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Lauren London

Lauren London
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London at the BET Awards in 2007
Born
Lauren Nicole London

December 5,1984(age 37)
Occupation
  • Actress
Years active2003–present
Partner(s)Lil Wayne (2007–2009)
Nipsey Hussle (2013–2019; his death)
Children2

Lauren Nicole London (born December 5, 1984) is an American actress. London is known for her roles in films and televisions shows including ATL (2006), This Christmas (2007), Medea’s Big Happy Family (2011), Baggage Claim (2013), The Game (2013-2015), Games People Play (2019), and Without Remorse (2021).

In 2022, London and PUMA collaborated on the L.A Love Story project. The footwear and apparel collection is inspired by her hometown, Los Angeles. Items also feature her late boyfriend Nipsey Hussle, who was fatally shot on March 31, 2019 in Los Angeles.

Early life

London was born to an African-American mother and an Ashkenazi Jewish father on December 5, 1984, in Los Angeles. After attending Palisades Charter High School into her sophomore year, London was homeschooled.

Career

London appeared in music videos for artists such as Tyrese, Ludacris, Pharrell ("Frontin'") and Snoop Dogg. Her breakout year came in 2006, where she made her television debut in the "Everybody Hates Funerals" episode of the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris. That same year, London landed her first film role as well, playing hip-hop artist T.I.'s romantic lead in the film ATL. For her work, London was nominated for "Best Supporting Actress" at the Black Movie Awards. In 2007, London landed a role on the HBO comedy series Entourage, playing the character Turtle's (Jerry Ferrara) love interest. Based on her performance in ATL, London was given her role in 2007's This Christmas without having to audition. London, along with pop/R&B singers Cassie and Asia Nitollano. She also became one of the spokesmodels for the Sean John woman's collection in 2007.

In 2008, London landed the role of the character Christina in the first season of the show 90210, originally thought to be a possible romantic interest of Tristan Wilds' character "Dixon Wilson". London's next film role was the character "Ivy" in the 2009 release Next Day Air. That same year, she played the character Cammy Alcott in the Chris Columbus film I Love You, Beth Cooper. London also appeared on the covers of magazines such as King and Jewel.

She appeared in Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family, which was released on April 22, 2011. She also made a cameo appearance in the premiere of VH1's Single Ladies. London joined the cast of the hit BET show The Game as a series regular from the sixth season until the series finale. She played a character named Kiera, "a former child star who starred in a Cosby Show-esque sitcom". London co-starred, alongside Paula Patton, Jill Scott, and Derek Luke, in Baggage Claim (2013), the film adaptation of playwright and director David E. Talbert's 2005 novel. In 2016, London co-starred in the film The Perfect Match as "Ginger". In 2018, London starred in the Lifetime Movies Always & 4Ever and Poinsettias for Christmas.

In 2019, London played the lead character, "Vanessa King", in the BET show Games People Play. In 2021 Lauren starred in the movie Without Remorse. The film was released on Prime Video on April 30, 2021.According to Samba TV, the film was watched in 4.8 million households in its first 30 days of release. She also starred in the American drama limited series drama limited series which premiered on November 24, 2021 on Netflix.

Personal life

London dated Lil Wayne on and off. The couple's son, Kameron Carter, was born September 9, 2009. In May 2011, London said of her relationship with Wayne, "I met Wayne when I was 15 years old. I’ve known him a very long time, and we were in a relationship that didn’t make it. We tried more than once to revive it, and we were engaged briefly years ago, but we eventually parted ways. People see the 'Lil Wayne' personality and think they know who he really is. My son’s father is an intelligent, loving, and lovable person who will always be a dear friend. And that will never change. That is all." Lil Wayne's second verse of the song 'Young'n Blues" explains how he met London and refers to her as "young Cali sweet thang". Lil Wayne's "California Love" lyric "now I've got an actress sticking' by my hip...shorty is reddish" is also about London, and how he proposed to her and then broke it off "and in dat box it's a ring...somebody call that thing and tell her shawty give me back my ring". From 1999 to 2003, Lil Wayne had "Lauren" tattooed on his right arm, but he wrote "Carter" over it shortly before his marriage to his now ex-wife.

London dated Ermias Asghedom, better known as American rapper Nipsey Hussle, from 2013 until his murder on March 31, 2019. Nipsey and London were thought to have become engaged, but it was later revealed that their engagement photos were for a GQ photoshoot. The couple's son Kross Ermias Asghedom was born August 31, 2016.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2006 ATL Erin "New New" Garnett
2007 This Christmas Melanie 'Mel' Whitfield
2009 I Love You, Beth Cooper Cammy Also performer
2009 Next Day Air Ivy
2009 Good Hair herself
2011 Madea's Big Happy Family Renee
2013 Baggage Claim Sheree Moore
2016 The Perfect Match Ginger
2018 Always & 4Ever Tammy
2018 Poinsettias for Christmas Patty Mason TV Movie
2021 Without Remorse Pam Madden Clark
2022 You People TBA Filming

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Everybody Hates Chris Monay Episode: "Everybody Hates Funerals"
2007 Entourage Kelly Episodes: "The Resurrection" and "The Prince's Bride"
2008–2009 90210 Christina Worthy 3 episodes
2009 Keeping Up with the Kardashians Herself Episode: "The Wedding"
2011 Single Ladies Shelley 4 episodes
2011 Reed Between the Lines Jentry Episode: "Let's Talk About Computer Love"
2013–2015 The Game Keira Whitaker Series regular; 44 episodes
2017 Rebel Kim Episode: "Chasing Ghosts"
2017 The Talk Herself / Guest Co-Hostess Episode: "Guest Co-Hostesses Lauren London & Carnie Wilson/ Molly Shannon"
2018 Hip Hop Squares Herself / Panelist Episode: "Dave East vs Nipsey Hussle"
2019 Games People Play Vanessa King 10 episodes
2021 True Story Monyca 7 episodes

Awards and nominations

Year Organization Award Film Result
2006 Black Movie Awards Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role ATL Nominated

See also


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