Erica Tazel was an American television actress best known for playing Rachel Brooks on all six seasons of modern-day western "Justified" (FX 2010-15). Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Tazel's desire to act started in her teens. After high school, she enrolled in Spelman College where she earned her B.A. She then continued her education at New York University, where she earned an M.F.A. from the school's prestigious Graduate Acting Program. While living in New York, Tazel was actively involved in the city's thriving theater scene. She started performing in plays in the early 2000s, and quickly made a name for herself as an exceptional actress. However, it wasn't long before the lure of Hollywood came calling. Tazel soon started auditioning for film and TV roles, and went on to land guest spots on "Sex and the City" (HBO, 1998-2004), "Third Watch" (NBC, 1999-2005), and "Law & Order" (NBC, 1990-2010). She landed her first film role in the 2004 drama "House of D," and spent the latter part of the 2000s appearing exclusively in guest roles on various television shows. Tazel's big break came in 2010 when she nabbed the role of Rachel Brooks on the FX western, "Justified." Tazel appeared in each of the show's 78 episodes, becoming a recognizable face on one of cable television's most critically acclaimed series. When "Justified" ended its six-season run in 2015, Tazel continued to work, landing a part in the independent film, "Runaway Island."