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Megalyn Echikunwoke (/
Echikunwoke in 2016
|Born||May 28, 1983|
Spokane, Washington, U.S.
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.
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. In 2011, Echikunwoke played Holly in the fourth season of 90210.
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.
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.
|2004||Great Lengths||Elena||Short film|
|2006||Camjackers||Sista Strada Cast|
|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||Night Swim||Eve||Short film|
|2018||An Actor Prepares||Clementine|
|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||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|
|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|
|2019||Almost Family||Edie Palmer||Main role|
|2015–2016||Vixen||Mari McCabe / Vixen||Lead role (voice)|
|2018||Freedom Fighters: The Ray||Mari McCabe / Vixen||Voice|
|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|
- "EP 40: Megalyn Echikunwoke AKA "We Stand with..."". Let's Talk About Me, Baby with Utkarsh Ambudkar. December 7, 2016. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
- McCann, Bob (2009). Encyclopedia of African American Actresses in Film and Television. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-786-4580-42.
- Aminu, Abdulkareem Baba (August 29, 2006). "Nigeria: Megalyn Echikunwoke - Mega-Talent Doing Nigeria Proud!". AllAfrica. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
- "CSI: Miami Doctor Is Out... and Hitting the Bar?". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2009-06-09.
- Ausiello, Michael (2011-07-06). "90210 Exclusive: Newcomer Justin Deeley Cast as… Brad Pitt?". TVLine. Retrieved 2011-10-24.
- Roots, Kimberly. "Fall TV Exclusive: CBS' Made in Jersey Casts 90210 's Megalyn Echikunwoke," TVLine, Wednesday, July 18, 2012.
- "Stockard Channing and Hugh Dancy Take the Stage in Apologia Off-Broadway". Playbill.com. Playbill. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
- on YouTube Retrieved December 28, 2013.
- 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.
- "Megalyn Echikunwoke To Voice Vixen In CW Seed Animated Series". www.ksitetv.com.
- "CW Seed Offers A Ray of Hope with 'Freedom Fighters: The Ray'".