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Tika Sumpter stars in "The Haves and the Have Nots" on OWN as Candace Young.

Sumpter recently played the recurring roles of Jenna Rice in BET's comedy "The Game" and Raina Thorpe in The CW's drama "Gossip Girl." She also starred in the daytime soap opera "One Life to Live" as Layla Williamson from 2005 - 2011.

Tika Sumpter began her journey in acting when she was 17. While working as a cocktail waitress and guest-list host at the infamous New York City nightspot, Life, Tika was encouraged by her boss to pursue acting. At first, it was just a way for her to earn extra income. She didn't yet realize that acting would become her passion and career.

Tika has since booked national commercials for international brands with household names that include Cascade, Liz Claiborne's Curve fragrances, Hewlett Packard, Lowes Home Improvement. Tika's also had roles that she's very proud of in several public service announcements, including, "Truth," an anti-cigarette/smoking campaign that aired nationwide, and an AIDS awareness campaign starring the acclaimed hip-hop artist, Common.

She has also played principle roles for Mobius Pictures' educational films shown in high schools nationwide to address issues teens face such as pregnancy, sex, drugs, peer pressure and the general struggles that accompany the growing pains of the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

Tika's textured, husky voice has helped her carve out a successful niche as a voiceover artist. Her national clients request her voice repeatedly to market their products and services. She particularly loves the fun of voiceover work because she has the opportunity to channel all of her artistic abilities and creativity into the sole instrument of her voice.

In 2004 Tika co-hosted The N's "Best Friends Date," and the following year, after several rigorous rounds of auditions, she landed her very first long-term job with the role of Layla Williamson, on the daytime television hit, "One Life to Live."

The fourth child of a family of singers, Tika discovered her own vocal abilities at age 18. She started her singing career with her music partner, rapper Marcella "Precise" Brailsford, by forming the group, Twise (Tika with Precise). The femme fatale duo is one part R&B vocals and one part Hip-Hop. Tika croons the catchy hooks of the smooth and sexy vocals, while Precise delivers thought-provoking and humorous rap lyrics.

Twise was signed to Universal Records for one year and experienced a buzz of success. Their first single entitled Think Twise, featured the no-nonsense track, "Uh-Uhh." It aired all over New York radio stations. On Las Vegas's radio station, KLUC, listeners voted it number one and Twise was subsequently invited to Vegas for an interview and a live performance. Now signed with the Divine Mills label, owned by KG of the Hip-Hop group Naughty by Nature, Twise is back in the recording studio. One track, "Paint the World, America's Anthem," is featured on the independent compilation album, "One Life, Many Voices," featuring cast members from "One Life to Live" in the effort to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Born in Hollis, Queens, Sumpter grew up in Middle Island, New York, and attended Longwood High School, before going to Borough of Manhattan Community College and studying acting at Graystone Acting Studio.

Sumpter's hobbies consist of reading, writing, playing volleyball and listening to music. In her spare time she also enjoys aerobics classes.




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TIKA SUMPTER: FACTS

How old is Tika Sumpter? Where does Tika Sumpter live? Find out here.

Age: 34 years old
Birthday: June 20, 1980
Full Name / Real Name: Euphemia L. Sumpter
Birthplace: Queens, NY
Hometown: Middle Island, NY
Current Residence: New York, NY





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