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 known for her roles in the films Our Song, Save the Last Dance, Bad Company (2002), The Human Stain, Against the Ropes, She Hate Me, Ray (2004), Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Fantastic Four (2005), and its sequel; Little Man, The Last King of Scotland, The Dead Girl, I Think I Love My Wife, Miracle at St. Anna, Lakeview Terrace, Life Is Hot in Cracktown, Mother and Child, Night Catches Us, for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf, The Details, A Thousand Words, Django Unchained, Peeples, Cars 3, in voice role; American Son (as well as the play that inspired it); The Prom (2020), and The School for Good and Evil; on the series Scandal and Little Fires Everywhere; and in the made-for-tv movie Confirmation.

She is the daughter of Valerie (Moss), an educational consultant and professor, and Earl Washington, a real estate broker. Kerry was conceived via sperm donor, something she only discovered as a 41 year-old in 2018. Her biological father was black. Earl Washington is from an African-American family. Her mother’s family is Jamaican, from St. Elizabeth, of mostly African-Jamaican background. A picture of Kerry with her parents can be seen below.

Kerry is married to professional football player, actor, and producer Nnamdi Asomugha, with whom she has two children. Nnamdi’s family is Nigerian, of Igbo background.

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 [legal] 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.


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


Curious about ethnicity

124 Responses

  1. Dogg says:

    She’d have a gorgeous daughter with a white man.

    • fuzzybear44 says:

      Is the baby with the black man ugly or something?

      • karenj says:

        hahaha I think Dogg needs to police up the way he put that. Plus he needs to double check his facts. Kerry Washington has one child by her African husband. It is her ONLY child. I think that is a shot at her for having dated while men in the past. Take one at me too since I have a white husband. Oh and she is a beautiful woman any baby she would have with any man would also be beautiful.

  2. Dogg says:

    She’s an example of a beautiful black lady that’s mostly African in ancestry. She’s probably around 75% black. According to one study, most African Americans have at least 12.5% European in them and 20% have at least 25% European in them and 1% have at least 50% European in them. So that means most African-Americans are more than 75% black.

  3. lelo4 says:

    She looks very Afro-Latina, more than African-American. Like Dominican..

  4. Kekit says:

    seen some Somalians that resemble her

  5. California says:

    The way she holds her lips annoys me. She just seems uppity, I’m surprised she married a Black man and had his baby. She’s such a White-washed Black woman.

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