Karyn Parsons (born October 8, 1966)[2] is an American television and film actress and model best known for the role of Hilary Banks on the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Early LifeEdit

Parsons was born in Chicago, Illinois to Louise Hubert, and Kenneth B. Parsons.[3] She attended Santa Monica High School.[4]


Parsons is known for her role as Hilary Banks on the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which ran from 1990 to 1996. She co-created, co-produced and co-starred in the sitcom Lush Life in 1996, which was later canceled. In 2001, she starred in the critically acclaimed but short-lived television series The Job with Denis Leary.

Besides television, Parsons has also starred in several films, particularly in comedies such as Class Act (1992), Major Payne (1995) and The Ladies Man (2000).

Parsons' current project is Sweet Blackberry, producing a line of DVD animated films about unsung black heroes. The first in the series is about Henry Box Brown, a slave who mailed himself to freedom.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Parsons' first marriage was to The Young and the Restless actor Randy Brooks, but they later divorced in the '90s. Parsons remarried to director Alexandre Rockwell in 2003. Together they have a daughter named Lana (born March 2003) and a son named Nico (born May 2007).[6]