Yaya DaCosta

Yaya DaCosta

Highest Rated: 100% Big Words (2013)

Lowest Rated: 37% In Time (2011)

Birthday: Nov 15, 1982

Birthplace: Harlem, New York, USA

Following a successful stint on "America's Next Top Model" (The CW, 2006-2015), Yaya DaCosta pursued a career as an actress in films, television and on stage, where she excelled at dramatic fare like "The Kids Are All Right" (2010), Lee Daniels' "The Butler" (2013) and "Whitney" (Lifetime, 2015), as well as the network series "Chicago Med" (NBC, 2015- ). Born Camara DaCosta Johnson in Harlem, New York on November 15, 1982, she was the daughter of Brazilian and Nigerian parents, both of whom worked in the education field. DaCosta was interested in acting from a very early age, and earned her first exposure to performing through auditioning for educational films. She continued to pursue her dream of an acting career at the LaGuardia High School of Art and Music and Performing Arts, but decided to follow in her parents' footsteps and become a teacher. After stints at Northfield Mount Hermon School and Brown University, where she majored in international relations and Africana studies, DaCosta accepted a challenge from friends to audition for "America's Next Top Model." She was selected to participate in the competition's third season and finished second, which led to a modeling contract with the Ford Agency and print work for the Lincoln Motor Company, Sephora and other entities. In 2005, DaCosta made her acting debut on an episode of the sitcom "Eve" (UPN, 2003-2006), with her first feature film appearance coming the following year in the dance drama "Take the Lead" (2006). DaCosta appeared briefly on the daytime soap opera "All My Children" (ABC/The Online Network, 1970-2011, 2013), but exited the show to focus on more substantive fare, including supporting roles in John Sayles' "Honeydripper" (2007) and a Broadway run of "The First Summer" with the Negro Ensemble Company. DaCosta returned to film in television in 2009, logging guest appearances on "Ugly Betty" (ABC, 2006-2010), "The Messenger" (2009) and in "The Kids Are All Right" and "The Butler." Two years later, she was top-billed as Whitney Houston in "Whitney" (Lifetime, 2015), a biopic of the late singer that marked Angela Bassett's debut as director. That same year, she enjoyed a four-episode run as ER nurse April Sexton on "Chicago Fire" (NBC, 2012- ); she reprised the character, now as a series regular, on the spinoff series "Chicago Med."

Highest rated movies

Big Words
The Kids Are All Right
The Nice Guys
Mother of George
Lee Daniels' The Butler
Bolden Honeydripper




No Score Yet 60% Peel Sarah (Character) - 2019
70% 40% Bolden Nora Bolden (Character) - 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Faith Under Fire: The Antoinette Tuff Story Kendra (Character) - 2018
91% 79% The Nice Guys Tally (Character) $36.2M 2016
47% 38% Whitney Whitney Houston (Character) - 2015
100% 79% Big Words Annie (Character) - 2013
91% 65% Mother of George Sade Bakare (Character) $142.5K 2013
72% 78% Lee Daniels' The Butler Carol Hammie (Character) $116.6M 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shanghai Hotel Kendra (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet 34% Stand Off Sophie (Character) - 2011
37% 51% In Time Greta (Character) $37.6M 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Let's Stay Together Producer - 2011
92% 74% The Kids Are All Right Tanya (Character) $20.8M 2010
No Score Yet 17% Racing for Time Vanessa (Character) - 2008
69% 57% Honeydripper China Doll (Character) $267.9K 2007
44% 77% Take the Lead LaRhette (Character) $34.7M 2006


33% 73% Our Kind of People Angela Vaughn (Character) 2021-2022
No Score Yet 70% Chicago Med Nurse April Sexton (Character) 2015-2021
No Score Yet 88% Chicago Fire Nurse April Sexton (Guest Star) 2015-2019 2021
No Score Yet 90% Chicago P.D. April Sexton (Guest Star) 2017 2019
85% 76% The Simpsons Princess Kemi (Guest Voice) 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Afropop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange Host 2015
No Score Yet 61% Unforgettable Molly (Guest Star) 2014
90% 96% House Anita (Guest Star) 2011-2012
76% 61% Body of Proof Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
No Score Yet 61% Army Wives Specialist Amber Stiles (Guest Star) 2010
78% 89% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Audrina (Guest Star) 2009
97% 82% Ugly Betty Nico Slater (Guest Star) 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Eve Unknown (Guest Star) 2005