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Megalyn Echikunwoke (/ˈmɛɡəlɪn ɛˌɪkʊnˈwk/ MEG-ə-lin eh-CHIK-uun-WOH-kay;[1] born May 28, 1983[citation needed]) is an American actress. She has appeared on television as Tara Price in CSI: Miami, Isabelle Tyler in The 4400 and as Mari McCabe / Vixen in the Arrowverse.

Megalyn Echikunwoke
Megalyn Echikunwoke by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Echikunwoke in 2016
Born (1983-05-28) May 28, 1983 (age 36)
OccupationActress
Years active1998–present

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Life and careerEdit

Echikunwoke was born in Spokane, Washington, to an Igbo Nigerian father, and a mother of English, Irish and German descent. After the death of her father, her mother raised her along with her three brothers on the Navajo Indian reservation in Chinle, Arizona.[2][3]

She was a series regular on the science fiction television series The 4400, as the adult version of the mysterious Isabelle Tyler. Echikunwoke left the show in 2007. Echikunwoke has also been seen in the MTV soap opera, Spyder Games, as Cherish Pardee, a coffee house singer, and in Like Family as Danika. She also has a recurring role in the first season of 24 as David Palmer's daughter, Nicole. In season 7 of CSI: Miami, Echikunwoke joined the cast as the new medical examiner, Dr. Tara Price. She appeared on the show for one season.

She appeared on Fox's That '70s Show as Hyde's half sister, Angie Barnett, and had a recurring role on TNT's Raising the Bar where she played the love interest of attorney Marcus McGrath, played by J. August Richards.[4] In 2011, Echikunwoke played Holly in the fourth season of 90210.[5]

She played April on Showtime's House of Lies and Riley Parker in the legal drama Made in Jersey on CBS.[6] In 2014, she co-starred in the drama series Mind Games on ABC.

She also appeared on the CW's Arrow as the DC Comics superhero Vixen for an episode, as well as providing her voice for the character in a short animated series. Due to prior commitments, she was unavailable to play the character in Legends of Tomorrow, resulting in the introduction of a new Vixen played by Maisie Richardson-Sellers, who is the time-displaced grandmother of Echikunwoke's character.

She played the role of Claire in the off-Broadway production of Apologia, alongside Hugh Dancy and Stockard Channing. The play ran from October 16, 2018, to December 16, 2018.[7]

Political activismEdit

In 2007, Echikunwoke, Justin Long, Olivia Wilde, and Kal Penn campaigned for the 2008 Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama. This included a winter tour of college campuses and bars in Iowa, known as the All-Actor All-Iowa All-Star Voter Education Tour, to register new college-age voters prior to the 2008 election.[8][9]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Funny Valentines Lauren
2004 Great Lengths Elena Short film
2006 Camjackers Sista Strada Cast
2008 Fix Carmen
2008 Who Do You Love? Ivy Mills
2011 Damsels in Distress Rose
2011 Free Hugs Megan Short film
2013 A Good Day to Die Hard Pretty Reporter
2014 Electric Slide Jean
2014 Night Swim Eve Short film
2015 The Meddler Elise
2017 CHiPs Patricia Eerly
2018 Step Sisters Jamilah
2018 An Actor Prepares Clementine
2018 Night School Lisa
2019 Late Night Robin

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Creature Elizabeth Gibson TV miniseries
1998 The Steve Harvey Show Allison Hightower "Uncle Steve"
2000 Malibu, CA Randy "Three Dudes and a Baby"
2001 Spyder Games Cherish Pardee Regular role
2001–2002 24 Nicole Palmer Recurring role
2002 Sheena Janel "Coming to Africa"
2002 ER Terry Welch "Bygones"
2002 For the People Claudia Gibson TV series
2002 What I Like About You Karen "The Parrot Trap"
2002 B.S. Shannon Cross TV film
2003 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Vaughne "The Killer in Me"
2003–2004 Like Family Danika Ward Main role
2004 Veronica Mars Rain "Drinking the Kool-Aid"
2004–2005 That '70s Show Angie Barnett Recurring role
2005 Hitched Christina TV film
2006 Supernatural Cassie Robinson "Route 666"
2006–2007 The 4400 Isabelle Tyler Main role
2008 The Game Cheyenne "Take These Vows and Shove 'Em!"
2008–2009 CSI: Miami Tara Price Main role
2009 Raising the Bar Amelia Mkali "Hair Apparent", "Rules of Engagement", "The Curious Case of Kellerman's Button"
2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Nicole Gleason "Anchor"
2011–2012 90210 Holly Strickler Recurring role
2012 House of Lies April Recurring role
2012 Beautiful People Monica TV film
2012 Made in Jersey Riley Parker Main role
2014 American Dad! Angie (voice) "Introducing the Naughty Stewardess"
2014 Mind Games Megan Shane Main role
2015 The Following Penny "Evermore", "Demons", "The Edge", "A Simple Trade"
2016 Arrow Mari McCabe / Vixen "Taken"
2016 Damien Simone Baptiste Main role
2017 Ghosted Natalie "Whispers"
2019 Almost Family Edie Palmer Main role

WebEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2015–2016 Vixen Mari McCabe / Vixen Lead role (voice)[10]
2018 Freedom Fighters: The Ray Mari McCabe / Vixen Voice[11]

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2017 Injustice 2 Mari McCabe / Vixen Voice
2018 Lego DC Super-Villains Mari McCabe / Vixen Voice
2019 Mortal Kombat 11 Jacqui Briggs Voice
2019 Heroes of the Storm Qhira Voice

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "EP 40: Megalyn Echikunwoke AKA "We Stand with..."". Let's Talk About Me, Baby with Utkarsh Ambudkar. December 7, 2016. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  2. ^ McCann, Bob (2009). Encyclopedia of African American Actresses in Film and Television. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-786-4580-42.
  3. ^ Aminu, Abdulkareem Baba (August 29, 2006). "Nigeria: Megalyn Echikunwoke - Mega-Talent Doing Nigeria Proud!". AllAfrica. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
  4. ^ "CSI: Miami Doctor Is Out... and Hitting the Bar?". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2009-06-09.
  5. ^ Ausiello, Michael (2011-07-06). "90210 Exclusive: Newcomer Justin Deeley Cast as… Brad Pitt?". TVLine. Retrieved 2011-10-24.
  6. ^ Roots, Kimberly. "Fall TV Exclusive: CBS' Made in Jersey Casts 90210 's Megalyn Echikunwoke," TVLine, Wednesday, July 18, 2012.
  7. ^ "Stockard Channing and Hugh Dancy Take the Stage in Apologia Off-Broadway". Playbill.com. Playbill. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  8. ^ The All-Actor All-Iowa All-Star Voter Education Tour on YouTube Retrieved December 28, 2013.
  9. ^ Chaudhary, Arun (21 August 2012). First Cameraman: Documenting the Obama Presidency in Real Time. Henry Holt and Company. pp. 130–. ISBN 978-0-8050-9573-9.
  10. ^ "Megalyn Echikunwoke To Voice Vixen In CW Seed Animated Series". www.ksitetv.com.
  11. ^ "CW Seed Offers A Ray of Hope with 'Freedom Fighters: The Ray'".

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