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      Devika Parikh

      Devika Parikh

      Highest Rated: 11% Def Jam's How to Be a Player (1997)

      Lowest Rated: 11% Def Jam's How to Be a Player (1997)

      Birthday: Nov 3, 1966

      Birthplace: Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA

      Devika Parikh, whose name means "little goddess" in Sanskrit, was born to Indian and African-American parents in Maryland. Charming and beautiful, she was the first African-American homecoming queen of her high school, Seneca Valley High, in Washington. Following high school, she graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in broadcast journalism. After working for a short while on the PBS news program "The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour," she headed for the warmer climes of Los Angeles to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an actress. The move paid off. She got her career off to a quick start by landing her first television appearance, in 1991, on the groundbreaking sketch comedy program helmed by comedian Keenen Ivory Wayans, "In Living Color," the same program that helped turn comedians like Jim Carrey, Jamie Foxx, and David Alan Grier into household names. From there, she went on to appear on other African-American-oriented programs, like the sitcoms "Martin," "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air," and "The Sinbad Show." In 1999, she took on the role she is perhaps mostly widely recognized for, playing Bonnie, assistant to the communications director, on the popular political drama "The West Wing." She held that role for five seasons, until 2003.

      Highest rated movies

      Def Jam's How to Be a Player poster
      Def Jam's How to Be a Player

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Reluctant Polyglot Phaedra Donaldson (Character) - 2016
      No Score Yet 40% Polar Opposites Unknown (Character) $2.4K 2008
      No Score Yet 88% Something to Sing About Brenda Brass (Character) - 2000
      11% 76% Def Jam's How to Be a Player Barbara (Character) $14.0M 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nothing but the Truth Hostess (Character) - 1995

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 83% NCIS Doctor Saanvi Singh (Guest Star) 2022
      No Score Yet 90% The Kings of Napa Melanie Pierce (Character) 2022
      No Score Yet 87% Rizzoli and Isles Barbara Cooper (Guest Star) 2014
      31% 0% Three Rivers Unknown (Guest Star) 2009-2010
      No Score Yet 85% Criminal Minds Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Eve Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet One on One Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Parkers Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
      75% 95% The West Wing Bonnie (Guest Star) 1999-2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Girlfriends Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      87% 87% 24 Maureen Kingsley (Guest Star) 2002
      95% 93% Frasier Emcee (Guest Star) 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet In the House Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      64% 50% The Naked Truth Unknown (Guest Star) 1996