Top 10 Best Kerry Washington Movie and TV Roles of All Time

Kerry Washington was acting for a long time before she finally landed the starring role in ABC’s Scandal that made her a household name. Now she can pick whatever role she wants, but it wasn’t always that way. Most of her career was spent playing the love interest for a male character. It’ll be interesting to see where she goes from here, but check out the highlights of Kerry Washington’s filmography so far.

10. Bad Company

Character: Julie

Playing the love interest of Chris Rock earned Washington well-deserved attention.

9. Little Man

Little Man Kerry Washington Wayans

Character: Vanessa Edwards

This forgotten movie was highly entertaining for its time.

8. She Hate Me

She Hate Me

Character: Fatima Goodrich

Leading the way in a Spike Lee joint.

7. Confirmation


Character: Anita Hill

Washington’s critically acclaimed role as a major character in a real-life court room drama involving the U.S. Supreme Court.

6. Fantastic Four Franchise

Fantastics four Kerry Washington

Character: Alicia Masters

Fox’s first crack at Marvel’s oldest superhero team was panned by critics and audiences, but it still retains some charm.

5. Ray

Character: Della Bea Robinson

Washington plays Ray’s wife very well in this real-life biopic about one of the most important musicians in the business. Jamie Foxx is the title character.

4. The Last King of Scotland


Character: Kay Amin

The wife of Idi Amin sees a lot during his reign at the top. She’s great with Forest Whitaker.

3. Save the Last Dance

Character: Chenille

This dance movie with Julia Stiles and Taye Diggs is an underrated classic coming-of-age film. Washington shines in her role.

2. Django Unchained

Django Unchained

Character: Broomhilda von Shaft

The slave trade and post-Civil War society is explored like never before on screen by Quentin Tarantino. Washington joins an all-star cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx once again.

1. Scandal


Character: Olivia Pope

Washington D.C.’s fixer once dated the President and has connections all over the country. This show is highly watchable, even though it seems to jump the shark on a weekly basis.


Dr. Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. You can find his work in Cracked, High Times, HuffPost, Lifewire, Forbes, Fast Company, and dozens of other places, although much of it is no longer under his name. Dr. Penny loves annoying fake media.

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