Yara Shahidi Biography

Yara Shahidi is an American model and actress famous for her role in the series ‘The First Family.’ Check out this biography to know about her childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about her.

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Birthday: February 10, 2000

Nationality: American

Famous: Models Actresses

Age: 20 Years, 20 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Aquarius

Also Known As: Yara Sayeh Shahidi

Born Country: United States

Born in: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Famous as: Actress

Height: 5'3" (160 cm), 5'3" Females


father: Keri Shahidi

mother: Afshin Shahidi

siblings: Ehsan Shahidi, Sayeed Shahidi

City: Minneapolis, Minnesota

U.S. State: Minnesota

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education: Dwight Global Online School, Harvard University

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Yara Shahidi is an American model and actress. She has appeared in commercials for a number of products and brands, including ‘McDonald's,’ ‘Target,’ ‘GapKids,’ ‘Ralph Lauren,’ ‘Disney,’ ‘The Children's Place,’ and ‘Guess Kids.’ She is best known for her acting role in the sitcom series ‘Black-ish’ in which she played ‘Zoey Johnson.’ Besides this, she is also famous for portraying the character of ‘Chloe Johnson’ in the series ‘The First Family.’ Shahidi has also guest-starred in TV shows like ‘Entourage,’ ‘Cold Case,’ ‘Wizards of Waverly Place,’ ‘$h*! My Dad Says,’ ‘The Cape,’ ‘Scandal,’ and ‘Bad Teacher.’ As far as her film career is concerned, she has acted in movies like ‘Imagine That,’ ‘Salt,’ ‘Unthinkable,’ ‘Butter,’ and ‘Alex Cross.’ Represented by the ‘Women Management’ modeling agency, Yara Shahidi has won an ‘NAACP Image Award’ for ‘Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy’ for her performance in the series ‘Black-ish.’

  • Yara Shahidi started her entertainment career at the age of six, appearing in advertisements for ‘McDonald's,’ ‘Target,’ ‘GapKids,’ ‘Ralph Lauren,’ ‘Disney,’ ‘The Children's Place,’ and ‘Guess Kids.’ She made her acting debut in 2007, appearing in an episode of ‘Entourage.’ Two years later, she appeared in the movie ‘Imagine That.’ The same year, she was featured in drama series, such as ‘In the Motherhood,’ ‘Cold Case,’ and ‘Wizards of Waverly Place.’
  • Shahidi was then cast in the movies ‘Salt’ and ‘Unthinkable’ in 2010. The same year, she was also seen in series like ‘Lie to Me’ and ‘$h*! My Dad Says.’ A year later, she played the role of ‘Montana’ in the television movie ‘Rip City.’ In 2011, the actress also appeared in an episode of ‘The Cape.’ After this, she acted in the film ‘Alex Cross.’
  • In 2012, she was cast in the role of ‘Chloe Johnson’ in the drama series ‘The First Family.’ The following year, she had a role in the series ‘Scandal.’ Shahidi then began playing the role of ‘Zoey Johnson’ in the sitcom series ‘Black-ish’ in 2014. That year, she also appeared in the TV program ‘The Fosters.’ From 2016 to 2018, the actress voiced the character of ‘Darcy’ in the series ‘Trollhunters.’
  • In 2018, she was cast in ‘Grown-ish,’ a spin-off of the ABC series ‘Black-ish.’ The show was premiered in 2018. From 2018 to 2019, she voiced ‘Darci Scott’ in an American computer-animated science fantasy television series titled ‘3Below: Tales of Arcadia.’ In 2019, she appeared in a teen drama film titled ‘The Sun Is Also a Star’ where she appeared alongside Charles Melton.
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Personal Life
  • Yara Shahidi was born Yara Sayeh Shahidi on February 10, 2000, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, to Keri Salter Shahidi and Afshin Shahidi. She has two younger brothers, Ehsan and Sayeed Shahidi. Sayeed is also an actor and model. She has a cousin named Nas who is a well-known rapper.
  • In June 2017, Shahidi announced that she will soon attend the ‘Harvard University.’ As far as the actress’ love life is concerned, she is said to be single. For now, it seems as if the actress is concentrating on her studies and career.

Yara Shahidi Movies

1. The Finder (2012)

  (Crime, Comedy, Drama, Romance)

2. Unthinkable (2010)

  (Thriller, Drama)

3. Salt (2010)

  (Thriller, Action, Mystery, Crime)

4. Butter (2011)


5. The Sun Is Also a Star (2019)

  (Drama, Romance)

6. Imagine That (2009)

  (Family, Drama, Comedy, Fantasy)

7. Alex Cross (2012)

  (Thriller, Mystery, Action, Crime)

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