Yara Sayeh Shahidi who was born on February 10, 2000 is an Iranian-American actress.
Shahidi was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to an American mother, Keri-Salter Shahidi, and an Iranian father, Afshin Shahidi, a photographer. The family moved to California, for Afshin’s work, when Yara was 4. She is the older sister of child actor Sayeed Shahidi.
She began her career when she was 6 years old, appearing in television and print advertisements for companies such as McDonald’s,Ralph Lauren, Target, GapKids, Disney, Guess Kids, and Children’s Place. She frequently worked with her mother and younger brother in various print and broadcast campaigns.
Shahidi made her theatrical debut in 2009, starring opposite Eddie Murphy in Paramount Pictures’ “Imagine that”, for which she received a Young Artist Award nomination.
Yara’s most recent appearance was on popular TV show “Scandal” and in September 2014, Shahidi starred in ABC’s prime-time comedy Black-ish as 14-year-old Zoey Johnson.