American actress and dancer Tangi Miller rose to fame as Elena Tyler on the popular TV series “Felicity” (The WB, 1998-2002), where she took home an Image nomination for her performance. She also netted an Image nomination for her portrayal of Potts on the television film “Phantom Force” (The Sci-Fi Channel, 2004). Miller has guest starred in many television shows, including “The Shield,” “Fastlane,” “The District,” “Cold Case,” “The Division” and “Half and Half” and appeared in the films “The Other Brother” (2002), “Madea's Family Reunion” (2006), “Love... & Other 4 Letter Words” (2007), “After School” (2008) and “My Girlfriend's Back” (2010), among others.
Miller is a member of a Los Angeles based professional dance troupe and has performed in West Africa, Cameroon and Ghana. She was featured in “Grey Hairs,” a program that aired on Ghana's television network.
Miller began dating actor J. August Richards in 2000. One of Ebony Magazine's “55 Most Beautiful People in the World,” she appeared in a four page brochure to raise awareness about breast cancer. Miller practices yoga and enjoys traveling.
Childhood and Family:
The eldest of six, Tangi Miller was born on February 28, 1974, in Miami, Florida. Because of their parents' religious beliefs, she and her siblings were not allowed to watch TV while they were growing up. She began acting in stage productions while in high school. After graduating, she majored in marketing at Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama. It was not until she completed college that she began to realize acting was her true calling. She then pursued a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of California, in Irvine. She also studied at the Royal National Theater in London and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.
Tangi Miller kicked off her professional acting career in 1998 when she landed guest spots in the HBO comedy series “Arli$$” and the CBS drama “Michael Hayes.” She made her first film appearance in the independent comedy “Rhinos,” where she costarred with Christi Allen and Chad Nell (all 1998). Her big breakthrough came when she joined the cast of the WB hit series “Felicity” (September 29, 1998- May 22, 2002) which starred Keri Russell as Felicity Porter. Playing straightforward college student Elena Tyler, Miller made her first appearance on October 6, 1998, and stayed with the show until its finale on May 22, 2002. She was nominated for a 2002 Image Award in the category of Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for her performance.
While working on “Felicity,” Miller also appeared in an episode of “The Amanda Show” (2000), made her TV film debut on “Playing with Fire” (2000), where she costarred with Vanessa Williams and Mel Jackson, and worked with Amber Benson, Jarrod Crawford and Andy Hallett in the miniseries “The Enforcers” (2001). She then played Stephanie in the TV movie biopic “Too Legit: The MC Hammer Story,” which was broadcasted on VH1 on December 19, 2001, and acted in the independent film “The Other Brother” (2002). She next guest starred as Rebecca Wyms in the FX hit series “The Shield” (2002) and appeared in episodes of Fox's “Fastline” (2002), the UPN’s “The Twilight Zone” (2002) and Disney Channel's “Kim Possible” (2002). She went on to portray the recurring role of Dyanne on the CBS series “The District” (2 episodes, 2003) and star as Emily Woodrow in the direct to video film “Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood” (2003), opposite Warwick Davis, Laz Alonso and Page Kennedy.
In 2004, Miller was cast as Potts in the television movie “Phantom Force,” opposite Richard Grieco and Nigel Bennett. The role brought her a 2005 Image nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special. The same year, she also costarred with Diane Venora and Shelby Fenner in the Lifetime film “Class Actions,” played Rochelle in the video short “Forever Is a Long, Long Time” and guest starred in Lifetime's “The Division” and CBS' “Cold Case.” The following year, she made guest appearances in the WB sitcom “Living with Fran” and the UPN comedy series “Half & Half.”
Miller was next cast as Donna in Tyler Perry's “Madea's Family Reunion” (2006) and starred as Stormy La Rue in the film “Love... & Other 4 Letter Words” (2007), for which she contributed to the story and served as executive producer/producer. She then served as co-producer and acted in “After School” (2008), a comedy starring Geri Allen, Cecelia Antoinette and Gabrielle Dennis. She also supported Pascal Atuma, Yun Choi and Oris Erhuero in the direct to video “Hurricane in the Rose Garden” (2009), starred as Nicki Russell in the Steven Ayromlooi directed comedy “My Girlfriend's Back” (2010), which she produced, and teamed up with Jonathan M. Woodward, Angela Bettis and Samm Levine for the film “Drones” (2010).
Miller has completed filming “Fanaddict” (2011), a movie directed by T.A. Williams. She is set to play Kimmy in the upcoming film “Guardian of Eden,” which was also directed by Williams. Miller produced both films.