Mekia Cox
Mekia Cox
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Mekia Cox
Date of birth
November 18, 1981
Saint Croix, US Virgin Islands
S1 - S2 - S3 - OW - S4 - S5 - S6 - S7

Mekia Cox is one of the main actors of Once Upon a Time, portraying the role of Tiana[1][2].


Cox was born in 1981 in Saint Croix. At age seven, Cox moved with her family to Orlando, Florida at after spending five years studying dance in the U.S. Virgin Islands. In 1989, Cox was invited to participate in the Disney's Magic Kingdom Christmas Spectacular show. Due to her close proximity to Universal Studios, Cox was able to earn roles as a child actor in various Nickelodeon shows such as My Brother and Me, Keenan and Kel, and All That.

Cox was a 1999 graduate of Dr. Phillips High School where she was enrolled in the Visual and Performing Arts magnet program for vocal performance. Cox earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Florida State University in 2003 after being accepted to their Musical Theater program. During her summers she worked at the Heritage Repertory Theater in Charlottesville, Virginia where she played roles in Smokey Joe's Cafe and Anything Goes one summer and was a recurring character in the Nickelodeon series Noah Knows Best during another. Other regional theater credits include Rent in which she played club dancer and drug addict Mimi Márquez, the Chicago role of Liz, and Frenchie in Cabaret.

Cox made guest appearances on several television shows, such as CSI: NY, Half & Half, and One Tree Hill. She also has a role in the musical I Kissed a Vampire as well as an appearance in Crazy, Stupid, Love..

Cox's other television credits include 90210, Undercovers, Modern Family, Bones, Paradise Hotel and Chicago Med.

In 2017, Cox was cast as Tiana/Sabine in the seventh season of Once Upon a Time, a reboot of the show. She was later promoted to a series regular during production of the fifth episode.

External Links


  1. Comic-Con 2017 Once Upon a Time bosses reveal new characters for season 7, by Natalie Abrams, Entertainment Weekly (July 22, 2017)
  2. Spoiler Room: Scoop on Once Upon a Time, Supergirl, Teen Wolf, and more, by Natalie Abrams, Entertainment Weekly (August 31, 2017)

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