The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air

Tatyana Marisol Ali (born January 24, 1979, Brooklyn, New York) is an African-American actress and R&B singer. She is known for her role as Ashley Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Early Life\Career

Tatyana was born to an Afro-Panamanian mother who was a nurse and an Indo-Trindadian father. She has two younger sisters Anastasia and Kimberly.

Tatyana started her career when she was 6 years old, starring on "Sesame Street" as a regular child performer in 1985. She has also appeared on "Star Search" two times. Tatyana starred in the 1987 movie, "Eddie Murphy Raw" as Eddie's sister in a segment. A year later, she starred in "Crocodile Dundee II" as a girl at the park and on the video "Wow, You're a Cartoonist."

Tatyana also starred in a television special called "Wally and the Valentines." She guest-starred on shows such as "The Cosby Show," "A Man Called Hawk," "Getting By," and "Are You Afraid of the Dark?"

After "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"

Tatyana finished up school and attended Harvard University. She graduated in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in political science and African-American studies.

Music Career


Year Title Role Notes
1987 Eddie Murphy Raw Eddie's Sister Sketch Segment
1988 Crocodile Dundee II Park Girl
1988 Wow, You're a Cartoonist! Child Cartoonist Short film
Direct-to-Video release
1997 Fakin' da Funk Karyn
1997 Kiss the Girls Janell Cross
1998 The Clown at Midnight Monica
1999 Jawbreaker Brenda
2000 Brother Latifa
2001 The Brothers Cherie Smith
2003 National Lampoon Presents Dorm Daze Claire
2004 Nora's Hair Salon Lilleana
2005 Back in the Day Alicia Packer
2005 Domino One Laeticia Richards
2006 Glory Road Tina Malichi
2006 A Warm Place Clair Andrews Short film
2007 The List Cynthia
2008 Nora's Hair Salon 2: A Cut Above Lilleana
2008 Hotel California Jessie
2009 Mother and Child Maria
2010 Privileged Talia

awaiting release

2010 Locker 13 Lucy awaiting release
2010 The Misguided Adventures of Dating in Hollywood Troi pre-production
Year Title Role Notes
Sesame Street Tatyana 4 episodes
1989 Wally and the Valentines Jamaica Valentine TV Special
1989 A Man Called Hawk Michelle Episode: Life After Death
1989 The Cosby Show Girl Episode: "Shall We Dance?"
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Ashley Banks 148 episodes
1993 Getting By Nicole Alexander Episode: "Turnabout Dance"
1994 Are You Afraid of the Dark? Laura Turner/Connie Turner

Episode: "The Tale of the Quicksilver"

1994 TV's Funniest Families Host TV-Special
1995 In the House Ashley Banks Episode: "Dog Catchers"
1996 Living Single Stephanie James Episode: "Whatever Happened to Baby Sister?"
1996 Kidz in the Wood Rita TV-Movie
1996 Fall Into Darkness Sharon McKay TV-Movie
1997 413 Hope St. Kai Episode: "Heartbeat"
2002 Fastlane Shelly Episode: "Girls Own Juice"
2003 Half & Half Olivia Episode: "The Big Condom-nation Episode"
2007 On the Lot Girl Episode: 11 Cut to 10 & 10 Directors Compete (Segment: "First Sight")
2007–2010 The Young and the Restless Roxanne
2010–2014 Love That Girl! Tyana Jones Lead role


Personal Life