Introduction

A curated list of 25+ successful famous black actresses from the entertainment sector. The list has a movie, award, date of birth, and zodiac sign of all these beautiful black actresses.

1. Queen Latifah

Date of Birth – 18th March 1970

Place of Birth – New Jersey, United States

Zodiac Sign – Pisces

Awards and Nominations

1. Oscar Awards – Nominated for the Oscar Awards in 2002 for her impressive acting role in the Chicago film.

2. Primetime Emmy – Nominated 3 times for this award; in 2007,2015 and 2018. She earned these nominations in her role in the films Flint, Bessie, and Life Support.

3. ACCA nominations – Nominated for the Awards Circuit Community Awards for emerging as the Best Actress in the film Chicago in 2002.

Queen Latifah is among the few American black women with the highest Award nominations. Unknown to some, Latifah started as a rapper and worked with multiple Record labels such as Motown and Tommy Boy.

2. Gabrielle Union

Date of Birth – 29th October 1972

Place of Birth – Omaha, Nebraska

Zodiac Sign – Scorpio

Awards and Nominations

1. BTVA Television Voice Acting Award – earned these nominations in 2016 and 2017 for emerging the top vocal ensemble in the film The Lion Guard.

2. BET Awards – Nominated 6 times for the BET Awards for emerging as the Best actress in films such as Being Mary Jane, Almost Christmas, and Bad Boys II.

3. BET Comedy Awards – Nominated twice for this award for being the best lead actress in Deliver Us from Eva and The Honeymooners.

Gabriella is an American actress that has won 8 international awards and 28 nominations. Although Gabriella started her acting career in the 1990s she earned global recognition in 2000 for standing out in the film to Bring it on.

3. Taraji Penda Henson

Date of Birth – 11th September 1970

Place of Birth – Washington D.C, US

Zodiac Sign – Virgo

Awards and Nominations

1. Oscar nomination – outstanding role in the film The Curiosity Case of Benjamin Button in 2008.

2. Primetime entry – Nominated in 2011,2015 and 2016 for emerging the best lead actress in the popular drama series Empire.

3. ACCA – won the awards circuit community awards in 2016 for standing out in the film Hidden Figures.

Taraji P. Henson is a renowned American actress with many accolades to her name. She started her career in 1992 and broke many barriers over her expansive acting career. Today, she serves as the head of her TPH entertainment firm.

4. Viola Davis

Date of Birth – 11th August 1965

Place of Birth – South Carolina, United States

Zodiac Sign – Leo

Awards and Nominations

1. Oscar Nominations – Nominated for Oscar Awards in 2009,2012,2017 and 2021. Nominations were in appreciation of her role in films such as Doubt, The Help, and Fences.

2. Primetime Emmy Awards nominations – Viola earned 5 Primetime Emmy nominations for her role in the Drama series Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder.

3. BAFTA Awards – Nominated for the BAFTA Film Awards in 2011 and 2018 as the best actor in Widows and The Help films. Won the BAFTA Awards in 2017 for emerging the best supporting actress in the movie Fence.

4. EDA Award nomination – Nominated for the EDA Award in 2017,2019 and 2021. These nominations were courtesy of her impeccable role in movies like Widows and The Help.

Viola Davis is an American – born TV producer and professional actress with over 30 years of experience in the entertainment industry. Davis has won countless awards such as the 2 Screen Actors Guild Award for her acting role in various films.

5. Beyonce Knowles

Date of Birth – 4th September 1981

Place of Birth – Texas, US

Zodiac Sign – Virgo

Awards and Nominations

1. American Music Award – Nominated twice for this award in 2015 and 2016 for being the Best female musician. Won the AMA Award 7 times for being the favorite female soul musician.

2. BET Awards – BET’s voting academy team has Nominated Beyonce for this award 8 times. Out of those, Knowles has won this award 7 times for emerging as the Best female soul musician.

3. BET Comedy Awards – Knowles earned this BET award for her leading actress role in the film The Fighting Temptations.

4. Grammy Awards – Beyonce is a highly popular American soul musician and actress with over 25 Grammy Awards. Knowles rose to the limelight towards the end of the 1990s as one of the best singers of the Destiny’s Child girl band.

6. Whoopi Goldberg

Date of Birth – 13th November 1955

Place of Birth – Manhattan, United States

Zodiac Sign – Scorpio

Awards and Nominations

1. Oscar – Nominated twice in 1986 and in 1991 for the Oscar Awards for being the top actress in the Ghost and The Color Purple films.

2. Primetime Emmy awards – Nominated for the Primetime Emmy awards 7 times including in the years 1986,1996,2005 and 2014.

3. American Comedy Awards – Nominated for ACA Awards in 1992,1993,1995 and 1999. She earned nominations for standing out in films such as The Player, Soapdish, and Ghost.

7. Laverne Cox

Date of Birth – 29th May 1972

Place of Birth – Alabama, US

Zodiac Sign – Gemini

Awards and Nominations

1. British LGBT Award – bagged this award in 2018 for standing out as an LGBTQ celebrity.

2. Primetime Emmy Awards – Nominated in 2014,2017 and 2019 for this award for her role in the series Orange Is the New Black.

3. Gold Derby Awards – nearly bagged this award 4 times for standing out in the Drama Series Orange Is the New Black.

4. Queerty Award – bagged this award in 2021 for her impressive role in the film the Promising Young Woman.

Laverne Cox is one of the greatest LGBT actresses with a vast career of close to 25 years. Cox has bagged 8 awards and 16 nominations in her long successful acting career in the entertainment industry. Her acting career took a turn for the better after her guest actress role in the Drama series ’Orange is the New Black’.

8. Kerry Washington

Date of Birth – 31st January 1977

Place of Birth – New York, USA

Zodiac Sign – Aquarius

Awards and Nominations

1. Hollywood Award – Nominated for this award for emerging as the top actress in the film Peeples.

2. ACCA TV – nominee in 2016 for emerging the greatest actress in the movie Confirmation.

3. BET Awards – Nominated 6 times for this award for her role in films such as Scandal, Night Catches Us, and Little Man.

4. Critics Choice Television Awards – nominee in 2016 for her role in the TV movie Confirmation.

Kerry Washington is a popular 45 – year – old American director and actress who started her acting career in 1994. She rose to fame after her outstanding performance in the film Scandal which was first released in 2012.

9. Tracee Ellis Ross

Date of Birth – 29th October 1972

Place of Birth – California, USA

Zodiac Sign – Scorpio

Awards and Nominations

1. Primetime Emmy Awards – Nominated for standing out as a lead actress in the popular comedy show, Blackish

2. BET Awards – top actress in the series Black in 2015 and 2016.

3. BET Comedy Awards – won the award for an exceptional acting role in the film Girlfriends.

4. Black Reel Awards – Nominated for her impressive role in the movie, The High Note.

Tracee is a popular American singer and actress that has played multiple roles in films for 26 years now. She is the daughter of the famous couple Robert Ellis and Diana Ross. Over the years, Ross has earned 12 awards as well as 52 nominations.

10. Regina Hall

Date of Birth – 12th November 1970

Place of Birth – Washington D.C, United US.

Zodiac Sign – Sagittarius

Awards and Nominations

1. BET Awards – the BET voting Academy Nominated Regina Hall for the BET Awards in 2019 for her stunning role in the film Little.

2. Black Reel Awards – earned 3 nominations for the Black Reel Awards for her role in Disappearing Acts, With this Ring films.

3. Image Awards – Nominated for the NAACP Awards in 2019 for being an exceptional actress in the comedy film, Black Monday.

4. Festival Award – won this award in 2006 for emerging as the Best Actress in the highly popular film Danika.

11. Tyra Banks

Date of Birth – 4th December 1973

Place of Birth – California, USA.

Zodiac Sign – Sagittarius

Awards and Nominations

1. Teen Choice Awards – Nominated for this award in 1999 and won it the same year for being US’ Next Top Model.

2. ASTRA Awards – Nominated for ASTRA Award in 2007

3. Daytime Emmy Award – Banks won the prestigious Daytime Award in 2008 and 2009 for her popular show the Tyra Banks Show.

4. Critics Choice Award – in 2018 was Nominated for the famous BFCAA for hosting the Best TV show – America’s Got Talent.

Tyra Banks stood out as a teenage model especially after receiving 7 Teen Choice Awards from 2004 to 2012. She later rose to even more stardom for hosting the widely-viewed TV show America Got Talent for 2 seasons.

12. Vivica Anjanette Fox

Date of Birth 30th July 1964

Place of Birth – Indiana, USA

Zodiac Sign – Leo

Awards and Nominations

1. MTV Movie Awards – won the award in 1997 for the Best Kiss she shared with popular American actor Will Smith.

2. Awards Circuit Community Awards – Nominated for ACCA Awards in 2003 for her role in Kill Bill.

3. BET Awards – Nominated for BET awards twice; in 2002 and 2004 for her roles in Kill Bill and Boat Trip respectively.

Vivica A. Fox is among the most experienced professional actresses, American TV show hosts, and producers. As of 2022, Vivica has been in multiple movies such as – 

1. Booty Call (1997)

2. Set It Off

3. Independence Day; Resurgence (2016)

4. Woman in Motion (Released in 2019)

5. Fire and Rain (Released in 2019)

13. Wanda Sykes

Date of Birth – 7th March 1964

Place of Birth – Virginia United States

Zodiac Sign – Pisces

Awards and Nominations

1. Primetime – Emmy nomination – Nominated for this award in 2020 for her Voiceover role in Crank Yankers.

2. Primetime Emmy Nomination Award – won the award in 1999 for her outstanding role in The Chris Rock Show.

3. AAFCA TV Award – won this award in 2021 for her impressive role in the show The Upshaws.

4. American Comedy Award – in 2001 Wanda Sykes won the much-coveted American Comedy Award for being the most chucklesome comedian.

5. Image Award – Nominated for the Image award in 1998,1999,2006 and 2008 for her impeccable role in series such as 1 – 800 Missing (released in 2003).

Comedy fans around the world have immense respect for Wanda Sykes for her well – throughout the comedy. This American Comedian started her standup comedy career in 1988 and has never looked back since. A decade later, Wanda opted to try out her luck in acting by acting in the popular show Tomorrow Night and left fans craving for more.

14. Jada Pinkett Smith

Date of Birth – 18th September 1971

Place of Birth – Maryland USA

Zodiac Sign – Virgo

Awards and Nominations

1. MTV Trailblazer Award – won the award in 2019 for determined effort to change the status quo in the entertainment scene.

2. NAACP Image Award nomination – Nominated in 2001 for her supporting actress role in Ali

3. Daytime Emmy Awards nomination – Pinkett Smith was Nominated in 2021 for her role in the informative show Red Table Talk.

Jada Pinkett Smith has proven her worth by juggling both the music and acting career seamlessly. This popular American actress started her acting career in 1990 in one of the episodes of the TV show True Colors.

In 2002, Jada opted to venture into music by teaming up with 5 other musicians to form the famous Wicked Wisdom. This popular 6 – team band released popular songs such as Forgiven, One, Don’t Hate Me, Set me Free among many more.

15. Michaela Coel

Date of Birth – 1st October 1987

Place of Birth – London, United Kingdom

Zodiac Sign – Libra

Awards and Nominations

1. Primetime Emmy Award – Nominated and awarded for excellent writing of the movie I May Destroy You.

2. TCA Award – awarded for a role in I may Destroy You, comedy series.

3. RTS Television Award – won it for emerging as a top actress on the Comedy series I May Destroy You.

4. BAFTA Awards – won the BAFTA Awards in 2021 as the main actress in the series I May Destroy you.

5. BAFTA Nomination – Michael Coel was Nominated for this award in 2015 for Chewing Gum.

6. BAFTA Awards – won this award in 2016 as the Best performer in the movie Chewing Gum.

7. Rookie Award – won the BANFF for her incredible role in the series I May Destroy You.

Michaela Coel has been a household name for her acting skills in countless movies. Interestingly, Coel started as a poetry performer before Che Walker was persuaded to consider acting. She pleasantly surprised many in 2021, when she became the first woman of color to bag the coveted Emmy Award for her role in the comedy series I May Destroy You. Some of the movies she’s acted in include – 

1. Black Earth Rising

2. The Alien (2016)

3. Black Mirrors (2011 to 2018)

4. Top Boy (2011)

5. Chewing Gum (2015 to 2017)

6. I May Destroy You (2020)

16. Mariah Carey

Date of Birth – 27th March 1970

Place of Birth – New York, USA

Zodiac Sign – Aries

Awards and Nominations

1. Hollywood Awards – nominee for this award is 2014 for being the leading ensemble cast in the film The Butler.

2. AAFCA – captured the Innovation Award in 2021

3. ALMA Awards – Nominated for this award in 2002 for her exceptional role in the comedy show America – A Tribute to Heroes.

4. BET Award nominations – nominee for BET Award 3 times for being the greatest female pop artist.

5. Black Reel Awards – nominee in 2010 for emerging the greatest supporting actress in the film Precious.

Mariah Carey is a 52 – year – old US musician, music producer, and actress with a 30+ long career. Interestingly, Mariah has collaborated with popular musicians such as Snoop Dogg, Jay – Z and Luther Vandross. She has tried out different music genres such as Hip Hop, Pop, and soul music.

17. Angela Bassett

Date of Birth – 16th August 1958

Place of Birth – New York, US

Zodiac Sign – Leo

Awards and Nominations

1. Oscar – nominee for Oscar Awards in 1994 for the top leading actress in the film What’s Love Got to Do With it.

2. Primetime Emmy Awards – Nominated for this award 6 times throughout her career. Nominated in 2002,2014,2015,2019 for her role in films such as American Horror Story and The Flood.

3. BET Awards – Nominated in 2012 for being the top actress in the film Jumping the Broom.

4. ACCA – earned a nomination for the Awards Circuit Community Awards in 1991 for her role in Boyz n the Hood.

Angela E. Bassett is an American actress, producer, and director with experience that spans over 30 years. Bassetts began acting in the 1980s soon after graduating with a BA from Yale University. At the moment she has bagged 36 different awards and 88 nominations throughout her rich career in the entertainment industry.

18. Phylicia Rashad

Date of Birth – 19th June 1948

Place of Birth – Texas, United States

Zodiac Sign – Gemini

Awards and Nominations

1. Primetime Emmy Awards – Nominated in 1985 due to her excellent acting role in The Cosby Show.

2. All Def Movie Awards – earned the nomination for the award in her role in the film Creed.

3. Black Reel Awards – Nominated in 2011 for standing in the film For Colored Girls.

Phylicia Rashad is a 73 – year – old US actress and musician with a career that spans 50 years. She began her career in 1984 by performing in the popular TV show, The Cosby Show. Rashad has won 15 awards and 35 nominations in total throughout her long productive career.

19. Loretta Devine

Date of Birth – 21st August 1949

Place of Birth – Texas, United States

Zodiac Sign – Leo

Awards and Nominations

1. Primetime Emmy – bagged the prestigious Primetime Emmy Award in 2011 for standing out as a guest actress in the series Grey’s Anatomy.

2. Awards Circuit Community Awards – earned ACCA in 2005 for being the top cast ensemble in the film crash.

3. Black Movie Awards – was one of the nominees for this award for being the greatest supporting actress in the film Crash.

4. Gold Derby Awards – won the famous Gold Derby TV Award in 2005 for standing as a guest actress in the Drama film Grey’s Anatomy.

Loretta Devine is a US actress with many accolades under her belt. Unknown to some, Loretta is an equally successful musician who has produced multiple songs. Loretta and her bandmates (Dreamgirls Band) released popular songs such as Family, Move and I Miss Your Old Friend.

20. Nia Long

Date of Birth – 30th October 1970

Place of Birth – New York, United States

Zodiac Sign – Libra

Awards and Nominations

1. Black star Award – won the Black Star Award in 2000

2. Black Star Nomination – Nominated for this award in 1998 for her spectacular acting role in the movie Love Jones.

3. Hollywood Award – bagged this award in 2014 for being the top ensemble cast in the film The Best Man Holiday.

4. BET Comedy Award – bagged this coveted award in 2005 after emerging as the greatest supporting actress in the film Alfie.

5. Blockbuster Entertainment Award – earned a nomination for this award in 2001 for being the most preferred comedian in the comedy film Big Momma’s House.

Nia Long is an American actress who was born in Brooklyn in New York. She started her long and illustrious acting career in 1991 by playing roles in films such as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Boyz n the Hood. Long has played key roles in many other films earning 7 award wins and 14 nominations.

21. Regina King

Date of Birth – 15th January 1971

Place of Birth – Ohio, United States

Zodiac Sign – Capricorn

Awards and Nominations

1. Primetime Emmy Awards – won this award in 2018 and 2020 for her leading actress role in the films Watchmen and Seven Seconds.

2. African American Film Critics Association {AAFCA} – won this award in 2018 and 2021 for her able role in the films One Night in Miami and If Beale Street Could Talk.

3. BET Awards – won in 2005 for emerging top actress in the films A Cinderella Story.

4. Boston Online Films Critics Association (BOFCA) – bagged this award in 2018 for her impressive supporting actress role in the movie If Beale Street Could Talk.

5. Critics Choice TV Award – Nominated for her top supporting actress role in the series The Leftovers.

Regina Kings is a 51 – year – old American actress that has bagged 81 awards and 113 nominations. King began her acting career in 1985 by playing the role of Brenda Jenkins in the series 227.

22. Oprah Winfrey

Date of Birth – 29th January 1954

Place of Birth – Mississippi, United States

Zodiac Sign – Aquarius

Awards and Nominations

1. BAFTA Awards – won in 2014 for her exceptional supporting actress role in the film The Butler.

2. Movies for Grownups Award – bagged the award in 2014 for emerging the top actress in The Butler.

3. Hollywood Award – captured nomination for outstanding ensemble cast in The Butler.

4. Black Reel Awards – Nominated in 2018 for producing an exceptional Drama film Queen Sugar.

5. BET Awards – Nominated in 2014 for proving to be the top actress in the movie The Butler.

Oprah Winfrey is a US TV host and actress who gained popularity due to her popular TV show, The Oprah Winfrey Show. She has acted in multiple major films such as The Butler, Selma, and A Wrinkle in Time. Winfrey launched her TV network, OWN in 2011 and has directed many films over the years.

23. Lupita Nyong’o

Date of Birth – 1st March 1983

Place of Birth – Mexico

Zodiac Sign – Pisces

Awards and Nominations

1. Primetime Emmy Awards – captured this nomination for an impeccable narration of the film Serengeti.

2. BAFTA Awards – Nominated for her marvelous supporting actress role in the film 12 Years a Slave.

3. Saturn Awards – proposed for the award in 2018 as the top actress in the popular film Black Panther.

4. Oscar Awards – won the Academy Awards in 2014 for emerging the best supporting actress role in the film 12 Years a Slave.

Lupita A. Nyong’o is a popular actress born in Mexico but brought up in Kenya. She pursued a BA in Hampshire College before she proceeded to Yale University for her Masters of Fine Arts. Lupita has won 99 awards and 108 nominations throughout her promising acting career.

24. Zoe Saldana

Date of Birth – 19th June 1978

Place of Birth – New Jersey, US

Zodiac Sign – Gemini

Awards and Nominations

1. Saturn Awards – bagged the award in 2010 for her performance on the movie Avatar.

2. ALMA Awards – bagged the award for emerging the most preferred actress in the film Colombiana.

3. BET Awards – Nominated thrice for her performance in films such as The Losers and Avatar.

4. Black Movie Awards – Nominated for the award in 2005 for her excellent performance in the film Guest Who.

Zoe Saldana is a highly talented American actress that has bagged 16 awards and 63 nominations. Her mom is from Puerto Rico whereas her dad was Dominican. Saldana has had a long successful career especially after she became a film director.

25. Pam Grier

Date of Birth – 26th May 1949

Place of Birth – North Carolina, US

Zodiac Sign – Gemini

Awards and nominations

1. ACCA – won the award in 1997 for her leading actress role in the movie Jackie Brown.

2. Black Reel Awards – bagged the award in 2002 for her exceptional acting role in the movie Bones.

3. Image Awards – Nominated for the award in 2006 and 2008 for her supporting actress performance in the series The L Word.

Pam Grier is a 72 – year – old American actress that began her career in the 1970s. She has won multiple international awards such as Emmy Awards, Saturn Awards, and the Golden Globe Award.

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