Nicole Ari Parker

  • Birth Place: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
  • Profession: Actor
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Fast Facts

  • Ancestry is African American and Cherokee Indian.
  • Won a best-actress award in a statewide Maryland high-school competition.
  • Got her break starring in the Showtime series Soul Food (2000-04).
  • Starred in 2004 with her husband, Boris Kodjoe (whom she met while working on Soul Food), in the UPN sitcom Second Time Around.
  • Had singing parts in Soul Food and in a guest appearance on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
  • Is a published poet.
  • Because their daughter Sophie has spina bifida, she and Kodjoe founded Sophie's Voice Foundation to provide information and support to others dealing with the condition.


  • 1997, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee


  • Boris Kodjoe — Husband
  • Susan Parker — Mother
  • Nicolas Neruda Kodjoe — Son
  • Donald Parker — Father
  • Joseph Falasca — Ex-husband
  • Sophie Tei-Naaki Lee Kodjoe — Daughter


  • New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, New York, New York, United States (1993)

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  • Birth Place: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
  • Profession: Actor