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Tamera Darvette Mowry-Housley[1] (/təˈmɛrə ˈmɔːri/; née Mowry, born July 6, 1978)[1] is an American actress. She first gained fame for her teen role as Tamera Campbell on the ABC/WB sitcom Sister, Sister (opposite her identical twin sister Tia Mowry). She has also starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie Twitches and its sequel, Twitches Too, and she played Dr. Kayla Thornton on the medical drama Strong Medicine. A reality TV show following her and her twin sister's lives, Tia & Tamera, began airing on the Style Network in 2011, ending in 2013 after three seasons.

Tamera Mowry
Tamera Darvette Mowry

(1978-07-06) July 6, 1978 (age 41)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Napa Valley, California, U.S.
Other namesTamera Mowry
Alma materPepperdine University
Years active1990–present
Adam Housley (m. 2011)
RelativesTia Mowry-Hardrict (twin sister)
Tahj Mowry (brother)

Currently, Mowry-Housley is one of the hosts of the syndicated daytime talk show, The Real, alongside Loni Love, Adrienne Houghton, and Jeannie Mai, which premiered on July 15, 2013.[2]

She and her identical twin sister Tia Mowry were in a singing group in the early 1990s called Voices. The group debuted their first single, "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!" in 1992 and it reached No. 72 on the Billboard Hot 100.


Early lifeEdit

Tamera Darvette Mowry was born in Gelnhausen in then-West Germany on July 6, 1978 to Darlene Renee Mowry (née Flowers), who served in the U.S. Army and later became her children's manager, and Timothy John Mowry, who was in the U.S. Army at the time of her birth and who became a custody officer/jailer with the City of Glendale Police Department when the family moved to California.[1][3][4] Tamera Mowry is the older twin by two minutes. Tamera was born at 4:30pm, followed by Tia at 4:32pm. She also has two younger brothers named Tahj Mowry, an actor, and Tavior Mowry, who played college football for University of California, Davis.

Her father has English and Irish ancestry, and her mother is of Afro-Bahamian descent.[5] Mowry's parents met in high school, in Miami, Florida, both joining the U.S. Army, and both eventually reaching the rank of sergeant.[6] Mowry has described her family as being both "close-knit" and "deeply religious",[4] and the sisters became born-again Christians when they were eight years old.[7]


Other venturesEdit

To kick off motherhood, Tamera and her sister, Tia Mowry, planned on starting a project, Need Brand.[8] Milky! and Stretchy! are two of the products that can cater to motherhood. Milky! is a 2.5 oz. bottle with all organic ingredients that can help mothers produce milk. Stretchy! is a stretch mark cream for post-operation scars.

Another sibling project includes a two-book series called Twintuition: Double Vision and Twintuition: Double Trouble.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

In July 2013, Mowry-Housley revealed that she did not lose her virginity until she was 29 due to her being a devout Christian. She elaborated that she felt guilty after she had sex, and afterward committed to remaining celibate until marriage.[10] She married Fox News correspondent Adam Housley,[11] after dating for almost six years, on May 15, 2011 in California's Napa Valley. The couple welcomed their first child, a son, Aden John Tanner Housley, on November 12, 2012[12] and their second child, daughter Ariah Talea Housley, on July 1, 2015.[13]

She had a Shih Tzu named Milano.[14]

Mowry-Housley’s niece, Alaina Housley (born 2000) was among the victims of the shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, on November 7, 2018.[15]



Year Title Role Notes
2002 The Hot Chick Sissy
2012 Redemption of a Dog Michelle


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Flesh 'n' Blood Penelope "Beauty Is in the Eye of the Ticketholder"
1992 True Colors Lorae "In a Flash"
1992 Full House Denise "The Devil Made Me Do It"
1994–1999 Sister, Sister Tamera Campbell Lead role
1995 Are You Afraid of the Dark? Evil Chameleon "The Tale of the Chameleons"
1995–1996 The Adventures of Hyperman Emma C. Squared (voice) Main role
1997 Smart Guy Roxanne "Brother, Brother"
1999–2000 Detention Orangejella LaBelle (voice) Main role
2000 Something to Sing About Lily TV film
2000 Seventeen Again Young Catherine "Cat" Donovan TV film
2001–05 Express Yourself Herself Interstitial series
2004–2006 Strong Medicine Dr. Kayla Thornton Main role
2005 Twitches Camryn Elizabeth Barnes / Apolla DuBaer TV film
2006–2007 Family Guy Esther (voice) "Mother Tucker", "Barely Legal", "Peter's Daughter"
2007 Twitches Too Camryn Elizabeth Barnes / Apolla DuBaer TV film
2009 Roommates Hope Daniels Main role
2009 The Super Hero Squad Show Misty Knight (voice) "A Brat Walks Among Us!"
2010 Double Wedding Danielle Warren TV film
2011 Things We Do for Love Lourdes Main role
2011–2013 Tia & Tamera Herself Lead role
2012 Rebounding Vanessa TV film
2012 Christmas Angel Daphney Conroy TV film
2013–present The Real Co-Host Talk show
2014–2015 Melissa & Joey Gillian "To Tell the Truth", "Let's Get It Started", "Failure to Communicate"
2016 Talking Dead Herself Talk show
2017 Hollywood Darlings Herself
2018 Help Us Get Married Host Facebook Watch Series

Awards and nominationsEdit

Daytime Emmy AwardEdit

Note: The year given is the year of the ceremony

Year Award Nominated work Result
2016 Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host
(shared with Tamar Braxton, Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love, and Jeannie Mai)
The Real Nominated
2017 Nominated
2018 Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host
(shared with Houghton, Love, and Mai)
2019 Nominated

NAACP Image AwardEdit

Note: The year given is the year of the ceremony

Year Award Nominated work Result
1996 Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress
(shared with Tia Mowry)
Sister, Sister Nominated
1999 Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
(shared with Tia Mowry)
2000 Won
2011 Outstanding Actress Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special Double Wedding Nominated
2013 Outstanding Reality Series Tia & Tamera Nominated
2018 Outstanding Talk Series
(shared with Houghton, Love, and Mai)
The Real Won
2019 Outstanding Talk Series
(shared with Houghton, Love, and Mai)
The Real Won

Nickelodeon Kids' Choice AwardEdit

Note: The year given is the year of the ceremony

Year Award Nominated work Result
1995 Favorite TV Actress
(shared with Tia Mowry)
Sister, Sister Won
1996 Won
1997 Won
1998 Nominated
Hall of Fame
(shared with Tia Mowry)

People's Choice AwardEdit

Year Award Nominated work Result
2012 Favorite TV Celebreality Star
(shared with Tia Mowry)
Tia & Tamera Nominated
2018 The Daytime Talk Show of 2018
(shared with Houghton, Love and Mai)
The Real Nominated

Teen Choice AwardEdit

Year Award Performance Result
2012 Choice TV Show: Reality
(shared with Tia Mowry)
Tia & Tamera Nominated
Choice Reality TV Star: Female
(shared with Tia Mowry)

Young Artist AwardEdit

Year Award Performance Result
1995 Best Youth Comedienne in a TV Show
(shared with Tia Mowry)
Sister, Sister Nominated
1996 Best Performance by a Young Actress – TV Comedy Series
(shared with Tia Mowry)
1997 Best Performance in a TV Comedy – Leading Young Actress
(shared with Tia Mowry)
2001 Best Performance in a TV Movie (Comedy) – Leading Young Actress
(shared with Tia Mowry)
Seventeen Again Nominated


  1. ^ a b c "Tamera Mowry Biography (1978-)". Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved November 13, 2012.
  2. ^ "It's Official: 'The Real' Talk Show Begins Four-Week Test Run July 15". Deadline Hollywood. June 12, 2013. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Winsome twinsome: Tia and Tamera Mowry are 'Sister, Sister's sibling schemers". People (interviews). May 9, 1994. p. 175. Archived from the original on August 1, 2008. Retrieved January 4, 2010.
  4. ^ a b "Tia, Tamera And Tahj Mowry Keep Laughter In The Family With Hit TV Shows 'Sister, Sister' And 'Smart Guy'". (1999-03-01). Retrieved on 2012-07-06.
  5. ^ On her talk show, The Real, Tamera discovered that her Mother's descendants came from Ghana. During an appearance on The Wendy Williams Show in 2010, it was stated that for years, the Mowrys had believed that they had Italian ancestry on their father's side; however, after researching their family tree on, they discovered that their father has Irish ancestry.
  6. ^ Double Devotion – Today's Christian. (2008-01-09). Retrieved on 2012-07-06.
  7. ^ TV's tantalizing twins: Tia and Tamera Mowry share 'Sister Sister' sitcom, schoolwork and singing. Retrieved on 2012-07-06.
  8. ^ "Tia & Tamera Mowry Actors and Founders of NEED Brand | Natural Child World". Archived from the original on 2014-12-06. Retrieved 2016-06-08.
  9. ^ Archipelago, World. "Twintuition: Double Vision - Tia Mowry, Tamera Mowry - Hardcover". HarperCollins US. Retrieved 2016-06-08.
  10. ^ "Tamera Mowry-Housley Talks About Losing Her Virginity At 29, Staying Celibate Until Her Wedding". Huffington Post. New York City: Huffington Post Media Group. July 19, 2013. Retrieved March 13, 2017.
  11. ^ Wihlborg, Ulrica; Hammel, Sara (January 20, 2011). "Tamera's engagement to marry Housley". People. New York City: Meredith Corporation. Retrieved July 6, 2012.
  12. ^ "Tamera Mowry-Housley, Adam Housley Welcome Baby". American Broadcasting Corporation. November 14, 2012. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
  13. ^ "Tamera Mowry Gives Birth! Actress Welcomes Baby No. 2 With Adam Housley". E! Online. Los Angeles, California: E!. July 1, 2015. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  14. ^ "Inside Sister, Sister Star Tamera Mowry's Wedding". People. New York City: Meredith Corporation. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  15. ^ Adejobi, Alicia (November 8, 2018). "Tamera Mowry confirms her niece Alaina Housley died in the California bar shooting". Metro. London, England: DMG Media. Retrieved February 16, 2018.

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