Yara Shahidi

Best known for her roles as Eddie Murphy's daughter in family comedy "Imagine That" (2009) and a young Olivia Pope in political thriller "Scandal" (ABC, 2012- ) child star Yara Shahidi had accrued over a dozen screen ... Read more »
Born: 10/02/2000 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Filmography

Actor (11)

Black-ish 2014 - 2017 (TV Show)

Actor

Bad Teacher 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Fosters 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Scandal 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Alex Cross 2012 (Movie)

Janelle Cross (Actor)

Butter 2012 (Movie)

Destiny (Actor)

Bleep My Dad Says 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Salt 2010 (Movie)

Salt's Young Neighbor (Actor)

Cold Case 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Imagine That 2009 (Movie)

Olivia Danielson (Actor)

Wizards of Waverly Place 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Biography

Best known for her roles as Eddie Murphy's daughter in family comedy "Imagine That" (2009) and a young Olivia Pope in political thriller "Scandal" (ABC, 2012- ) child star Yara Shahidi had accrued over a dozen screen credits to her name before she had even reached her teens. Born in Minneapolis, MN in 2000 to an African-American mother and Iranian father, Shahidi first appeared in front of the camera at the tender age of just six weeks old. After moving to California with her family, she landed her first on-screen role aged seven in an episode of "Entourage" (HBO, 2004-2011). Two years later, Shahidi was cast in the leading role of Olivia Danielson, the daughter of Eddie Murphy's high-flying executive who takes her father into an imaginary world, in family-friendly comedy "Imagine That" (2009). Following a five-episode stint as Jessica St. Clair's daughter Esther in short-lived sitcom "In The Motherhood" (ABC, 2009)--the first of several projects in which she appeared alongside her younger brother Shaheed--Shahidi played the daughter of Samuel L. Jackson's black-ops officer in suspense thriller "Unthinkable" (2010) and Angelina Jolie's young neighbor in spy movie "Salt" (2011). Shahidi then played the key role of champion butter sculptor Destiny in the satirical ensemble comedy "Butter" (2011) and Tyler Perry's daughter in the much maligned big-screen adaptation of "Alex Cross" (2012), before landing a recurring role as the President's daughter, Chloe Johnson, in hit black sitcom "The First Family" (Syndication, 2012-). In 2013, Shahidi played the younger version of Kerry Washington's character, Olivia Pope, in several flashback scenes on the hit political thriller "Scandal" (ABC, 2012-). In 2014, she landed her first co-starring role in a television sitcom as the mercurial teenager Zoey Johnson in Larry Wilmore's sitcom "Black-ish" (ABC, 2014-).

Milestones

2014

Co-stars in ABC sitcom "Black-ish."

2013

Plays young Kerry Washington in "Scandal" (ABC, 2012-)

2010

Appeared in the action thriller "Salt," starring Angelina Jolie in the title role as a CIA officer accused of being a Russian spy

2009

Makes big-screen debut as Eddie Murphy's daughter in "Imagine That"

Bonus Trivia

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Shahidi has a black belt in the martial art form, Tang Soo Do.

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Shahidi is second cousin to hip-hop icon Nas and lists his 2012 album, Life Is Good, as one of her all-time favorites.

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