Judi Shekoni was raised by her mother in Manchester, England. She is an exotic mix of African, Spanish and British descent. At 17 she moved to a hostel in London with dreams of being a performer. Success arrived in the glamorous role of Precious on the UK’s No1 TV show Eastenders. She appeared on every major TV channel in the UK, national Staples such as Casualty, Hollyoaks and Fat Friends.
Her vibrant personality led to hosting jobs including her own show interviewing the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom Hanks, even sky dives and shark fishing for the amusement of audiences. Now Judi has guest starred on internationally successful shows including Brothers and Sisters, King of Queens, Navy NCIS, and Damages, she has hit the big screen with Jennifer Love Hewitt in Garfield2 and Hugh Laurie in Maybe Baby amongst many.
Brought up in Britain, she has trained extensively including Shakespeare and the Classics. Her career in the UK included roles on every major television channel - including the glamorous role of Precious on the UK’s No1 Television series Eastenders (BBC) and national staples such as Casualty(BBC), Hollyoaks (Channel 4) and Fat Friends (ITV).
Judi’s lead role in Hallmarks ‘The Hidden City’ struggling with an alcoholic father opposite Paul Barber led to her desire to work in the US.
Her first actual introduction to US audiences was with CBS’s King of Queens where she caught both Deacon and Doug’s heart. This was quickly followed playing a supermodel suspected of murder in NCIS (CBS) and other successful primetime shows such as Brothers and Sisters (ABC), All of Us (CW) and Pilots and TV movies including Damages as a professional escort opposite Cole Hauser (FOX).
Judi also appeared in studio films such as Garfield 2 (FOX) with Jennifer Love Hewitt and Billy Connelly and graced the large screen as the lead opposite Tony Todd in Jekyll and Hyde and opposite Connery in Private Moments. She also brought her essence to films such as Maybe Baby with Hugh Laurie and it was an Accident with Thandie Newton.
Her fearlessness and love of action in her work has taken her skydiving, swimming with sharks and driving tanks across the world including Africa, Dubai, India and Fiji.
Her unique looks and training have led to a diverse array of roles throughout her career from a Sierra Leone refugee, a Nigerian mother with AIDS fighting for her child, an Indian princess, a doctor, a lawyer, an alien to now an Amazonian Vampire with a supernatural power.
Judi Shekoni rose to fame with her portrayal of Precious in the UK’s number one soap ‘Eastenders’. An abundance of exciting roles followed including; King of Queens, NCIS, All of Us, Damages, Brothers and Sisters, Garfield 2 – to name but a few.
Currently residing in Los Angeles she enjoys reading as her number one pursuit.