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[[File:Lanieatwork2.jpg|thumb|right|Lanie, © 2009-2010 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.]]
Tamala Jones plays Medical Examiner Dr. [[Lanie Parish]], Detective [[Kate Beckett|Kate Beckett's]] best friend, on ''Castle''.
Tamala Jones plays Medical Examiner Dr. [[Lanie Parish]], Detective [[Kate Beckett|Kate Beckett's]] best friend, on ''Castle''.
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== Selected Filmography ==
== Selected Filmography ==
[[File:Lanieatwork2.jpg|thumb|right|Lanie, © 2009-2010 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.]]
* JJ in ''Busted'' (2009)
* JJ in ''Busted'' (2009)
* Regina in ''The Janky Promoters'' (2009)
* Regina in ''The Janky Promoters'' (2009)

Revision as of 21:46, 11 February 2011

Tamala Jones plays Medical Examiner Dr. Lanie Parish, Detective Kate Beckett's best friend, on Castle.


Born November 12, 1974 in Pasadena, California.

Selected Filmography

Lanie, © 2009-2010 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.
  • JJ in Busted (2009)
  • Regina in The Janky Promoters (2009)
  • Mrs. Watson in Who's Deal? (2009)
  • Nikki in The Hustle (2009)
  • Chapter Leader Renee in Show Stoppers (2008)
  • Keisha in American Dream (2008)
  • Kim Hinton in Daddy Day Camp (2007)
  • Shannon in Who's Your Caddy? (2007)
  • Tory Adams in Confessions (2006)
  • Margaret Wright in Long Distance (2005)
  • Clorie in Nora's Hair Salon (2004)
  • Lisa Clark in Head of State (2003)
  • Jackie in On the Line (2001)
  • Tracey Johnson in Two Can Play That Game (2001)
  • Sheila West in The Brothers (2001)
  • Nadine in Kingdom Come (2001)
  • Theresa in The Ladies Man (2000)
  • Laura Leeton How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog (2000)
  • Kia in Turn It Up (2000)
  • D'wana in Next Friday (2000)
  • Janiece in Blue Streak (1999)
  • Tanya in The Wood (1999)
  • Girlfriend #2 in Can't Hardly Wait (1998)
  • Nikki in Booty Call (1997)
  • Anna's Great-Grandmother in How to Make an American Quilt (1995)

TV Appearances

  • Everybody Hates Chris - Darlene in episode 4.15, "Everybody Hates Boxing"
  • My Name is Earl - Liberty Washington in episode 2.16 (B.L.O.W.), episode 3.9 ("Randy in Charge: Of Our Days and Our Nights"), and episode 3.10 ("Midnight Bun")
  • Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip - Claire in episode 1.17, "The Disaster Show"
  • CSI: Miami" - Katie Watson in episode 5.9, "Going, Going, Gone"
  • Ghost Whisperer" - Amy Wright in episode 2.3, "Drowned Lives"
  • Love, Inc. - Terri in episode 1.4, "Bosom Buddies"
  • One on One - Tonya in 9 episodes
  • The Tracy Morgan Show - Alicia Mitchell in 18 episodes
  • For Your Love - Bobbi Seawright in all episodes
  • ER - Joanie Robbins in episode 1.17 ("The Birthday Party"), episode 1.24 ("Motherhood"), and episode 8.1 ("Four Corners")
  • Veronica's Closet - Tina in 8 episodes
  • Malcolm and Eddie - Caroline in episode 2.11, "Two Men and the Baby"
  • JAG - Nia in episode 1.12, "The Brotherhood"
  • The Wayans Bros. - Wanda in episode 2.1 ("Shawn Takes a New Stand") and episode 2.7 ("Scared Straight")
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - Tiffany in episode 6.6, "Not I, Barbecue"


  • Like her co-star Molly C. Quinn, is 5' 4" tall.[1]
  • In an April, 2010 appearance on The Mo'Nique Show, she revealed that the part of Lanie Parish wasn't originally written for an African-American actress.
  • She described how she got the part in an interview for Regard magazine:

"My character "Lanie Parish" was actually written for a Caucasian actress, but my agent and manager along with myself were all in agreement that I needed to step out of the box a little bit. I auditioned for the role in the pilot and I booked it. "Lanie" was only supposed to be a guest star with a possible recurring role. The show got picked up by ABC for 13 episodes and by that time it was pilot season again. I was still auditioning for other pilots when I heard the news of the pick-up & was about to network test for another pilot. My team called ABC to let them know that I was about to test for another show & ABC put a stop to that, with an offer as a series regular role on what is now one of ABC's highest-rated shows.[2]

  • Has appeared in three music videos: for "Give It Up, Turn It Loose" by En Vogue, with actresses Carmen Electra and Taraji Henson for "Girls, Girls, Girls" by rapper and mogul Jay-Z, and "Independent" by rapper Webbie, where she played a female African-American President of the United States.
  • Has said repeatedly that she thinks Pam Grier should be cast as Lanie's mother.[3]

External Links


  1. Tamala Jones' biography at the Internet Movie Database [1]
  2. Regard Magazine, issue 5, text (c) 2010 Dimitry Loiseau
  3. "Interview: Castle Co-Stars Nathan Fillion & Stana Katic The Futon Critic, written by Jim Halterman, posted 11/15/2010