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Kerry Washington stars in "Scandal" on ABC as Olivia Price.

Kerry Washington won Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for "Ray" at the NAACP Image Awards in 2005 and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Actress in the film "Lift" in 2002. She has built an impressive list of credits in a relatively short amount of time. She garnered critical acclaim for her roles in "The Last King of Scotland," opposite Forest Whitaker, for which she was nominated for Outstanding Supporting
Kerry Washington in "Scandal"
Kerry Washington Scandal
Actress in a Motion Picture at the NAACP Image Awards in 2007, "The Dead Girl," opposite Marcia Gay Harden and Brittany Murphy, and "Lakeview Terrace," starring opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Patrick Wilson. Washington was also seen in "Night Catches Us," which premiered at Sundance in 2010; "A Thousand Words" opposite Eddie Murphy; and "Mother and Child" with Annette Bening and Naomi Watts; "The Details" and "For Colored Girls."

Washington also starred as Alicia Masters in "Fantastic Four" and it's sequel "Rise of the Silver Surfer," "I Think I Love My Wife," opposite Chris Rock, the Wayans Brothers' comedy "Little Man," "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Spike Lee's "She Hate Me," Sidney Lumet's HBO film "Strip Search" and the independent film "Sexual Life." Other film credits for Washington include "Against the Ropes," "The United States of Leland," "The Human Stain," "Bad Company," "Save the Last Dance" for which she received a Teen Choice Award for Best Breakout Performance, and the highly acclaimed independent film, "Our Song."

Washington made her Broadway debut in David Mamet's new play "Race."

On television, Washington was seen in Howard Zinn's documentary "The People Speak," along with Matt Damon, Josh Brolin and Sean Penn, which premiered on the History Channel in December 2009. In 2010, Washington voiced the role of Princess Shuri in the animated series "Black Panther."

Washington 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, and she serves on the board of Voices of a People's History, a non-profit arts and education group which uses live performance and educational programs to illuminate the primary source material that inspired the book, "Voices of a People's History of the United States."

In 2004 Washington received the Hollywood Life Breakthrough award. In 2005 she received the Young Artist award from Americans for the Arts; this award is for incredible accomplishments and exemplary leadership. In 2008 she received several accolades including the Women's Project Women of Achievement Award, the GWU Alumni Association's Recent Alumni Achievement Award, and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Phoenix Award, for her commitment to social advocacy. In 2009, she received the US Conference of Mayors Artist-Citizen Award for public leadership in the arts.

Originally from The Bronx, New York, Washington is a graduate of The Spence School. In 1998, she graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from The George Washington University.

Washington is currently a spokesperson for L'Oreal Paris and a brand ambassador for Movado.

In November of 2009, Washington was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

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Kerry Washington and Aziz Ansari: 'Every Industry Is So White,' Not Just Hollywood
Jennifer Lopez, Kerry Washington, 5 Other TV A-Listers Reveal How They Spent Their First Paycheck
Actress Roundtable: Jennifer Lopez, Kerry Washington, A-Listers on Nudity, Network Fights and the 'Diva' Label
ABC's New Schedule: Shonda Rhimes Block (Sorta) Breaks Up, With 'Scandal' Benched
Kerry Washington Debuts Baby Bump on the 2016 Met Gala Red Carpet
Kerry Washington Signs Overall Deal with ABC Studios
'Confirmation' Reignites Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill Debate


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Age: 39 years old
Birthday: January 31, 1977
Height: 5' 4 ½"
Birthplace: Bronx, NY

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