Shahadi Wright Joseph

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Shahadi Wright Joseph
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Shahadi Wright Joseph in 2016
Born2005 (age 13–14)
OccupationActress, singer, dancer
Years active2013-present
Known forUs

Shahadi Wright Joseph (born 2005)[1] is an American actress, singer, and dancer. She is best known for her role in the 2019 Jordan Peele horror film Us and as the voice for Young Nala in the 2019 Lion King remake.[1][2]


Wright Joseph has been dancing since age 2.[3] She once auditioned for a school play in third grade using Lupita N'yongo's Oscar acceptance speech.[4]

Her first major acting role came when she was cast in The Lion King on Broadway when she was eight years old.[3] Wright Joseph was an original cast member for Andrew Lloyd Webber's School of Rock. She also performed in Hairspray Live! in 2016 as Inez Stubbs.[1]

Wright Joseph read for the dual roles of Zora and Umbrae in Us three times before being offered the part.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
2019 Us Zora Wilson / Umbrae
2019 The Lion King Young Nala


  1. ^ a b c "Shahadi Wright Joseph Talks 'Us' Film, Lion King Live Action". Vibe. 2019-03-28. Retrieved 2019-03-29.
  2. ^ Santi, Christina (2019-03-25). "'Us' Star Shahadi Wright Joseph on Representation & Black Girl Magic". EBONY. Retrieved 2019-03-29.
  3. ^ a b "Meet Shahadi Wright Joseph, the breakout horror warrior in Jordan Peele's 'Us'". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2019-03-29.
  4. ^ "'Us' Stars Shahadi Wright Joseph and Lupita Nyong'o Don't Scare Easily, Anymore". Interview Magazine. 2019-03-25. Retrieved 2019-03-29.
  5. ^ Kelley, Sonaiya. "'Us' kids Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex on playing doppelgangers for Jordan Peele". Retrieved 2019-03-29.

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