Kerry Washington
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Kerry
Washington

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Kerry Washington has been the star of the hit ABC drama series “Scandal,” from creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes, since 2012. Her role as fan favorite Olivia Pope has earned her Primetime Emmy Award nominations for outstanding lead actress in a drama series, as well as nominations for Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards. The series’ seventh season will be its last.

In addition to various television roles, Washington has been a force on the big screen, with a diverse body of film work that includes “Ray,” “The Last King of Scotland,” “Django Unchained,” and “The Fantastic Four.” The HBO original film “Confirmation,” in which she played Anita Hill, earned her an Emmy nomination for outstanding lead actress in a limited series or movie. Washington made her Broadway debut in David Mamet’s 2009 play “Race.”

The actress — who supports numerous socially conscious organizations, including GLAAD and the Creative Coalition — was named to Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People list in 2014.

Born and raised in the Bronx, Washington was a member of the TADA! Youth Theater during her teen years and attended the Spence School in Manhattan before graduating from George Washington University in 1998.

Career

  • DJANGO UNCHAINED
  • CONFIRMATION
  • SCANDAL

Education

  • George Washington University (DC, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • Variety Power of Women
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Kerry Washington Returns to Broadway in 'American Son'

Kerry Washington Returns to Broadway in 'American Son'

Kerry Washington will return to Broadway to star in "American Son."The "Scandal" star will be matched with Steven Pasquale, a stage veteran known for "The Bridges of Madison County," and his small-screen work on "Rescue Me" and "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story."Washington recently wrapped up her run on "Scandal" as Olivia Pope, fixer extraordinaire, after a seven-season run that netted her Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. She previously appeared on Broadway in 2009 as part of the...

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