Meet Tika Sumpter’s Husband, Nick James, and Their Daughter Ella-Loren

Nick James is the husband of Tika Sumpter, an American actress and producer who has appeared in projects like What’s Your Number? (2011), Sparkle (2012), and A Madea Christmas (2013). The couple got engaged in January 2017 and got married in 2022. Before that, they had welcomed their daughter Ella-Loren in 2016.

Like his wife, Nick is an American actor famous for his recurring role as Officer Justin Lewis in Tyler Perry’s 2016 crime drama, The Haves and Have Nots. He has also been featured in popular projects like NCIS: New Orleans and Eating Out2: Sloppy Seconds.

Summary of Nick James’s Biography

  • Full Name: Nicholas James Muscarella
  • Stage Name: Nick James
  • Date of Birth: 1982
  • Place of Birth: Greenville, Pennsylvania
  • Nationality: North American
  • Ethnicity: Caucasian
  • Nick James’ Wife: Tika Sumpter
  • Children: Ella-Loren
  • Occupation: Actor and Model
  • Height: 5 Feet 11 Inches
  • Social Media: Instagram – nickjames138
  • Net Worth: $12 million

How Old Is Tika Sumpter’s Husband, Nick James and Where Is He From?

Nick Sumpter is 41 was originally born as Nicholas James Muscarella to Gregory and Vicki Muscarella in Greenville, Pennsylvania, in the United States. While there has been no solid confirmation from the actor about his date of birth, it has been said that he is two years younger than his fiancée, which would put his year of birth around 1982. He grew up alongside his older brother, Michael Muscarella, who is now married and lives in Los Angeles. At first glance, Nick might be considered Italian because of his surname, but he is hundred percent American.

Growing up, the actor knew that he wanted to be a performer. His extremely jocular nature, however, convinced him and his parents that a career in comedy was his calling. He started to practice by recording funny skits with his long-time friend Rocky Habel. Nick James later had his high school education at the Reynolds Junior and Senior High School in his hometown before moving on to the Penn State Behrend College in Erie to study Management and Marketing.

Nick James’ Career as an Actor

The Chinese Takeout actor did not have much interest in acting at first – especially not in serious roles anyway. While still in college, he had a huge career crisis and was not yet sure the direction to channel all the performing passion inside of him.

He later dropped out of college and moved to Los Angeles to pursue his interest in comedy. When he arrived in Los Angeles, he had just $200 to his name and had to take up a part-time job doing bottle service three nights a week. He also worked as a model and was featured in various advertisement commercials.

In a bid to hone his acting skills, he started taking classes at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade taught by the legendary acting tutor, Vincent Chase. Among his classmates were actor Shia LaBeouf, famous for his role in the blockbuster movie, Transformers, and Bill Paxton who appeared in the movie, Twister.

Nick’s earliest movie credit appears to be in a weirdly named 2006 movie called Eating Out2: Sloppy Seconds, but his role in the movie is unclear. He later played a cool guy and star athlete Denny Harper in the 2007 horror flick, Prom Night, which also featured Idris Elba. Since then, his career has only gone upward and he has starred in other popular movies like Fired Up! (2009), Snack Off (2011), Chinese Takeout (2011), Genre This (2012), Self Esteem (2017), and Chaser (2017), to mention but a few.

Nick has also featured in some amazing television shows like The Client List in 2010, his breakout television role. His other television appearances were in NCIS (2011), Napoleon Bon Appetit (2011), Jane by Design (2012), Hollywood Heights (2012), Revenge (2014), NCIS: New Orleans (2014), and quite recently, The Haves and the Have Nots (2016).

Nick James Surprisingly Has a Net Worth Running Into Millions of Dollars

Nick might not be on your top 10 richest Hollywood actors list, but he has racked up an impressive net worth of over $12 million in his thirteen-year career. It is certain he didn’t amass his entire net worth through acting alone, as he has also signed some very lucrative endorsements with big-shot companies like Walmart. Nick has also been very active in the fashion industry.

On the other hand, his beautiful fiancée Tika Sumpter is said to be worth over $6 million. Tika, like Nick, has also put her hand in several pies and has worked as a television host, a podcast host, and a model, all in addition to her acting career. Tika has been in the industry for a little longer than her soon-to-be husband, and even though he is richer, it is very obvious that Tika has done extremely well in Hollywood and isn’t bothered in the least.

Nick and Tika Met on The Set of The Haves and Have Nots

Nick and Tika were very secretive about their relationship status before they got married. It is reported that the two actors were in a serious relationship in 2016 after they had met on the set of The Haves and the Have Nots when Nick was newly introduced to the show.

Interestingly, the two were always at loggerheads on the show to the amusement of viewers. Tika plays the role of Candace Young, while Nick plays Officer Justin, a closet gay policeman married to a judge. The duo got engaged in 2017.

Even though Tika is known for keeping her personal life private, she couldn’t resist spilling the beans about her engagement when asked on ‘The Real’ by host Toni Love. The revelation came after Toni spotted the big diamond on Tika’s finger. Tika explained that she and Nick had gotten engaged on Christmas Day in 2016. She said that Nick playfully sent her on a treasure hunt throughout the house and got a Peloton bike as a present from him.

She had thought that was all she was getting until she came upon a letter “written” by their 3-month-old daughter, asking her to marry Nick. The pair took their time before getting married, as they only wedded five years later in 2022.

Meet Tika and Nick’s Daughter Ella-Loren

  • Name: Ella-Loren James
  • Date of Birth: 8 October 2016
  • Place of Birth: Los Angeles, USA
  • Age: 7 Years Old
  • Nationality: American
  • Ethnicity: Mixed (African American and Caucasian)

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Beautiful Ella-Loren is the daughter of celebrity actors Tika Sumpter and Nick James. She was born on the 8th of October in 2016 and is currently 7 years old. Although she is too young for any career moves, Ella-Loren is already a little diva who enjoys posing for the camera with her mummy. She also has a little children’s book club created for her by her parents.

Chidimma Eze
Chidimma Eze
Chidimma is a Mass Communications graduate with about 4 years experience. She has a flair for all things entertainment and when she's not writing, you would most likely find her either spending time with her family, binge-watching whatever television series that holds her interest at the time or silently editing other people’s grammar.


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