Tamala Reneé Jones

Tamala Jones

Tamala Jones is an American actress in television and film. Like many in American show business, she began her journey with commercial and music video shoots. She regularly tried her hand at new projects, and soon managed to capture the audience’s attention. She became known for series like “Everybody Hates Chris,” “Dangerous Minds,” “Castle,” and the film “Blue Streak.”

What we know about this person

Full name:

Tamala Reneé Jones

Date of birth:

November 12, 1974

Zodiac sign:



Pasadena, California,





Marital status:



5' 5" (1.65 m)


136 lbs (62 kg)


actress, producer

Early life

Tamala Reneé Jones was born on November 12, 1974, in Pasadena, California, where she also spent her childhood. Little is known about Tamala’s parents, but she has an older sister, Tracey Cherelle Jones, who is also a television actress and designer. Tamala attended Marshall Fundamental Secondary School in Pasadena. At the age of 23, she suffered a brain aneurysm due to a congenital defect.


Tamala Jones began mastering acting in the late 1980s. Her first professional television work was a series of commercials. In 1992, she debuted in the teen sitcom “California Dreams,” and a year later appeared in En Vogue’s music video for “Give It Up, Turn It Loose.” Soon after, the young actress guest-starred in series like “ER” and “JAG.”

In 1995, Jones’ filmography expanded with her first feature film, “How to Make an American Quilt.” Right after, she landed a regular role as student Kelly Timmons in the short-lived series “Dangerous Minds.” In 1998, Jones starred in the central plot of the TV series “For Your Love.” This was followed by the drama “Can’t Hardly Wait” with Jennifer Love Hewitt.

In 1999, Tamala Jones played the love interest of Martin Lawrence’s character in the comedy-action film “Blue Streak.” After its release, she got the role of D’wana in the film “Next Friday” with Ice Cube. Around the same time, Jones appeared in Jay-Z’s music video “Girls, Girls, Girls,” which also featured Paula Jai Parker and Carmen Electra.

In the early 2000s, Jones made episodic appearances in series such as “One on One,” “CSI: Miami,” “Everybody Hates Chris,” and others. She later acted in the horror film “Long Distance” and the unsuccessful comedy “Daddy Day Camp.” In 2009, Jones reunited with Ice Cube during the filming of “Janky Promoters.”

From 2009 to 2016, Tamala Jones was part of the main cast of the dramatic TV series “Castle.” She played Lanie Parish – a forensic pathologist passionate about her work. She worked alongside Nathan Fillion, Jon Huertas, Susan Sullivan, and Stana Katic. The series was a huge success with viewers, contributing to Jones’ increased recognition.

Alongside her work on “Castle,” Tamala Jones continued to participate in other TV projects. In 2019, she acted in several comedies, including the Netflix family film “Holiday Rush.” Jones had recurring roles in series like “SEAL Team” and “9-1-1: Lone Star.” In 2021, she played one of the main characters in the dramatic TV series “Rebel.”


Tamala Jones in The Rookie

Tamala Reneé Jones Movies and TV Shows

  • 2022

    The Rookie

    Yvonne Thorsen

  • 2020

    9-1-1: Lone Star

    Detective Sarina Washington

  • 2019

    What Men Want


  • 2009–2016


    Lanie Parish

  • 2009

    Everybody Hates Chris


  • 2007

    My Name Is Earl

    Liberty Washington

  • 2006

    Ghost Whisperer

    Amy Wright

  • 2006

    CSI: Miami

    Katie Watson

  • 1999

    Blue Streak


  • 1995


    Joanie Robbins

Tamala Jones’ personal life and family

Tamala Jones is quite popular on social media, but she remains somewhat private. It’s known that she is not married but has been in a long-term relationship with American rapper Big Gipp. Tamala leads a healthy lifestyle and prefers active leisure. After experiencing a brain aneurysm, she advocates for health awareness and not ignoring symptoms.


Tamala Jones and Seamus Dever in Castle

Talk Shows

  • 2023

    Tamron Hall

    Role: Guest

  • 2019

    Made in Hollywood

    Role: Guest

  • 2013

    Home & Family

    Role: Guest

  • 2009

    The Wendy Williams Show

    Role: Guest

  • 2009

    Entertainment Tonight

    Role: Guest

  • 2004

    Jimmy Kimmel Live!

    Role: Guest

  • 2001

    Weakest Link

    Role: Guest

Tamala Jones now

Tamala Jones continues her career in the film industry. In 2022, she appeared in the series “Uncoupled” with Neil Patrick Harris. Jones became a producer and the main character in the dramatic thriller “Every Breath She Takes.” Recently, she finished work on the film “Ordinary Angels,” set to premiere in February 2024. Currently, Tamala Jones is involved in new TV projects.

Published: December 26, 2023
Updated: June 24, 2024