Tatyana Ali to Star in Lifetime’s Holiday Movie “Secret Santa”

Tatyana Ali is getting into the Christmas spirit…

The 38-year-old half-Afro-Panamanian American actress and former The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star will star in the recently greenlit Lifetime holiday movie Secret Santa (working title).

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Ali will star opposite Mindy Sterling, Dan Lauria and Brendan Fehr in the two-hour original movie, which is currently shooting in Salt Lake City, Utah for a premiere this winter.

The plot: Christmas is Hillary Nash’s (Ali) least favorite time of year. As the Senior Financial Analyst at the upscale Hudson Valley Outdoor Mall, she has to be the annual Christmas Grinch and cancel the leases of under-performing stores by the end of the year. One afternoon, her 8-year-old niece Molly, asks the mall Santa to help find a boyfriend for her beloved aunt. Unbeknownst to Molly, and Hillary, the mall Santa is just a substitute filling in and is actually Ryan McCue (Fehr), a lawyer-turned-artist who is decorating the mall for Christmas and trying to find his way after quitting his job and losing his fiancee. As Hillary and Ryan begin to fall for each other, they each don’t realize the other’s true identity: Hillary who is tasked with closing a failing gift wrap shop run by Ryan’s Aunt Patty and Ryan who is too ashamed to tell Hillary that he is the acting mall Santa.

The cast also includes Kim Fields and Jasmine Guy.

Sterling plays cheery Agnes, who along with her husband, played by Dan Lauria, run the mall cookie store, bringing a combination of sweetness, advice and answers to all.

Ali’s recent credits include television

Tatyana Ali to Star in the USA Network’s Pilot “Olive Forever”

Tatyana Ali is extending an Olive branch…

The 38-year-old part-Afro-Panamanian American actress and former The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star has been cast as a series regular opposite Emily Rudd in USA Network’s Olive Forever, a comedic crime drama pilot from writer Brian Duffield, AwesomenessTV and its former CEO Brian Robbins.

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Written by Duffield and to be directed by Matt Shakman, Olive Forever follows the exploits of Olive (Rudd), a high school student, con artist, cat burglar and chameleon who’s mature beyond her years. She is a savvy survivor who knows she can “get away with anything.” A foster kid, Olive knows how to work the system, her tough exterior protecting a girl who’s just looking for a home.

Ali will play Alison, Olive’s foster mother, a quick-witted, tender community college professor who strives to guide Olive away from her criminal past.

Ali, best known for playing Ashley Banks on the iconic comedy series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, most recently guest-starred on American Koko and Zoe Ever After and previously appeared on The Young and the Restless and Glory Road.

Ali Wins Third Consecutive NAACP Image Award…

Tatyana Ali could be on her way to becoming the next Victoria Rowell

The 34-year-old part-Panamanian actress/singer picked up her third consecutive NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series during Friday’s awards show from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

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The former The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star, who won the award for her recurring role as Roxanne on CBSThe Young and the Restless, is the first actress to win the award more than two consecutive times since Rowell, best known for her portrayal of Drucilla Winters on The Young and the Restless.

Rowell first picked up the award six times in a row, from 1994-1999. She then won the award four consecutive times, from 2003-2006. In all, Rowell won the award 11 times.

Ali, who is currently starring on BET’s Second Generation Wayans,  was the only Hispanic artist to win an NAACP Image Award this year. Bruno Mars, the most-nominated Latino this year, went home empty-handed.

Tatyana Ali Receives BET’s Black Girls Rock Award…

She made her triumphant return to television in TV One’s first original scripted series, “Love That Girl”… And, now Tatyana Ali is getting a little love of her own…

The part-Panamanian actress/singer, who rose to fame in the 1990s on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” received the “Young, Gifted & Black Award” at BET’s 6th Annual Black Girls Rock Awards, which celebrate the talents, lives and strength of Black women.

The 32-year-old Harvard graduate and self-proclaimed “education activist” told The Huffington Post, “I was so touched, because when I was little, there wasn’t anything like what Beverly Bond and BET is doing, there wasn’t anything like ‘Black Girls Rock.'”

Ali added, “To find those positive images that look like you do and maybe share the same experiences and the same struggles, you really have to search. My confidence and my self-esteem when I was younger would have been so changed by something like this. I’m just really happy to be on the other side of that so I can provide for younger girls what I didn’t have.”

Hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King, the awards show was held at New York City’s famed Paradise Theater on Saturday night. The A-list event was highlighted with stellar performances by Mary J. Blige, Melanie Fiona, Estelle, Mary Mary, Jill Scott and Erykah Badu.

Other honorees included: Academy Award-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson, political activist and scholar Angela Davis, WNBA President Laurel J. Richie and The Rebecca Project for Human Rights co-founders Imani Walker and Malika Saada Saar.

Meanwhile, Ali, who released her first album, “Kiss The Sky” in 1999 says she’s “hopeful” that a musical project will come to fruition.