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      Yaya DaCosta

      Yaya DaCosta

      Highest Rated: 100% Big Words (2013)

      Lowest Rated: 37% In Time (2011)

      Birthday: Nov 15, 1982

      Birthplace: Harlem, New York, USA

      Following a successful stint on "America's Next Top Model" (The CW, 2006-2015), Yaya DaCosta pursued a career as an actress in films, television and on stage, where she excelled at dramatic fare like "The Kids Are All Right" (2010), Lee Daniels' "The Butler" (2013) and "Whitney" (Lifetime, 2015), as well as the network series "Chicago Med" (NBC, 2015- ). Born Camara DaCosta Johnson in Harlem, New York on November 15, 1982, she was the daughter of Brazilian and Nigerian parents, both of whom worked in the education field. DaCosta was interested in acting from a very early age, and earned her first exposure to performing through auditioning for educational films. She continued to pursue her dream of an acting career at the LaGuardia High School of Art and Music and Performing Arts, but decided to follow in her parents' footsteps and become a teacher. After stints at Northfield Mount Hermon School and Brown University, where she majored in international relations and Africana studies, DaCosta accepted a challenge from friends to audition for "America's Next Top Model." She was selected to participate in the competition's third season and finished second, which led to a modeling contract with the Ford Agency and print work for the Lincoln Motor Company, Sephora and other entities. In 2005, DaCosta made her acting debut on an episode of the sitcom "Eve" (UPN, 2003-2006), with her first feature film appearance coming the following year in the dance drama "Take the Lead" (2006). DaCosta appeared briefly on the daytime soap opera "All My Children" (ABC/The Online Network, 1970-2011, 2013), but exited the show to focus on more substantive fare, including supporting roles in John Sayles' "Honeydripper" (2007) and a Broadway run of "The First Summer" with the Negro Ensemble Company. DaCosta returned to film in television in 2009, logging guest appearances on "Ugly Betty" (ABC, 2006-2010), "The Messenger" (2009) and in "The Kids Are All Right" and "The Butler." Two years later, she was top-billed as Whitney Houston in "Whitney" (Lifetime, 2015), a biopic of the late singer that marked Angela Bassett's debut as director. That same year, she enjoyed a four-episode run as ER nurse April Sexton on "Chicago Fire" (NBC, 2012- ); she reprised the character, now as a series regular, on the spinoff series "Chicago Med."

      Highest rated movies

      100% Big Words
      93% The Kids Are All Right
      91% The Nice Guys
      91% Mother of George
      72% Lee Daniels' The Butler
      70% Bolden 69% Honeydripper
      47% Whitney

      Photos

      Yaya DaCosta Yaya Dacosta at arrivals for NBC Entertainment Upfronts 2019, The Four Seasons, New York, NY May 13, 2019. Photo By: Jason Mendez/Everett Collection YaYa DeCosta at arrivals for NBC Universal Upfront 2018, Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY May 14, 2018. Photo By: RCF/Everett Collection Yaya Dacosta at arrivals for FAITH UNDER FIRE: THE ANTOINETTE TUFF STORY Premiere, NeueHouse Madison Square, New York, NY January 23, 2018. Photo By: Jason Mendez/Everett Collection Yaya DaCosta at arrivals for People Magazine and Entertainment Weekly NY Upfronts Celebration, Cedar Lake, New York, NY May 16, 2016. Photo By: Abel Fermin/Everett Collection Yaya Dacosta at arrivals for THE NICE GUYS Premiere, TCL Chinese 6 Theatres (formerly Grauman's), Los Angeles, CA May 10, 2016. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Yaya Alafia at arrivals for LEE DANIELS'' THE BUTLER Premiere - PT2, The Ziegfeld Theatre, New York, NY August 5, 2013. Photo By: Gregorio T. Binuya/Everett Collection Yaya DaCosta at arrivals for YOUNG ADULT Premiere, The Ziegfeld Theatre, New York, NY December 8, 2011. Photo By: Harmon Seare/Everett Collection BOLDEN, YAYA DACOSTA, 2019. PH: FRED NORRIS/© ABRAMORAMA BOLDEN, YAYA DACOSTA, 2019. PH: FRED NORRIS/© ABRAMORAMA TAKE THE LEAD, Antonio Banderas, Yaya DaCosta, 2006, (c) New Line TAKE THE LEAD, Antonio Banderas, Yaya DaCosta, Elijah Kelley, Jenna Dewan, Dante Basco, 2006, (c) New Line Chicago Fire, Yaya Dacosta, 'I Am The Apocalypse', Season 3, Ep. #19, 04/07/2015, ©NBC Chicago Fire, Yaya Dacosta, 'I Am The Apocalypse', Season 3, Ep. #19, 04/07/2015, ©NBC WHOLE LOTTA SOLE, l-r: Yaya Alafia, Colm Meaney, 2011, ©Ketchup Entertainment Chicago Fire, Yaya Dacosta, 'The Beating Heart', Season 4, Ep. #10, 01/05/2016, ©NBC Chicago Fire, Yaya Dacosta, 'The Beating Heart', Season 4, Ep. #10, 01/05/2016, ©NBC Chicago Fire, Yaya Dacosta, 'I Am The Apocalypse', Season 3, Ep. #19, 04/07/2015, ©NBC Chicago Fire, Yaya Dacosta, 'I Am The Apocalypse', Season 3, Ep. #19, 04/07/2015, ©NBC Chicago Fire, Yaya Dacosta, 'I Am The Apocalypse', Season 3, Ep. #19, 04/07/2015, ©NBC

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 60% Peel Sarah (Character) - 2019
      70% 42% Bolden Nora Bolden (Character) - 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Faith Under Fire: The Antoinette Tuff Story Kendra (Character) - 2018
      91% 79% The Nice Guys Tally (Character) $36.2M 2016
      47% 39% Whitney Whitney Houston (Character) - 2015
      100% 79% Big Words Annie (Character) - 2013
      91% 65% Mother of George Sade Bakare (Character) $142.5K 2013
      72% 78% Lee Daniels' The Butler Carol Hammie (Character) $116.6M 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Shanghai Hotel Kendra (Character) - 2011
      No Score Yet 34% Stand Off Sophie (Character) - 2011
      37% 51% In Time Greta (Character) $37.6M 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Let's Stay Together Producer - 2011
      93% 74% The Kids Are All Right Tanya (Character) $20.8M 2010
      No Score Yet 29% Racing for Time Vanessa (Character) - 2008
      69% 57% Honeydripper China Doll (Character) $267.9K 2007
      44% 77% Take the Lead LaRhette (Character) $34.7M 2006

      TV

      Credit
      85% 84% The Lincoln Lawyer Andrea Freemann (Guest Star) 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Turning the Tables With Robin Roberts Self 2023
      No Score Yet 75% Chicago Med Nurse April Sexton (Character),
      April Sexton (Guest Star)
      2015-2022
      33% 78% Our Kind of People Angela Vaughn (Character) 2021-2022
      No Score Yet 88% Chicago Fire Nurse April Sexton (Guest Star) 2015-2019 2021
      No Score Yet 90% Chicago P.D. April Sexton (Guest Star) 2017 2019
      85% 77% The Simpsons Princess Kemi (Guest Voice) 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Afropop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange Host 2015
      No Score Yet 55% Unforgettable Molly (Guest Star) 2014
      90% 96% House Anita (Guest Star) 2011-2012
      76% 60% Body of Proof Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Army Wives Specialist Amber Stiles (Guest Star) 2010
      78% 82% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Audrina (Guest Star) 2009
      97% 83% Ugly Betty Nico Slater (Guest Star) 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Eve Unknown (Guest Star) 2005