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2017 Spirit Awards - Kerry Washington 01
Biographical Information
Date of Birth: January 31, 1977
Birth Place: The Bronx, New York City
Full Name: Kerry Marisa Washington
Hair color: Dark Brown
  • Nnamdi Asomugha (husband) (m. 6-24-13)
  • Isabelle Amarachi (daughter) (born 4-21-14)
    Caleb Kelechi (son) (born 10-5-16)
  • Valerie Washington (mother)
  • Earl Washington (father)
Appearance Information
Portrays: Olivia Pope
First appearance: Sweet Baby

Kerry Marisa Washington - born January 31, 1977 in The Bronx, New York - is an American actress who portrays Olivia Pope in ABC's Scandal.


Emmy and Golden Globe nominated 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.

Career Background

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, Kerry starred in several films including "Bad Company," "The United States of Leland," "The Human Stain," "Sin," "Against the Ropes," 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 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer," Miracle at St. Anne," "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 Cathes Us." Her performance in the 2008 film "Lakeview Terrace" earned her a Best Actress nomination at the BET Awards. In 2010, Washington starred in 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. Washington was recently 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. Washington was last seen in the comedy "Peeples" with Craig Robinson. Her performance earned her an NAACP Image award nomination for Best Actress.

In 2013, Washington earned her first primetime Emmy award nomination, Screen Actors Guild nomination and Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of Olivia Pope. She was also awarded an NAACP Image Award for Best Actress 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. Washington and "Scandal" both earned NAACP Image Awards in 2014. 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 was named to Time 100's Most Influential list in 2014.



  • 2013 BET Awards - Best Actress
  • 2014 NAACP Image Awards - Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
  • 2015 GLAAD - Vanguard Award


Kerry Washington

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TV Shows and Movies


Kerry Washington Interview on New Season of 'Scandal'04:04

Kerry Washington Interview on New Season of 'Scandal'

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