Tamara Taylor

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Tamara Taylor
Taylor in 2012
Born (1970-09-27) September 27, 1970 (age 53)
Years active1987–present
Miles Cooley
(m. 2007; div. 2012)

Tamara Taylor (born September 27, 1970) is a Canadian actress.[1] She appeared in the role of Dr. Camille Saroyan, head of the Forensic Division, in the forensic crime drama Bones.[2] She also appeared in season seven of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., in which she played Sibyl, one of the two main antagonists. She also starred in the first two seasons of Law & Order: Organized Crime.[3]

Early life and career[edit]

Taylor was born in Toronto to a Bajan father and a Scottish mother. She dropped out of high school to try modeling and see the world, with her mother supportive of her decision: "School will always be there, she told me."[4]

She has appeared in the CBS medical drama 3 lbs as Della and the UPN series Sex, Love & Secrets[2] in the role of Nina; both series were short-lived.

Taylor has made guest appearances on NCIS, Numb3rs, Lost, CSI: Miami, Without a Trace, Party of Five[5][2] and Dawson's Creek. In her feature film debut, Senseless, she played Marlon Wayans's love interest.[6] She portrayed Debrah Simmons in the 2005 romantic-comedy Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Halle Berry's best friend in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge,[6] and had a brief role in Serenity, the movie conclusion of the TV series Firefly by Joss Whedon. Through her part in Serenity, Taylor was able to audition for a show with actor David Boreanaz, who had previously worked with Whedon in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. She also appeared in the TV series Lost, as the former girlfriend of Michael and mother of Walt.[4]

She first appeared in Bones in the first episode of the second season, "The Titan on the Tracks", portraying the character Dr. Camille Saroyan. In the first six episodes of the season, she was credited as a guest star because creator and writer Hart Hanson had planned to kill her off in episode 12 when Howard Epps, a recurring serial killer, poisoned her, to create more tension and drama between the two main characters, but the response to her character was so strong that the writers offered her a position as a recurring regular in the show.[5] Thus, from the following episode, "The Girl with the Curl", she was credited as a main character for the remainder of the series.

Tamara Taylor later recurred on the final season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. portraying secondary antagonist Sibyl.

In October 2022, it was announced that Taylor would join the final series of the FX series Snowfall in an as-yet unannounced role.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Taylor is a second cousin by marriage to Neve Campbell, with whom she appeared on Party of Five.[5] Taylor married attorney Miles Cooley in 2007,[5] later divorcing in May 2012.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
1998 Senseless Janice Tyson
2005 Diary of a Mad Black Woman Debrah Simmons
Serenity Teacher
2007 Gordon Glass Karen
2011 Shuffle Linda
2015 Justice League: Gods and Monsters Bekka / Wonder Woman Voice, direct-to-video
Reluctant Nanny Andrea Moore
2017 August Falls Mina


Year Title Role Notes
1991 A Different World Roast Attendee Uncredited
Episode: "Never Can Say Goodbye"
1992 Freshmen Dorm Carla Episode: "The Scarlet Letter"
1996–1997 Party of Five Grace Wilcox 16 episodes
1998 Dawson's Creek Laura Weston 2 episodes
1999 Early Edition Meredith Armstrong Episode: "Blowing Up is Hard to Do"
Providence Tracy Doyle Episode: "The Phantom Menace"
Introducing Dorothy Dandridge Geri Nicholas Television film
2000 City of Angels Dr. Ana Syphax 14 episodes
2002–2003 Hidden Hills Sarah Timmerman 18 episodes
2003 Miracles Dr. Linda Qualey Episode: "The Ferguson Syndrome"
Everwood Dr. Lence Episode: "Daddy's Little Girl"
Becker Dana McCall Episode: "The Unbelievable Wrongness of Talking"
Without a Trace Tracy McAllister Episode: "Trip Box"
2004 The District Agent Midge Halpern Episode: "A.K.A."
Six Feet Under Inez Episode: "Bomb Shelter"
CSI: Miami Dr. Leslie Harrison Episode: "Crime Wave"
One on One Judy Episode: "Who Brought the Jive Turkey?"
2005 Lost Susan Porter 2 episodes
Sex, Love & Secrets Nina 8 episodes
2005–2006 NCIS Special Agent Cassie Yates 2 episodes
2006 Numbers Olivia Rawlings Episode: "The O.G."
3 lbs Della Episode: "Lost for Words"
2006–2017 Bones Dr. Camille Saroyan 223 episodes
2015 Hell's Kitchen Herself Episode: "4 Chefs Compete"
Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles Bekka / Wonder Woman Voice
Episode: "Big"
2018 Altered Carbon Oumou Prescott 5 episodes
2019 The L Word: Generation Q Maya Episode: "Lapse in Judgement"
2020 October Faction Deloris Allen 10 episodes
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Sibyl 5 episodes
2021–2022 Law & Order: Organized Crime Angela Wheatley 15 episodes
2021 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Angela Wheatley Episode: "The People v. Richard Wheatley"
2023 Snowfall Cassandra Turner 5 episodes


  1. ^ "Tamara Taylor – Bones". wetpaint. Archived from the original on 4 February 2013. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "Tamara Taylor Biography". Fox. Archived from the original on 14 November 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2 February 2021). "'Law & Order: Organized Crime': Tamara Taylor Joins NBC's 'SVU' Spinoff". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 17 March 2021.
  4. ^ a b Tamar Abrams (May 9, 2012). "Bones' Tamara Taylor has overcome shyness and orthodontia to conquer Hollywood". Huffington Post. Archived from the original on May 14, 2012. Retrieved May 31, 2012.
  5. ^ a b c d Mary Margaret (July 17, 2007). "Bones Actress Tamara Taylor Gets Married". People Magazine. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved May 31, 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Tamara Taylor Biography". Filmbug. Archived from the original on 1 April 2014. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
  7. ^ Cordero, Rosy (2022-10-06). "'Snowfall': Tamara Taylor Joins Sixth & Final Season Of FX Series". Deadline. Retrieved 2022-12-11.
  8. ^ Ulrica Wihlborg (May 30, 2012). "Bones Star Tamara Taylor Finalizes Divorce". People.com. Archived from the original on April 27, 2016. Retrieved May 31, 2012.

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