Tamara Taylor is a Canadian actress most popular for starring as Dr. Camille Saroyan on Fox’s forensic comedy series Bones (2005-2017). Taylor however, first gained popularity by modeling in a series of AT&T commercials in the US. Since after debuting in movies and television shows in the 1990s, Taylor has earned a lasting reputation to herself, with some of her prominent works including A Party of Five, Hidden Hills, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, and Sex, Love Secrets. Let’s get down to discovering more about the talented Canadian actress.
5 Facts About Tamara Taylor
1. Tamara Taylor is an Only Child
Tamara Taylor was born on September 27, 1970, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as the only child of her parents. She, however, later got two half-siblings (a brother and a sister) from her mother’s second marriage. Her mother had remarried after divorcing her father.
2. She Bears Her Stepfather’s Name
Tamara was born to Canadian parents Vaughn Grouse and Deborah Reid. While her father is black, her mother is Caucasian; giving her an African-Caucasian ethnicity. Going by her parents’ names, one might begin to wonder where Tamara got her last name “Taylor”. She took the name from her stepfather, Eddie Taylor.
3. Tamara Left Schooling for Modeling
As a result of her passion for show business, Tamara Taylor was unable to complete her high school education. She dropped out of high school and ventured into modeling. Interestingly, Tamara got her mother’s full support in her decision. She had told Mara then that “school will always be there”.
4. She is Divorced
Taylor tied the knot with Miles Cooley, a lawyer on June 10, 2007. Unfortunately, the marriage lasted for just about five years as the now estranged couple finalized their divorce in May, 2012. The reason behind their divorce was not disclosed to the media.
5. Taylor is Not Elevator Friendly
Tamara has claustrophobia, including a high sense of fear for elevators. She once revealed in an interview that her phobia for lifts causes her to take the stairs even if she has to get to the tenth floor or more. Thinking that the Canadian actress is worried about her condition or trying to overcome her fears? Never! She instead encourages others to also develop fear for elevators because taking the stairs have turned out a very healthy habit for her!
Tamara Taylor’s Movies, TV Shows
Tamara Taylor began her professional acting career in 1991. She made her debut screen appearance in a 1991 episode of A Different World (1987-1993). She played the uncredited role of a roast attendee in the NBC situation comedy series. Taylor later landed her first credited and career breakthrough role on the Fox television series, A Party of Five (1994-2000). She portrayed the recurring character of Grace Wilcox on the teen/family drama between 1996 and ’97.
Following her role on A Party of Five, Tamara made her movie debut as Janice Tyson in the 1998 sci-fi comedy film, Senseless. The same year, she guest-starred as Laura Weston in Dawn’s Creek. Two more guest roles followed the next year in Early Edition and Providence. She also portrayed Geri Nicholas on HBO’s 1999 television film, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge.
In the year 2000, Tamara Taylor landed the recurring role of Dr. Ana Syphax in City of Angels, a CBS medical drama series. Between 2002 and 2003, she portrayed Sara Timmerman on the NBC situation comedy, Hidden Hills. She subsequently played guest roles in several television series including Miracle, Everwood, Becker and Without A Trace, all in 2003.
2004 saw Tamara portray more guest characters in a number of TV series including The District, Six Feet Under, CSI: Miami, and One on One. In 2005, she made her third movie appearance as Debrah Simmons in Tyler Perry’s romantic comedy, Diary of a Mad Black Woman. She also portrayed the recurring character of Nina in the 2005 UPN soap opera, Sex, Love, and Secrets. The same year, she played a guest role on NCIS, as well as a minor role on the sci-fi movie, Serenity.
Tamara Taylor landed her career big break in 2006 when she joined the cast of Hart Hanson’s crime-comedy drama, Bones. Tamara portrayed Dr. Camille Saroyan on the procedural series which aired on Fox from September 2005 to March 2017. While filming Bones, Taylor appeared on a number of other films and TV series some of which include Gordon Class (2007), Shuffle (2011), and Justice League (2015). She also participated in the 2015 reality TV contest, Hell’s Kitchen.
In 2018, Taylor started playing the recurring role of Oumou Prescott in Netflix’s sci-fi web series, Altered Carbon.
How Much Is She Worth
Despite the fact that Tamara Taylor does not rank among the most famous actresses of her generation, she has been able to gather a decent amount of wealth over the years. As of 2019, Taylor has an estimated net worth of $4 million. She amassed her wealth mostly from the income she makes from her acting career as well as brand endorsements.