The owner of the salon, a gangster stuck in a moll's body, a discerning curator of the female oddities who make up her crew. Desna will throw down and fight to the death but also eats Lean Cuisines and worries about getting fat.
Niecy Nash is a multi-talented Emmy®-winning producer and twice-nominated actress. Her multifaceted career includes roles in HBO's Getting On, which has earned her two Emmy nominations, FOX's Scream Queens, Showtime's Masters of Sex and TV Land's The Soul Man. Nash currently stars in the lead role of “Desna” in Claws on TNT.
Nash was the host and producer of the Style Network's home makeover show, Clean House, which became the network's #1 program. Her work earned her two Daytime Emmy® nominations, and The American Women In Radio & Television honored Nash with the 2007 Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Program Host. In addition, she was seen regularly as a celebrity panelist on the top-rated entertainment news program The Insider on CBS.
Nash is well-known for her role as no-nonsense “Officer Raineesha Williams” on the hilarious Comedy Central hit, Reno 911!, a half-hour unscripted spoof of Cops that aired for six seasons. The show was so popular, it was spun-off into a feature film, Reno 911: Miami, in 2007. Nash went on to star in her own FOX comedy series, Do Not Disturb, opposite Jerry O'Connell, in 2008.
Nash has had featured roles in the films Guess Who, opposite Bernie Mac and Ashton Kutcher; Code Name: The Cleaner, opposite Cedric the Entertainer and Lucy Liu; Not Easily Broken, based on the best-selling book by Bishop T.D. Jakes; and the Walt Disney Pictures summer blockbuster release G-Force, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.
Nash's television credits are another testament to her talent. Her style, humor and quick wit garnered her a stint as a correspondent on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. She is also well known for her recurring role on the Peabody Award-winning comedy series The Bernie Mac Show, portraying Bernie's uproarious baby sister, “Benita.” Other recurring roles include TV's Presidio Med, That's Life, Popular and City of Angels. Also included on her resume are guest-starring roles on such top-rated series as My Name Is Earl, Monk, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Girlfriends, NYPD Blue, That's So Raven, One on One, Judging Amy and Reba.
Additionally, Nash is developing various television and film projects through her own production company, Chocolate Chick, Inc. In her rare spare time, she is devoted to church and participating at charitable functions in support of causes that are close to her heart, including the prevention and awareness of HIV/AIDS, breast cancer, school violence and domestic abuse, among others.
Nash completed her education at California State University Dominguez Hills, where she majored in theater. She resides in Los Angeles.