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Kerry Washington Biography

Birth Place:
Bronx, New York, United States
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • At age 13, studied acting at the Education Theater Company in New York and appeared in sex-education skits
  • After graduating from college, spent some time in India studying yoga
  • Made her feature-film debut in Our Song (2000), a movie about teen pregnancy
  • A year later, gained popularity portraying a teen mother in Save the Last Dance (2001)
  • Won an Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture in 2005 for her role as Della, Ray Charles' wife, opposite Jamie Foxx in Ray
  • Made her Broadway debut in 2009, starring in David Mamet's Race
  • Is an adviser for V-Day, an organization dedicated to ending violence against women and girls

Awards

  • 2020Emmy-Outstanding Limited Series: nominated
  • 2020Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie: nominated
  • 2020Emmy-Outstanding Television Movie: nominated
  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie: nominated
  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Television Movie: nominated
  • 2014Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: nominated
  • 2014Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2013Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2013Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2006Black Reel Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2004Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2002Independent Spirit Awards-Best Female Lead: nominated

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