Essence Atkins
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February 7, 1972 (age 39)
New York City, New York, U.S.



Years active



Suzanne Kingston-Persons

Essence Uhura Atkins (born February 7, 1972) is an American actress. She portrays Suzanne Kingston-Persons. She is best known for the roles of Dee Dee Thorne on the UPN sitcom Half & Half and as Yvette Henderson on the The WB sitcom Smart Guy.


She has appeared in a variety of films and television series, including How High, Deliver Us from Eva, Family Matters, Sister Sister, and The Cosby Show. One of her television roles was in the Saved by the Bell spin-off, the Saved by the Bell: The College Years. She appeared in the pilot, but when Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, a regular from the original, opted to return, Atkins' character was written out. She also had a main role in Smart Guy as the older sister Tasha Yevette Henderson.

Atkins is currently starring in the TBS sitcom series Are We There Yet?

Personal lifeEdit

In September 2009, Atkins married Jaime Mendez, whom she met through the online dating service Her Half and Half co-star Valarie Pettiford performed during the reception.


Television WorkEdit

Awards and nominationsEdit

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