Tatyana Ali

Real Name : Tatyana Marisol Ali

Born: 24/01/1979 (44 yo)
Birth place: Brooklyn, New York (USA)

Citizenship : USA

Occupation : Actress , Singer


Tatyana Marisol Ali is an American actress and R&B singer, best known for her childhood role as Ashley Banks on the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Since January 2010, she has starred as Tyana Jones on the TV One original sitcom Love That Girl!, and has had a recurring role as Roxanne on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless.


Tatyana Ali is the oldest daughter (she has two younger sisters) of an Afro-Panamanian mother and a Trinidadian father of East Indian descent.


By the age of six, she had begun her acting career, as a regular child performer on Sesame Street starting in 1985, even appearing with Herbie Hancock in a musical number. She also appeared twice on Star Search.

She made her breakthrough when she was cast as Ashley Banks for the television sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in 1990. She sang on various episodes of the show, including a heavily altered version of Aretha Franklin's "Respect" and the original song, "Make Up Your Mind" produced by Robert Jerald of N'Spyre Music Productions. Will Smith asked her if she seriously considered pursuing a musical career. Despite her singing ability, she concentrated on her acting career on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air the next few years.

In the final season of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1995–96), Ali began preparing herself for her musical debut. The result was the album Kiss The Sky, which was certified gold in early 1999. The album spawned the hit song "Daydreamin'", released July 21, 1998, produced by Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, which peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and on the UK Singles Chart.

The album spawned two further UK hits, "Boy You Knock Me Out", featuring Will Smith, which peaked at No. 3 and is her biggest hit to date; and "Everytime", which was her third top 20 hit in the UK, peaking at No. 20. She made an appearance in Smith's album Willennium for the track "Who Am I" with MC Lyte.

Along with her musical career, Ali kept acting in many films. She had the chance to work with recognized film directors such as Takeshi Kitano (Brother), Rodrigo Garcia (Mother and Child), among others.

In 2005, she completed work on the film Glory Road and starred in the music video for Nick Cannon and Anthony Hamilton's "Can I Live?" as Cannon's mother.

In early 2008, she performed on the song "Yes We Can", a will.i.am project supporting Barack Obama's presidential campaign. She also appeared in the subsequent music video which gained coverage on the "What the Buzz" segment of ABC's World News Now.

She also performed the title song, "Sunny Valentine" along with Terrence Quaites for the indie film, Rockin' Meera directed by Param Gill in 2005.

She is also producing and starring in the BET web show, Buppies. She is currently on recurring status on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless as Roxanne.

Ali can be seen in the show, Love That Girl! on TV One. She stars as Tyana (which comes from the last five letters of her name). When asked if the character bears any similarities to her, Ali said in a CaribPress interview, "She's a bit neurotic and I hope I am not quite like that."

"One thing that I do love about her is that she is really multidimensional," she went on to say in the same interview. "I think it's nice to have a female character that is portrayed in (a) really holistic way."

Ali also starred in Nora's Hair Salon and Nora's Hair Salon 2: A Cut Above.

In 2011, Ali received the Living Legacy Award from the Caribbean Heritage Organization in Los Angeles.

In 2012, Ali appeared as a guest on The Eric Andre Show.

Ali's most recent role, as of January 15, 2013, is starring as Maya, along with Craig Wayans and Damien Dante Wayans, in the BET comedy, Second Generation Wayans.

Personal life

Ali attended Harvard University where she received a bachelor's degree in African-American studies and government in 2002. She traveled the United States as a spokesperson for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign and headed voter registration drives at college campuses. In 2012, she continued showing her support.

Websites & Social Networks




  • 1998      Kiss the Sky


  • 1998 "Daydreamin'" (featuring Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz)
  • 1998 "Boy You Knock Me Out" (featuring Will Smith)    
  • 1999 "Everytime"



  • 1987      Eddie Murphy Raw
  • 1988      Crocodile Dundee II
  • 1988      Wow, You're a Cartoonist!
  • 1997      Fakin' da Funk
  • 1997      Kiss the Girls
  • 1998      The Clown at Midnight
  • 1999      Jawbreaker
  • 2000      Brother
  • 2001      The Brothers
  • 2003      National Lampoon Presents Dorm Daze
  • 2004      Nora's Hair Salon
  • 2005      Back in the Day
  • 2005      Domino One
  • 2006      Glory Road
  • 2006      A Warm Place
  • 2007      The List
  • 2008      Down & Out
  • 2008      Nora's Hair Salon 2: A Cut Above
  • 2008      Hotel California
  • 2009      Mother and Child
  • 2011      Love That Girl!
  • 2012      Privileged
  • 2012      Dysfunctional Friends
  • 2012      Home Again
  • 2012      Locker 13

TV series:

  • 1985      Sesame Street
  • 1989      Wally and the Valentines
  • 1989      A Man Called Hawk
  • 1989      The Cosby Show
  • 1990–96 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (148 episodes)
  • 1993      Getting By
  • 1994      Are You Afraid of the Dark?
  • 1994      TV's Funniest Families
  • 1994      The All-New Mickey Mouse Club (MMC)
  • 1995      In the House
  • 1996      Living Single
  • 1996      Kidz in the Wood
  • 1996      Fall Into Darkness
  • 1997      413 Hope St.
  • 2002      Fastlane
  • 2003      Half & Half
  • 2007      On the Lot
  • 2007–13 The Young and the Restless (43 episodes)
  • 2010–present   Love That Girl!
  • 2012      The Eric Andre Show
  • 2013      Second Generation Wayans


Awards won:

NAACP Image Awards

  • 1996: "Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress" – The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
  • 2011: "Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama" – The Young and the Restless
  • 2012: "Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama" – The Young and the Restless

Young Artist Award

  • 1991: "Best Young Actress Starring in a New Television Series" – The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

YoungStar Award

  • 1997: "Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Comedy TV Series" – The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air