1970-02-23

Carol  “NIECY” BETTS (formerly NASH;  is an American comedian, actress, television host, model, and producer, best known for her performances on television.

Nash hosted the Style Network show Clean House from 2003 to 2010, for which she won an Emmy Award in 2010. As an actress, she played the role of Deputy Raineesha Wlliams in the Comedy Central comedy series Reno 911. Nash received two Primtetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and  a Critic;s’ Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series nominations for her performance as nurse Denise “DiDi” Ortley in the HBO comedy Getting On. She also starred as Lolli Ballantine on the TV Land sitcom The Soul Man, and played Denise Hemphill in the Fox horror-comedy anthology series, Scream Queens. In 2017, she began starring as Desna Simms, a leading character, in the TNT crime comedy-drama Claws.

Nash has also played a number of roles in films and has made many guest appearances on television shows. In 2014, Nash played the role of civil rights activist Richie Jean Jackson in the historical drama film Selma directed by Ava Duvernay. In 2019, she starred as Delores Wise in the Ava DuVernay’ miniseries When They See Us, for which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie. In 2018, Nash received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Nash was married for 13 years to Don Nash, an ordained minister, before filing for divorce in June 2007. They have three children together. Niecy Nash became engaged to Jay Tucker in September 2010. Nash participated in a TLC reality show that followed the preparations for the wedding. Nash and Tucker were married in May 2011 in Malibu.

In October 2019, Nash announced her pending divorce from Jay Tucker via an Instagram post. The divorce was finalized on March 10, 2020. On August 31, 2020, Nash announced that she and singer Jessica Betts had married and came out as bisexual.