November 15, 1982
38 years old
5 ft 7 in | 170 cm tall
33-23-34 in | 84-58-86.5 cm
56 kg | 123.5 pounds
8 US | 38.5 EU
Yaya DaCosta was born in New York City, New York, United States, on November 15, 1982, is an American actress.
Young Yaya DaCosta first started performing in junior high school, at the age of 11.
She made her big screen debut in drama dance film Take the Lead (2006) in role as LaRhette.
She got her television debut in UPN sitcom Eve (2005) in role as Ms. Jenkins.
Her breakthrough performance came as Cassandra Foster in ABC soap opera All My Children (2008).
She landed her Off-Broadway debut in a play "The First Breeze of Summer" (2008), in role as Lucretia, at The Signature Theater, for which she won a Vivian Robinson / AUDELCO Recognition Award for Excellence in Black Theater.
She was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for Movies – Choice Breakout (Female) for her role as LaRhette in drama dance film Take the Lead (2006).
She was nominated for the Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble for her role as China Doll in musical drama movie Honeydripper (2007).
She was nominated for the Gotham Award and a Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Acting Ensemble for her role as Tanya in comedy drama film The Kids Are All Right (2010).
Tron: Legacy (2010) science fiction action opposite Jeff Bridges, Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund
In Time (2011) science fiction action with Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy and Justin Timberlake
Whole Lotta Sole (2011) crime comedy opposite Brendan Fraser, David O'Hara and Colm Meaney
Mother of George (2013) drama with Isaach de Bankolé and Danai Gurira
The Butler (2013) historical drama opposite Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey and John Cusack
She played Whitney Houston in biographical film Whitney (2015).
The Nice Guys (2016) neo-noir action comedy with Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling and Angourie Rice
Peel (2019) comedy drama in role as Sarah, opposite Emile Hirsch and Jack Kesy
Bolden (2019) drama in role as Nora Bolden, with Gary Carr, Erik LaRay Harvey and Reno Wilson
She had recurring role as Nico Slater in ABC comedy drama television series Ugly Betty (2009).
She had recurring role as Anita in Fox medical drama television series House (2011-2012), in 2 episodes.
She played April Sexton in Chicago Fire (2015-2019), Chicago Med (2015-2021) and Chicago P.D. (2017-2019).
Our Kind of People (2021) Fox drama series in role as Angela Vaughn
Attended the Northfield Mount Hermon School in Mount Hermon, Massachusetts.
Graduated from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, with a degree in Africana Studies and International Relations.
Has two brothers: Mamadou Johnson, Djani Johnson and one sister, Djassi DaCosta Johnson.
Has Brazilian, West African, Cherokee Native American and Irish ancestry.
Speak Portuguese, Spanish and French.
She was the runner-up in reality television series Cycle 3 of America's Next Top Model (2004).
Featured in advertisements for Sephora, Garnier Fructis, Lincoln Townhouse, Oil of Olay, Radioshack, Seda and Dr. Scholl's.
Featured in music videos for:
Kanye West "Gold Digger" (2005)
Chingy "Pullin' Me Back" (2006)
Sean Kingston "Beautiful Girls" (2007)
Jay-Z "Roc Boys" (2007)
Raphael Saadiq "Good Man" (2011)
Lives in New York City and Chicago.
She was in a long-term relationship with film producer and director, Joshua Bee Alafia (2012-2015), they have one son, Sankara.