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Mekia Cox
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General Information
Gender: Female
Birthday: November 18, 1981
Age: 35
Birthplace: Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Social Networks: Facebook
Instagram
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Other Information
Height: 5'6"
Occupation(s): Actress
Dancer
Vocal Artist
Education: Dr. Phillips High School
Florida State University
Talents: Acting
Dancing
Singing
Interests: Learning how to play guitar
Painting
Family & Friends
Relationships: Britt Leach (husband)
Series Information
Character: Sabine / Princess Tiana
First appearance: Hyperion Heights
Last appearance: Leaving Storybrooke

Mekia Cox is an American actress and dancer, known for her recurring role as Sasha in the second and third seasons of 90210 and her role as a dancer in the Michael Jackson concert series This Is It and the related film Michael Jackson's This Is It. In 2010, she assumed a supporting role in Lost creator J. J. Abrams's cancelled spy drama, Undercovers.

As a youth, Cox had a history of dance and theater training and experience. Much of her early work was associated with Universal Studios and Nickelodeon. She continued to train in the performing arts in high school and college. Subsequently, she toured nationally in stage productions of musicals such as Fame.

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Background

Cox, a St. Croix native, moved with her family to Orlando, Florida at age seven after spending five years of her youth studying dance in the U.S. Virgin Islands. In 1989, Cox was invited to participate in the Disney's Magic Kingdom Christmas Spectacular show. Due to her proximity to Universal Studios, Cox was able to earn roles as a child actor in various Nickelodeon shows such as My Brother and Me, Keenan and Kel, and All That.

Cox was a 1999 graduate of Dr. Phillips High School where she was enrolled in the Visual and Performing Arts magnet program for vocal performance. Cox earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Florida State University in 2003 after being accepted to their Musical Theater program. During her summers she worked at the Heritage Repertory Theater in Charlottesville, Virginia where she played roles in Smokey Joe's Cafe and Anything Goes one summer and performed as a recurring character in Nickelodeon's show Noah Knows Best during another. Other regional theater credits include Rent in which she played club dancer and drug addict Mimi Márquez, the Chicago role of Liz, and Frenchie in Cabaret.

After graduating, she performed the role of Sarah in Ragtime, the musical at Merry-Go-Round Theater in Auburn, New York. Cox then toured nationally for two years as Carmen in Fame as well as revisiting her role as Brenda in Smokey Joe's Café. After touring and landing her first television role she moved to Los Angeles, where she continues to reside. Among her personal interests are learning how to play guitar and painting.

Television and film career

Prior to her role on Undercovers Cox made guest appearances on several television shows. In 2005, she appeared in CSI: NY, and Half & Half, and she appeared in One Tree Hill as Faith in season 3 episode 10 the following year. She also has a role in the marital crisis comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love., which was released in July 2011.

Cox was one of only two women selected for the 11-member dance group from a field of over 500 for the This Is It concert series. She was one of the featured dancers in the documentary film Michael Jackson's This Is It. She can be seen dancing with Jackson during the rehearsal of "The Way You Make Me Feel".

During the 2009 second season of 90210 she appeared in six episodes. She also appears in the fourth episode of season three (October 4, 2010). Her 20-something character, Sasha, becomes the controversial love interest of Tristan Wilds' 17-year-old character, Dixon Wilson. The character is a DJ who met his character at a pizza parlor and a party she DJed on a yacht. Dixon led her to believe he was her age. One of the things that helped them bond despite his status as a high school junior was that they had the same cell phone ringtone. Eventually, Cox's character lies about becoming pregnant to keep Dixon from breaking up with her.

On October 29, 2009, she was one of the This is It dancers who appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to fulfill host Ellen DeGeneres' birthday wish.

She appeared in all first-season episodes of Undercovers. She plays a character named Lizzy Gilliam, who is the sister of the female lead and who is unaware of her family's involvement in Central Intelligence Agency activities. Originally, Jessica Parker Kennedy was cast in the role, but Cox replaced her in June 2010 before the first episode of the first season was aired in September 2010. Her character is described as "Boy crazy". Cox says that Lizzy's character, which spends much of her onscreen time running the family catering business, embodied much of her own true character and described the character as follows: "Lizzy's a good character; very light-hearted, very fun loving, she’s got a good heart and an interesting past and she’s trying to deal with it".

In 2016, Cox appeared in the Modern Family episode "The Cover-Up". On August 23, 2016, Cox joined Chicago Med in a recurring role. She portrays Tiana in the seventh season of Once Upon a Time. In August 2017, Cox was promoted to a series regular on the series.

Personal life

On April 28, 2018, Cox married Britt Leach. In December 2018, the couple had a daughter.

Filmography

Year Title Type Role
1994 My Brother and Me TV Series Myra
2005 CSI: NY TV Series Kia Rowe
2005 Half & Half TV Series Alicia
2006 One Tree Hill TV Series Faith Banks
2008 Bones TV Series Celeste Cutler
2009 - 2010 90210 TV Series Sasha
2010 I Kissed a Vampire Nikki No
2010 - 2012 Undercovers TV Series Lizzy Gilliam / Lizzy
2011 The Mentalist TV Series Tracy Zuniga
2011 Crazy, Stupid, Love. Hip Hairdresser aka Tiffany
2012 Battlefield America Sarah Miller
2012 Necessary Roughness TV Series Zetty Liston
2012 Common Law TV Series Destiny
2012 Leverage TV Series Katrina Hardt
2012 - 2014 Key and Peele TV Series short Girl On Date / Michelle Obama / Girlfriend
2013 The Exchange Short Lisa
2013 Mob City TV Series Anya
2013 After Dark Bree
2013 - 2014 Almost Human TV Series Anna
2014 Gotham TV Series Dr. Thawson
2014 Untitled Jerrod Carmichael Pilot TV Series Maxine
2015 Grey's Anatomy TV Series Claire Vinson
2015 The Squeeze Lana
2016 Modern Family TV Series Angie
2016 Impastor TV Series Jasmine Evans
2016 Secrets and Lies TV Series Amanda Warner
2016 - 2019 Chicago Med TV Series Robin Charles
2017 - 2018 Once Upon a Time TV Series Sabine / Princess Tiana
2019 If Not Now, When? Suzanne
2019- 2020 The Rookie TV Series Nyla Harper
Back to 1 (pre-production) Jane Holiday
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