Kerry Washington is film and television actress who made her film debut in 2000's Our Song, and who later starred in such films as Save the Last Dance and Bad Company.
She earned the award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for her role in Ray at the NAACP Image Awards in 2005. Addtionally, she received critical acclaimed in the film The Last King of Scotland, playing opposite Forest Whitaker.
Before Ray, she played the lead role opposite Anthony Mackie in Spike Lee's She Hate Me. Other film credits for Washington include Paramount Pictures' Against the Ropes, starring Meg Ryan; Paramount Classic's The United States of Leland, opposite Don Cheadle, Kevin Spacey, and Ryan Gosling; Miramax's The Human Stain, starring Nicole Kidman and Sir Anthony Hopkins; and Lift, written and directed by DeMane Davis and Khari Streeter.
Williams went on to explore interracial relationships with Lakeview Terrace, in which she plays an African-American woman married to a white man (Patrick Wilson).
In For Colored Girls, Washington worked with an impressive ensemble of actresses, including Whoopi Goldberg, Phylicia Rashad, Janet Jackson, and Thandie Newton.
In 2012, Washington moved to the small screen to star on the dramatic political series Scandal. She plays a "fixer," a person who cleans up scandals and other messes for her clients, on the show.
Washington is active in many social and political causes. She is a member of the Creative Coalition, a group dedicated to raising awareness of First Amendment Rights and support of arts in education. She is also a member of the V-Counsel, an esteemed group of advisors to V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls, founded by Eve Ensler.