Essence Atkins Bio, Age, Wiki, Family, Wife, Height, Net Worth, Movies

Essence Atkins Biography

Essence Atkins is a renowned American actress and model best known for her remarkable contributions to television comedies, including iconic series like Smart Guy, Half & Half, and the comedy hit Are We There Yet?

How Old is Essence Atkins – Age

Essence was born on February 7, 1972, in Brooklyn, New York, making her 50 years old in 2022. Her zodiac sign is Aquarius.

How Tall is Essence Atkins – Height

She stands at a height of 5 feet 1 ¾ inches and weighs 125 pounds. Her distinct beauty is characterized by black hair and dark brown eyes.

Essence Atkins Mother, Father, Siblings – Family

Essence is known to be the daughter of Geoffrey Atkins and Sandy Nelson. Information about her siblings, if any, remains unavailable.

Is Essence Atkins Married? – Husband

Essence tied the knot with Jaime Mendez, a former Puerto Rican collegiate football-free safety. The couple met through the online dating service on Valentine’s Day in 2008. Their wedding took place on September 26, 2009, with her Half and Half co-star Valarie Pettiford performing during the reception. Unfortunately, their marriage came to an end after ten years.


In August 2011, Essence and Jaime announced their expectation of their first child together. She gave birth to a son in December 2011, as shared via Twitter.

Actress and Model Essence Atkins
Actress and Model Essence Atkins

Essence’s Career

Her journey in the entertainment industry began as a teenager when she appeared in the 1986 NBC sitcom The Cosby Show. Following this, she graced various sitcoms as a guest star, including the well-known Family Matters. In 1995, Essence had a significant role in the first African-American soap opera, Under One Roof, alongside James Earl Jones and Vanessa Bell Calloway.

Her TV career continued to soar as she co-starred in the short-lived NBC teen soap opera, Malibu Shores, in 1996, alongside Keri Russell. A notable appearance was her role in the Saved by the Bell spin-off, Saved by the Bell: The College Years, although her character was eventually written out when Tiffani-Amber Thiessen decided to return to the show.

From 1997 to 1999, Essence Atkins portrayed the character of Tasha Yvette Henderson, the older sister, in the WB sitcom Smart Guy. Between 2002 and 2006, she took on the role of Dee Dee Thorne, her half-sister, in the UPN sitcom Half & Half, sharing the screen with Rachel True.

Not confined to television, Essence also ventured into the world of cinema. She had supporting roles in various films, including How High (2001), Save Us from Eva (2003) alongside Gabrielle Union, and Dance Flick (2009).

In 2017, she co-starred with Chris Evans in the Marc Webb drama thriller Gifted, which earned her a Critics’ Choice Movie Award nomination for Best Young Performer.

Essence Atkins Net Worth

Her successful career has allowed Essence to amass an estimated net worth of approximately $5 million.


You can follow her @Essence_Says

Movies and TV Shows

  • 2019 Same Difference
  • 2018 Coins for Christmas
  • 2016 You Can’t Hurry Love
  • 2016 Illicit
  • 2015 Sister Code
  • 2015 Battle Scars
  • 2015 Girlfriends’ Getaway 2
  • 2014 A Haunted House 2
  • 2014 Girlfriends’ Getaway
  • 2014 My Other Mother
  • 2013 A Haunted House
  • 2013 Act Like You Love Me
  • 2013 ‘Holiday Road Trip
  • 2013 My Sister’s Wedding
  • 2012 Dysfunctional Friends
  • 2012 From This Day Forward
  • 2011 The Bachelor Party
  • 2010 Preacher’s Kid
  • 2010 N-Secure
  • 2009 Dance Flick
  • 2008 Love for Sale
  • 2007 Love… & Other 4 Letter Words
  • 2003 Deliver Us from Eva
  • 2002 Looking Through Lillian
  • 2001 Nikita Blues
  • 2001 XCU: Extreme Close Up
  • 2001 How High
  • 2000 Love Song
  • 1999 Nikita’s Blues

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