Please join us in congratulating ONE LIFE TO LIVE alum Tika Sumpter (Layla) on her marriage to actor Nicholas James! “I got to marry my best friend yesterday,” the actress declared of her May 14 nuptials. “My heart is so full. Friends and family are everything. All involved made a girl’s dream come true.”
On his own Instagram page, James agreed that his heart is “so full” as well. “This experience has changed me,” he added. “I can’t remember a time when I was this happy. I’m married to the best woman, mother, and human I have ever met! My wife is a spectacle! I love our life, our family, and our circle!
“None of this would be happening without Tyler Perry in our lives,” James concluded. “We love you!” Perry is the creator of the primetime soap THE HAVE AND THE HAVE NOTS, where Sumpter starred as Candace Young and James played Officer Justin Lewis.
Soap fans remember Sumpter for playing Layla Williamson on OLTL from 2005-11. Evangeline’s sister pretended to date Antonio Vega and then fell for police officer Oliver Fish, who turned out to be gay. She eventually found love with Cristian Vega, but their engagement was called off when she left Llanview to work in Paris and they couldn’t make a long-distance relationship work.
After leaving daytime, Sumpter found success in primetime playing Raina Thorpe on GOSSIP GIRL, Jena Rice on THE GAME, and Alicia Johnson on MIXED-ISH. In addition, the actress can be seen in numerous movies, including the two popular Sonic the Hedgehog flicks where she plays Maddie Wachowski.
Sumpter announced her engagement to James in January 2017 after he proposed at Christmas. This was just months after they welcomed their daughter, Ella-Loren, into the world on Oct. 8, 2016. As the comments of their Instagram posts filled with well-wishes and love, she couldn’t help but respond. “I big thank you to everyone on this thread!” she wrote. “We love love and wish whatever love you desire lands exactly where you need it to be. Thank you, all!”
Please join us in wishing the happy couple a lifetime of happiness together!