Meet The Cast of OWN’s New Hit Series, ‘Kings of Napa’

Cast of The Kings of Napa series

OWN has introduced us to the King family in their new series, ‘The Kings of Napa‘.   The series looks at Black wealth from the perspective of a family in Napa Valley. The series premiered on January 11th and looks to be a hit for several years. Here’s your chance to meet the cast of The Kings of Napa series.

The Kings of Napa series stars Ebonée Noel, Rance Nix, Karen LeBlanc, Yaani King Mondschein, Ashlee Brian, and Devika Parikh, with Isiah Whitlock Jr., Heather Alicia Simms, Curtis Hamilton, and Samantha Walkes recurring.

Meet The Cast of The Kings of Napa

Ebonée Noel
as August King

Ebonée made her television debut in 2014 on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. By 2018 she was starring in CBS’ ‘FBI’.  She is Guyanese-American with both parents hailing from Guyana.  Her mother worked for the United Nations so Ebonée traveled a lot and went to school in several countries. She graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and trained at the prestigious Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts.

Her middle name is Reigne and she is a Gemini.

On the series, August is the middle child with tons of ideas to help the family business.

Rance Nix
as Dana King

The Atlanta, Georgia native has starred in theater and television roles.  During quarantine he created a buzz as the co-host of Instagram dating series Love Is Quarantine.  Now a New York City resident, he just celebrated his 30th birthday.

Rance is also a licensed real estate agent and his favorite restaurant happens to be Sweet Chick, a black-owned Brooklyn restaurant.

Dana is the eldest son of the King family.  He is confident despite his stature and knows he has a lot of offer the family and the business.

Ashlee Brian
as Christian King

Ashlee has secured several roles over the last few years, including a role in Netflix’s Amateur film, released in 2018.  He has also appeared in the Amazon series, ‘Harlem’, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and BET+’s ‘All The Queen’s Men’.

Christian is more interested in fashion and the ladies than he is in the family business, but it makes sense because he is also the youngest sibling.  Christian also battles mental health struggles.

Karen LeBlanc
as Vanessa King

The matriarch of the family. A mother of 3, she is keeping it all together for her family.

Devika Parikh
as Melanie Octavia Pierce

Melanie works with Doctors Without Borders, working overseas. She is Vanessa King’s sister and clearly the drama begins with her!


Samantha Walkes
as Rose King

Samantha’s acting credits go back to 2016.


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Rose is Dana’s wife and the Head of Public Relations for the King family business.  She is British.

Yaani King Mondschein
as Bridgette Pierce

Yanni was born in Brooklyn, but grew up in Queens.  In 2004 she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her career after starring in Off-Broadway plays and being featured in film.  She has since appeared in ‘The Haves and The Have Nots’ and ‘Madmen’ among many other roles.

Bridgette is Melanie’s daughter so she is the cousin to the King children.  She has the closest relationship with August.

Heather Alicia Simms
as Yvette King

An award winning actress in theater, film and television, Heather has a long list of credits! Her television credits include a recurring arc on Marvel’s Luke Cage, Blue Bloods, High Maintenance, The Last O.G., Broad City, Seven Seconds, Roxanne, Roxanne and Law & Order.

Heather Alicia Simms - Cast of Kings of Napa

Yvette is Reginald’s sister.  She brings the fiery side to the show with her antics.

Curtis Hamilton
as Kelvin Johnson

The former All-American football player made his acting debut as Dr. Dre in the film, Surviving Compton. He makes his big screen debut later this Fall in the film Charming The Hearts of Men opposite Kelsey Grammer, Sean Astin and Anna Friel.  He also appeared on “Insecure” in the last season.

All you have to do is check out his instagram to know that he believes clothes are optional.

The Kings of Napa synopsis

The Kings of Napa is focused on a gorgeous and picturesque Napa Valley, California vineyard owned by the Kings, an aspirational African American family whose wealth and status lands them on the pages of design magazines and society pages. The wine business has brought the family success and acclaim, but following the patriarch’s sudden exit from the company, his three children must grapple for the reigns to the kingdom — to their own power, wealth, and legacy.

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