Winner of "Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture" 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 (Broomhilda) is a versatile and fearless actress who 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 Actress in a Motion Picture" at the NAACP Image Awards in 2007, THE DEAD
GIRL opposite Marcia Gay Harden and Brittany Murphy, and in LAKEVIEW TERRACE, starring
opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Patrick Wilson. Washington was nominated for Best Actress for the 2011
In 2010, Washington starred in Tyler Perry's FOR COLORED GIRLS with an all star cast
including Phylicia Rashad, Whoopi Goldberg, Janet Jackson and Thandie Newton, as well as in NIGHT
CATCHES US, with Anthony Mackie, in which she received a NAACP nomination for Best Actress.
She was recently seen opposite Eddie Murphy in Paramount's A THOUSAND WORDS. Other
upcoming projects include THE DETAILS alongside Tobey Maguire, Ray Liotta and Laura Linney and
WE THE PEEPLES with Craig Robinson, Whoopi Goldberg and David Alan Grier.
Prior to these films, Washington starred as Alicia Masters in FANTASTIC FOUR and its 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.
In 2010, Washington made her Broadway debut in David Mamet's provocative hit RACE with
James Spader and David Alan Grier.
In TV, Washington appeared with Matt Damon, Josh Brolin and Sean Penn in Howard Zinn's
documentary THE PEOPLE SPEAK, which premiered on the History Channel in December 2009. Next up,
she will voice the role of Princess Shuri in the BET animated series BLACK PANTHER. Washington currently
stars in Shonda Rhimes' drama SCANDAL for ABC.
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, Washington
received the Young Artist award from Americans for the Arts; this award is for incredible
accomplishments and exemplary leadership. In 2008, Washington 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
Washington's commitment to social advocacy. In 2009, Washington 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 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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