Vanessa Baden

Vanessa Baden-Kelly
Born Vanessa Jennifer Baden
(1985-09-08) September 8, 1985
Manhattan Beach, California, United States
Occupation Actress, Writer, Director, Producer
Years active 1994 - present
Spouse(s) RJ Kelly (2013 - present)
Children 1

Vanessa Jennifer Baden-Kelly[1] (born September 8, 1985) is an American actress, writer, director, and producer. She is best known for her roles as Vanessa Austin in Gullah Gullah Island and Kyra Rockmore in Kenan & Kel.

Baden was born in Manhattan Beach, California and raised in Satellite Beach, Florida, where she got her start as a model in print ads. She graduated from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida in December 2007 with a degree in sociology. In 2004, she won the Florida District Miss Black and Gold Pageant, representing the Iota Delta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity at a regional competition in Atlanta, Georgia. On August 24, 2013 Vanessa married RJ Kelly. They have a son named Ryder.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
2014 The Magic City Tracey
2013 Chris & Todd Erin Mult TV Movie
2011–2012 Fail Hope Executive Producer, Writer, Director
2012 Franchise Cameo Short
2000 Two Heads Are Better Than None Kyra Rockmore
1996–2000 Kenan & Kel Kyra Rockmore 27 episodes
1997 Rosewood Lee-Ruth
1997 Figure It Out herself
1994–1997 Gullah Gullah Island Vannesa Austin
1994 My Brother and Me Janey


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