Yara Shahidi

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Yara Shahidi
Born Yara Sayeh Shahidi
(2000-02-10) February 10, 2000 (age 14)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2009–present

Yara Sayeh Shahidi[1] (born February 10, 2000) is an American actress.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Shahidi was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to an African-American mother, Keri-Salter Shahidi, and an Iranian father, Afshin Shahidi, a photographer.[2][3] The family moved to California, for Afshin's work, when Yara was 4. She is the older sister of child actor Sayeed Shahidi; they are second-cousins to popular rapper Nas [4]

She began her career when she was 6 years old, appearing in television and print advertisements for companies such as McDonald's, Ralph Lauren, Target, GapKids, Disney, Guess Kids, and Children's Place. She frequently worked with her mother and younger brother in various print and broadcast campaigns.

Shahidi made her theatrical debut in 2009, starring opposite Eddie Murphy in Paramount Pictures' Imagine That,[2] for which she received a Young Artist Award nomination.



Year Film Role Notes
2009 Imagine That Olivia Danielson
2010 Salt Salt's Young Neighbor
2010 Unthinkable Katie
2011 Rip City Montana TV film
2011 Butter Destiny
2012 Alex Cross Janelle Cross


Year Series Role Notes
2009 In the Motherhood Esther 5 episodes
2009 Cold Case Meesha Sullivan '91 1 episode: "Read Between the Lines"
2009 Wizards of Waverly Place Olive 1 episode: "Doll House"
2010 Lie to Me Olivia 1 episode: "Teacher and Pupils"
2010 $h*! My Dad Says Girl Scout (voice) 1 episode: "Pilot"
2011 The Cape Layla 1 episode: "Endgame"
2011 Family Guy Little Girl (voice) 1 episode: "Episode VI: It's a Trap"
2012 The Finder (U.S. TV series) Adina 1 episode: "The Conversation"
2012 The First Family Chloe Johnson
2013 Scandal Young Olivia Pope
2014 Black-ish Zoey Johnson TV series

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Minnesota Birth Index, 1935-2002
  2. ^ a b c "All about Yara". June 1, 2009. Retrieved March 22, 2010. 
  3. ^ Name (October 22, 2010). "Yara Shahidi: A Star On The Rise". Drfunkenberry.com. Retrieved December 2, 2012. 
  4. ^ Shahidi, Yara. Chocolate Mommy http://instagram.com/chocolatemommyluv. Retrieved September 14, 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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