Boris Kodjoe, who plays the part of Steven Bloom, was born in Vienna, Austria, to Ursula Kodjoe, a psychologist from Germany, and Eric Kodjoe, a physician from Ghana, West Africa. He excelled in sports and became one of the best Tennis players in the country. In 1994 Boris accepted a Tennis scholarship to Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
While studying in Richmond, he was approached by an agent of the Ford Modeling agency in New York. After earning his marketing degree, he joined Ford in New York and his career skyrocketed immediately when he booked twelve campaigns such as Ralph Lauren, Perry Ellis, Yves Saint Laurent, the GAP, within the first seven months. He worked with major publications, such as Vogue, GQ, and Esquire, making him one of the most recognizable faces amongst male Supermodels. Boris' impressive track record was awarded with a Supermodel Award at the Fall '98 fashion shows.
Hollywood took notice and soon Boris was featured in the Spike Lee produced feature film "Love and Basketball.
Boris then was cast in the hit TV series ‘Soul Food’, a show that introduced him to co-star and future wife, Nicole Ari Parker, and for which he won three NAACP Award nominations. The series ran for 5 seasons and is to this day the most successful African-American TV drama in history, winning three consecutive NAACP awards.
Soon followed a starring role in FOX Searchlight’s feature ‘Brown Sugar’ alongside Taye Diggs and Queen Latifah. He then produced and starred, alongside Nicole, in the Paramount/UPN sit-com "Second Time Around".