January 31, 1977 (47)
Kerry Washington is an American actor recognized globally for her impactful performance in the television drama series, ‘Scandal.’ With an acting career that has spanned over two decades, Washington’s versatility has made her one of the most respected figures in the entertainment industry.
Washington’s rise to prominence can be traced back to several breakthrough roles in both film and television. Her portrayal of Della Bea Robinson in the biographical film ‘Ray’ gained significant recognition, followed by the character of Alicia Masters in the ‘Fantastic Four’ series. However, it was her role as Olivia Pope in ‘Scandal’ that propelled her to international fame, as she compellingly brought to life a crisis management expert navigating the labyrinthine world of politics. The show was a commercial and critical success, earning her two Primetime Emmy Award nominations and a Golden Globe Award nomination.
Throughout her career, Washington has had the opportunity to collaborate with an array of prominent celebrities, which has expanded her repertoire and added depth to her craft. She starred alongside Jamie Foxx in ‘Ray’ and with Chris Pine in ‘Unstoppable.’ She also shared screen space with Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey in ‘The Last King of Scotland’ and ‘American Son.’ Her collaborations extend to other notable figures such as Quentin Tarantino in ‘Django Unchained,’ Patrick Wilson in ‘Lakeview Terrace,’ and Eddie Murphy in ‘A Thousand Words.’ Her TV career has included working with Tony Goldwyn and Bellamy Young in ‘Scandal,’ and Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston in ‘Little Fires Everywhere.’
Washington’s prowess as an actor has been recognized with several prestigious awards. She won the Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series award at the 44th NAACP Image Awards for her role in ‘Scandal.’ Her powerful performance in ‘Confirmation’ earned her a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie. Furthermore, her role in ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ landed her a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.
Aside from her acting career, Washington is known for her passionate involvement in animal rights advocacy. She is a dedicated supporter of the Humane Society of the United States, an organization committed to ensuring the well-being of animals. Moreover, she frequently uses her platform to raise awareness about the importance of pet adoption and responsible pet ownership. Her compassion and advocacy extend to her personal life, where she is a loving guardian to her Shih Tzu-Yorkie mix, Josie.