Mekia Cox is pregnant in real life, just like The Rookie's Nyla Harper

Amber Peake February 2, 2022
Mekia Cox is pregnant in real life, just like The Rookie's Nyla Harper
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The Rookie character Nyla Harper left fans in shock in episode 11 when it was revealed she’s expecting a baby. Following the bombshell news, fans have been wondering whether Nyla Harper actress Mekia Cox is pregnant in real life.

Mekia Cox has become a familiar face to fans of The Rookie having joined the show in its second season. Her character, Nyla Harper, was introduced as the mother of Lila who she shares with her ex-husband. It now seems Harper is set to become a mother once again following The Rookie’s latest episode reveal.

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Mekia Cox is pregnant in real life just like her The Rookie character Nyla Harper

In episode 11 of The Rookie, it was revealed Mekia Cox’s character Nyla Harper was expecting. The pregnancy storyline came as a surprise to some viewers as Harper, who is already a mother to daughter Lila, previously thought she couldn’t have any more kids.

Following the unexpected reveal, fans took to social media to share their excitement at the baby news:

While some gushed about the character’s pregnancy news, others wondered whether the storyline hinted at the actress being pregnant in real life.

And now we know! Mekia Cox confirmed she is pregnant off-screen in a post on Instagram. Sharing a snap of herself as Nyla Harper, the actress gushed about her baby news while thanking the show’s writers for including her pregnancy on the show:

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Mekia Cox has a three-year-old daughter

Mekia Cox is already mother to a daughter she welcomed in 2018. In a 2021 interview with One Chicago Center, the actress revealed she was expecting her daughter during the filming of movie If Not Now, When?

Talking of her role as Suzanne, who was also expecting, she explained: “My character was pregnant and, at the time, I was pregnant. So there were too many parallels. I was like, I have to play this role. I feel like this role was written for me to play.”

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Meet the actress’ husband Britt

Mekia Cox and Britt Leach wed in 2018 and are set to celebrate four years of marriage in April.

At the time, Cox described her new husband as her “best friend”, “soulmate” and “first love” on Instagram.

The couple mainly keep their relationship away from social media, although the actress did share a sweet snap of her husband and daughter on Father’s Day last year:

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Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Having written for both HITC and The Focus, Amber is now a staff writer for The Focus covering the latest celeb and entertainment trends.