Tamala JonesLanie Parish
Tamala Jones is a television and film actor whose tremendous talent, comedic timing and commitment to the craft of acting has resulted in memorable roles, iconic catchphrases and recognition as one of Hollywood's sexiest stars.
After making her feature film debut at age 20 in "How to Make an American Quilt," that same year Jones racked up television roles in "The Wayans Bros.," "The Parent 'Hood" and "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," opposite rising star Will Smith. She also landed a recurring role as Joanie on medical juggernaut "ER," a performance that allowed the "funny girl" to show a more serious side and led to Jones being cast as a series regular on the ABC drama "Dangerous Minds."
However, it is her work in beloved feature films like "The Wood," "The Brothers," "Next Friday," "Booty Call," and "Blue Streak" playing everything from Martin Lawrence's love interest to Ice Cube's nemesis that earns Jones' sex symbol status. In consecutive years, Black Men Magazine names her one of its 10 Sexiest Women of the Year and in 2004 Jones scores a spot on Maxim Magazine's coveted Hot 100 List. In 2011, Maxim Magazine again features Jones in its popular celebrity photo layout, "Today's Girl," cementing her as one of Hollywood's enduring beauties.
An actor in demand, Jones film resume includes the teen comedy "Can't Hardly Wait," the musical drama "Turn It Up," "The Ladies Man," "Daddy Day Camp," "Kingdom Come" and "Head of State" starring opposite Chris Rock and Bernie Mac. Jones portrayed one of the women being schooled in the management of men by Vivica A. Fox's savvy but stumped character in the now iconic comedy, "Two Can Play That Game," and in "On the Line" she had a turn as an ambitious and controlling advertising executive who clashes with the idealistic hero, portrayed by *NSYNC's Lance Bass. In late 2009, Jones landed a role in the Oscar-nominated feature "Up in the Air," with George Clooney.
On television, Jones amassed impressive credits in a range of roles like her turn as Lucille of rock song fame in the biopic "Little Richard" and her recurring role on "Veronica's Closet." She co-starred as the wife of Traci Morgan in the self titled "Traci Morgan Show" but became a household name after being cast in a more grown-up role as a divorcee on the ABC hit "For Your Love," showcasing a winning combination of irreverent moxie and surprising sweetness.
Expanding her focus to behind the lens, Jones co-produced the independent movie, "Nora's Hair Salon" and syndicated radio host Russ Parr's directorial debut "35 and Ticking (2011)," in which she also starred alongside Nicole Ari Parker, Keith Robinson and Wendy Raquel Robinson. In 2014, she and "Castle" co-star Jon Huertas teamed to create a provocative film short, "The Box," about a couple who find love in a desperate situation in the antebellum south.
Lanie is a Medical Examiner at the top of her field. She’s got a say-it-like-it-is sarcastic humor that cuts to the point. Though she spends more time with dead people then the living, and she doesn’t mind. As long as she can put on a sexy party dress and leave it all behind at the end of the day. She’s whip smart and puts her talents to use on some of Beckett’s strangest cases. She’s Beckett’s confidante and is very protective of her friend. She can also see right through Beckett when it comes to her relationship with Castle. In her mind there’s nothing wrong with dating someone you work with (she’s proven that with Esposito). She knows what she wants and she isn’t afraid to get it, by any means necessary.