Kerry Washington

Washington in 2011, photo by Helga Esteb /

Birth Name: Kerry Marisa Washington

Place of Birth: The Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 31, 1977

Ethnicity: African-American, African-Jamaican [African, as well as some English, Scottish, Native American]

Kerry Washington is an American actress, producer, and director.

She is the daughter of Valerie (Moss) and Earl Washington. Her father is from an African-American family. Her mother’s family is Jamaican, from St. Elizabeth (of mostly Afro-Jamaican background). A picture of Kerry with her parents can be seen below.

Kerry is married to American football player Nnamdi Asomugha, whose parents are Nigerian, of Igbo background. The couple has two children.

In an article at, Kerry stated about her background:

My mother comes from a mixed-race background but from Jamaica, so she is partly English and Scottish and native American, but also descended from African slaves in the Caribbean. My dad’s family is four or five generations Brooklyn-based, but before that from South Carolina, and we are not sure which members of his family were slaves and which were free blacks.

One of Kerry’s grandmothers is named Isabelle.

44th Annual NAACP Image Awards - Arrivals

Kerry with her parents Earl and Valerie in 2013; photo by Prphotos


Curious about ethnicity

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  1. transemacabre says:

    Her parents are likely the Earl Washington and Valerie Moss who married in the Bronx in 1972. New York, New York, U.S., Marriage License Indexes, 1907-2018 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2017.

  2. savanna says:

    Her parents are Earl Washington and Valerie.

    Picture of Kerry and her parents:

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