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Winner of the Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Award for "Ray” at the NAACP Image Awards in 2005 and Nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for "Best Actress” in the film "Lift” in 2002, KERRY WASHINGTON (Alicia Masters) is proving to be one of the busiest actresses in Hollywood. She was seen in the Wayans Brothers' hit summer comedy "Little Man” and last summer's "Mr. And Mrs. Smith,” starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, and "Fantastic Four,” directed by Tim Story and based on the beloved Marvel comics' superheroes. Most recently, she appeared in "The Last King of Scotland” opposite Forest Whitaker.

Prior to these films, Washington starred in "Ray,” the inspirational life story of Ray Charles. Directed by Taylor Hackford, Washington starred opposite Jamie Foxx as Charles' wife, Della. Prior to "Ray,” she played the lead role opposite Anthony Mackie in Spike Lee's latest film, "She Hate Me.” In addition, she recently starred in Sidney Lumet's HBO film "Strip Search” with Ellen Barkin, Glenn Close and Maggie Gyllenhaal and the independent film "Sexual Life,” in which Washington co-starred with Tom Everett Scott, Dulé Hill, Anne Heche and Azura Skye.

Other film credits for Washington include Paramount Pictures' "Against the Ropes,” starring Meg Ryan; Paramount Classics' "The United States of Leland,” opposite Don Cheadle, Kevin Spacey and Ryan Gosling; 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.

During her free time, Washington is an active supporter of the Creative Coalition, a group dedicated to raising awareness of First Amendment Rights and support of arts in education.


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