Monica Calhoun (born July 29, 1971) is an American film and television actress. Calhoun is best known for her roles in the films Bagdad Cafe, The Players Club, The Salon, The Best Man, and its sequel The Best Man Holiday. Calhoun was Nominated for an Emmy Award for her performance in the CBS Schoolbreak Special "Different Worlds: A Story of Interracial Love" (1993). She was nominated for NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for her portrayal of Mia Morgan in the 1999 comedy-drama film The Best Man.

Early life

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Calhoun is the daughter of Lorraine Calhoun. Calhoun, her mother and brother moved to Los Angeles, California when she was a young child to launch her acting career. Calhoun is an alumna of Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (class of 1989).


Calhoun co-starred with actor Flex Alexander in the short-lived series, Where I Live, and appeared in Pacific Station. She appeared in several sitcoms including Bagdad Cafe (TV series- Starring Role), The Wayans Bros., A Different World and The Jamie Foxx Show. Her film work includes portraying the cousin of actress LisaRaye in Ice Cube's directorial debut The Players Club;The Best Man; Love & Basketball and 2007's The Salon with Vivica Fox. In 2009 Robert Townsend directed Calhoun in Diary of a Single Mom, Season I, II and III (2008–10).


Calhoun has one child, a son who has special needs.


1987Bagdad CafePhyllis
1993Jack the BearSondra
Younger and YoungerJaime-Lee
Sister Act 2: Back in the HabitClassroom Kid
1997Damn WhiteyYoung WomanShort film
1998Players Club, TheThe Players ClubEbony
Park DayTamala Davis
1999Best Man, TheThe Best ManMia Morgan
2000Love & BasketballKerry
Civil BrandWet
Trois 2: Pandora's BoxDr. Mia DuBois
2003Love ChroniclesMaya
Gang of RosesRachel
2005Salon, TheThe SalonBrenda
Friends and LoversDebraVideo
2013The Best Man HolidayMia M. Sullivan
1985Children of the NightWandaTV film
1989Heart and SoulTV short
CBS Schoolbreak SpecialVonetteEpisode: "15 and Getting Straight"
1990–91Bagdad CafeDebbie15 episodes
1991She Stood AloneEliza HammondTV film
1992Jacksons: An American Dream, TheThe Jacksons: An American DreamRebbie JacksonTV film
CBS Schoolbreak SpecialCarolEpisode: "Different Worlds: A Story of Interracial Love"
1993Different World, AA Different WorldYolandaEpisode: "Homey, Don't Ya Know Me?"
Ernest Green Story, TheThe Ernest Green StoryMinnijean BrownTV film
Where I LiveKaiyaEpisode: "Big Mon on Campus"
1994Sweet JusticeKaraEpisode: "Fourth Quarter"
1995CBS Schoolbreak SpecialTemple BahamEpisode: "What About Your Friends"
1996Wayans Bros., TheThe Wayans Bros.VanessaEpisode: "Unbrotherly Love"
Rebound: The Legend of Earl "The Goat" ManigaultEvonneTV film
1997Ditchdigger's Daughters, TheThe Ditchdigger's DaughtersLindaTV film
Good NewsCynthia PorterEpisode: "Try a Little Tenderness"
1998Jamie Foxx Show, TheThe Jamie Foxx ShowKimEpisode: "Swing Out Sister"
1999Intimate BetrayalReese DelewareTV film
2000Malcolm & EddieHelenaEpisode: "Moving Violations"
Nature BoyMaria ColeTV short
2003NYPD BlueDenise WoodsonEpisode: "I Kid You Not"
Strong MedicinePaige WheelerEpisode: "Coming Clean"
2004JusticeShariceTV film
2006Grey's AnatomyMrs. WoodEpisode: "Break on Through"
Everybody Hates ChrisCharlotteEpisode: "Everybody Hates Funerals"
2007DirtChelleEpisode: "Pilot"
2008Cold CasePhoebe Curtis (1989)Episode: "Triple Threat"
2009–2011Diary of a Single MomOceanMain role (26 episodes)