Kellie Shanygne Williams

Actor, Singer, Dancer
This young actress played the intelligent Laura Winslow, the eldest daughter, on the long-running sitcom "Family Matters" (ABC, 1989-1997, CBS, 1997-98). Her character functioned within her family unit chiefly to ... Read more »
Born: 03/21/1976 in Washington, Washington D.C., USA

Filmography

other (12)

Eve 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Eve 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Eve 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Parkers 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Girlfriends 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Moesha 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

What About Joan 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

After All 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Ride 1998 (Movie)

Tuesday (Actor)

Nickelodeon's 6th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The ABC Saturday Morning Preview 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The ABC Saturday Morning Preview 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

This young actress played the intelligent Laura Winslow, the eldest daughter, on the long-running sitcom "Family Matters" (ABC, 1989-1997, CBS, 1997-98). Her character functioned within her family unit chiefly to wisecrack her brother, but became part of the focus of the series with the introduction of annoying neighbor Steve Urkel (Jaleel White), whose one mission in life was to win Laura's heart. A Washington, DC native, Williams began as a child model and branched into acting at age six. She made her TV debut on the variety special "An All-Star Celebration Honoring Martin Luther King Jr" (NBC, 1986) and had bit roles in the features "Suspect" (1987) and "Men Don't Leave" (1990). In 1989, she landed the role on the ABC sitcom and practically grew up on the series. Her Laura Winslow was the typical teenager, reflecting contemporary tastes by changing her hairstyles and knowing the latest songs and dances. When the character graduated from high school, she was accepted at Harvard, but top retain Williams on the show, she was forced by a lack of finances to attend unspecified local college in Chicago. By the sixth season, Urkel was able to turn himself from nerd into his suave alter ego, Stephan Urquelle, and Laura became romantically involved with Stephan, although the character only made occasional appearances to keep the relationship going.

Relationships

Pat Williams

Mother

Ervin Williams

Father
divorced from mother

Donte Williams

Brother
born c. 1982

Marti Williams

Sister
born c. 1981

EDUCATION

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California
began attending in 1996

Central Senior High School

Capitol Heights , Maryland

Milestones

2001

Returned to series TV as co-star of the ABC sitcom "What About Joan?"

1999

Had featured role in the BET TV-movie "After All"

1998

Cast in feature "Ride"

1989

Played Laura Winslow on "Family Matters" (ABC, 1989-1997; CBS 1997-1998)

1988

Appeared in August Wilson's play "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" in Washington, DC

1987

First feature appearance, "Suspect"

1986

Appeared on the NBC TV special "An All-Star Celebration Honoring Martin Luther King Jr"

1982

Discovered while performing in childrens' theatre in Washington, DC, area at age six (date approximate)

Began career as a child model

Bonus Trivia

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Williams manages the rhythm and blues band Sekou.

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