Famous African American Actresses The World Really Admires

The world has generally been obsessed with blue-eyed, fair-skinned blondes. However, over the years, several actresses of African American descent have taken the world of glamor by storm and proved that ‘dusky is beautiful too’. The past few decades have seen the rise of several beautiful actresses of African American actresses, who have grabbed the limelight for both their drop-dead gorgeous looks and their acting prowess. Yesteryear actresses like Diahann Caroll and Dorothy Dandridge were one among the first few divas who became heartthrobs. They also inspired a whole generation of actresses to enter tinsel town and many young girls to look fabulous. Diahann Caroll earned a lot of acclaim for her performances in Broadway musicals. She went on to work in the acclaimed television series ‘Julia’ later, for which she even fetched the prestigious ‘Golden Globe Award’. A few other famous African American actresses are Halle Berry, Whoppi Goldberg, Kerry Washington, Viola Davis and Vanessa L Williams. Currently, Halle Berry is still considered hot property by many and has been making men weak in their knees. She is best known for her roles in the James Bond spy thriller ‘Die Another Day’, ‘Monster Ball’, ‘The Flintstones’ and several other acclaimed Hollywood blockbusters. Whoppi Goldberg has been praised for her great comic timing and her ability to leave audiences in splits. You will find below a list of famous African American actresses admired worldwide. Some of them continue being popular even after being away from the limelight since decades.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Halle Berry

Halle Berry
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Famous As: Only African-American Woman To Win Oscar for Best Actress
Birthdate: August 14, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 2 Zoë Kravitz

Zoë Kravitz
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Venice, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)

 3 Rashida Jones

Rashida Jones
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Famous As: Actress - Known for Her Roles in TV Comedies
Birthdate: February 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 4 Octavia Spencer

Octavia Spencer
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 25, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)

 5 Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 31, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 6 Aisha Tyler

Aisha Tyler
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Famous As: Actress, TV Host
Birthdate: September 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Francisco
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 7 Patti LaBelle

Patti LaBelle
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 24, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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 8 Donna Summer

Donna Summer
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: December 31, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: May 17, 2012
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 9 Gladys Knight

Gladys Knight
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: May 28, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)

 10 Pam Grier

Pam Grier
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 26, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 11 Lena Horne

Lena Horne
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Famous As: Singer, Dancer, Actress
Birthdate: June 30, 1917
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bedford-Stuyvesant, New York, United States
Died: May 9, 2010

 12 Vivica A. Fox

Vivica A. Fox
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: South Bend, Indiana, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 13 China Anne McClain

China Anne McClain
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Famous As: Actress, Singer
Birthdate: August 25, 1998
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)

 14 Leslie Jones

Leslie Jones
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: September 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 15 Jill Scott

Jill Scott
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 4, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 16 Laura Harrier

Laura Harrier
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 28, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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 17 Debbie Allen

Debbie Allen
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 16, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)

 18 Sonequa Martin-Green

Sonequa Martin-Green
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Russellville, Alabama, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 19 Mj Rodriguez

Mj Rodriguez
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 7, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 20 Jurnee Smollett

Jurnee Smollett
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 21 Ariana DeBose

Ariana DeBose
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Famous As: Actress, Singer
Birthdate: January 25, 1991
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: North Carolina, United States

 22 Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 28, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Robbins, Illinois, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 23 Kiersey Clemons

Kiersey Clemons
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 17, 1993
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Pensacola, Florida, U.S.
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 24 Retta

Retta
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Famous As: Stand-up Comedian
Birthdate: April 12, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 25 Jasmine Guy

Jasmine Guy
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 10, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)

 26 Lena Waithe

Lena Waithe
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: May 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 27 Loretta Devine

Loretta Devine
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 21, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 28 Mo'Nique

Mo'Nique
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: December 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Woodlawn, Maryland, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 29 Kyla Pratt

Kyla Pratt
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 16, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 30 Alisha Wainwright

Alisha Wainwright
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Famous As: Actress role for Raising Dion (2019) and Shadowhunters.
Birthdate: July 14, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Orlando, Florida, United States

 31 Michelle Wolf

Michelle Wolf
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: June 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hershey, Pennsylvania, U.S.

 32 Tichina Arnold

Tichina Arnold
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 33 Kenya Moore

Kenya Moore
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Famous As: Actress & Model
Birthdate: January 24, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 34 Madge Sinclair

Madge Sinclair
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 28, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
Died: December 20, 1995
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 35 Naturi Naughton

Naturi Naughton
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Actor, Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Television actor
Birthdate: May 20, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: East Orange

 36 Danielle Brooks

Danielle Brooks
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 17, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Augusta, Georgia, U.S.
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 37 Susan Kelechi Watson

Susan Kelechi Watson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 11, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York (state) New York, United States U.S.

 38 Aja Naomi King

Aja Naomi King
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 11, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 39 Loni Love

Loni Love
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: July 12, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, USA

 40 S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson
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Famous As: Film Actress
Birthdate: November 28, 1952
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 41 Angelica Ross

Angelica Ross
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: November 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kenosha, Wisconsin
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 42 Kimberly Elise

Kimberly Elise
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 17, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 43 Yvonne Orji

Yvonne Orji
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 2, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Port Harcourt, Rivers State Rivers, Nigeria

 44 Adina Porter

Adina Porter
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 13, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 45 Sharon Leal

Sharon Leal
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tucson, Arizona, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 46 Ashleigh Murray

Ashleigh Murray
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 18, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 47 Logan Browning

Logan Browning
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 9, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia, U.S.
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)

 48 Isabel Sanford

Isabel Sanford
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 29, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: July 9, 2004
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)

 49 Condola Rashad

Condola Rashad
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 11, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 50 Nafessa Williams

Nafessa Williams
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 4, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)