Marsai Martin

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Marsai Martin
Born (2004-08-14) August 14, 2004 (age 14)
OccupationActress, producer
Years active2014–present

Marsai Martin (born August 14, 2004) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Diane Johnson in the ABC comedy series Black-ish. She starred in the 2019 Universal Pictures comedy film Little, which she also produced.[1]

Early life[edit]

Caila Marsai Martin was born in Plano, Texas. Marsai's acting career started after a glamour pictorial.[2] The photographer gave them discount in exchange for her father's promise that he would submit the photos taken to talent agencies.[2] The photos were sent out to four agencies and one of these immediately signed her.[2] At age five, she landed her first national commercial for Choice Hotel.[3][better source needed] Her family then moved to Los Angeles in 2013 so she can pursue an acting career.[4]

Career[edit]

In 2014, Martin was cast opposite Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross in the ABC comedy series Black-ish created by Kenya Barris. For her breakthrough role, Martin has received numerous awards and nominations, including three NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series[3][better source needed] and a Young Artist Award.[4] She has received six NAACP Image Awards nominations and two Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series nominations.

In 2016, Martin made her film debut playing a leading role in the Amazon Studios original film An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win set in Detroit during the Civil Rights Movement.[5] In 2018, Martin was cast in her first studio feature film called Little for Universal Pictures. At the age of 13, she became executive producer of the film, making her the youngest person in Hollywood to ever produce a movie.[6][7][8][9]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Nina Young Girl on Tape
2016 An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win Melody Ellison Nomination — BET Awards — YoungStars Award
2017 Fun Mom Dinner Hannah
2017 Lemonade Mafia Kira Anderson Short film
2019 Little Young Jordan Sanders Also executive producer

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014–present Black-ish Diane Johnson Series regular
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (2016)
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited-series) (2017)
Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series - Supporting Young Actress (2016)
Nomination — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (2017–18)
Nomination — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited-series) (2016, 18)
Nomination — Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series - Supporting Young Actress (2015)
Nomination — Young Artist Award for Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Television Series (2016)
Nomination — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2017–18)
Nomination — BET Awards — YoungStars Award (2017)
2015-2016 Goldie & Bear Jill Voice, 4 episodes
2016 The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show Anissa Voice, 2 episodes
2016 Elena of Avalor Caterina (voice) Episode: "The Scepter of Light"
2018 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Aisha Episode: Kimmy and the Beest

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2015 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series - Supporting Young Actress Black-ish Nominated
2016 Won
Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Television Series Nominated
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Mini-series) Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Won
2017 Nominated
Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Mini-series) Won
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
BET Awards YoungStars Award Black-ish, Melody 1963: Love Has to Win Nominated
2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Black-ish Nominated
BET Awards YoungStars Award Nominated
Kidscreen Awards Best Acting Melody 1963: Love Has to Win Won
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Mini-series) Black-ish Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ Connley, Courtney (2019-04-13). "Marsai Martin is the youngest person to executive produce a studio film". www.cnbc.com. Retrieved 2019-04-22.
  2. ^ a b c "Meet Marsai Martin, The Youngest Executive Producer In Hollywood". NPR.org. Retrieved 2019-04-22.
  3. ^ a b Peck, Patrice. "A Brief Explainer Of Marsai Martin For Those Of You Who Don't Know Who She Is". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 2019-04-22.
  4. ^ a b "Marsai Martin as Diane Johnson - black-ish". ABC. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  5. ^ Cavassuto, Maria (25 August 2016). "TV News Roundup: Amazon Casts 'Black-ish' Star as First American Girl; Tracey Ullman Returning to HBO". Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  6. ^ "'Black-ish' Breakout Marsai Martin to Star in 'Little' for Will Packer, Kenya Barris (Exclusive)". Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  7. ^ McNary, Dave (25 January 2018). "Film News Roundup: 'Black-ish' Star Marsai Martin's Comedy 'Little' in Development". Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  8. ^ ""Black-ish's" Marsai Martin to Star in and Exec Produce Tina Gordon Comedy". 25 January 2018. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  9. ^ Harriot, Michael. "#BlackGirlMagic: Black-ish Star Marsai Martin Set to Become Youngest Executive Producer in Hollywood History". The Grapevine. Retrieved 2019-01-29.

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