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Hope Lashee Cervantes (born August 19, 1984[2] in Dallas, Texas[3]) is an American actress. Cervantes is of mixed African-American and Latin American descent. At a young age, Cervantes was an actress the children's television series Barney & Friends, portraying as "Tosha" for the first three seasons of the show. Cervantes later reprised her role in the home video Sing and Dance with Barney.


Barney & Friends


Following her time on Barney & Friends, Cervantes attended a mini reunion on the Barney & Friends set in Las Colinas in Irving, Texas with a few cast members from the first three seasons.

Following afterwards, Cervantes wrote and produced a one woman show titled Imagination Island: Surviving Reality, a show detailing how her childhood has affected who she is in the present with a few details recounting her time on Barney & Friends. The title is a nod to her time in the Barney Home Video Imagination Island.[4] Imagination Island: Surviving Reality was performed at the Minnesota Fringe Festival.[5]



Behind the scenes


  • Cervantes attended Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (from 1999-2002) which is also where Todd Duffey and Victoria Lennox, who portrayed Scooter McNutty and Tracy respectively on Barney & Friends, attended.
  • Cervantes' favorite color is purple (which is the color of Barney) and her favorite snack is a pickle (which is BJ's favorite snack).[6]


  1. Hope is Esperanza October 16, 2016 Retrieved August 13, 2022.
  2. Hope Cervantes - Bio, Facts, Family | Famous Birthdays
  3. Posts Tagged Imagination Island: Surviving Reality
  4. School Girls Cast - Jungle Theater Retrieved August 13, 2022.
  5. Hope is Esperanza Retrieved August 13, 2022
  6. Barney - Online Retrieved August 13, 2022.