DaCosta in September 2010
|Born||Camara DaCosta Johnson
November 15, 1982
Harlem, New York City, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||Brown University|
|Spouse(s)||Joshua Bee Alafia
(m. 2012; separated 2015)
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Hair color||Dark Brown|
Yaya DaCosta (born Camara DaCosta Johnson; November 15, 1982) is an American actress and model. She was the runner-up in Cycle 3 of America's Next Top Model. Dacosta eventually went to star in TV series including ABC daytime drama All My Children (2008), Ugly Betty (2009), and since 2015 stars in the NBC medical drama Chicago Med. Also in 2015, DaCosta starred in the Lifetime television film Whitney as singer Whitney Houston which she received high praise for her performance.
DaCosta was born on November 15, 1982, in Harlem, New York, and is of African-Brazilian and African-American descent. In addition to English, she can speak Portuguese, French, Spanish, and conversational Japanese. She attended the elite Northfield Mount Hermon School during her high school years before attending college where she majored in Africana Studies and International Relations at Brown University.
After finishing second on Cycle 3 of America's Next Top Model, DaCosta went on to have a successful career. DaCosta only appeared once in the bottom two during the competition. She has appeared in advertisements for Garnier Fructis, Lincoln Townhouse, Oil of Olay, Radioshack, Seda, Sephora and Dr. Scholl's. DaCosta began acting in 2005 after guest-starring in an episode of the UPN sitcom Eve. She then starred opposite Rob Brown, Antonio Banderas and Alfre Woodard in the 2006 dance film Take the Lead. DaCosta had supporting roles in the independent films Honeydripper (2007) and The Messenger (2009).
She appeared in the ABC soap opera All My Children in 2008 as Cassandra Foster, the daughter of Angie Hubbard (Debbi Morgan). According to an interview with All My Children's new head writer, Charles Pratt, Jr., DaCosta left the role some time in August 2008, less than four months after joining the show, to join the cast of The First Breeze of Summer on Broadway. The First Breeze of Summer was presented from 2008 to 2009 by the historic Negro Ensemble Company. In 2009, she had a recurring role as Nico Slater, the daughter of Wilhelmina Slater (Vanessa Williams) in the fourth and final season of the ABC comedy-drama series Ugly Betty.
In 2010, DaCosta had supporting roles in the comedy-drama film The Kids Are All Right and the science fiction action-adventure film Tron: Legacy. During the same year, she appeared in the magazines Vogue,[volume & issue needed] L'Officiel[volume & issue needed] and on the cover of W. In 2013, she also appeared as Carol in the historical drama The Butler, starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey.
In 2015, it was announced in an interview with actress Angela Bassett on CNN that DaCosta would star as musical icon Whitney Houston in a Lifetime television film about her life, which was Bassett's directorial debut. DaCosta received high praise for her performance. Also since 2015, DaCosta has starred in the NBC medical drama Chicago Med as April Sexton, an ED nurse.
On June 26, 2012, DaCosta married independent film producer and director Joshua Bee Alafia. In September 2013, she gave birth to their son, Sankara. On November 12, 2015, it was reported that DaCosta has filed for divorce from Alafia.
|2006||Take the Lead||LaRhette|
|2009||Messenger, TheThe Messenger||Monica Washington|
|2010||Kids Are All Right, TheThe Kids Are All Right||Tanya||Premiered at 2010 Sundance Film Festival|
|2011||The Shanghai Hotel||Kendra|
|2011||Whole Lotta Sole||Sophie||Shown at Tribeca Film Festival 2012, Spotlight series (world premiere)|
|2013||Mother of George||Sade|
|2013||The Butler||Carol Hammie|
|2014||And So It Goes||Kennedy|
|2015||Whitney||Whitney Houston||Lifetime biopic|
|2016||The Nice Guys||Tally|
|2005||Eve||Ms. Jenkins||1 episode|
|2008||All My Children||Cassandra Foster||Series regular 44 episodes|
|2008||Racing for Time||Vanessa||Lifetime Television Movie|
|2009||Ugly Betty||Nico Slater||Recurring role, Season 4, 7 episodes|
|2009||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Audrina||1 episode|
|2010||Mercy||Brooke Sullivan||1 episode|
|2010||Army Wives||Amber||1 episode|
|2011||Body of Proof||Holly Bennett||1 episode|
|2012||Dark Horse||Amy||TV Movie|
|2015||The Simpsons||Princess Kemi of Nigeria||Episode "The Princess Guide"|
|2015||Chicago Fire||April Sexton||Recurring role, 4 episodes|
|2015–present||Chicago Med||April Sexton||Main role|
|2006||"Pullin' Me Back"||Chingy|
|2011||"Good Man"||Raphael Saadiq|
Awards and nominations
|2006||Teen Choice Award||Movies – Choice Breakout (Female)||Take the Lead||Nominated|
|2008||Black Reel Awards||Best Ensemble||Honeydripper||Nominated|
|2010||Gotham Awards||Best Ensemble Cast||The Kids are All Right||Nominated|
|2010||Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards||Best Ensemble Acting||The Kids are All Right||Nominated|
|2010||Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards||Best Acting Ensemble||The Kids are All Right||Nominated|
|2011||Black Reel Award||Best Breakthrough Performance||The Kids are All Right||Nominated|
|2011||Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards||Best Acting Ensemble||The Kids are All Right||Nominated|
|2011||Central Ohio Film Critics Association||Best Ensemble||The Kids are All Right||Nominated|
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