Aja Naomi King

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Actress

Birth Date: January 11, 1985

Age: 39 years old

Birth Place: Los Angeles, California

Aja Naomi King was born in Los Angeles in 1985. Her mother recognized talent in her daughter's living room song and dance moves, and took the young girl to some auditions in their hometown. Hobbled by stage fright, the early auditions didn't pan out, but King persevered and received a BFA in acting at the University of California at Santa Barbara and an MFA from Yale University's School of Drama. After a couple of short films, her first professional onscreen appearance came in 2010, when she was cast in an episode of the Tom Selleck police drama "Blue Bloods" (CBS, 2010- ). Her first major role was as a regular on the CW medical drama "Emily Owens, M.D." (The CW, 2012-2013). The show lasted for only one season.

In 2012, she played in the ensemble independent feature "Four," which won the award for Best Performance at the Los Angeles Film Festival. In 2014, King appeared in a recurring role, as intern Ali Henslee, on "Black Box" (ABC, 2014). Although that show was also cancelled after one season, King again quickly landed a role on another premiering ABC show, "How to Get Away With Murder" (ABC, 2014-). Created by superstar producer Shonda Rhimes, and starring Academy Award-nominee Viola Davis, the show was a quick success and provided King with the most exposure to that point in her career. King's starring role in Nate Parker's slave rebellion drama "The Birth of a Nation" (2016) garnered some of the film's idest acclaim.

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Lessons in ChemistryStream

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Harriet Sloane
Miniseries
2023
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A Little White Lie

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Blythe Brown
Movie
2023

Women of Worth

Self
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2021

Four

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Abigayle
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2021

Boxing Day

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Lisa
Movie
2021

The 24th

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Marie
Movie
2020

Sylvie's Love

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Mona
Movie
2020

The Kelly Clarkson ShowStream

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Talk
2019

A Girl From Mogadishu

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Ifrah Ahmed
Movie
2019

Pop Life

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2017

The UpsideStream

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Latrice
Movie
2017
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Secret Talent Theatre

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2016

The Birth of a Nation

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Cherry
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2016

The Late Show With Stephen ColbertStream

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2015

Reversion

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Sophie Clé
Movie
2015

How to Get Away With MurderStream

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Michaela Pratt
Series
2014
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How to Get Away With Murder: Extras

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2014

Black Box

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2014

The Rewrite

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Rosa
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2014

The Real

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2013

Hollywood Game Night

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2013

Onion News Empire

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Jillian Shaw
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2013

36 Saints

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Joan
Movie
2013

Emily Owens, M.D.

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2012

ScandalStream

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Michaela Pratt
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2012
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Four

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Abigayle
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2012

Person of InterestStream

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Lisa
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2011
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The Marilyn Denis Show

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2011

Damsels in Distress

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Positive Polly
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2011

The Talk

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2010

Blue BloodsStream

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2010

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Entertainment Tonight Canada

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2005

Jimmy Kimmel Live!Stream

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The View

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Good Morning America

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