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Zazie Beetz
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Beetz in 2018
Zazie Olivia Beetz

(1991-06-01) June 1, 1991 (age 31)[1]
Berlin, Germany
  • Germany
  • United States
Alma materSkidmore College (BA)
Years active2013–present

Zazie Olivia Beetz (/zəˈs ˈbts/ zə-SEE BAYTS; German: [zaˈsiː ˈbeːts];[2][3] born June 1, 1991) is a German-American actress. She stars in the FX comedy-drama series Atlanta (2016–present), for which she received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She also appeared in the Netflix anthology series Easy (2016–19) and voices Amber Bennett in Amazon's animated superhero action series Invincible.

In film, Beetz has appeared in the disaster film Geostorm (2017) and has played the Marvel Comics character Domino in the superhero film Deadpool 2 (2018) and Arthur Fleck/Joker's neighbor Sophie in the psychological thriller Joker (2019).[4]

Early life and career

Zazie Olivia Beetz[5][6] was born in Berlin in 1991.[1][7][8] Her father is a German cabinet maker who immigrated to the United States in 1990 after the fall of the Berlin Wall,[9][10] and her mother is an African-American social worker from New York.[10][11] Her parents separated when she was very young.[7][10] Beetz was named after the title character in the Raymond Queneau novel Zazie in the Metro. The pronunciation, with [s], follows the German-dubbed version of the 1960 film adaptation of the novel.[12][13] She has a younger brother named Justin.[14]

Beetz attended pre-school in Berlin and kindergarten in New York City before moving with her family there more permanently at the age of eight, speaking both German and English with her family at home.[9][11] Her mixed-race identity was a source of discomfort for her during her youth.[10] Growing up in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood,[11] she became interested in acting while attending Muscota New School and performed in community theaters and on local stages.[9] She graduated from the LaGuardia Arts High School in 2009, and attended Skidmore College, graduating in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in French.[15] She spent a year living in Paris.[9]

After Beetz graduated from college, she spent a year "broke and waiting tables" before she was cast in Atlanta.[10]

Personal life

Beetz is engaged to David Rysdahl, an actor and writer. They met during an acting workshop and have been together since 2014.[10]


Beetz received a 2018 Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series, for FX's Atlanta.[16]


Denotes films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Zazie Beetz film work
Year Title Role Director Notes
2013 The Crocotta The Crocotta Eric Stumpf Short film
2014 Beasts Ally Axel Öhman Short film
2015 James White Girl #1 Josh Mond
Applesauce Rain Onur Tukel
Double Bind Baily Ted Day Short film
5th & Palisade Detective McBride Chad Scarborough Short film
2016 Wolves Victoria Bart Freundlich
MBFF: Man's Best Friend Forever Ivana Tony Ducret Short film
2017 Sollers Point Courtney Matthew Porterfield
Geostorm Dana Dean Devlin
2018 Dead Pigs Angie Cathy Yan
Deadpool 2 Domino David Leitch
Slice Astrid Austin Vesely
2019 Wounds Alicia Babak Anvari
High Flying Bird Sam Steven Soderbergh [17]
Seberg Dorothy Jamal Benedict Andrews [18]
Joker Sophie Dumond Todd Phillips [4]
Lucy in the Sky Erin Eccles Noah Hawley [19]
2020 Nine Days Emma Edson Oda [20]
Still Here Keysha Vlad Feier [21]
2021 Extinct Dottie David Silverman Voice role
The Harder They Fall Stagecoach Mary Jeymes Samuel [22]
2022 The Bad Guys Diane Foxington Pierre Perifel Voice role
Bullet Train The Hornet David Leitch
TBA Shelter Denotes films that have not yet been released Holly Jennifer Gerber Pre-Production
Zazie Beetz television work
Year Title Role Notes
2016 Margot vs. Lily Allie Miniseries;
4 episodes
2016–present Atlanta Vanessa "Van" Keefer 20 episodes
2016–2019 Easy Noelle 4 episodes
2019 The Twilight Zone Sophie Gelson Episode: "Blurryman"[23]
2020–2021 Robot Chicken (voice) 2 episodes
2020 Home Movie: The Princess Bride Princess Buttercup 2 episodes[24]
2020 Acting for a Cause Natalie Keener Episode: "Up in the Air"
2021 Invincible Amber Bennett (voice) Voice role, 8 episodes
2024 Unnamed Pet Resort Project Ten (voice) Animated Television Series;
Voice role, Co-Protagonist


  1. ^ a b "Today in History". The Associated Press. June 1, 2020.
  2. ^ Beetz, Zazie (October 5, 2019). "zah-SEE • oh-LIV-ee-uh • bates • ("Zazie" having the cadence of "marie" or "the sea", "Beetz" having a soft "e" sound- just like how we…". Zazie Beetz verified Instagram account. Archived from the original on December 23, 2021. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  3. ^ Back to the Source with Zazie Beetz. Mountain Valley Spring Water. January 17, 2018. Retrieved May 22, 2018 – via YouTube.
  4. ^ a b Thompson, Leonardo Adrian Garcia,Zack Sharf,Anne (November 4, 2019). "Todd Phillips Cut Zazie Beetz 'Joker' Scene That Confirmed Her Fate — Exclusive Video". IndieWire. Retrieved May 26, 2021.
  5. ^ "Candidates For Degrees Bachelor Of Arts" (PDF). Saratoga Springs, New York: Skidmore College.
  6. ^ Johnson, Zoe (October 8, 2018). "5 Things We Learned From Chance The Rapper's Interview on Joe Budden Podcast". Vibe. Archived from the original on August 6, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "A ufgewachsen mit KiKa und Opas Spätzle / Growing up with KiKa and Grandpa Spaetzle" (in German). Germany: Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg. May 18, 2018. Archived from the original on April 15, 2019. Meine Eltern haben sich getrennt, als ich noch ganz klein war. / My parents separated when I was very young.
  8. ^ "Zazie Beetz: Atlanta In Brooklyn". NPR. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  9. ^ a b c d Hooton, Christopher (June 28, 2018). "Zazie Beetz: 'My German identity is really important to me'". The Independent. UK. Archived from the original on June 16, 2019. My dad is German, he was born in East Germany, and then after the [Berlin] Wall was brought down he came to the States for the first time and met my mom. They got pregnant in Germany, got married, stayed and had me there and then when I was 8 years old we moved to the States more permanently. But I was back and forth growing up, I went to pre-school over there but did all my proper schooling in New York.
  10. ^ a b c d e f Kemp-Habib, Alice (November 7, 2021). "Zazie Beetz: 'I remember thinking, am I not black enough?'". The Sunday Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved December 12, 2021.
  11. ^ a b c Davis, Allison P. "Zazie Beetz on Deadpool, Atlanta, and Overcoming Her Anxiety". The Cut. New York. Archived from the original on April 15, 2019. Retrieved June 10, 2018. Her father is white and German, and her mother a black New Yorker, who wanted her daughter to grow up seeing other people who looked like her. Though the family lived in Washington Heights, Beetz spent a couple of months of every summer in Germany with her grandparents.
  12. ^ Nepales, Janet Susan R. (May 20, 2018). "'Deadpool 2' cast opens up". GMA News Online. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  13. ^ Rivera, Natalie (May 19, 2018). "You've DEFINITELY Seen Deadpool 2's Domino Actress Before". PopSugar. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  14. ^ Agard, Chancellor (October 4, 2016). "Atlanta: Zazie Beetz talks her breakout episode, being directed by Donald Glover". Entertainment Weekly.
  15. ^ Beetz, Zazie. "About". Zazie Beetz Squarespace account. Archived from the original on April 1, 2014.
  16. ^ "Zazie Beetz Award and Nominations". Television Academy. Archived from the original on October 22, 2020. Retrieved December 27, 2020.
  17. ^ Peters, Micah (February 12, 2019). "'High Flying Bird' Turns Conversation Into Sport". The Ringer. Retrieved May 26, 2021.
  18. ^ Kroll, Justin (April 2, 2018). "Zazie Beetz Eyes Jean Seberg Film 'Against All Enemies' Starring Kristen Stewart (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved May 26, 2021.
  19. ^ Mangum, Trey. "'Lucy In The Sky' Teaser: Zazie Beetz Is In Space With Natalie Portman And Jon Hamm In Early Oscar Contender". Shadow and Act. Retrieved May 26, 2021.
  20. ^ Lattanzio, Ryan (October 12, 2020). "'Nine Days' Trailer: Zazie Beetz Stars in This Existential Fantasy That Dazzled Sundance". IndieWire. Retrieved May 19, 2021.
  21. ^ Kay2020-02-17T00:03:00+00:00, Jeremy. "Zazie Beetz drama 'Still Here' heads to EFM with Blue Fox International (exclusive)". Screen. Retrieved May 19, 2021.
  22. ^ "Regina King wins Oscar for best supporting actress for If Beale Street Could Talk". the Guardian. February 25, 2019. Retrieved May 19, 2021.
  23. ^ Boucher, Geoff (March 8, 2019). "'The Twilight Zone': Zazie Beetz And Betty Gabriel Step Into CBS All-Access Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on March 27, 2019.
  24. ^ Breznican, Anthony (June 26, 2020). "Watch the Celebrity-Filled Fan-Film Version of The Princess Bride". Vanity Fair. Retrieved June 26, 2020.

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