African-American actress Danielle Nicolet was born November 24, 1973 in Ashtabula, Ohio. Later on, she moved to California when she was 8 to pursue acting and gymnastics. She got the attention of Bela Karoli, a renowned gymnastics coach. She was later invited to train with him in Texas for the Olympic trials. Meanwhile, the gymnastics school SCATS also took an interest in the budding gymnast. Danielle chose to study there instead, leading her to compete in a number of major gymnastics competitions. Unfortunately, she suffered a severe injury to her knee and realized that she would have to give up her dream of competing at a National or International level in gymnastics. It was at that time that she turned her attention to acting.
Danielle Nicolet first came to prominence in the mid `90s when she was cast on the ABC show, Family Matters. However, her first acting job was as Lisa Bartholomew on five episodes of Almost There. After working on the TV production The Jacksons: An American Dream, she appeared in films like National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon. She later took on a guest role in an episode of Step by Step, following it up with appearances in Diagnosis Murder, Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction, and In the House. She had a small role in The Prince in 1996, and at that time worked on the thriller Where Truth Lies with John Savage and Kim Cattrall.
Eventually, Nicolet was offered the role of Caryn on the Carsey Warner pilot for NBC’s 3rd Rock from the Sun. It became a hit series, and the actress soon got many other opportunities. She starred with Melanie Griffith in Shadow of a Doubt, and with CCH Pounder in the political drama Race. She has also been seen on MTV’s Undressed, and had roles in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Grown Ups, Moesha, and the sci-fi series Stargate SG-1. After appearing on the series Angel, she was chosen to star in UPN’s sitcom, Second Time Around in 2005. For this, she was called the “breakout star” of the network by Entertainment Weekly. In 2007, she joined the cast of TNT’s Heartland as the sassy and sharp-witted nurse, Mary Singletary. The next year, she was given a role in the series The Starter Wife, starring Debra Messing.
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