Nia Long Biography, Age, Career, Marital Status, Salary and Net Worth

Who is Nia Long?

Nia Talita Long is an American prominent actress. Throughout her career, she has received several accolades including three NAACP Image Awards and a Black Reel Award. She is most notably known for her roles in the films Boyz n the Hood (1991), Love Jones, Soul Food (both 1997), The Best Man (1999) and its sequel The Best Man Holiday (2013), Big Momma’s House (2000) and its sequel Big Momma’s House 2 (2006).

Nia Long


Besides starring in films, she has also starred on television as Beulah “Losa” Wilkes on the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1991 to 1995) and as Sasha Monroe on the crime drama series Third Watch (2003 to 2005).

How Old Is Nia Long?

She is 51 years old as of June 2022, having been born on October 30, 1970, in New York City, U.S. Nia shares her birthdate with celebrities such as; Baylen Levine, Devin Booker, Diego Maradona (1960-2020), Ayo Bowles, Ivanka Trump, and many more.

Nia Long Family

Who are Nia Long’s Parents?

She was born to Doughtry Long (Father) was an author, poet, and high school teacher. And Talita Long (Mother) is a teacher and printmaker.

Does Nia Long have Siblings?

She has an elder half-sister by the name of Sommore born on May 15, 1966. Her sister is an American comedian and actress.

Nia Long Education

She received her high school education at Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnets High School where she graduated in 1989.

Nia Long Marital Status

She is not married but is engaged to Ime Udika (born on August 9, 1977) a Nigerian-American professional basketball coach and former player. They have been in a relationship since 2010 and engaged in 2015.

Nia Long Kids

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She has two kids. One kid from her previous relationship, a son by the name of Massai Zhivago Dorsey II born on November 26, 2000. And another kid with his boyfriend Ime, a son by the name of Kez Sunday Udoka born in 2011.

Nia Long Career

Her acting coach was Betty Bridges, better known as the mother of Different Strokes star Todd Bridges. Her earliest roles were alongside Brian Keith, Sean Astin, and Tim Thomerson in the Disney television movie The B.R.A.T. Patrol. She made her first notable television role on a three-year contract role as Kathryn “Kat” Speakes on the soap opera Guiding Light. From 1991 to 1994, she portrayed Kat. She then played Brandi, in Boyz n the Hood. The movie helped build her confidence as it was “first real movie role” and “it introduced her to the world in a way that it was okay for her to be who she is and still find success”.

From 1994 to 1995, she played Will Smith‘s girlfriend and fiancee Beulah “Lisa” Wilkes on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Jada Pinkett Smith originally was supposed to play the role but was too short for the role (opposite a 6ft 2inches Will Smith), therefore leaving Nia to take the role. However, in the second season of the show, episode 8, she played Claudia, opposite Queen Latifah a love interest of Will Smith. Nia was offered the role of Alex Munday in Charlie’s Angels in 2000, but she turned it down, and thus the role was given to Lucy Liu. She then joined the cast of the drama Third Watch in 2003, where she played NYPD Officer Sasha Monroe, a role she continued until the series finale in 2005.

Career Continuation

In 2005 and 2006, she appeared on Everwood, and appeared on Everwood, and appeared on Boston Legal during its 2006–2007 season. From 2007 to 2008, she starred in Big Shots alongside Dylan McDermott and Michael Vartan. In 2016, she was cast in a recurring role for the TV series Empire. In addition, Nia made appearances in a number of supporting roles in movies such as Friday and Made in America. She then played a leading role or a member of the primary ensemble in seven films including; Soul Food, Love Jones, Boiler Room, Big Momma’s House, Are We There Yet?, and The Best Man. In addition, Ice Cube has starred with her in four films, while Regina King has starred with her in two.

She alongside Michael Beach starred in Soul Food and in the TV series Third Watch. Besides acting, she made an appearance in Kanye West‘s video for “Touch the Sky”. She directed Yolanda Adams’s music video for “Thia Too Shall Pass”. In 2004, she won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for her performance on Third Watch. Originally, she voiced Roberta Tubbs on The Cleveland Show before being replaced by Reagan Gomez-Preston. In 2013, she appeared in the film The Best Man Holiday, reprising her role from the original 1999 film. In July 2020, she starred in the Netflix psychological thriller Fatal Affair.

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Nia Long Height and Measurements

Adding up to her well-curved and beautiful body, she stands at a height of 5ft 2inches (1.57m) and a weight of 56kg (123lbs).

Nia Long’s Salary and Net Worth

She has an annual salary of $1 million and a net worth of $6 million.

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