Boris Kodjoe, who currently stars in Undercovers (Fridays at 20:30 E and 22:00 W on M-Net Africa) , was born in Vienna, Austria, to Ursula Kodjoe, a psychologist from Germany, and Eric Kodjoe, a physician from Ghana, West Africa.
He excelled in sports and became one of the best Tennis players in the country. In 1994 Boris accepted a Tennis scholarship to Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
While studying in Richmond, he was approached by an agent of the Ford Modeling agency in New York. After earning his marketing degree, he joined Ford and his career skyrocketed immediately when he was booked for twelve campaigns such as Ralph Lauren, Perry Ellis, Yves Saint Laurent, the GAP, within the first seven months.
Boris worked with major publications, such as Vogue, GQ, and Esquire, making him one of the most recognisable faces amongst male supermodels.
Hollywood took notice and soon Boris was featured in the Spike Lee produced feature film Love and Basketball.
Boris was the cast in the hit TV series Soul Food, a show that introduced him to co-star and future wife, Nicole Ari Parker, and for which he won three NAACP Award nominations.
Soon followed a starring role in FOX Searchlight’s feature Brown Sugar alongside Taye Diggs and Queen Latifah.
In 2001 Boris was named one of People Magazine’s ’50 most beautiful people’.
In April 2008 he made his Broadway debut as ‘Brick’ in the Tennessee Williams Classic Cat on a hot tin roof. He starred alongside the legendary James Earl Jones and Phylicia Rashad, as well as award winning actors Anika Noni Rose and Giancarlo Esposito.
In Septemeber 2009 Boris starred opposite Bruce Willis in the Disney blockbuster Surrogates.
Boris and his wife Nicole have two children, Sophie (5) and Nicolas (5).