Nia Long Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 26 Oct, 2016
Facts of Nia Long
Date of Birth: 1970 , October-30
Age: 47 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 5 Feet 2 Inch
Name Nia Long
Father Doughtry Long
Mother Talita Long
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Brooklyn
Religion Christian
Profession Actress
Net Worth $13 million
Eye Color Brown – Dark
Hair Color Black
Body Measurements 34-23-38
Shoe Size 7
Weight in KG 56 kg
Married Yes
Married to Ime Udoka (2010)
TV Show Guiding Light (1952 – 2009)
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Nia Long, an American actress, was born on October 30, 1970, in Brooklyn, New York. She is notable for her roles as Lisa Wilkes in the sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and Officer Sasha Monroe in the NBC crime drama series “Third Watch”. Nia has also had significant roles in several movies, like In Too Deep, Boyz n the Hood, Friday, Boiler Room, Soul Food, Love Jones, The Best Man, Big Momma's House, Are We There Yet? among others.


Nia’s real name is Nitara Carlynn "Nia" Long. Her father, Doughtry "Doc" Long, was a high school teacher and poet, and her mother, Talita Long, was a teacher and printmaker. She is of Trinidadian, Grenadian, and Bajan descent. Her older half-sister is the actress and comedian, Lori Ann Rambough, popularly known as Sommore.

Nia attended St. Mary’s Academy, a Roman Catholic school in Inglewood, California. She also studied at Paseo Del Rey Elementary School and graduated high school from Westchester High School in Los Angeles in 1989.


Nia’s first appearance on screen was in the Disney television movie, The B.R.A.T Patrol. Her first notable role on television was as Kathryn "Kat" Speakes on the soap opera ‘Guiding Light’, appearing from 1991 to 1994. She made her film debut in the poignant film portraying the social problems in inner-city Los Angeles, ‘Boyz n the hood’.

In 1994, Nia got the role of Lisa Wilkes on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. In the show, she played Will Smith's girlfriend and fiancée, until 1995. This was one of the significant roles in her career. In 1996, she made a guest appearance in ‘ER’ and ‘Moesha’. She then appeared in six episodes of ‘Judging Army’, from 2001 to 2002. From 2003 to 2005, Nia was cast in the crime drama series ‘Third Watch’ as Officer Sasha Monroe, appearing in 45 seasons. After appearing in ‘Boston Legal’ as Vanessa Walker and ‘Big Shots’ as Katie Graham, she appeared in the adult animated sitcom ‘The Cleveland Show’, made by the directors of ‘Family Guy’. Since then, she has made several appearances on several other shows, including ‘Chase’, ‘House of Lies’ and ‘Divide’. In 2016, she got the main role in ‘Uncle Buck’ as Cindy Russell. The show was met with mostly negative reviews.

Although she is known for her roles in television series, Nia has also stood out as a film actress. She has acted in several movies like ‘In Too Deep’, ‘The Best Man’, ‘Boiler Room’, ‘Alfie’, ‘Big Momma's House 2’, ‘Are We Done Yet?’ and ‘The Best Man Holiday’. She currently has a net worth of $13 million.


Nia started dating Massai Zhivago Dorsey in 2001 and had a son with him, Massai Zhivago Dorsey II on November 26, 2000. She and her boyfriend were to marry in June 2001, but they split up before getting married. In 2010, she started dating former professional basketball player Ime Udoka. The couple gave birth to their son, Kez Sunday Udoka on November 7, 2011, and became engaged in May 2015.