Tamara Townsend (born August 17, 1970) is an American actress and singer. Townsend is best known for her roles as Wendy Reardon on the NBC daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives (1994–96); Greta McClure, Eddie's girlfriend on the ABC/CBS sitcom Family Matters (1995–98). From 2015 to early 2018, she starred as Kira Cooper, the mother of K.C. Cooper, on the Disney Channel series K.C. Undercover.
|Education||Los Angeles County High School for the Arts|
Townsend was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Anorene, an African American interior designer, and Thomas Townsend, an English judge with Yugoslavian ancestry. Townsend is a 1988 graduate of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. In 1987, Townsend was crowned "Miss Talented Teen California".
Townsend began her acting career in 1985, appearing in episodes of television sitcoms such as Diff'rent Strokes and Charles in Charge. From 1994 to 1996, she played Wendy Reardon on the NBC daytime soap opera, Days of Our Lives. From 1995 to 1998, Townsend played the recurring role of Greta McClure in the ABC sitcom Family Matters. In 1997, she had the female leading role in the comedy film The Pest starring John Leguizamo. She later guest starred on The Practice, Felicity, Walker, Texas Ranger, Friends, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Townsend again appeared in a recurring role on the short-lived UPN sitcom Grown Ups with Family Matters star Jaleel White.
Townsend was a regular cast member on the short-lived sitcoms Rock Me, Baby (2003–04) and Sherri (2009). She also had recurring roles on Lincoln Heights, Switched at Birth, and The Client List. In 2015, Townsend began starring as Kira Cooper, the mother of Zendaya's lead character, on the Disney Channel sitcom K.C. Undercover.
|1985||Diff'rent Strokes||Sara||Episode: "Beauty Is in the Eye of Arnold"|
|1987||Charles in Charge||Tammy||Episode: "Baby Doll"|
|1988||The Bronx Zoo||Aimee||Episode: "Behind Closed Doors"|
|1989||TV 101||Student||Episode: "Kangaroo Gate"|
|1991||The Five Heartbeats||Matthew's Kids|
|1992||Quantum Leap||Lynell Walters||Episode: " A Song for the Soul - April 7, 1963"|
|1993||Where I Live||Dontay||Episodes: "Occupant" and "Dontay's Inferno"|
|1994||In the Heat of the Night||Chelsea Clark||Episode: "A Matter of Justice"|
|1995||Hangin' with Mr. Cooper||Patrice||Episode: "The Ringer"|
|1995||The Brady Bunch Movie||Danielle|
|1995||On Our Own||Loretta||Episode: "The Easy Way"|
|1995||Living Single||Melody||Episode: "The Ex-File"|
|1994–1996||Days of Our Lives||Wendy Reardon||Series regular|
|1996||The Wayans Bros.||Amy||Episode: "Getting It"|
|1997||The Pest||Xantha Kent|
|1997||The Practice||Rachel Reynolds||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1995–1998||Family Matters||Greta McClure||Recurring role, 13 episodes|
|1999||Felicity||Tara Owens||Episode: "Friends"|
|1999||Time of Your Life||Casey House||Episode: "The Time They Had Not"|
|2000||Playing Mona Lisa||Alice|
|1999–2000||Grown Ups||Melissa||Recurring role, 4 episodes|
|2000–2001||Walker, Texas Ranger||Erika Carter||Recurring role, 3 episodes|
|2001||Friends||Jenny Boone||Episode: "The One with Monica's Boots"|
|2002||For Your Love||Vanessa||Episodes: "The Friend in Need" and "The Green-Eyed Monster"|
|2002||Fastlane||Rosaria||Episode: "Things Done Changed"|
|2003–2004||Rock Me, Baby||Pam Gibson||Series regular, 21 episodes|
|2005||JAG||Lt. Clarize Boyette||Episode: "Fair Winds and Following Seas"|
|2005||The Fabric of a Man||Domunique Majors|
|2005||Barbershop||Lea Robinson||Recurring role, 3 episodes|
|2006||Cuts||Professor Duncan||Episode: "Adult Education"|
|2005–2007||According to Jim||Ms. Crawford||Recurring role, 3 episodes|
|2008||Just Jordan||Crystal||Episodes: "Lord of the Pies" and "Boogie Toasties"|
|2007–2009||Lincoln Heights||Dana Taylor||Recurring role, 5 episodes|
|2009||Sherri||Celia||Series regular, 13 episodes|
|2010||My Girlfriend's Back||Vanessa||Direct-to-video|
|2010||Ghost Whisperer||Jacqueline||Episode: "The Children's Parade"|
|2010||Love Chronicles: Secrets Revealed||Asia||Direct-to-video|
|2010||Love Me or Leave Me||Dominique Adams||Television film|
|2011||Switched at Birth||Denise||Recurring role, 3 episodes|
|2012||To Love and to Cherish||Jasmine||Television film|
|2012||The Mistle-Tones||Grace||Television film|
|2013||The Client List||Karina Lake||Recurring role, 4 episodes|
|2013||NCIS: Los Angeles||Yolanda Campbell||Episode: "The Livelong Day"|
|2014||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Rhonda Briggs||Episode: "Keep Calm and Carry-On"|
|2014||Daddy's Home||Television film|
|2015–2018||K.C. Undercover||Kira Cooper||Series regular|
|2015||If Not for His Grace||Ruth Randolph|
|2016||The Workout Room||Xena|
|2018||The Cool Kids||Felicia||Episode: "Hank the Cradle Robber"|
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- "MixedFolks.com - Mixed Actors and Actresses Page 3". Archived from the original on 7 November 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
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