Niecy Nash

Carol Denise Betts, mostly known as Niecy Nash (née Ensley; born February 23, 1970)[2] is an American actress, comedian and television host, best known for her performances on television.

Niecy Nash
Nash smiling
Nash in 2010
Carol Denise Ensley

(1970-02-23) February 23, 1970 (age 51)
Alma materCalifornia State University, Dominguez Hills
  • Actress
  • television host
  • comedian
Years active1995–present
TelevisionClean House, Reno 911, Claws
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 an Emmy Award in 2010. As an actress, she played the role of Deputy Raineesha Williams in the Comedy Central comedy series Reno 911! (2003–2009) The series was relaunched on Quibi In April 2020. 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 anthology series, Scream Queens (2015–2016).[3] 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 the Ava DuVernay' 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 lifeEdit

Carol Denise Ensley was born in Palmdale, California. In addition to her acting endeavors, she is a spokesperson of M.A.V.I.S. (Mothers Against Violence In Schools). M.A.V.I.S. 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.[4]


Nash at 2008 Emmys

Early worksEdit

Nash made her professional acting debut in the 1995 film Boys on the Side.[4] 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 of 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!. In addition, Nash 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 also has 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.[5] On August 4, 2010 Nash announced she was leaving Clean House on the Style Network but the show will continue without her.[6]

Nash for 2008 commercial of 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.[7] 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.[8][9][10] She also appeared in 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 from Hot in Cleveland.[11] In 2013, she also began starring opposite Laurie Metcalf in the HBO comedy series Getting On.[12] 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,[13] as well as a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2016.[14]

In 2014, Nash played Richie Jean Jackson, the wife of Dr. Sullivan Jackson, in the historical drama film Selma, directed by Ava DuVernay.[15] Selma 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.[16] Selma was listed on many critics' top ten lists.[17] Also that year, Nash joined the cast of Fox comedy series, The Mindy Project in a recurring role as Dr. Jean Fishman, a rival of the title character.[18]

From 2015 to 2016, Nash co-starred on the Fox horror-comedy series Scream Queens,[3] as security guard, and then FBI Agent, Denise Hemphill. She appeared in another Fox comedy, Brooklyn Nine-Nine as Andre Braugher's sister.[19] The following year, she was cast in the leading role in the Fox comedy pilot The Enforcers.[20][21] 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.[22]

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.[23][24] Also in 2017, Nash appeared in Mary J. Blige's music video for "Strength of a Woman".[25] For her dramatic turn in Claws, Nash has received critical praise.[26][27] 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.[28][29]

In July 2018, Nash received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the television category.[30][31] Later that year, Ava DuVernay cast her in the Netflix limited drama series When They See Us.[32] For her performance she received critical praise and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie nomination.[33]

In 2020, Nash starred in another Netflix feature drama film, Uncorked, directed by Prentice Penny,[34][35] and well as had a recurring role in the Netflix comedy-drama Never Have I Ever created by Mindy Kaling.[36] Also that year, she played civil rights advocate Florynce Kennedy in the Hulu miniseries Mrs. America.[37] Later in 2020, Nash signed on to host her own syndicated daytime talk show for CBS Television Distribution.[38]

In 2021, Nash will starring in the ABC limited series Women of the Movement, playing Alma Carthan, Emmett Till's grandmother.[39] During season five of The Masked Singer, Nash served as a guest host while regular series host Nick Cannon recovered from COVID-19.

In 2021, Nash will be hosting a revival of FOX's Game Show Don't Forget The Lyrics[40]

Personal lifeEdit

Nash was married for 13 years to Don Nash, an ordained minister, before filing for divorce in June 2007. They have three children together.[41]

Nash became engaged to Jay Tucker on September 4, 2010.[42] Nash participated in a TLC reality show that followed the preparations for the wedding.[43] Nash and Tucker were married on Saturday, May 28, 2011, at the Church Estate Vineyard in Malibu.[44] On October 30, 2019, Nash announced her pending divorce from Tucker via an Instagram post.[45] The divorce was finalized on March 10, 2020.[46]

On August 29, 2020, Nash married singer Jessica Betts.[47][48]


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 Beauty
Year Title Role Notes
1995 Party of Five Nurse Episode: "Spring Breaks: Part 1"
2000 City of Angels Eveline Walker Recurring role, 4 episodes
2000 Popular Teacher Episode: "Hard on the Outside, Soft in the Middle"
1998, 2001 Rude Awakening Gaynielle Episodes: "Naked Again" and "Altar Ego"
2001 Kate Brasher Jane Clark Episode: "Tracy"
2001 One on One Darla Episode: "Fifteen Candles"
2001 NYPD Blue Tonya Dunbar Episode: "Baby Love"
2001 Judging Amy Officer Letitia Sitz Episode: "Beating the Bounds"
2002 Reba Maya Episode: "He's Having a Baby"
2002 Girlfriends Lashelle Episode: "Just Dessert"
2002 For Your Love Clerk Episode: "The Blast from the Past"
2002 Presidio Med Nurse Episode: "Milagros"
2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Snuff Film Processor Episode: "Snuff"
2003 Kid Notorious Tollie Mae Voice role, 9 episodes
2003 That's So Raven Madame Cassandra / Shirley Episode: "Psychics Wanted"
2003 ER Judith Anderson Episode: "Missing"
2004 Half & Half Carla Episode: "The Big Mother of a Mother's Day Rides Again Episode"
2004 Monk Varla Davis Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Girl Who Cried Wolf"
2003–2005 The Bernie Mac Show Benita Recurring role, 3 episodes
2005 My Name Is Earl Rhonda Gibbs Episode: "Cost Dad the Election"
2006 The Boondocks Cookie Freeman (voice) Episode: "Wingmen"
2006 Minoriteam Fasto's Mama Voice role, 5 episodes
2007 Slacker Cats Mrs. Boots Voice role, 2 episodes
2008 Do Not Disturb Rhonda Series regular, 7 episodes
2008 Pretty/Handsome Regina TV pilot
2008 The Mighty B! Miriam Breedlove (voice) Episodes: "Bee Patients"/"To Bee or Not to Bee" and "Something's Wrong with This Taffy"/"Name Shame"
Reno 911! Deputy Raineesha Williams Series regular, 7 seasons; also executive producer
Gracie Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (2009)
2010 Dancing with the Stars Herself Contestant in season 10, Finished 5th place
2010 Gary Unmarried Charleen Episodes: "Gary Tries to Find Something for Mitch" and "Gary Unmarried?"
2010 The Cleveland Show Janet (voice) Episode: "Another Bad Thanksgiving"
2010 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself Episode: "The Snatch Game"
2003–2010 Clean House 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)
2011 The LeBrons Gloria (voice) Voice role, 7 episodes
2007–2012 American Dad! Lorraine (voice) Voice role, 5 episodes
2013 Ben and Kate Roz Episode: "Father-Daughter Dance"
2012–2016 The Soul Man Lolli Ballentine Series regular, 5 seasons
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series (2014–15)
2013–2015 Getting On Didi Ortley Series regular, 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 The Mindy Project[49] Dr. Jean Fishman Recurring role, 4 episodes
2015–2016 Scream Queens Denise Hemphill Recurring role, 15 episodes
2016 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Debbie Holt Episode: "The Cruise"
2016 The Enforcers M.J. Pilot
2016 Masters of Sex Louise Bell Recurring role; 5 episodes
2017 Modern Family Joan[50] Episode: "All Things Being Equal"
2017–present 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)
2017 Angie Tribeca Pandora Episode: "Go Get 'Em, Tiger"
2018 Fresh Off the Boat Wilhelmina Episode: "Big Baby"
2018 A.P. Bio Kim Episode: "Teacher Jail"
2018–2019 Family Guy Sheila (voice) 2 episodes
2018 Speechless Kiki Episode: "J-i-Jingle T-h-Thon"
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
2020 Stolen by My Mother: The Kamiyah Mobley Story Gloria Williams Television film
2020 A Million Little Things Gloria Episode:"The Kiss"
2020 Mrs. America Flo Kennedy Miniseries
2020 Never Have I Ever Dr. Jamie Ryan Recurring
2020, 2021 The Masked Singer Guest panelist (season 4), guest host (season 5) Episode: "The Group A Finals - The Masked Frontier"
2020 I Can See Your Voice Guest panelist 2 episodes
2021 Don't Forget the Lyrics! Host and Executive Producer
Niecy Nash directing work
Year Title Note(s)
2019 Claws Episode: "Zaddy Was a Rolling Stone"


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