Kerry Washington is an actress and director who currently plays the lead in ABC's "Scandal" and is best known for her roles in the films “Ray” and “Django: Unchained.”
Kerry began acting from an early age, performing with the TADA! Youth Theater teen group. She attended high school at the Spence School in Manhattan, where she graduated in 1994. She went on to attend George Washington University, graduating with a double degree in anthropology and sociology in 1998. Kerry also studied acting at Michael Howard Studios in New York City. Kerry's first on-screen role was in the ABC telefilm "Magical Make-Over" in 1994. She continued to gain recognition in the film industry, appearing in the 2001 film "Save the Last Dance" and the 2003 film "The Human Stain." Kerry's success continued when she was cast in major films such as Spike Lee's "She Hate Me" in 2004, "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" in 2005, "The Last King of Scotland" in 2006, and "I Think I Love My Wife" in 2007.
In 2012, Kerry was cast as Olivia Pope in Shonda Rimes's ABC drama "Scandal," for which she won the award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series at the 44th NAACP Image Awards. She was also nominated for an Emmy in 2013, becoming the first African American woman to be nominated in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 18 years.
Kerry's most recent box office success was as Broomhilda Von Shaft in Quentin Tarantino's 2012 film "Django: Unchained," which co-starred Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Samuel L. Jackson. For this role, she was nominated for an MTV Award and won an Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture.
Kerry married NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha on June 24th, 2013. Kerry is also a social and political activist, supporting the Women's Cancer Programs of the Entertainment Industry Foundation and V-Day, a global initiative that brings awareness to violence against women.