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Kerry Washington

Highest Rated:   90% Our Song (2001)
Lowest Rated:   0% A Thousand Words (2012)
Birthplace:   Bronx, New York, USA
Actress Kerry Washington's strong background in theater and academics found the talented and ambitious young starlet, even at the start of her career, setting her sights on producing, screenwriting, and eventually directing -- a goal that certainly seemed reachable given her early success in such films as Lift and Save the Last Dance. The daughter of a real-estate broker, Washington was born in New York City and attended the Spence School of Manhattan before enrolling in George Washington University's theater program. It wasn't long after her 1998 graduation that the aspiring actress made her feature debut in the 2000 drama Our Song, with nominations for the film at the Independent Spirit Awards and the Sundance Film Festival serving to increase her exposure among cinephiles, even if the film did go largely unseen by the masses. Of course it would take more than a small independent film to truly set Washington apart from the pack, and many saw her performance in the 2001 romantic drama Save the Last Dance as one of the few redeeming qualities in the otherwise forgettable teen drama. Though her only true experience as a thief resulted in the stealing of an apple from a New York deli when directors DeMane Davis and Khari Streeter encouraged her to engage in a minor bit of thievery in preparation for her role as a shoplifter in the 2001 drama Lift, Washington ultimately proved so convincing and effective in the role that she received a nomination as Best Female Lead at the 2002 Independent Spirit Awards. Of course the all-too-honest actress would return to the deli to pay for the apple following completion of the film. By this point there was little doubt as to Washington's talent, and despite the fact that she would be overshadowed by such big names as Anthony Hopkins and Meg Ryan in such subsequent efforts as Bad Company, The Human Stain, and Against the Ropes, she still managed to make an impression with a series of memorable supporting roles. A substantial role as a lesbian looking to be impregnated by her ex-boyfriend in director Spike Lee's 2004 comedy drama She Hate Me threatened to put an end to the trend of casting Washington almost exclusively in supporting roles; a role as the wife of legendary musician Ray Charles in the same year's Ray truly took her career to the next level. Despite her recent onscreen success, Washington remains true to her stage roots by remaining active in theater and has also begun to branch out by attempting to make a name for herself as a writer and producer as well.Still, it was on the screen that Washington truly earned her keep, and following roles in Sexual Life, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and Fantastic Four, Washington took a trip to the courtroom for a supporting role on David E. Kelley's Emmy-winning television comedy Boston Legal. In 2006 Washington would find herself the recipient of a most unusual houseguest when a diminutive thief appeared on her doorstep disguised as an abandoned toddler in the Wayans brothers comedy Little Man. She was in Chris Rock's romantic comedy I Think I Love My Wife, and appeared in Spike Lee's World War II movie Miracle at St. Anna. As the 2010's approached, Washington soon found herself a bonified star, remaining adored and in demand due to performances in high profile features like Django Unchained and her star turn as Olivia Pope in ABC's smash hit Scandal.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Cars 3
  • Natalie Certain
80% Confirmation
  • Anita Hill
  • Executive Producer
37% Peeples
  • Grace Peeples
$9.2M 2013
89% Girl Rising
  • Narrator
$0.9M 2013
88% Django Unchained
  • Broomhilda
$162.9M 2012
46% The Details
  • Rebecca Mazzoni
$64.1k 2012
0% A Thousand Words
  • Caroline McCall
$18.5M 2012
81% Night Catches Us
  • Patricia Wilson
$75.8k 2010
32% For Colored Girls
  • Kelly/Blue
$37.8M 2010
79% Mother and Child
  • Lucy
$1.2M 2010
No Score Yet The Precious One
  • Actor
50% Life Is Hot in Cracktown
  • Marybeth
No Score Yet The People Speak
  • Actor
No Score Yet Poliwood
  • Actor
45% Lakeview Terrace
  • Lisa Mattson
$39.3M 2008
34% Miracle at St. Anna
  • Zana Wilder
$7.8M 2008
37% Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
  • Alicia Masters
$131.8M 2007
18% I Think I Love My Wife
  • Nikki Tru
$12.5M 2007
87% The Last King of Scotland
  • Kay Amin
$17.5M 2006
12% Little Man
  • Vanessa
$58.3M 2006
27% Fantastic Four
  • Alicia Masters
$154.5M 2005
59% Mr. & Mrs. Smith
  • Jasmine
$186.2M 2005
No Score Yet Sexual Life
  • Rosalie
81% Ray
  • Della Bea Robinson
$75.3M 2004
19% She Hate Me
  • Fatima Goodrich
$81.9k 2004
No Score Yet Strip Search
  • Actor
34% The United States of Leland
  • Ayesha
$0.3M 2004
12% Against the Ropes
  • Renee
$5.7M 2004
43% The Human Stain
  • Ellie
No Score Yet Sin
  • Kassie
10% Bad Company
  • Julie
$30.2M 2002
90% Our Song
  • Lanisha Brown
44% Lift
  • Niecy
53% Save the Last Dance
  • Chenille
$90.7M 2001


No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
95% Scandal
  • Olivia Pope
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
  • Guest
  • Panelist
  • 2016
  • 2012
  • 2009
  • 2008
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet The View
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
  • Host
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Project Runway
  • Judge
  • 2013
  • 2011
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Psych
  • Actor
  • 2008
No Score Yet Boston Legal
  • Chelina Hall
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet Law & Order
  • Allie Lawrence
  • 2001

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