Growing up in the late 90s and early 2000s, there was a time when actress and singer Tatyana Ali was everywhere – and it appears the TV favourite has lost little of her appeal in the years since.
One of the stars of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, she played Will Smith’s cousin Ashley Banks on the show which was regularly broadcast on the BBC until the mid-2000s.
From 1998 onwards, she also embarked on a career in the world of pop, with debut single Daydreamin’ proving a hit on both sides of the Atlantic.
Things got even better for Ali in the UK, with the follow-up single Boy You Knock Me Out, featuring Will Smith, reaching no.3 in the singles chart.
All the while, Ali has maintained steady film work, appearing in a diverse range of movies that included everything from Kiteshi Kitano’s Brother to National Lampoon Presents Dorm Daze.
She’s also enjoyed maintains regular TV roles, appearing in the US soap The Young and the Restles and her own sitcom Love That Girl in recent times.
Over the years, Ali has also shown herself to be anything but your average singer/actress.
Having graduated from Harvard with a bachelor’s degree in African-American studies and government in 2002, Ali went on to work as a spokesperson for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, visiting college campuses to help boost voter registration.
A keen supporter of the Obama campaign again in 2012, Ali most recently appeared in a memorable sketch for Key & Peele focused around a Hollywood Sequel Doctor in a role that gave her a chance to flex her comedy chops again.
Happily married to Standford University assistant professor Vaughn Rasberry – despite previously dating none other than Drake – and with a son, Edward, Ali has lost none of the stunning looks that made her so popular on the Fresh Prince.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.