"Scandal" has brought Kerry Washington tons of recognition, including a two Emmy nominations for outstanding lead actress in a drama. She has built her career steadily in TV and films such as ...
Washington plays street-smart teen mom Chenille Reynolds opposite Julia Styles in the 2001 film "Save the Last Dance."
She stars with Chris Rock the following year in the action-comedy "Bad Company."
Washington appears opposite Wentworth Miller in the 2003 big-screen adaptation of Philip Roth's "The Human Stain."
Washington wins acclaim for her role as Ray Charles' wife in the Oscar-nominated 2004 film "Ray." Jamie Foxx received an Academy Award as best actor for his performance in the title role.
Washington and Dania Ramirez, left, play a lesbian couple who wanted to pay Anthony Mackie to help them have a baby in Spike Lee's 2004 film, "She Hate Me."
The actress guest-stars as Chelina Hall in a handful of episodes of "Boston Legal." Here she appears in the series with James Spader, foreground, and Page Kennedy.
In 2006, Washington appears as Kay Amin, dictator Idi Amin's youngest wife, opposite Forest Whitaker and James McAvoy in "The Last King of Scotland."
Washington and Patrick Wilson play a married couple in the 2008 crime drama "Lakeview Terrace."
The actress wins raves for the 2010 independent film "Night Catches Us."
Washington stars as Kelly/Blue opposite Hill Harper in "For Colored Girls," Tyler Perry's 2010 film of Ntozake Shange's play.