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Nominated for her first Independent Spirit Award for Best Actress in the film Lift in 2002, KERRY WASHINGTON (Della Bea Robinson) is proving to be one of the busiest actresses in Hollywood. She recently completed production on 20th Century Fox Studios' Mr. and Mrs. Smith, starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

Washington was most recently seen in the lead role opposite Anthony Mackey in Spike Lee's latest film, She Hate Me. In addition, she also recently wrapped Sidney Lumet's HBO film Strip Search—the story exposes some of the McCarthy-like paranoia that has plagued America since 9/11; she co-stars with Ellen Barkin, Glenn Close and Maggie Gyllenhaal. At the same time that she was shooting Strip Search, she was also filming and has finished work on the independent film Sexual Life, a series of vignettes about people and their relationships; in this film, Washington co-stars with Tom Everett Scott, DulĂ© Hill, Anne Heche and Azura Skye. Prior to those two films, Washington completed production on Ray.

She was also seen in Paramount Pictures' Against the Ropes, starring Meg Ryan. In this film she plays Renee Butler, the best friend and co-worker of Jackie Kallen (played by Ryan) who encourages her to re-invent herself as a boxing promoter. Washington was also seen in Paramount Classic's The United States of Leland, opposite Don Cheadle, Kevin Spacey and Ryan Gosling.

Other film credits for Washington include Miramax's The Human Stain, starring Nicole Kidman and Sir Anthony Hopkins; Jerry Bruckheimer's Bad Company, starring Chris Rock and Sir Anthony Hopkins and directed by Joel Schumacher; and Lift, written and directed by DeMane Davis and Khari Streeter. She's probably best known for her role in Paramount Pictures' Save the Last Dance, where she starred opposite Julia Stiles and Sean Patrick Thomas, in which Washington received a Teen Choice Award for Best Breakout Performance. Prior to that, Washington starred in the highly acclaimed independent film, Our Song, playing a wise but conflicted teen.

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