Kerry Washington Net Worth

How much is Kerry Washington worth?

Net Worth:$55 Million
Profession:Professional Actress
Date of Birth:January 31, 1977
Country:United States of America
1.63 m

Who Is Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington, whose full name is Kerry Marisa Washington, is an American actress, activist, director, and producer. She began her acting career in the 1990s as since then has starred in a variety of productions. Her career hit its peak in the early years of the 21st century when she starred in some of the most successful films and television series. Among some of the films that she’s known for having leading roles are “The Last King of Scotland”, Fantastic Four”, and “Django Unchained”.

In 2012, the actress’ popularity was boosted when she joined the cast of ABC drama “Scandal”. In the series, for more than 6 years, she played the role of Olivia Pope, a crisis management expert. Thanks to her role she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and two Primetime Emmy Awards. Since then, primarily because of her fantastic acting skills, she has received nominations and won multiple awards. In 2014, she was added in Time magazine’s list that highlights the 100 most influential people of the year.

As of 2021, Kerry Washington has a net worth of $55 million dollars.

How Did Kerry Washington Get So Rich?

The actress became rich as soon as she joined the cast of “Scandal”, one of the most viewed and well-received television series of the decade. Long before she became rich and popular, Kerry was barely getting any opportunities to showcase her acting. In the early 2000s, she got minor roles in films such as “Our Song”, “Save The Last Dance”, and “Bad Company”. The first, “Our Song” premiered in 2000 and it marked her film debut. In the mid-2000s, she got a few roles in “The United States of Leland”, “The Human Stain”, “Ray”, “Sexual Life”, and Mr. and Mrs. Smith”.

Almost 10 years after she first began acting, Washington finally got a major role in one of the most praised 2005 films – “Fantastic Four”. In the superhero film, which featured some popular Hollywood stars such as Chris Evans, Ioan Gruffudd, and Jessica Alba, she played the role of Alicia Masters. Thanks to her role, Kerry not only earned thousands of dollars but also got a lot more national coverage. Soon, she was asked to reprise her role in the 2007 sequel “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer”.

While filming all of these and many other films, she landed small roles in some eminent television series. In 2001 alone, she starred in four of the most praised television series – “NYPD Blue”, “Deadline”, “Law and Order”, and “100 Centre Street”. Perhaps one of her most memorable performances is in the 2005 drama “Boston Legal”. In the ABC television series, she played the role of Chelina Hall in 5 episodes. Soon she got the opportunity to be a guest judge in “Project Runway”, one of the most-watched fashion shows of all time.

Why Is She So Famous?

Kerry became famous mainly because of her outstanding performances in action films and drama television series. She was born on January 31, 1977, in The Bronx, New York. Her mother was an educational consultant and her father worked as a real estate broker. She’s of African American, Scottish, Jamaican, and partly English ancestry. During her pre-teen years, she performed with the theater company TADA! Youth Theatre while also attending the Spence School in Manhattan.

In the 1990s, after graduating from high school, Kerry got a double major in anthropology and sociology from the “George Washington University”, where she was part of the Phi Beta Kappa society. At that time, while she was still attending university, Washington received a SAG (Screen Actors Guild) card, which was required for a commercial that shat took part in. Her acting debut came in 1994 when she appeared in the ABC television film “Afterschool Special”. Her next appearance was in the 1996 PBS educational series “Standard Deviants”.

What Makes Washington So Successful?

What made Washington so successful was her participation in the television series “Black Panther” and “Scandal”. In 2010, she joined the “Black Panther”, where she got the main role of Princess Shuri and also had a different voice role in one of the first episodes. In 2012, she was announced as one of the leading characters in the ABC drama series “Scandal”, which turned out to be a career-defining role for her.

From 2012 to 2018, the actress took part in all 124 episodes of the show, and, in 2018, she even produced one of the final episodes from the eighth season – “The People vs. Olivia Pope”. Washington was highly praised by both critics and media for her amazing performance and soon she received nominations for multiple prestigious awards, including Golden Globe, NAACP, Primetime Emmy, Satellite, and Screen Actors Guilds to name a few. At that time, she received a lot more exposure and appearances in late-night talk shows such as “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “Saturday Night Live”.

Simultaneously with shooting “Scandal”, the multi-talented Kerry Washington continued to participate in other productions and make a name for herself. Just in 2012, she starred in the comedy “A Thousand Words” and Quentin Tarantino’s revisionist Western “Django Unchained”. In the latter, which to this day is being considered one of the best movies of the year, she played the main role of Broomhilda von Shaft. As of 2021, she’s expected to star in the Netflix film “The Prom” and is attached to star and executive produce “24/7” and “Shadow Force”.

In addition to acting, most recently, Kerry began working as a director and producer. Among some of the most recent projects that she directed and produced are “Confirmation”, “SMILF”, “Insecure”, and “Little Fires Everywhere”. Besides being one of the top television actresses, she’s also an activist and known supporter of many campaigns and organizations such as LGBT rights, awareness of violence against women and girls, and many others.


Kerry Washington is one of the most influential actresses for a reason. Whether it’s being an actress, director, or producer, she is able to excel in everything with ease. Besides playing in box office hits and television series followed by millions of viewers, the talented actress, and producer has also taken part in theatre and multiple independent films. In 2018, the actress was named the eight highest-paid television actress in the world by Forbes magazine. Now more than ever, she continues to grow and is expected to star in some of the most anticipated films.

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