Megalyn Echikunwoke ( MEG-ə-lin eh-CHEE-kən-WOH-kee; born May 28, 1983 ) is an American actress. She has appeared on television as Tara Price in CSI: Miami, Isabelle Tyler in The 4400 and as Mari McCabe / Vixen in the Arrowverse.
Life and career
Echikunwoke was born in Spokane, Washington to an Igbo Nigerian father and an English, Irish and German mother.
She was a series regular on the science fiction television series The 4400, as the adult version of the mysterious Isabelle Tyler. Echikunwoke left the show in 2007. Echikunwoke has also been seen in the MTV soap opera, Spyder Games, as Cherish Pardee, a coffee house singer, and in Like Family as Danika. She also has a recurring role in the first season of 24 as David Palmer‘s daughter, Nicole. In season 7 of CSI: Miami, Echikunwoke joined the cast as the new medical examiner, Dr. Tara Price. She appeared on the show for one season.
She appeared on Fox’s That 70’s Show as Hyde’s half sister, Angie Barnett, and had a recurring role on TNT‘s Raising the Bar where she played the love interest of attorney Marcus McGrath, played by J. August Richards. In 2011, Echikunwoke played Holly in the fourth season of 90210.
She played April on Showtime‘s House of Lies and Riley Parker in the legal drama Made in Jersey on CBS. In 2014, she co-starred in the drama series Mind Games on ABC.
She also appeared on the CW’s Arrow as the DC Comics superhero Vixen for an episode, as well as providing her voice for the character in a short animated series. Due to prior commitments, she was unavailable to play the character in Legends of Tomorrow, resulting in the introduction of a new Vixen played by Maisie Richardson-Sellers, who is the time-displaced grandmother of Echikunwoke’s character.
In 2007, Echikunwoke, Justin Long, Olivia Wilde, and Kal Penn campaigned for the 2008 Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama. This included a winter tour of college campuses and bars in Iowa, known as the All-Actor All-Iowa All-Star Voter Education Tour, to register new college-age voters prior to the 2008 election.
Echikunwoke is in a relationship with comedian Chris Rock.