Erika Alexander is a comic creator and actress. Perhaps best known for the role of “Cousin Pam” on The Cosby Show, Alexander also starred for five years as fan favorite “Maxine Shaw” in the hit series Living Single, winning two NAACP awards for Best Actress in a Comedy. She also won critical raves as parole officer-on-the-edge “Dee Mulhern” in Showtime’s original series Street Time. Erika’s recent film work has been equally distinguished. She co-starred opposite Denzel Washington in Tony Scott’s Deja Vu.
She has been an indie film standout in films such Sundance favorites as 30 Years to Life and Love Liza, which starred Philip Seymour Hoffman. On stage, Erika has starred in six plays at New York’s Public Theater, most recently garnering accolades in The Story opposite Tony-winner Phylicia Rashad. She is also an activist/advocate for at-risk youth and for women and girls, speaking around the country and raising money on their behalf.
She is married to painter and screenwriter Tony Puryear. Erika recurred on the hit USA drama series In Plain Sight and recently starred in the film La Mission with Benjamin Bratt. She recently appeared in hit TV series Grey’s Anatomy and Last Man Standing. She co-created the graphic novel Concrete Park, published by Dark Horse Comics starting in 2012.