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.