Who is Tamala Jones?
Tamala R. Jones was born 12 November 1974, in Pasadena, California, USA, and is an actress, best known for her role in the crime drama series “Castle”, in which she played the character Lanie Parish from 2009 to 2016. She’s also known for her work in films such as “Kingdom Come”, “Booty Call”, and “Two Can Play That Game”.
The Wealth of Tamala Jones
How rich is Tamala Jones? As of mid-2019, sources estimate a net worth that is over $4 million, earned through a successful career as an actress.
She’s been active in the industry since 1995 working on mostly mainstream projects throughout her career.
Early Life and Acting Beginnings
There is almost no information available regarding Tamala’s life before her rise to fame as an actress. She has not shared any details regarding her family, childhood, and education, except that she’s the younger sister of actress Tracey Jones.
In all likelihood, she desired to pursue a career in acting at a young age, leading to her first television appearance during her teenage years, a guest role in the sitcom entitled “California Dreams”. The show aired on NBC as a part of the Saturday Morning Block and follows a group of teenagers and their friendships. The writers of the show are known for their work in “Saved by the Bell”.
She continued to take on more student roles, appearing in the short-lived drama “Dangerous Minds” which aired on ABC. The show is based on the film of the same name with Annie Potts playing the role originated by Michelle Pfeiffer.
Rise to Fame
In 1998, she then got one of her first co-starring roles in the series “For Your Love”. The show aired on NBC and ran for a total of four and a half seasons, during which period she also worked on the sitcom “The Tracy Morgan Show”, which starred her alongside the titular actor but was cancelled after its first season. Following that project, she was cast as a recurring character in “One on One” playing Tonya, an old girlfriend of the character Flex. The show aired on UPN, and follows a sportscaster who is a divorcee, left with his teenage daughter when his ex-wife takes a job out of the country.
She continued her string of television projects with guest appearances in popular shows which included “The Parent’ Hood”, “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air”, “and “Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip”. She also gained a recurring role in the sitcom entitled “Veronica’s Closet”, which aired on NBC and starred Kirstie Alley as the head of her own lingerie company located in New York City. Tamal also became known for her frequent collaborations with music artists, appearing in the music video of En Vogue entitled “Give It Up, Turn it Loose”.
— Tamala Jones (@tamalajones) March 28, 2017
She also worked with rapper Jay Z on the music video for “Girls, Girls, Girls”, in which she appeared alongside Paula Jai Parker and Carmen Electra. Another music video she worked on was “Gravel Pit” by the Wu-Tang Clan.
Latter Career – Castle
Jones has done a lot of film work during her career, altogether matching the number of times she’s worked on television. In 2001, she worked on the film “Kingdom Come” which starred LL Cool J and Jada Pinkett Smith, and during the same year she also appeared in the romantic comedy film “Two Can Play That Game”, starring Vivica A. Fox.
On television, she was cast in one of her biggest roles, when she was cast as the character Lanie Parish in the series “Castle”. It is a crime drama series which aired on ABC, and follows the life of Richard Castle, a best-selling mystery novelist played by Nathan Fillion. He works alongside a homicide detective as they solve unusual crimes in New York City. The overarching plot of the show follows the romance between the two lead characters, as well as an investigation of the murder of the detective’s mother. Fans noted that Tamala has a good singing voice, as she sang several times during episodes of “Castle”.
A few of her recent projects include four episodes of “Seal Team”, and as Mari in “What Men Want”, both in 2019.
Personal Life and Social Media
For her personal life, not much is known in terms of any of Jones’ romantic relationships. She prefers to keep that aspect of her life away from the public, though her online pages indicate that she is likely single. She is a survivor of a brain aneurysm which affected her at the age of 23. She has been voted numerous times as one of the sexiest women of the year by several publications, especially during her early adulthood.
Similar to numerous actresses, she is highly active online through accounts on social media. She has an account on Instagram on which she has over 240,000 followers, and uses the platform to show a bit of her life outside work, posting personal photos and throwback pictures; she owns pet dogs. She also has an account on the website Twitter on which she has over 215,000 followers though her posts there are often similar to her Instagram account.