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Essence stars as "Dee Dee Thorne" on UPN's comedy series "Half & Half." Atkins is best known for her role as Yvette Henderson in "The Smart Guy" and her recurring role as Marnie on "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch." She was a regular in several television series, including "Smart Guy," "Malibu Shores" and "Under One Roof." Her many guest-starring roles include UPN's "Moesha," "For Your Love," "The John Larroquette Show," "The Wayans Brothers," "The Parent'Hood," "Family Matters" and "The Cosby Show."Her film career includes the title role in the independent film "Nikita's Blues." In addition, she starred with singer Monica in the MTV film "Love Song," "How High," starring Redman and Method Man, and "Deliver Us from Eva," starring Gabrielle Union and LL Cool J. Atkins was born on February 7, 1972 and lives in Los Angeles.
Essence Atkins: Half & Half
Half & Half stars Essence Atkins and Rachel True as half-sisters Mona and Dee Dee who have only one thing in common: their father. Growing up separately, these two virtual strangers suddenly become neighbors in the same San Francisco apartment building and experience the challenges of sisterhood for the first time.
Mona, a budding music executive, was raised by her single mother, Phyllis, to be an independent woman who does things in her own free-spirited and sometimes sardonic style. By contrast, younger sister Dee Dee is a privileged honor-roll college student who grew up in a two-parent home, but searches for her own identity out of the shadow of her overbearing mother, Big Dee Dee.
Now in their twenties, these two vastly contrasting women are discovering the advantages and joys that the special bond of sisterhood offers. But their relationship is not without its problems, as they often clash on everything from morals to money to men. Meanwhile, Spencer, Mona's best friend, becomes the conscience of the group and helps build a bridge between the women.