Niecy Nash is a multi-talented Emmy Award-winning producer and twice-nominated actress. Her multi-faceted career includes roles on “Getting On,” which earned her two Emmy nominations; the limited Ava DuVernay series “When They See Us” (which earned her a third Emmy nomination and an NAACP Image Award), based on the exonerated Central Park Five; “Scream Queens,” “Masters of Sex” and “The Soul Man.” Nash also recently finished headlining the cable drama “Claws,” after four years on the show. She was tapped to star in the spin-off of the successful broadcast series “The Rookie,” and this fall, will star in Ryan Murphy’s limited series, “Monster,” based on the life of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.
Nash is well-known for her role as no-nonsense “Officer Raineesha Williams” on the hilarious hit cable series “Reno 911!” and the feature film “Reno 911!: Miami.” She went on to star in her own comedy series, “Do Not Disturb,” opposite Jerry O'Connell, in 2008. Nash also is well known for her recurring role on the Peabody Award-winning comedy series “The Bernie Mac Show,” portraying Bernie's uproarious baby sister, “Benita.” Other recurring roles include TV’s “Presidio Med,” “That's Life,” “Popular” and “City of Angels.” Her style, humor and quick wit garnered her a stint as a correspondent on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Most recently, she starred opposite Courtney Vance in the telefilm “Uncorked.”
On film, she had featured roles in “Selma”; “Guess Who,” opposite Bernie Mac and Ashton Kutcher; “Code Name: The Cleaner,” opposite Cedric the Entertainer and Lucy Liu; “Not Easily Broken,” based on the best-selling book by Bishop T.D. Jakes; and the summer blockbuster release “G-Force,” produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.
Nash also has expanded her repertoire to include directing. The protean actress was the host and producer of the home makeover show “Clean House.” Her work earned her two Daytime Emmy nominations, and American Women in Radio & Television honored Nash with the 2007 Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Program Host. In addition, she was seen regularly as a celebrity panelist on the top-rated entertainment news program “The Insider.”
Nash also develops various television and film projects through her own production company, Chocolate Chick, Inc.
In her rare spare time, she is devoted to church and participating at charitable functions in support of causes that are close to her heart, including the prevention and awareness of HIV/AIDS, breast cancer, school violence and domestic abuse, among others. In July 2018, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored Nash with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to celebrate her career. Nash and her wife, singer/songwriter Jessica Betts, just made history as the first same sex couple to appear on the cover of Essence magazine.