Tembi Locke
Tembi Locke
Tembi Locke appeared as Donna in The Wayans Bros. episode titled "Pop's Daughter".


Tembekile Locke


Houston, Texas, U.S.


Actress / Activist

Years active


Character on The Wayans Bros.

Donna in The Wayans Bros.' episode titled "Pop's Daughter"

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Tembi Locke aooeared as Donna in The Wayans Bros.' episode titled "Pop's Daughter". Tembi has appeared in over 40 television showa; notably playing main characters on FOX-TV's Sliders and Eureka. Her first significant television role was in 1994 on the NBC-TV sitcom series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.


Born Tembekile Locke to civil rights activist parents in Houston, Texas; she attended Alief Hastings High School in Houston. After high school, Locke lived for a time in Italy on a foreign exchange program. While there, she appeared several times on Italian television, including the Carnivale Di Venez.[1] After returning to the United States, she graduated with an art history degree from Wesleyan University, in Connecticut. She speaks fluent Italian.[2]

After college, Locke noved to New York City, where she worked on the CBS-TV soap opera, As the World Turns, while attending school during the day and waiting tables at night. Locke and her husband, an Italian chef, live and work in Los Angeles, California. She is a vegetarian, and urban homesteader, regularly growing produce on vacant lots in the city. Locke is a gourmet cook, and also enjoys, hiking, running and fishing.[1] She is currently involved in several social activism programs.


Locke's body of work involves mainly episodic television as well as several Television film|made-for-TV movies.

Locke was a principal character, Dr. Diana Davis, in season five of the multi-network show, Sliders (19 episodes, 1998-1999); and a regular character, Grace Monroe, in season four and season five of the SyFy channel's Eureka (24 episodes, 2010-2012).

She has had recurring roles as Luisa Dixon in Beverly Hills, 90210 (five episodes, 1995-1996); a vice-principal, Liz Taylor, in the The WB Television Network series, Raising Dad (five episodes, 2001-2002); and Ethel in [[Like Family (four episodes, 2004), also on the WB. In 2006, Locke played Addie Townsend on NBC's Windfall.

Locke has appeared as a featured star or guest star on NBC-TV's Friends; FOX-TV's Bones; TBS's House of Payne; and The Mentalist among others. One of the earliest television appearances of Locke's found her playing Valerie, a love interest for Will Smith's character, in an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air on NBC in 1994.


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