Ariyan A. Johnson

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Ariyan A. Johnson
Born Ariyan Annette Johnson
(1976-04-30) April 30, 1976 (age 41)
Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Education LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts
  • Actress
  • television director
  • dancer
  • choreographer
Years active 1991–present
Spouse(s) Arthel McDaniel (m. 2001)
Children 2

Ariyan Annette Johnson (April 30, 1976), sometimes credited as Ariyan Johnson–McDaniel, is an American actress, director, dancer and choreographer. Johnson is best known for her roles as Chantel Mitchell in the 1992 indie drama film Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.[1] She also portrayed Aisha on the The WB hit comedy television series The Steve Harvey Show, only appearing in its second season (1997–98).[2]

Early life[edit]

Born in Brooklyn, New York's Bedford–Stuyvesant neighborhood to artistically inclined parents. Her father, a painter and educator, and her mother, an actress, dancer, and educator. Johnson attended LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts where she majored in dance and film. She also attended Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, and 92nd St. Y Harkness Dance Center.

Award nomination[edit]

Johnson was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead 1994 for her role of Chantel Mitchell in the film Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.[3]


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. Chantel Mitchell [4]
1998 Bulworth Tanya
1999 The General's Daughter Prvt. Robbin
2000 Something to Sing About Praise Dancer TV Movie
Year Title Role Notes
1995 Law & Order Angel Episode: "Hot Pursuit"
1997-1998 The Steve Harvey Show Aisha 12 episodes
1998 L.A. Doctors Tiana Edwards A Prayer for the Lying
2002 For the People (2002 TV series) As Herself Episode: "The Double Standard"
2003 Static Shock Tamara Lawrence (voice) Episode: "The Usual Suspect"
2004 JAG Private Michelle Boyer Episode: "Hard Time"
2004 Strong Medicine Episode: "Positive Results"
2006 ER Tamara Episode: "Split Decisions"
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Superman Returns Ariyan Valve Software


  1. ^ "Actress Ariyan Johnson is anything but 'Just Another Girl'". Baltimore Sun 2 April 1993. Retrieved 2016-08-12. 
  2. ^ McCann, Bob (2009). Encyclopedia of African American Actresses in Film and Television. McFarland. p. 180. ISBN 0786458046. 
  3. ^ "Independent Spirit Awards Nominations and Winners" (PDF). page 43.  Retrieved 2016-8-12
  4. ^ "Just nother Girl on the I.R.T.".  Washington Post Retrieved 2016-8-12

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