.

Recently, her natural beauty has been embraced by Oil of Olay in their nationwide special advertising campaign that ran in Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar, Elle and Vogue.

Parker has been nominated for six NAACP Image Awards and had the pleasure of presenting President Bill Clinton with a Thurgood Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony hosted by the NAACP. She also received a special award at the Urban World Film Festival for Outstanding Body of Work as an Actress.

Parker is a participant of Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organization that builds homes for single mothers across the country, as well as in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada.

Parker, husband Boris Kodjoe and their two children, Sophie and Nicolas, divide their time between Los Angeles and Atlanta.

In January 2009, she was featured in People Magazine to introduce Sophie's Voice Foundation (, the charitable organization she started with her husband to raise awareness about children and adults living with spina bifida.


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