Yaya DaCosta


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Yaya DaCosta was born and raised in New York City along with her sister and two brothers. She got her first acting gig at the age of eleven when her junior high school drama teacher, Ann Willis Ratray, encouraged her to audition for educational films. She continued to perform in school shows throughout high school and college and in 2005, made her... See full bio »

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(2013)
Take the Lead LaRhette
(2006)
In Time Greta
(2011)

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 2021-2022 Our Kind of People (TV Series)
Angela Vaughn
- Kiss It Up to God (2022) ... Angela Vaughn
- It Is Not Light We Need, But Fire (2022) ... Angela Vaughn
- Just Desserts (2022) ... Angela Vaughn
- Twice as Hard, Twice as Good (2021) ... Angela Vaughn
- Sistervention... (2021) ... Angela Vaughn
 2015-2021 Chicago Med (TV Series)
April Sexton
- I Will Come to Save You (2021) ... April Sexton
- Stories, Secrets, Half-Truths and Lies (2021) ... April Sexton
- A Red Pill, a Blue Pill (2021) ... April Sexton
- What a Tangled Web We Weave (2021) ... April Sexton
- Some Things Are Worth the Risk (2021) ... April Sexton
 2015-2021 Chicago Fire (TV Series)
April Sexton
- Escape Route (2021) ... April Sexton
- Infection, Part I (2019) ... April Sexton
- Looking for a Lifeline (2018) ... April Sexton
- Deathtrap (2017) ... April Sexton
- On the Warpath (2016) ... April Sexton
 2017-2019 Chicago P.D. (TV Series)
April Sexton
- Infection, Part III (2019) ... April Sexton
- The Thing About Heroes (2017) ... April Sexton
- Seven Indictments (2017) ... April Sexton
 2019 Bolden
Nora Bolden
 2019/I Peel
Sarah
 2018 Faith Under Fire (TV Movie)
Kendra
 2016 The Nice Guys
Tally
 2015 The Simpsons (TV Series)
Princess Kemi
- The Princess Guide (2015) ... Princess Kemi (voice)
 2015 Whitney (TV Movie)
Whitney Houston
 2014 Unforgettable (TV Series)
Molly McGinty
- Cashing Out (2014) ... Molly McGinty
 2014 And So It Goes
Kennedy (as Yaya Alafia)
 2013/I Lee Daniels' The Butler
Carol Hammie (as Yaya Alafia)
 2013 Big Words
Annie (as Yaya Alafia)
 2013 Mother of George
Sade Bakare (as Yaya Alafia)
 2012 Dark Horse (TV Movie)
Amy
 2011-2012 House (TV Series)
Anita
- Runaways (2012) ... Anita
- Perils of Paranoia (2011) ... Anita
 2011 Shanghai Hotel
Kendra
 2011 Stand Off
Sophie
 2011 Weekends at Bellevue (TV Movie)
Vanessa
 2011 In Time
Greta
 2011 Body of Proof (TV Series)
Holly Bennett
- Helping Hand (2011) ... Holly Bennett
 2010/II Lost and Found (Short)
 2010 TRON: Legacy
Siren #3
 2010 Army Wives (TV Series)
Specialist Amber Stiles
- AWOL (2010) ... Specialist Amber Stiles
 2010 Mercy (TV Series)
Brooke Sullivan
- There Is No Room for You on My Ass (2010) ... Brooke Sullivan
 2010 The Kids Are All Right
Tanya (as Yaya Dacosta)
 2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Audrina
- Anchor (2009) ... Audrina
 2009 Ugly Betty (TV Series)
Nico Slater
- Level (7) with Me (2009) ... Nico Slater
- Backseat Betty (2009) ... Nico Slater
- Plus None (2009) ... Nico Slater
- The Wiener, the Bun and the Boob (2009) ... Nico Slater
- Blue on Blue (2009) ... Nico Slater (uncredited)
 2009/I The Messenger
Monica Washington
 2008 All My Children (TV Series)
Cassandra Foster
- Episode #1.9944 (2008) ... Cassandra Foster
- Episode #1.9943 (2008) ... Cassandra Foster
- Episode #1.9941 (2008) ... Cassandra Foster
- Episode #1.9940 (2008) ... Cassandra Foster
- Episode #1.9937 (2008) ... Cassandra Foster
 2008 Racing for Time (TV Movie)
Vanessa
 2007 Honeydripper
China Doll
 2006 Take the Lead
LaRhette
 2005 Eve (TV Series)
Ms. Jenkins
- Prom Night (2005) ... Ms. Jenkins
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Personal Details

Other Works:

TV commercial for Dr. Scholl's. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Article | 1 Pictorial | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Yaya Alafia | Yaya Dacosta | Yaya Da Costa Johnson

Height:

5' 7" (1.7 m)

Spouse:

Joshua Bee Alafia  (filed for divorce)  (1 child)

Parents:

DaCosta, Orundun | Awolowo Johnson, Carl
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Personal Quote:

I try to make my mood uplifting and peaceful, then watch the world around me reflect that mood. See more »

Trivia:

First runner-up on season 3 of America's Next Top Model (2003). See more »

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