Kerry Washington (born January 31, 1977) is an American actress. She is known for her roles as Ray Charles's wife, Della Bea Robinson, in the film Ray (2004), as Idi Amin's wife Kay in The Last King of Scotland, and as Alicia Masters, love interest of Ben Grimm/The Thing in the live-action Fantastic Four films of 2005 and 2007.
She earned a Presidential Arts Scholarship to attend The George Washington University and, in 1994, was a winner of the YoungArts national program. In 1998 Washington graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from The George Washington University.
Her father was a successful realtor. Kerry went to The Spence School in Manhattan, graduating in 1994; comrade alumni include Gwyneth Paltrow and Emmy Rossum.
Washington inked a deal as a spokesperson for L'Oreal, starring in commercials along with actresses Scarlett Johansson and Eva Longoria Parker. At the end of 2009, she made her Broadway debut in Race, which features Emmy winners James Spader, David Alan Grier and Richard Thomas.
After receiving a theater degree from George Washington University in 1998, she appeared in the movie Save the Last Dance playing the older sister to Sean Patrick Thomas' character. Since then, Washington has starred in a slew of theatrical hits like The Human Stain, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, The Last King of Scotland and Why Did I Get Married.
In 2008, she was awarded the Phoenix Award for commitment to social advocacy from the Congressional Black Caucus. And in 2009, Ms. Washington received the Artist-Citizen Award for public leadership in the arts from the US Conference of Mayors.
She is a board member of The Creative Coalition and is on the Artists Committee for Americans for the Arts, organizations which work to promote the arts in America. She is also on the board of V-Day, an organization dedicated to ending violence against women and girls. In 2005, Americans for the Arts presented her with the Young Artist Award for artistic accomplishments and exemplary leadership.
Washington will next be seen in The Details, and she stars with Eddie Murphy in A Thousand Words. She is managed by Katherine Atkinson of Washington Square Arts.
Kerry Washington plays Olivia Pope, a Washington fixer who is based, loosely, on Judy Smith, a consultant who represented Monica Lewinsky during that Clinton-era scandal. Olivia was instrumental in helping President Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn) win office, and she inspires awe and fear throughout the capital and even inside the Oval Office.
Yet, beyond her roles in Hollywood, Kerry is a force of nature — highly engaging when you speak with her, funny, charming, brilliant, and quick on her feet. She is a political activist, an advocate for women, and huge supporter of President Obama — who even spoke on his behalf during his 2008 campaign. Soft-spoken yet confident, she is fiercely private, but not guarded. If that isn’t enough, she is strikingly beautiful and accomplished, yet humble.
Kerry Washington (born January 31, 1977) is an American actress. She is known for her roles as Ray Charles' wife, Della Bea Robinson, in the film Ray (2004), as Kay Amin in The Last King of Scotland, and Alicia Masters in the 2005 live-action Fantastic Four film and its 2007 sequel, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. She has also starred in the critically acclaimed independent films Our Song and The Dead Girl.