Tatyana Marisol Ali (born January 24, 1979) is an American actress, model and R&B singer, best known for her role as Ashley Banks on the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. From 2010 to 2012, she starred as Tyana Jones on the TV One original sitcom Love That Girl!, and has had a recurring role as Roxanne on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless.
Ali was born in Brooklyn, New York, the eldest daughter (she has two younger sisters) of Sonia, a nurse, and Sheriff Ali, a police detective. Her mother is Afro-Panamanian and her father is Indo-Trinidadian.
Ali attended Harvard University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in African-American studies and government in 2002. She traveled the United States as a spokesperson for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and headed voter registration drives at college campuses. In 2012, she continued showing her support.
Ali was in a relationship with actor Jonathan Brandis for six years.