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Niecy Nash

Niecy Nash

Carol Denise Betts (née Ensley; born February 23, 1970),[1] known professionally as Niecy Nash, is an American actress, comedian and television host, best known for her performances on television.

Niecy Nash
Nash in 2010
Carol Denise Ensley

(1970-02-23) February 23, 1970
Alma materCalifornia State University, Dominguez Hills
  • Actress
  • comedian
  • television host
Years active1995–present
Don Nash
(m. 1994; div. 2007)

Jay Tucker
(m. 2011; div. 2020)

(m. 2020)

Nash hosted the Style Network show Clean House from 2003 to 2010, for which she won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2010. As an actress, she played the role of Deputy Raineesha Williams in the comedy series Reno 911! (2003–2009, 2020-present). Nash received two nominations for Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series nominations for her performance as nurse Denise "DiDi" Ortley in the HBO comedy Getting On (2013–2015). She also starred as Lolli Ballantine on the TV Land sitcom The Soul Man (2012–2016), and played Denise Hemphill in the Fox horror-comedy series, Scream Queens (2015–2016).[2] In 2017, she began starring as Desna Simms, a leading character, in the TNT crime comedy-drama Claws.

Nash has also played a number of roles in films and has made many guest appearances on television shows. In 2014, Nash played the role of civil rights activist Richie Jean Jackson in the historical drama film Selma directed by Ava DuVernay. In 2019, she starred as Delores Wise in DuVernay's miniseries When They See Us, for which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie. In 2018, Nash received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2020, she portrayed feminist leader Florynce Kennedy in Mrs. America. In 2021, she served as a guest host of the show The Masked Singer for five episodes.

Early life

Carol Denise Ensley was born in Palmdale, California.

She is a spokesperson for M.A.V.I.S. (Mothers Against Violence In Schools). The organization was founded by her mother, after the 1993 shooting death of Nash's younger brother, Michael. M.A.V.I.S.'s mission is to inform the public of the violence children encounter on school campuses.

Nash attended California State University, Dominguez Hills.[3]


Nash at the 2008 Emmys

Early works

Nash made her professional acting debut in the 1995 film Boys on the Side.[3] On television, she later guest-starred in NYPD Blue, Judging Amy, Reba, Girlfriends, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and ER. She also appeared in 1999 film Cookie's Fortune, and had a recurring role on the CBS drama series City of Angels in 2000.

From 2003 to 2009, Nash played the roles of Deputy Raineesha Williams and T.T. on the Comedy Central comedy series Reno 911!. She hosted Clean House on the Style Network from 2003 to 2010, as well as providing the voice of Mrs. Boots on the ABC Family animated series Slacker Cats, and starred as Rhonda, opposite Jerry O'Connell, in the short-lived Fox sitcom Do Not Disturb in 2008. She guest starred on The Bernie Mac Show as Bernie's sister Bonita from 2003 to 2005. Nash won a Daytime Emmy in 2010 as the producer/host of Clean House: The Messiest Home in the Country in the category of Outstanding Special Class Special.[4] On August 4, 2010, Nash announced that she was leaving Clean House, but the show will continue without her.[5]

Nash in 2008 commercial for Clorox products

Nash appeared on the tenth season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars beginning in March 2010, where she was partnered with Louis van Amstel. On May 11, 2010, Nash and van Amstel were eliminated from the competition, taking fifth place.[6] In 2011 she got her own reality show, Leave It To Niecy, on TLC, about her life with her new husband and step-son, but it was quickly cancelled. In that same year she was in a TLC wedding special.[7][8][9] She also appeared in the films Code Name: The Cleaner (2007), Reno 911!: Miami (2007), Not Easily Broken (2009), G-Force (2009), and Trust Me (2013).


In 2012, Nash began starring opposite Cedric the Entertainer in the TV Land sitcom The Soul Man, a spinoff of Hot in Cleveland.[10] In 2013, she began starring opposite Laurie Metcalf in the HBO comedy series Getting On.[11] She received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series nomination for her role on the show in 2015 and 2016,[12] as well as a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2016.[13]

In 2014, Nash played Richie Jean Jackson, the wife of Dr. Sullivan Jackson, in the historical drama film Selma, directed by Ava DuVernay.[14] The film received acclaim from critics; on Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rating of 99%, based on 205 reviews, with an average rating of 8.7/10.[15] Selma was listed on many critics' top ten lists.[16] Also that year, Nash joined the cast of the Fox comedy series The Mindy Project in a recurring role as Dr. Jean Fishman, a rival of the title character.[17]

From 2015 to 2016, Nash co-starred on the Fox horror-comedy series Scream Queens[2] as a security guard, and then FBI Agent Denise Hemphill. She appeared in another Fox comedy, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, as Andre Braugher's sister.[18] The following year, she was cast in the leading role in the Fox comedy pilot The Enforcers.[19][20] The pilot was not ordered to series. She also was cast in a recurring role as Louise Bell in the Showtime period drama Masters of Sex.[21]

In 2017, Nash was cast in a leading role in the TNT crime comedy-drama series Claws, produced by Rashida Jones, about a South Florida nail salon.[22][23] Also in 2017, Nash appeared in Mary J. Blige's music video for "Strength of a Woman".[24] For her dramatic turn in Claws, Nash has received critical praise.[25][26] She received a Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy, as well as another nomination for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series. In August 2018, it was announced that Nash would star in and produce Naked With Niecy Nash, a late-night talk show for TNT.[27][28]

In July 2018, Nash received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the television category.[29][30] Later that year, Ava DuVernay cast her in the Netflix limited drama series When They See Us.[31] For her performance she received critical praise and a nomination for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.[32]

In 2020, Nash starred in another Netflix feature drama film, Uncorked, directed by Prentice Penny,[33][34] and had a recurring role in the Netflix comedy-drama Never Have I Ever, created by Mindy Kaling.[35] Also that year, she played civil rights advocate Florynce Kennedy in the Hulu miniseries Mrs. America.[36] Later in 2020, Nash signed on to host her own syndicated daytime talk show for CBS Television Distribution.[37]

During season five of The Masked Singer, Nash served as a guest host while regular series host Nick Cannon recovered from COVID-19.

In 2020, Nash reprised her role as Deputy Raineesha Williams in the seventh season of Reno 911! which aired on Quibi. She also appeared in the 2021 Paramount+ movie, Reno 911! The Hunt for QAnon. The eighth season of the series, now titled Reno 911! Defunded, premiered on The Roku Channel in February 2022.

In 2021, Nash will host a revival of Don't Forget The Lyrics.[38]

Personal life

Nash is bisexual.

Nash was married for 13 years to Don Nash, an ordained minister; they filed for divorce in June 2007. They have three children together.[39]

In September 2010, Nash became engaged to Jay Tucker.[40] Nash participated in a TLC reality show that followed the preparations for the wedding.[41] They were married on Saturday, May 28, 2011, at the Church Estate Vineyard in Malibu.[42] On October 30, 2019, Nash announced her pending divorce from Tucker via Instagram.[43] The divorce was finalized on March 10, 2020.[44]

On August 29, 2020, Nash married singer Jessica Betts.[45][46]



Year Title Role Notes
1995 Boys on the Side Woman at Diner
1999 Cookie's Fortune Wanda Carter
The Bachelor African-American Bride
2003 Malibu's Most Wanted Gladys
2004 Hair Show Debra
2005 Jepardee! Keisha Jenkins Short film
Guess Who Naomi
Here Comes Peter Cottontail: The Movie Mama Robin (voice)
2007 Code Name: The Cleaner Jacuzzi
Reno 911!: Miami Deputy Raineesha Williams
Cook Off! Ladybug Briggs
2008 Horton Hears a Who! Miss Yelp (voice)
2009 Not Easily Broken Michelle
The Proposal Stewardess Uncredited cameo
G-Force Rosalita
2013 Trust Me Angie
Nurse 3D Regina
2014 Walk of Shame Bus Driver
Selma Richie Jean Jackson Black Film Critics Circle for Best Ensemble
Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated – Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Nominated – Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
2017 Downsizing Leisureland Salesperson
2020 Uncorked Sylvia
2021 Reno 911! The Hunt for QAnon Deputy Raineesha Williams
2022 Beauty TBA


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Party of Five Nurse Episode: "Spring Breaks: Part 1"
1998–01 Rude Awakening Caller #3 / Gaynielle Episodes: "Naked Again" and "Altar Ego"
1999 Malcolm & Eddie Jackie Episode: "B.S. I Still Love You"
Time of Your Life Clerk Episode: "The Time She Came to New York"
2000 City of Angels Eveline Walker Episodes: "Prototype", "The High Cost of Living", "Unhand Me" and "When Worlds Colitis"
Popular Teacher Episode: "Hard on the Outside, Soft in the Middle"
Any Day Now Miss Lavonde Episode: "Lighten Up, Rene"
2001 Kate Brasher June / Jane Clark Episode: "Tracy"
One on One Darla Episode: "Fifteen Candles"
That's Life Darlene Episodes: "Plus One" and "Idiots"
NYPD Blue Tonya Dunbar Episode: "Baby Love"
Judging Amy Officer Letitia Sitz Episode: "Beating the Bounds"
2002 Reba Maya Episode: "He's Having a Baby"
Girlfriends LaShelle Episode: "Just Dessert"
For Your Love Clerk Episode: "The Blast from the Past"
Presidio Med Nurse Episode: "Milagros"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Snuff Film Processor Episode: "Snuff"
2003 Kid Notorious Tollie Mae (voice) Main role; 9 episodes
That's So Raven Madame Cassandra / Shirley Episode: "Psychics Wanted"
ER Judith Anderson Episode: "Missing"
2003–05 The Bernie Mac Show Benita Episodes: "The Other Sister", "Family Reunion" and "Who Gives This Bride"
Reno 911! Deputy Raineesha Williams Main role; 7 seasons (also executive producer)
Gracie Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (2009)
2003–10 Clean House Herself Host; seasons 1-9
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Special (2010)
Nominated – Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lifestyle Program (2009–10)
Nominated – Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Special (2009)
2004 Half & Half Carla Episode: "The Big Mother of a Mother's Day Rides Again Episode"
Monk Varla Davis Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Girl Who Cried Wolf"
2005 My Name Is Earl Rhonda Gibbs Episode: "Cost Dad the Election"
2006 The Boondocks Cookie Freeman (voice) Episode: "Wingmen"
Minoriteam Fasto's Mama Recurring role; 5 episodes
2007–09 Slacker Cats Mrs. Boots (voice) Recurring role; 12 episodes
2007–12 American Dad! Lorraine / Angel / Patti LaBelle (voice) Recurring role; 6 episodes
2008 Do Not Disturb Rhonda Peet Main role; 7 episodes
Pretty/Handsome Regina Recurring role (unsold TV pilot)
The Mighty B! Miriam Breedlove (voice) Episodes: "Toot Toot!"/"To Bee or Not to Bee" and "Something's Wrong with This Taffy"/"Name Shame"
Chocolate News Trina Harper Episode: "Episode 2"
2010 Dancing with the Stars Herself Season 10; finished 5th place
Gary Unmarried Charleen Episodes: "Gary Tries to Find Something for Mitch" and "Gary Unmarried?"
The Cleveland Show Janet (voice) Episode: "Another Bad Thanksgiving"
RuPaul's Drag Race Herself Episode: "The Snatch Game"
2011 The LeBrons Gloria (voice) Main role; 7 episodes
2012–16 The Soul Man Lolli Ballentine Main role; 5 seasons
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series (2014–15)
2013 Ben and Kate Roz Episode: "Father-Daughter Dance"
2013–15 Getting On Didi Ortley Main role; 3 seasons
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (2015–16)
Nominated – Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Nominated – Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
2014 Bad Teacher Carla "What's Old Is New"
The Mindy Project[47] Dr. Jean Fishman Episodes: "The Devil Wears Lands' End", "Caramel Princess Time", "Diary of a Mad Indian Woman" and "Christmas"
2015–16 TripTank Hostage Cop / Steve's Mom / Chimera (voice) Episodes: "Cold War 2", "Steve's Family" and "Brian Virus"
Scream Queens Denise Hemphill Recurring role; 15 episodes
2016 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Debbie Holt Episode: "The Cruise"
The Enforcers M.J. Television film
Masters of Sex Louise Bell Recurring role; 5 episodes
As the Fire Pit Burns Jennifer Bowen-Brown Episodes: "Convention Drama", "Fire Pit Betrayal", "Bonds That Never Break" and "The Showdown"
2017 Modern Family Joan[48] Episode: "All Things Being Equal"
Angie Tribeca Pandora Episode: "Go Get 'Em, Tiger"
2017–22 Claws Desna Simms Lead role; 3 seasons
Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2018)
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2019)
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Outstanding Actress, Drama Series (2018–19)
2018 Fresh Off the Boat Wilhelmina Episode: "Big Baby"
A.P. Bio Kim Episode: "Teacher Jail"
Speechless Kiki Episode: "J-i-Jingle T-h-Thon"
2018–19 Family Guy Sheila (voice) Episodes: "Pawtucket Pete", "Trans-Fat", "Family Guy Lite" and "Yacht Rocky"
2019 When They See Us Delores Wise Miniseries
Black Reel Award for Outstanding Actress, TV Movie/Limited Series
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble in a Motion Picture or Limited Series
African-American Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Nominated — Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Miniseries
Nominated – Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture or Limited Series
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Marvel Rising: Playing with Fire Shocktress (voice) Television special
2020 Stolen by My Mother: The Kamiyah Mobley Story Gloria Williams Television film
A Million Little Things Gloria Episode: "The Kiss"
Mrs. America Flo Kennedy Miniseries
I Can See Your Voice Herself Guest panelist; episodes: "Episode 2: Jordin Sparks, Niecy Nash, Jay Pharoah, Cheryl Hines, Adrienne Houghton" and "Episode 10: Katharine McPhee, Joel McHale, Niecy Nash, Cheryl Hines, Adrienne Houghton"
2020–present Never Have I Ever Dr. Jamie Ryan Recurring role; 9 episodes
2020–21 The Masked Singer Herself Guest panelist (season 4), guest host (season 5); 6 episodes
2021 Red Table Talk Episode: "“I'd Never Been With a Woman Before!” Niecy Nash Sets the Record Straight"
Q-Force Caryn (voice) Episodes: "The Secretaries' Ball", "Greyscale", "The Coeur de la Mar" and "The Hole"
The Problem with Jon Stewart Thelma Episode: "Guns"
2022 Black Ink Crew: Compton Herself Episode: "The Compton Ultimatum"
The Rookie Simone Clark Episodes: "Simone" and "Enervo"
Don't Forget the Lyrics! Herself Host and executive producer
Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story Glenda Cleveland Miniseries (filming)
TBA Untitled The Rookie spin-off Simone Clark Main cast
As director
Year Title Note(s)
2019ClawsEpisode: "Zaddy Was a Rolling Stone"


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