American actress Mekia Cox

‘The Rookie’ & ‘Chicago Med’ Actress Mekia Cox Biography

A native of St. Croix, Mekia Cox is a promising triple threat (a dancer, TV & stage actress) who currently stars as Det. Nyla Harper in The Rookie (2018- Now). Having made her TV debut in 1994, Cox didn’t get TV screen fame until the late 2010s; she portrayed a recurring cast in Sasha in 90210 (2009-10).

Initially, a dancer, the Florida State University graduate was one of the lead dancers in “King of Pop” Michael Jackon’s tour This Is It. Then from musicals to theaters, Mekia saw herself progressive to an on-screen career; not limited to TV series, but also in feature films as well.

A dedication of more than 2 decades in the TV industry earned her major TV role in Secrets and Lies, Chicago Med; and Once Upon a Time. Along with the rejoicing of the successful acting career, the mother of one enjoys a blissful married life too.

Where Is Mekia Cox From? Nationality, Age, Height & More!

An American actress from Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Meki was born on November 18, 1981; as of 2022, she is 40 years old. At the age of 7, her parents moved to Orlando, Florida, the USA, where Cox would attend acting camps as a child.

A graduate of Dr. Phillips High School (in 1999) in the Visual and Performing Arts program, the Mob City actress later enrolled at Florida State University. From there, she graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Musical Theatre, which marked the commencement of her theatrical career.

Mekia Cox is an American by nationality & comes from a black ethnic background. The Mentalist actress with brown eyes & black hair stands 5 feet 5 inches tall (165 cm).

Worked As A Dancer & In Stage Productions

By the age of two, Cox used to dance & perform songs which would crave her interest to pursue a professional entertainment career. Having made her TV debut in 1994 through My Brother and Me, she spent most of her 90s in stages.

As an undergraduate, the Florida-raised worked in Heritage Repertory Theater & appeared in the productions of Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Anything Goes, and Rent. And after graduation from Florida State University, she moved to New York & worked in Merry-Go-Round Theater in Auburn, New York.

Moreover, she worked in national Broadways too; as Carmen in Fame and as Brenda in Smokey Joe’s Café before moving to Los Angeles.

Mekia Cox Got TV Recogntion From ‘90210’: First-Ever Major Role In ‘Undercovers’

A proficient dancer, Cox was one of the lead dancers in Michael Jackson’s concert series This Is It, which would later turn into a 2009 film This Is It. By that time, she already had booked guest-TV appearances in CSI: NY, Half & Half, One Tree Hill and Bones.

Then, it was her portrayal of Sasha in the TV series 90210 (2009-10, 7 episodes) that began to see her fandom. In 2010, she earned her first-ever major TV role; portrayed Lizzy Gilliam in Undercovers starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Boris Kodjoe & Ben Schwartz.

She made her featured film debut through I Kissed a Vampire in 2010. However, Mekia got major big-screen exposure after portraying Tiffany in Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011) starring Steve Carell & Ryan Gosling; and as Sarah Miller in Battlefield America (2012).

Until the mid-2010s, the American actress made several guest appearances: The Mentalist, Necessary Roughness, Common Law, Leverage, Almost Human, Gotham, Grey’s Anatomy & Modern Family. In 2013, Cox made a recurring appearance as Anya in Mob City.

Main Cast In ‘Once Upon a Time’ and ‘The Rookie’

In 2016, Cox portrayed a recurring role Jasmine in the TV series Impastor. Moreover, she portrayed Amanda Warner, the main cast, in Season 2 of Secrets and Lies (2016, 10 episodes) co-starring Ryan Phillippe, KaDee Strickland & Dan Fogler.

From 2016 to 2019, the ‘If Not Now, When?’ actress appeared as Dr. Robyn Charles, a recurring (season 2 to 4) and guest cast (season 5) in Chicago Med. It featured Nick Gehlfuss, Yaya DaCosta, Torrey DeVitto, & Rachel DiPillo to name a few.

Cox in the portrayal of Nyla Harper in the TV series The Rookie
Cox in the portrayal of Nyla Harper in the TV series The Rookie
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The theater-turned-TV star then landed as one of the main cast, Tiana/Sabine in Season 7 (last season) of Once Upon a Time (2017-18). Other major stars in the fantasy adventure drama series were Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Robert Carlyle, Josh Dallas, among others.

Since 2019, she portrays Det. Nyla Harper in the police procedural series The Rookie; entered the series in Season 2 & has already 45 episodes through its 4th season run ( Season 4 premiered on September 26, 2021).

Also see: Eden GraceTasya TelesRoma GąsiorowskaErica Cerra, Deirdre Imus

How Much Is Net Worth Of Mekia Cox In 2022?

Throughout her on-screen career of more than 26 years, the American actress already has 30 acting credits. The Chicago Med actress indeed made a decent sum with her fabulous TV career, while also her film & theater appearances added up considerable earnings.

Online sources estimate that Mekia Cox has an estimated net worth of $300,000 as of 2022. Thanks to her notable TV works in Undercovers, Secrets and Lies, Once Upon a Time and The Rookie, she made a paycheck of tens of thousands of dollars per episode.

Once Upon a Time actress Mekia Cox has $300K net worth in 2022
Once Upon a Time actress Mekia Cox has $300K net worth in 2022
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A dancer & stage actress-turned-an on-screen phenomenon Cox allegedly earns in the 6-digit figure annually. On average, an actor in the United States gets a salary of $57,000 per year. The payroll for a dancer ranges between $32,642 and $55,180 annually.

Owner of Production Company & Possible Earnings From Instagram

Cox is the owner of Little Man Productions, a production company and performed with her team at Broadway at the W, at W Hotel in Hollywood & New York City’s W in Times Square. Moreover, as per her Instagram, she has association with Broadway production company 42 Seven Productions.

On her Instagram, the 90210 actress is yet to confirm any paid partnership or her online endorsements. But if she does, Mekai can sum up to $358 – $597 per sponsored post via Instagram.

Who Is Mekia Cox Married To? Husband, Children, Relationship & More!

An aspiring TV actress Mekia Cox is also a loveable wife & doting mother of a child. The Once Upon a Time actress lives with her basketball analyst husband Britt Leach, 41. Although the duo never opened up about their dating story, the two were long-time boyfriend-girlfriend before they exchanged vows.

On April 28, 2018, Cox and Leach married in a Caribbean-themed wedding at Miami’s Samsara Gardens in front of 130 guests.

At the time of marriage, she was pregnant with her first child, daughter (name undisclosed) whom she welcomed in December 2018.

Mekia Cox with her husband Britt Leach and daughter
Mekia Cox with her husband Britt Leach and daughter
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On April 28, 2020, Mekia made an Instagram post of her wedding throwback, celebrating their 2 year anniversary.

An avid Instagram user, the American TV actress has more than 88.7K followers on her Instagram (@mekiacox). Moreover, her Twitter handle (@MekiaCox) which she joined in October 2009, has more than 13.9K followers.

Is Cox Pregnant Again?

During the 9th episode of Season 4 of The Rookie which premiered on December 12, 2021, her character Nyla Harper found out that she’s six weeks pregnant. Shortly afterward, the rumors began to swirl if the actress is pregnant in real.

Then on January 24, 2022, Meki Cox took to Instagram & addressed that the pregnancy rumors were true. She wrote “Much love to @alexihawley and the rest of #TheRookie writing team for writing my pregnancy into the show. Happy to be on a show where pregnancy is acknowledged and celebrated.

Though, further details on the gender reveal or due date is yet to be out.

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