True Blood Wiki
The subject of the article is involved with Season 1 The subject of the article is involved with Season 2 The subject of the article is involved with Season 3 The subject of the article is involved with Season 5 The subject of the article is involved with Season 7

Tanya Wright

Tanya Wright
1, 2, 3, 5, 7
First seen
Last seen
Appeared in
16 episodes (see below)
Mentioned in
Biographical Information
Date of birth
Date of death
Place of birth
Place of death
External Links
[{{{website}}} Official Site]
[{{{facebook}}} Facebook]
[{{{myspace}}} Myspace]
[{{{twitter}}} Twitter]


Tanya Wright is an American actress who plays the role of Deputy Kenya Jones on the HBO original series True Blood. Making her debut on the episode "To Love Is to Bury" in the series' first season, Tanya is a recurring guest starring actress through the same season, and returns as a guest starring actress through the series' second, third, fifth and seventh seasons. Tanya meets an untimely demise on the episode "Death is Not the End" in the series' seventh, and final, season.


A native of the Bronx, New York, Wright, a highly intuitive and independent woman, figuratively grew up with her mother who was 15 years of age when she gave birth to the first of four children. It was her grandmother's support and loving guidance that served as the cornerstone of her youth. While her mother earned graduate degrees and became a health care professional, she and her younger sister received scholarships to the George School in Pennsylvania, a Quaker boarding school. Wright then completed an independent/writing major at Vassar College.

Once Wright settled into her new L.A. life, she began to write, motivated by an absence of challenging roles for African American women.

Selected Filmography[]



  • The Cosby Show
  • Beverly Hills, 90210
  • Family Matters
  • Buddies
  • Moesha
  • 24
  • NYPD Blue
  • True Blood




Season one appearances
"Strange Love" "The First Taste" "Mine" "Escape from Dragon House"
"Sparks Fly Out" "Cold Ground" "Burning House of Love" "Fourth Man in the Fire"
"Plaisir D'Amour" "I Don't Wanna Know" "To Love Is to Bury" "You'll Be the Death of Me"
Season two appearances
"Nothing but the Blood" "Keep This Party Going" "Scratches" "Shake and Fingerpop"
"Never Let Me Go" "Hard-Hearted Hannah" "Release Me" "Timebomb"
"I Will Rise Up" "New World in My View" "Frenzy" "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'"
Season three appearances
"Bad Blood" "Beautifully Broken" "It Hurts Me Too" "9 Crimes"
"Trouble" "I Got a Right to Sing the Blues" "Hitting the Ground" "Night on the Sun"
"Everything Is Broken" "I Smell a Rat" "Fresh Blood" "Evil is Going On"
Season five appearances
"Turn! Turn! Turn!" "Authority Always Wins" "Whatever I Am, You Made Me" "We’ll Meet Again"
"Let's Boot and Rally" "Hopeless" "In the Beginning" "Somebody That I Used to Know"
"Everybody Wants to Rule the World" "Gone, Gone, Gone" "Finally" "Save Yourself"
Season seven appearances
"Jesus Gonna Be Here" "I Found You" "Fire in the Hole" "Death is Not the End"
"Lost Cause" "Karma" "May be the Last Time" "Almost home"
"Love is to Die" "Thank you"