Tamara Taylor

For the English rugby player, see Tamara Taylor (rugby union).
Tamara Taylor

Tamara Taylor, March 2012
Born (1970-09-27) September 27, 1970
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actress
Years active 1991–present
Spouse(s) Miles Cooley (m. 2007-2012)[1][2]

Tamara Taylor (born September 27, 1970) is a Canadian television actress.[3] Her most notable role is that of Dr. Camille Saroyan, head of the Forensic Division, on the forensic crime drama Bones.[4]

Personal life

Taylor was born in Toronto to an African Canadian father and a Scottish Canadian mother. She dropped out of high school to try modeling and see the world, with her mother supportive of her decision: "School will always be there, she told me."[5]

Taylor is a second cousin to Neve Campbell with whom she appeared on Party of Five.[1] Taylor married attorney Miles Cooley in 2007[1] but the couple divorced in May 2012.[2]


She has appeared in the CBS medical drama 3 lbs as Della and the UPN series Sex, Love & Secrets[4] in the role of Nina; both series were short-lived.

Taylor has made guest appearances on NCIS, Numb3rs, Lost, CSI: Miami, Without a Trace, Party of Five[1][4] and Dawson's Creek. In her feature film debut, Senseless, she played Marlon Wayan's love interest.[6] She portrayed Debrah Simmons in the 2005 romantic-comedy Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Halle Berry's best friend in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge[6] and had a brief role in Serenity, the movie conclusion of the TV series Firefly by Joss Whedon. Through her part in Serenity, Taylor was able to audition for a show with actor David Boreanaz, who had previously worked with Whedon in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. She also appeared in the TV series Lost, as the former girlfriend of Michael and mother of Walt.[5]

She first appeared in Bones in the first episode of the second season, "The Titan on the Tracks," portraying the character Dr. Camille Saroyan. In the first six episodes of the season, she was credited as a guest star because creator and writer Hart Hanson had planned to kill her in episode twelve when Howard Epps, a recurring serial killer, poisoned her in order to create more tension and drama between the two main characters. However, the response to Cam was so strong that the writers offered her a position as a recurring regular in the show.[1] Thus, since episode 7, "The Girl with the Curl," she has been credited as a main character of the series and appears in the title sequence.



Year Title Role Notes
1998 Senseless Janice Tyson
1999 Introducing Dorothy Dandridge Geri Nicholas Television film
2005 Diary of a Mad Black Woman Debrah Simmons
2005 Serenity Teacher
2007 Gordon Glass Karen
2011 Shuffle Linda
2015 Justice League: Gods and Monsters Bekka/Wonder Woman Voice
2015 Angus Falls Mina Post-production
2015 Reluctant Nanny Andrea Moore


Year Title Role Notes
1991 A Different World Roast Attendee (uncredited) Episode: "Never Can Say Goodbye"
1992 Freshmen Dorm Carla Episode: "The Scarlet Letter"
1996–1997 Party of Five Grace Wilcox 16 episodes
1998 Dawson's Creek Laura Weston 2 episodes
1999 Early Edition Meredith Armstrong Episode: "Blowing Up is Hard to Do"
1999 Providence Tracy Doyle Episode: "The Phantom Menace"
2000 City of Angels Dr. Ana Syphax 13 episodes
2002–2003 Hidden Hills Sarah Timmerman 17 episodes
2003 Miracles Dr. Linda Qualey Episode: "The Ferguson Syndrome"
2003 Everwood Dr. Lence Episode: "Daddy's Little Girl"
2003 Becker Dana McCall Episode: "The Unbelievable Wrongness of Talking"
2003 Without a Trace Tracy McAllister Episode: "Trip Box"
2004 The District Agent Halpern Episode: "A.K.A."
2004 Six Feet Under Roger's Lawyer Episode: "Bomb Shelter"
2004 CSI: Miami Dr. Leslie Harrison Episode: "Crime Wave"
2004 One on One Judy Episode: "Who Brought the Jive Turkey?"
2005 Lost Susan Lloyd 2 episodes
2005 Sex, Love & Secrets Nina 8 episodes
2005–2006 NCIS Special Agent Cassie Yates 2 episodes
2006 Numb3rs Olivia Rawlings Episode: "The O.G."
2006 3 lbs Della Episode: "Lost for Words"
2006–present Bones Dr. Camille Saroyan 210 episodes
2015 Hell's Kitchen Herself Episode: "4 Chefs Compete"
2015 Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles Bekka/Wonder Woman Episode: "Big"
2015 Hunt the Truth Ilsa Zane 3 episodes


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 Mary Margaret (July 17, 2007). "Bones Actress Tamara Taylor Gets Married". People Magazine. Retrieved May 31, 2012.
  2. 1 2 Ulrica Wihlborg (May 30, 2012). "Bones Star Tamara Taylor Finalizes Divorce". People.com. Retrieved May 31, 2012.
  3. "Tamara Taylor - Bones". wetpaint. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
  4. 1 2 3 "Tamara Taylor Biography". Fox. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
  5. 1 2 Tamar Abrams (May 9, 2012). "Bones' Tamara Taylor has overcome shyness and orthodontia to conquer Hollywood". Huffington Post. Retrieved May 31, 2012.
  6. 1 2 "Tamara Taylor Biography". Filmbug. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
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