40 Facts About Kerry Washington


Kerry Marisa Washington was born on January 31,1977 and is an American actress.


Kerry Washington gained wide public recognition for starring as crisis management expert Olivia Pope in the ABC drama series Scandal.


In film, Washington is known for her roles as Della Bea Robinson in Ray, as Kay in The Last King of Scotland, as Alicia Masters in the live-action Fantastic Four films of 2005 and 2007, and as Broomhilda von Shaft in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained.


Kerry Washington has starred in the independent films Our Song, The Dead Girl, Mother and Child, Night Catches Us, and American Son.


Kerry Washington has won a Primetime Emmy Award and five NAACP Image Awards, including The President's Award.


Kerry Washington was born in the Bronx, New York City, the daughter of Valerie, a professor and educational consultant, and Earl Kerry Washington, a real estate broker.


Kerry Washington attended George Washington University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1998 with a double major in anthropology and sociology.


Kerry Washington studied at Michael Howard Studios in New York City.


Kerry Washington got her Screen Actors Guild card as a requirement for a commercial that she starred in.


Kerry Washington made her screen debut in the ABC telefilm Magical Make-Over.


Kerry Washington was in the cast of the 1996 PBS sketch comedy-style educational series Standard Deviants, and she appeared in the short "3D" and the feature film Our Song in 2000.


Kerry Washington went on to appear in several movies, including Save the Last Dance and The Human Stain.


Kerry Washington narrated the critically acclaimed documentary about the New Orleans-based teenage TBC Brass Band, From the Mouthpiece on Back.


In 2009, Kerry Washington performed in The People Speak, a documentary feature film that uses dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries, and speeches of everyday Americans, based on historian Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States.


In 2010, Kerry Washington made her Broadway debut in the original production of David Mamet's play Race, alongside James Spader, David Alan Grier, and Richard Thomas.


Kerry Washington appeared as a part of the ensemble in Tyler Perry's 2010 drama film For Colored Girls.


Kerry Washington starred in Quentin Tarantino's film Django Unchained, which received widespread critical acclaim.


Kerry Washington was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in June 2012 along with 175 other individuals.


Kerry Washington's performance earned positive reviews, and in 2013, she won the award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series at the 44th NAACP Image Awards and was presented with the NAACP President's Award.


Kerry Washington was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series as well as a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Drama Series.


In 2013, Kerry Washington ranked No 2 in People magazine's 100 Most Beautiful people and was named Woman of the Year by Glamour magazine.


Kerry Washington hosted Saturday Night Live on November 2,2013, where she impersonated Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey in a cold opening sketch that satirized criticism of Saturday Night Live for not having had any black female cast members for many years.


Kerry Washington played the lead role in Confirmation, an HBO movie directed by Rick Famuyiwa about Anita Hill's testimony during Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination, which aired in 2016.


That same year, Kerry Washington launched Simpson Street, a production company, which has an overall deal with ABC Studios.


In 2018, Kerry Washington made her directorial debut on Scandal, directing the tenth episode of the seventh season.


Kerry Washington appeared as Olivia Pope in two episodes of How to Get Away with Murder, as part of a crossover with Scandal.


That same year, Kerry Washington starred in the Broadway play American Son written by Christopher Demos-Brown, following two parents arriving at a police station in the middle of the night looking for answers.


In 2019, Kerry Washington directed the seventh episode of the second season of Showtime's SMILF.


Kerry Washington then starred in Live in Front of a Studio Audience on ABC in a recreation of The Jeffersons, portraying the role of Helen Willis.


In 2020, Kerry Washington served as an executive producer on The Fight, a documentary film revolving around legal battles lawyers for the ACLU face during the Trump administration, which had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 30,2020.


Kerry Washington directed the ninth episode of the fourth season of the HBO comedy series Insecure.


In December 2020, Kerry Washington starred in The Prom, directed by Ryan Murphy for Netflix, as Mrs Greene.


Kerry Washington plays Professor Clarissa Dovey in the film adaptation of Soman Chainani's The School for Good and Evil.


Kerry Washington was engaged to actor David Moscow from October 2004 to March 2007.


Kerry Washington married NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha on June 24,2013 in Hailey, Idaho.


In September 2012, Kerry Washington spoke at the Democratic National Convention in favor of re-electing Barack Obama, with her speech focusing on addressing voter apathy.


Kerry Washington has used her celebrity to support voter registration drives and recently encouraged her Twitter followers to make sure they have the appropriate ID needed to vote by contacting VoteRiders, a voter ID education organization.


Kerry Washington is a member of the Creative Coalition; which is a board of actors, writers, musicians, and producers that explore issues that are at the forefront of national discourse.


Kerry Washington is a member of V-Day, a global movement that brings awareness to violence against women and girls.


Kerry Washington emceed the third night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention.