Kerry Washington

Actress
Though she had her start in the indie film world, actress Kerry Washington scored her first big breakthrough role as a street-smart mom in the surprise mainstream hit, "Save the Last Dance" (2001). Seemingly emerging ... Read more »
Born: 01/30/1977 in Bronx, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (78)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Scandal 2011 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Stylemaker: Michael Kors 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Interviewee

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 87th Annual Academy Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Presenter

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 86th Annual Academy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

Peeples 2013 (Movie)

Grace Peeples (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 2013 (Tv Show)

Host

Teen Choice 2013 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 2013 Independent Spirit Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 85th Annual Academy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Late Show With David Letterman 2010, 2013 (Tv Show)

Guest

A Thousand Words 2012 (Movie)

Caroline McCall (Actor)

Django Unchained 2012 (Movie)

Broomhilda Von Shaft (Actor)

Real Time with Bill Maher 2008 - 2009, 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Details 2012 (Movie)

Rebecca Mazzoni (Actor)

BET Awards '11 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Project Runway 2009, 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2011 Independent Spirit Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 42nd NAACP Image Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

For Colored Girls 2010 (Movie)

Kelly/Blue (Actor)

Mother and Child 2010 (Movie)

Lucy (Actor)

Night Catches Us 2010 (Movie)

Patricia Wilson (Actor)

The Black Panther 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Voice

The People Speak 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

BET Hip Hop Awards 2008 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Life is Hot in Cracktown 2009 (Movie)

Marybeth (Actor)

The 40th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Lakeview Terrace 2008 (Movie)

Lisa Mattson (Actor)

Miracle at St. Anna 2008 (Movie)

Zana Wilder (Actor)

Psych 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The BET Honors 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The People Speak 2008 (Movie)

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VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer 2007 (Movie)

Alicia Masters (Actor)

I Think I Love My Wife 2007 (Movie)

Nikki Tru (Actor)

The 2007 Film Independent's Spirit Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Boston Legal 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Little Man 2006 (Movie)

Vanessa (Actor)

The 37th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dead Girl 2006 (Movie)

Rosetta (Actor)

The Last King of Scotland 2006 (Movie)

Kay Amin (Actor)

Fantastic Four 2005 (Movie)

Alicia Masters (Actor)

Mr. & Mrs. Smith 2005 (Movie)

Jasmine (Actor)

Sexual Life 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Against the Ropes 2004 (Movie)

Renee (Actor)

Ray 2004 (Movie)

Della Bea Robinson (Actor)

She Hate Me 2004 (Movie)

Fatima Goodrich (Actor)

The United States of Leland 2004 (Movie)

Ayesha (Actor)

Sin 2003 (Movie)

Kassie Burns (Actor)

The Human Stain 2003 (Movie)

Ellie (Actor)

100 Centre Street 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Bad Company 2002 (Movie)

Julie (Actor)

Standard Deviants TV 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Guardian 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Our Song 2001 (Movie)

Lanisha Brown (Actor)

Save the Last Dance 2001 (Movie)

Chenille (Actor)

The 2001 Teen Choice Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

3D 1998 (Movie)

Angie (Actor)

Magical Makeover 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

2014 BET Awards (TV Show)

Performer

Lift (TV Show)

Actor

Poliwood (TV Show)

Actor

The Precious One (Movie)

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Biography

Though she had her start in the indie film world, actress Kerry Washington scored her first big breakthrough role as a street-smart mom in the surprise mainstream hit, "Save the Last Dance" (2001). Seemingly emerging out of the blue, Washington actually paid her dues on the stage and in a number of small films before her breakout performance, which paved the way for another acclaimed turned in "The United States of Leland" (2003). But it was her high-profile performance as Ray Charles' loyal second wife opposite Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx in "Ray" (2004) that turned her into a major star. Also at the time, she was the lead in Spike Lee's "She Hate Me" (2004) and achieved blockbuster status as Alicia Masters in "The Fantastic Four" (2005) and "The Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer" (2007). Balancing major studio films with smaller acclaimed dramas, she delivered a strong performance as Idi Amin's out-of-favor wife in "The Last King of Scotland" (2006) and shined in the ensemble drama "Mother and Child" (2010) and Quentin Tarantino's Western "Django Unchained" (2012). While she made a number of appearances on television, Washington was never the star of a series until "Scandal" (ABC, 2012- ), a red-hot drama where she played a fictional version of real-life crisis manager Judy Smith. Whether on the big or small screen, the highly ambitious Washington excelled in a variety of roles and became a favorite performer of numerous directors.

Relationships

Nnamdi Asomugha Actor

Husband

David Moscow Actor

Companion
Met in high school Began dating c. 2002 Engaged as of October 2004 Split February 2007

Valerie Washington

Mother

Earl Washington

Father

EDUCATION

George Washington University

Washington , Washington D.C. 1998

Spence School

New York , New York 1994
Attended on a scholarship

Milestones

2012

Played title character's wife Broomhilda opposite Jamie Foxx in "Django Unchained," a Western drama set in Mississippi; film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino

2012

Starred as the leader of a crisis management team on ABC's "Scandal"; character was inspired by real-life crisis consultant and former White House Press secretary Judy Smith

2012

Appeared opposite Eddie Murphy in the comedy-drama "A Thousand Words"

2010

Joined an ensemble cast for Tyler Perry's "For Colored Girls"

2010

Reteamed with Anthony Mackie in drama "Night Catches Us"

2010

Co-starred in Rodrigo García's independent feature "Mother and Child"

2009

Made her Broadway debut in David Mamet’s "Race"

2008

Played an interracial couple (with Patrick Wilson) being harassed by a racist cop in Neil LaBute's "Lakeview Terrace"

2008

Again directed by Spike Lee in "Miracle at St. Anna"

2007

Reprised role for the superhero sequel "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer"

2006

Played a wife of 1970s Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the historical drama "The Last King of Scotland"

2005

Appeared in a supporting role opposite Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in Doug Liman's "Mr. & Mrs. Smith"

2005

Had a supporting role in the Marvel Comics feature "Fantastic Four"

2005

Cast in the recurring role of Chelina Hall, a new associate on the ABC series "Boston Legal"

2004

Cast opposite Anthony Mackie in the Spike Lee comedy "She Hate Me"

2004

Portrayed Della Charles opposite Jamie Foxx as the title character in Taylor Hackford's biopic "Ray"

2003

Joined an ensemble cast including Ryan Gosling, Don Cheadle and Kevin Spacey in "The United States of Leland"

2003

Again played a supporting role opposite Anthony Hopkins in the "Human Stain"

2002

Cast in support of Anthony Hopkins and Chris Rock in "Bad Company"

2001

Played an accomplished shoplifter in the indie feature "Lift"

2001

Landed major supporting role in romantic drama "Save the Last Dance"

2000

Appeared in the film "Our Song"

1996

Cast in the PBS educational series "Standard Deviants"

1994

Made her screen debut in the ABC telefilm "Magical Make-Over"

Bonus Trivia

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"She's a wonderful talent. She stacks up against anybody." – Spike Lee on Washington, her director in "She Hate Me" (2004), to People magazine, Aug. 2, 2004

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"I think part of what draws me to acting is that from a young age I've been aware of the different dynamics between people, of how socio economics affect behavior, or geography or education, from a real social-sciences perspective. So I didn't come to this work to do just one thing. I want to do it all. It's important I do work I can feel good about. As actors, we're always trying to break out of whatever box we're in, and I'd rather be breaking out of the respected actor box than the video ho box." – Washington to The Los Angeles Times, Nov. 21, 2004

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"What makes me upset is when people say, 'As an actor you shouldn't have a voice.' I have a voice as an American. Just because other people are listening as a result of the fact that I'm an actor, it's not my business to silence myself." – Washington quoted in Interview magazine, September 2006

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In 2009, Washington was selected by President Obama as a member of the President's Committee on Arts and the Humanities. She was also on the V-Counsel, a global movement to end violence towards women and girls.

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