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At just 16, Yara Shahidi’s al­ready made an im­pres­sion on the world of film and TV. In 2009, she worked with Ed­die Mur­phy in com­edy movie Imag­ine That. Then in 2010 she starred with Sa­muel L Jack­son in thriller Un­think­able and An­gelina Jolie in ac­tion movie Salt. But what has her in the spot­light now is her role on sit­com Black-ish (2014-cur­rent) as angsty teen Zoey John­son who loves giv­ing her par­ents grey hairs.

Yara can thank her par­ents for her 1

beau­ti­ful com­plex­ion – her mom is US model Keri Sal­ter and her pho­tog­ra­pher dad Af­shin Shahidi is from Iran.

Her showbiz ca­reer started with 2

TV ads for McDon­ald’s, Ralph Lau­ren and Dis­ney af­ter her fam­ily moved to LA when she was six.

Yara’s 13-year-old brother Say­eed 3

is also an ac­tor. He’s known for his roles as Lu­cas John­son in sit­com The First Fam­ily (2012-2013) and Will Bishop in 2015 on drama se­ries Switched At Birth (2011-cur­rent).

The teen keeps fight­ing fit with 4

Tang Soo Do – she has her black belt in the mar­tial art.

Her dad has taught her about her 5

Ira­nian heritage and she can read, write and speak Farsi.

Yara’s child­hood dream was to be 6

a crim­i­nal con­sul­tant for the FBI, but she’s changed her mind and de­cided to be­come a his­to­rian while con­tin­u­ing to pur­sue her love of act­ing. “I love his­tory. In my free time I read his­tor­i­cal fic­tion nov­els,” she says.

If her head isn’t buried in a book, 7

it’s in a Marvel comic or watch­ing a Marvel movie. “I track what Marvel is do­ing all day ev­ery day on­line and on so­cial me­dia. The X-Men Tril­ogy (20002006) and Thor (2011) and Thor 2: The Dark World (2013) are my favourites.”

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