Nicole Ari Parker-Kodjoe (born October 7, 1970), also known as Nikki Kodjoe, is an American actress. Parker is known for her role as Becky Barnett in the 1997 film Boogie Nights and as the attorney Teri Joseph on the Showtime series Soul Food, which ran from 2000 to 2004. Additionally, Nicole co-starred on the short-lived UPN romantic comedy Second Time Around that lasted for one season.

Early years

Parker was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She is the only child of her divorced parents, health care professional Susan Parker and dentist Donald Parker. After briefly attending the Montessori School, Parker entered Roland Park Country School where she stayed through high school. At the age of 17, she won Best Actress in the state of Maryland's high school competition and then moved to The Washington Ballet Company before applying to the New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She graduated with an acting degree in 1993.


Early in her career she appeared in several critically acclaimed independent films including The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love, Boogie Nights, 200 Cigarettes, and the 1999 Sundance Film Festival winner The Adventures of Sebastian Cole. She starred with her husband, model and actor Boris Kodjoe, in UPN's situation comedy Second Time Around.

After a string of odd jobs (including scooping ice cream), bit roles, and low wage work in the theater circuit, Parker was offered her breakthrough role on Soul Food. In Soul Food, she showcased her singing voice in several episodes. Parker also had a guest appearance on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, playing a singer. She played the role of Stephanie in the movie Divas alongside Khalil Kain. She also had a lead role in the 1998 film Exiled: A Law & Order Movie. She worked alongside Martin Lawrence in two of his films: Blue Streak and Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins. Parker also opened on Broadway in the play A Streetcar Named Desire, in the role of Blanche DuBois.

Parker was lead actress in the 2013 NBC drama pilot, Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives, and later had a recurring role on Revolution. In 2014, she stars as a series regular in the TNT crime drama Murder in the First, opposite Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson.

Personal life

Parker eloped with actor Joseph Falasca in March 2001. Their marriage lasted only eight months; they divorced later that year. She married her Soul Food co-star Boris Kodjoe on May 21, 2005, in Gundelfingen, Germany. She gave birth to their first child, a girl, Sophie Tei-Naaki Lee Kodjoe, on March 5, 2005. Sophie has spina bifida, which was diagnosed at birth. Parker gave birth to the couple's second child, Nicolas Neruda Kodjoe, a boy, on October 31, 2006 in Atlanta, Georgia. The family attends the Cascade United Methodist Church when in Atlanta. They currently reside in Los Angeles, CA.

Parker is an active member of the Democratic Party.



Year Title Role Notes
1993 Other Women's Children Marcelle
1995 Stonewall Female Draft Officer
1995 The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love Evie Roy
1995 Divas Stephanie
1996 Rebound: The Legend of Earl "The Goat" Manigault Wanda
1997 The End of Violence Ade
1997 Subway Stories Sharon Segment "Honey-Getter"
1997 Boogie Nights Becky Barnett
1998 Spark Nina
1998 The Adventures of Sebastian Cole Jenny
1998 Exiled Georgeanne Taylor
1999 200 Cigarettes Bridget
1999 Mute Love Mavis
1999 Mind Prey Weather Karkinnon
1999 Mirar Mirror Denise Scott
1999 Loving Jezebel Frances
1999 Harlem Aria Clarisse
1999 A Map of the World Sherry
1999 Blue Streak Melissa Green
2000 The Loretta Claiborne Story Christine Claiborne
2000 Dancing in September Tomasina 'Tommy' Crawford
2000 Remember the Titans Carol Boone
2002 Brown Sugar Reese Marie Wiggam Ellis
2005 King's Ransom Angela Drake
2008 Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins Lucinda Allen
2009 Black Dynamite Mahogany Black
2009 Imagine That Trish
2009 Pastor Brown Tonya Copeland Brown
2011 35 and Ticking Zenobia
2012 Vipaka Sophie
2014 Repentance Sophie Sanchez
2016 A Meyers Christmas Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1999-2000 Cosby Rebecca 3 episodes
2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Lillie Iv Episode: "Primum Non Nocere"
2003 The System Linda Evans Series regular, 9 episodes
2004 All of Us Traci Garrison Episode: "Playdate"
2000-2004 Soul Food Teri Joseph Series regular, 74 episodes
2004-2005 Second Time Around Ryan Muse Series regular, 13 episodes
2008 Never Better Allison TV pilot
2010 The Deep End Susan Oppenheim Series regular, 6 episodes
2011 Big Mike Grace Peterson TV pilot
2013 Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives Paula TV pilot
2013 Real Husbands of Hollywood Herself 5 episodes
2013 Revolution Justine Allenford 8 episodes
2014 Murder in the First Jacqueline Perez Series regular
2015 The Boris & Nicole Show Herself
2015 Rosewood Kat Crawford Recurring

Awards and nominations

List of awards and nominations
Year Award Category Work Result
2001 Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Remember the Titans Nominated
2001 Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Soul Food Nominated
2002 Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Soul Food Nominated
2003 Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Brown Sugar Nominated
2003 Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Soul Food Nominated
2004 Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Soul Food Nominated
2005 Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Soul Food Nominated
1998 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture Boogie Nights Nominated

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