Essence Atkins
Essence Atkins
Celebrated Name: Essence Atkins
Real Name/Full Name: Essence Uhura Atkins
Gender: Female
Age: 52 years old
Birth Date: 7th February 1972
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Nationality: American
Height: 1.56m
Weight: 55kgs
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Divorced
Husband/Spouse (Name): Jaime Mendez
Children/Kids (Son and Daughter): Yes (Varro Blair Mendez)
Dating/Boyfriend (Name): N/A
Is Essence Atkins Lesbian? No
Profession: Actress, Model
Salary: N/A
Net Worth in 2024: $6 million
Last Updated: July 2024

Essence Atkins is an ambitious American actress as well as a model. She began her acting career on television sitcoms before she got her major role in African-American drama, Under One Roof in 1995. Though she has appeared in several films, she is best known for her roles in television sitcoms.

Her first role in a sitcom came in the late 1990s when she played Yvette Henderson in American sitcom Smart Guy. After that, she starred in Half & Half sitcom from 2002-2006 where she played Dee Dee Thorne. Besides her television appearances, she has also appeared in comedy films like Deliver Us from Eva in 2003, A Haunted House in 2013 part one & two and Dance Flick in 2009.

Maybe you know about Essence Atkins very well but do you know how old and tall is she and what is her net worth in 2024? If you do not know, we have prepared this article about details of Essence Atkins’s short biography-wiki, career, professional life, personal life, today’s net worth, age, height, weight, and more facts. Well, if you’re ready, let’s start.

Early Life & Biography

Essence Uhura Atkins was born on 7th February 1972 in Brooklyn, New York, to her parents Geoffrey Atkins and Sandy Nelson. She was raised as the only child to her parents. She got her early education in Brooklyn before joining Alvin Ailey Institute for her dancing classes.

Her acting career started when she was a teenager when she played a minor role in American sitcom Cosby Show. Since childhood, Essence loved acting, and it was a dream come true to make an appearance in Bill Cosby Show even if it was for only two episodes. She kept making minor appearances in films until her breakthrough in 1995 when she got her first major role.

Personal Life

Essence joined an online dating site in the late 2000s where she met American football player Jaime Mendez on 14th February 2008. The two dated for around one and a half years before tying the knot on September 2009. On 9th August 2011, Essence and her husband announced her pregnancy with their first child.

Varro Blair Mendez, their firstborn son, was born on 25th December 2011. Essence’s marriage to Jaime started going through rock times a few years after the birth of their son with rumours of their divorce becoming regular. Later in 2016, she filed and divorced her husband. Since divorcing her husband, Essence hasn’t remarried and is not known to be in any relationship.

Age, Height, and Weight

Being born on 7th February 1972, Essence Atkins is 52 years old as of today’s date 21st July 2024. Her height is 1.56m tall, and her weight is 55 kg.


Her career in television began when she was only 14 years when she got herself a guest role in The Cosby Show. This was her break in acting as she began making guest appearances in American sitcoms like Family Matters. Her leading role came in 1995 in the TV series Under One Roof. In 1996, she was a co-star in the teen drama Malibu Shores

She got another major role in television sitcom Smart guy which aired from 1997 to 1999 playing Yvette Henderson character. Later she played Dee Dee Thorne for four years in the sitcom Half & Half from 2002-2006. Essence has made appearances in films like Deliver Us from Eva, How High A Haunted House part 1 & 2 and Dance Flick. Her latest work in television is with her leading role in the drama series Ambitions in 2019 which aired on Oprah Winfrey Network. The series was cancelled on 23rd January 2020 after only one season.

Awards & Achievements

Essence Atkins’ greatest achievement is doing what she dreamt of doing since her childhood. The acting was her passion and dream which she is living today. On awards, she is yet to win any awards but has been nominated thrice for NAACP Image Award in the Outstanding Supporting Actress category in a comedy series. Her roles in Half & Half, Are We There Yet?  And Marlon sitcoms earned her the prestigious NAACP Award nominations. With her career still at its peak, we can’t rule out future nominations and award-winning.

Net Worth & Salary of Essence Atkins in 2024

Essence Atkins Net Worth
Essence Atkins Net Worth

Essence started acting as a teenager, and since then, acting has been her source of livelihood. Everything she has comes from her career as an actress. Her net worth is estimated to be around $6 million as of July 2024. Half & Half sitcom had more than three million viewers for the four seasons it premiered. This became one of her best sitcoms in terms of rating and commercial success.

Essence Atkins has been one of the few actresses who have managed to keep her personal life private. The only information about her private life in public is what she has released herself. This has helped her career and protect her family from bad publicity. Since her divorce, she still lives in Los Angeles with her son Varro Blair Mendez.


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