Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington

Birthplace: 
The Bronx, New York City, New York
Birthday: 
January 31

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About

Kerry Washington is a versatile and fearless actress who continues to shine on both the big screen and small. A native of The Bronx, Washington has received high acclaim for her work on stage, on television and on film.

Washington debuted in 2000 in the highly acclaimed independent film Our Song and later in the film Save The Last Dance, for which she received a Teen Choice Award for Best Breakout Performance. Her performance in the 2002 film LIFT earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actress. In the years following her debut, Washington starred in several films including Bad Company, The United States Of Leland, The Human Stain, Sin, Against The Rope and She Hate Me.

In 2004, Washington starred alongside Jamie Foxx in the Academy Award nominated hit Ray. Her performance earned her the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture. In the years to follow, Washington was seen in Sexual Life, Mr & Mrs Smith, Fantastic Four And Littleman, The Dead Girl, I Think I Love My Wife, Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Miracle at St. Anna, Life Is Hot In Cracktown, and Mother and Child. Washington received NAACP Image Award nominations for her performances in the 2006 film The Last King Of Scotland and the 2010 film Night Catches Us. Her performance in the 2008 film Lakeview Terrace earned her a Best Actress nomination at the BET Awards.

In 2010, Washington starred in the Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls alongside Phylicia Rashad, Whoopi Goldberg, Janet Jackson and Thandie Newton. That year Washington also made her Broadway debut in David Mamet’s Race, starring James Spader and David Alan Grier. In 2012, Washington was seen in The Details with Tobey Maguire as well as A Thousand Words alongside Eddie Murphy.

In December 2012, Washington was seen in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained alongside Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz and Samuel Jackson. The film was nominated for a Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Picture. Most recently, Washington starred in the Tyler Perry comedy Peeples with Craig Robinson.

In television, Washington currently stars in the hit ABC drama Scandal. For this role, Washington broke barriers by becoming the first African American woman to a headline a network TV show since the 1974 short-lived series Get Christie Love. In 2013, Washington was awarded an NAACP Image Award for her portrayal of Olivia Pope and the show won for Best Drama. The NAACP also honored Washington with the President’s Award, recognizing special achievement in furthering the cause of civil rights and public service.

An activist, Washington was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Committee of the Arts and Humanities in 2009. She also is an active member of the V-Counsel, an esteemed group of advisors to V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls.

Washington is currently a brand ambassador for Movado.

 

 

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

4 Nominations No Emmys

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie - 2016

  • Nominee
  • Kerry Washington, as Anita Hill
  • Confirmation
  • HBO
  • HBO Films, Groundswell Productions and Simpson Street Productions in association with ABC Signature Studios

Outstanding Television Movie - 2016

  • Nominee
  • Kerry Washington, Executive Producer
  • Confirmation
  • HBO
  • HBO Films, Groundswell Productions and Simpson Street Productions in association with ABC Signature Studios

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series - 2014

  • Nominee
  • Kerry Washington, as Olivia Pope
  • Scandal
  • ABC
  • ABC Studios

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series - 2013

  • Nominee
  • Kerry Washington, as Olivia Pope
  • Scandal
  • ABC
  • ABC Studios

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  • Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn present an award at the 2016 Primetime Emmys.

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  • Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn present an award at the 2016 Primetime Emmys.

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  • Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn present an award at the 2016 Primetime Emmys. 

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  • Kerry Washington on the red carpet at the 2016 Primetime Emmys.

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  • Julie Bowen and Kerry Washington at the 67th Emmy Awards.

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  • Kerry Washington and Seth Meyers backstage at the 67th Emmy Awards.

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  • Kerry Washington, Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson backstage at the 67th Emmy Awards.

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  • Anthony Anderson and Kerry Washington at the 67th Emmy Awards.

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  • Rob Lowe and Kerry Washington at the 67th Emmy Awards.

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  • Kerry Washington on the red carpet at the 67th Emmy Awards.

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  • Kerry Washington at An Evening with Shonda Rhimes and Friends.

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  • Katie Lowes, Tony Goldwyn and Kerry Washington at An Evening with Shonda Rhimes and Friends.

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  • Katie Lowes, Tony Goldwyn and Kerry Washington at An Evening with Shonda Rhimes and Friends.

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  • KaDee Strickland, Kerry Washington, Sandra Oh and Katie Lowes at An Evening with Shonda Rhimes and Friends.

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  • Kerry Washington, Sandra Oh and Katie Lowes at An Evening with Shonda Rhimes and Friends.

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  • Kerry Washington of Scandal at An Evening with Shonda Rhimes and Friends.

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  • Taye Diggs, Kerry Washington, and Television Academy governor Russ Patrick at An Evening with Shonda Rhimes and Friends.

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  • Tony Goldwyn and Kerry Washington at An Evening with Shonda Rhimes and Friends.

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  • Kerry Washington (Scandal), Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder) and Ellen Pompeo (Grey's Anatomy).

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  • Jessica Lange (l) of American Horror Story and Kerry Washington (r) of Scandal at the 66th Emmys. 

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  • Liev Schreiber (l) and Kerry Washington (r) present an award to Jessica Lange (c) of American Horror Story: Coven at the 66th Emmy Awards.

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  • Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Kerry Washington of Scandal backstage at the 66th Emmys.

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  • Kerry Washington of Scandal at the 66th Emmy Awards.

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  • Kerry Washington of Scandal arrives at the 66th Emmy Awards.

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  • Emmhy magazine issue no. 2013-05
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  • Diahann Carroll and Kerry Washington on stage at the 65th Emmys
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  • Kerry Washington and Diahann Carroll backstage at the 65th Emmys
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  • Kerry Washington on stage at the 65th Emmys
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  • Diahann Carroll and Kerry Washington present the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
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