With her innate sense of comedy and girl-next-door charm, Essence Atkins is one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents. She was one of the leads in Dance Flick, a Wayans Bros. satire that debuted in 2009. As a regular on four series and with numerous movie roles under her belt, Atkins’ star continues to rise.
In UPN’s comedy series Half & Half, Atkins starred as Dee Dee Thorne, a privileged, honor-roll law school graduate who grew up in a two-parent home and searched for her identity. The series ran for four successful seasons and held some of the network’s highest ratings in its time slot. Half & Half is currently in syndication.
Atkins is best known for her role as Yvette Henderson in the syndicated Disney series The Smart Guy and her recurring role as Marnie on Sabrina, The Teenage Witch. Atkins was a series regular on several television shows, including Aaron Spelling’s Malibu Shores and the critically acclaimed CBS drama Under One Roof. Her many guest-starring credits include House, The Class, Love Inc., Moesha, For Your Love, The John Larroquette Show, The Wayans Brothers, The Parent ’Hood, Family Matters and The Cosby Show.
Atkins’ film career includes the title role in the independent film Nikita’s Blues. She starred in the MTV films Love Song, How High and Deliver Us from Eva. She also had a co-starring role in the 2002 Houston Film Festival winner Looking Through Lillian and 2008 festival favorite Love & Other Four Letter Words. She recently co-starred in the Warner Bros. musical Preacher’s Kid.