Kerry Washington

Kerry Marisa Washington was born in The Bronx, New York City on January 31st, 1977. As a hugely successful actress and a beauty icon, Kerry is perhaps most widely known for her role as Olivia Pope in the ABC television series 'Scandal'. In this role, she's been nominated for various awards including an Emmy and a Golden Globe. Kerry is just as popular with voters as she is with critics: she featured in second place in People Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People list, and, in 2013, was elected 'Television Star of the Year' by the magazine, TV Guide.

As well as her success on television, Kerry has got a diverse range of films on her acting résumé. Hollywood blockbusters include 'Ray', a 2004 film depicting the life of musician Ray Charles (in which she played Ray's wife Della) as well as 'Django Unchained', directed by Quentin Tarantino. Kerry's also a supporter of independent movies and has appeared in several, including 'Night Catches Us' which received critical acclaim.

Kerry's heritage is a mixture of African-American and Caribbean-American. Her natural beauty and ability to play a wide range of characters means that she is a sure bet for Hollywood producers. Her talents do not lie only in acting, though: Kerry is also a principal member of the Creative Coalition, a group which discusses important issues affecting those working in creative industries, like music and film. She is also a strong supporter of V-Day, a charity concerned with preventing violence against women.

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<span>Kerry Washington went for a wavy look at the Scandal Kerry Washington went for a wavy look at the Scandal season finale on 16 May 2013 in Los Angeles.</span>
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Actress Kerry Washington keeps her skin natural, but wows with her hot pink lip gloss and high volume lashes.
<span>Actress Kerry Washington posed at the BAFTA LA TV Tea 2013 at the SLS Hotel on September 21, 2013 in Beverly Hills. She went for a simple floral dress and she looked stunning.<br /></span>
<span>Kerry Washinton rocked a great style for her mid-length hair for the panel.</span>
<span>Kerry Washington attended Variety's 5th Annual Power of Women event at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles on October 4th 2013.</span>
<span>Kerry Washington arrives for the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards</span>
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Kerry Washington in an a-line dress, January 2014
Kerry Washington attends the NAACP Image Awards on February 22, 2014
<span>Kerry Washington poses at the 86th Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA, 2 March, 2014.</span>
Kerry Washington is just one of the stars wearing the side braid we saw on the catwalk last fall.
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Kerry Washington at the Emmy Awards 2014
Kerry Washington promotes the launch of The Limited's Scandal Collection on September 22, 2014
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Kerry Washington at the 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards
<span>Kerry Washington arrives at the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 20 in Los Angeles.</span>