Zazie Beetz

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Zazie Beetz
Zazie Beetz May 2017.jpg
Beetz at the 2017 Peabody Awards
Born Zazie Olivia Beetz[1]
(1991-05-25) May 25, 1991 (age 27)
Mitte, Berlin, Germany[citation needed]
Residence Harlem, New York, U.S.
Nationality German-American
Education Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School
Alma mater Skidmore College (B.A.)
Occupation Actress
Years active 2013–present

Zazie Olivia Beetz (German: [zaˈsiː ˈbeːts];[2] born May 25, 1991) is a German-American actress known for the role of Vanessa "Van" Keefer on Atlanta, for which she has been nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.[3][4] She appeared in the Netflix anthology series Easy in 2016[5] and played the Marvel Comics character Domino in Deadpool 2, released in 2018.

Personal life[edit]

Beetz was born at the Charité in Berlin-Mitte.[6][7] Her father is a German cabinet maker and her mother is an African-American social worker from New York.[8][9] Beetz attended kindergarten and elementary school in Berlin, but she was raised in uptown Manhattan as well, speaking both German and English with her family at home. She became interested in acting while in grade school and performed in community theaters and on local stages. One of her first student jobs was at Alexa Einkaufszentrum working in its H&M store. She received training from Muscota New School, the Harlem School of the Arts and LaGuardia Arts High school. She attended Skidmore College, graduating with a bachelor's degree in French.[10]

Beetz resides in Harlem, where she works on New York-based films.[11]


Year Title Role Notes
2013 The Crocotta The Crocotta Short film
2014 Beasts Ally Short film
2015 5th & Palisade Det. McBride Short film
James White Girl #1
Applesauce Rain
Double Bind Baily Short film
2016 Wolves Victoria
Finding Her Keysha
MBFF: Man's Best Friend Forever Ivana Short film
2017 Sollers Point Courtney
Geostorm Dana
2018 Dead Pigs Angie
Deadpool 2 Neena Thurman / Domino
Slice Astrid Post-production
2019 High Flying Bird Post-production
The Translation of Wounds Post-production
TBA Against All Enemies Filming
Pale Blue Dot Erin Eccles Filming
Year Title Role Notes
2016 Margot vs. Lily Allie Miniseries; 4 episodes
2016–present Atlanta Vanessa "Van" Keefer Series regular
2016–17 Easy Noelle 3 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Title Result
2018 Teen Choice Awards Choice Award for Choice Summer Movie Actress Deadpool 2 Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Atlanta Pending


  1. ^ "Candidates For Degrees Bachelor Of Arts" (PDF). Skidmore College. 
  2. ^ "Back to the Source with Zazie Beetz". Mountain Valley Spring Water. January 17, 2018. Retrieved May 22, 2018. 
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  4. ^ Friedlander, Whitney (July 2, 2015). "Donald Glover's FX Pilot 'Atlanta' Adds More Leads". Variety. 
  5. ^ Nellie Andreeva. "Netflix Sets Joe Swanberg Anthology Series 'Easy'". Deadline. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Zazie Beetz: Atlanta In Brooklyn". NPR. Retrieved August 15, 2017. 
  8. ^ Shiffman, Allyson (September 6, 2016). "Zazie Beetz Talks Donald Glover's New TV Series 'Atlanta'". Nylon. ISSN 1524-1750. 
  9. ^ Davis, Allison P. "Zazie Beetz on Deadpool, Atlanta, and Overcoming Her Anxiety". The Cut. Retrieved 2018-06-10. 
  10. ^ "About – Zazie Beetz". Zazie Beetz. Retrieved August 15, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Bio + Contact". Zazie Beetz. Retrieved August 15, 2017. 

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