Yara Shahidi

Yara Sayeh Shahidi (born February 10, 2000) is an American actress best known for playing Zoey on the sitcom Black-ish.

Shahidi was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to an African-American mother, Keri-Salter Shahidi, and an Iranian father, Afshin Shahidi, a photographer. The family moved to California, for Afshin's work, when Yara was 4. She is the older sister of child actor Sayeed Shahidi.

She began her career when she was 6 years old, appearing in television and print advertisements for companies such asMcDonald's, Ralph Lauren, Target, GapKids, Disney, Guess Kids, and Children's Place. She frequently worked with her mother and younger brother in various print and broadcast campaigns.

Shahidi made her theatrical debut in 2009, starring opposite Eddie Murphy in Paramount Pictures' Imagine That,for which she received a Young Artist Award nomination.

In September 2014, Shahidi starred in ABC's prime-time comedy Black-ish as 14-year-old Zoey Johnson. In December 2014 she won an NAACP Image Award in the category of 'Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy'.

Known For


Cast Credits

Bad Teacher (2014)
Guest starring as Jalissa
  • Episode 1x01: Pilot (Apr 24, 2014)
Black-ish (2014)
Starring as Zoey Johnson (49 episodes)
The Fosters (2013)
Guest starring as Maddie (2 episodes)
Scandal (2012)
Guest starring as Young Olivia (2 episodes)
  • Episode 3x09: YOLO (Dec 5, 2013)
  • Episode 3x06: Icarus (Nov 7, 2013)
The Cape (2011)
Guest starring as Leyla Voyt
  • Episode 1x10: Endgame (Mar 11, 2011)
The View (1997)
Guest starring as Yara Shahidi