hot brown girls on screen

by sarafnn29 | created - 26 Aug 2011 | updated - 28 Aug 2011 | Public

I'm a young girl of mixed origin: black, white and Vietnamese... it's always inspiring to see other girls that are ambiguously brown on the screen. One day I will be there too!

1. Jessica Alba

Actress | Fantastic Four

Jessica Marie Alba was born on April 28, 1981, in Pomona, CA, to Catherine (Jensen) and Mark David Alba, who served in the US Air Force. Her mother has Danish, Welsh, German, English, and French ancestry, while her father is of Mexican descent (including Spanish, Indigenous Mexican, and distant ...

2. Leela Savasta

Actress | This Means War

Leela Savasta was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. She is also a dual citizen with the United States.

Savasta stars in the Showcase original drama series Cra$h & Burn (2009). Additionally, she play recurring roles in NBC's award winning drama Battlestar Galactica (2004) and in Chris Haddock...

3. Freida Pinto

Actress | Slumdog Millionaire

Freida Selena Pinto was born in Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra, India, to Sylvia, a school principal, and Frederick Pinto, a senior bank branch manager. She is from a Mangalorean family.

Pinto traversed the modeling circuit in Mumbai (represented by Elite Model Management India) for two years ...

4. Azita Ghanizada

Actress | Complete Unknown

Azita, a political refugee, came to Hollywood with an incredible story of cultural backlash. As a baby, she and her family fled to the United States and gained asylum in an effort to escape war-time conflicts . Being raised in a conservative multicultural home, she was forbidden to pursue her ...

5. Liza Lapira

Actress | 21

Liza Lapira was born in Queens, New York City, New York, USA. She is an actress, known for 21 (2008), Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011) and Fast & Furious (2009).

6. Chanel Maya Banks

Actress | Twelve

Chanel Maya Banks is an actress, known for Twelve (2010), Blue Bloods (2010) and Gossip Girl (2007).

7. Leila Arcieri

Actress | xXx

Leila Arcieri was born on December 18, 1973 in San Francisco, California, USA as Leila Carmelita Arcieri. She is an actress, known for xXx (2002), Daddy Day Care (2003) and Buffalo Bushido (2009).

8. Marian Rivera

Actress | Super Inday and the Golden Bibe

Marian Rivera was born on August 12, 1984 in Madrid, Spain as Marian Gracia Rivera. She is an actress and producer, known for Super Inday and the Golden Bibe (2010), Temptation of Wife (2012) and Kung Fu Divas (2013). She has been married to Dingdong Dantes since December 30, 2014.

9. Bea Alonzo

Actress | One More Chance

Bea Alonzo was born on October 17, 1987 in the Philippines as Phylbert Angellie Ranollo Fagestrom. She is an actress, known for One More Chance (2007), The Love Affair (2015) and Four Sisters and a Wedding (2013).

10. Hailee Steinfeld

Actress | True Grit

Hailee Steinfeld was born on December 11, 1996 in Tarzana, California, to Cheri (Domasin), an interior designer, and Peter Steinfeld, a personal fitness trainer. She has a brother, Griffin. Her uncle is Jake Steinfeld, a fitness trainer, and her great-uncle is actor Larry Domasin. Her father is of ...

11. Claire Unabia

Camera_department | At the Beach

Claire Unabia is known for her work on At the Beach (2005), My Long Island TV (2009) and America's Next Top Model (2003). She is married to Matt James. They have one child.

12. Emmanuelle Chriqui

Actress | Wrong Turn

Emmanuelle Chriqui was born in Montreal, Quebec, to Moroccan Jewish immigrants, Liliane (Benisty) and Albert Chriqui. Her family moved to Toronto when she was two years old. At the age of 10, Chriqui appeared in a McDonald's commercial. She moved to Vancouver, guest-starring in series such as Are ...

13. Lenora Crichlow

Actress | Fast Girls

Lenora Crichlow was born on January 4, 1985 in Westminster, London, England as Lenora Isabella Crichlow. She is an actress, known for Fast Girls (2012), Sugar Rush (2005) and Doctor Who (2005).

14. Chipo Chung

Actress | Sunshine

Chipo Chung was born in 1977 in Tanzania. She is an actress, known for Sunshine (2007), Proof (2005) and In the Loop (2009).

15. Kat Graham

Actress | The Vampire Diaries

Kat Graham is a music artist, actress and producer, best known for her starring role in the hit TV show The Vampire Diaries (2009). Born in Geneva, Switzerland, Kat speaks four languages - English, Spanish, French and Hebrew - and is the daughter of a Liberian father and a Russian Jewish mother. At...

16. Cassie Ventura

Actress | Step Up 2: The Streets

Cassie Ventura was born on August 26, 1986 in New London, Connecticut, USA as Casandra Elizabeth Ventura. She is an actress, known for Step Up 2: The Streets (2008), The Perfect Match (2016) and The Fifth Commandment (2008).

17. Anushka Sharma Kohli

Actress | Jab Tak Hai Jaan

Anushka Sharma was born on 1 May 1988 in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. Her father, Colonel Ajay Kumar Sharma, is an army officer, and her mother, Ashima Sharma, is a homemaker. Her father is a native of Uttar Pradesh, while her mother is a Garhwali. Her elder brother is film producer Karnesh Sharma, who ...

18. Deepika Padukone

Actress | Chennai Express

Deepika Padukone, born 5 January 1986 in Copenhagen, Denmark, is an Indian model & Actress. She is the daughter of former badminton Champion Prakash Padukone. Her mother tongue is Konkani. Deepika has a younger sister named Anisha.

She has been modeling appearances in print and television advertising...

19. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Actress | Devdas

Born into a traditional south Indian family, Aishwarya started modeling at a young age. This green-blue-eyed beauty appeared in advertisements for many prestigious firms; the ones that brought her into the limelight were the garden sari and the Pepsi ad. Crowned Miss India 1994 runner-up, she was a...

20. Maggie Q

Actress | Divergent

Margaret Denise Quigley was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to a father of Polish and Irish descent (originally based in New York) and a Vietnamese mother. Her parents met during the Vietnam War. Maggie has two older half-siblings from her mother's previous marriage, and two older sisters. The family ...

21. Sarah Shahi

Actress | Bullet to the Head

Sarah Shahi was born Aahoo Jahansouz in Euless, Texas, to an Iranian father and Spanish mother. She is a former NFL cheerleader and a descendant of a 19th-century Persian Shah. She attended Trinity High School and Dallas Southern Methodist University, studied opera and majored in English. As a ...

22. Reshma Shetty

Actress | Royal Pains

Reshma Shetty was born on November 2, 1977 in Manchester, England, UK to Hindu parents. She was raised in England and Richmond, Virginia in the United States. She is a graduate of the famed Opera department at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. On stage, Reshma received rave reviews in 2006 for ...

23. Nazneen Contractor

Actress | Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Born in Mumbai, India and raised in Nigeria until the age of seven, Contractor was well-versed in world travels and a variety of cultures at a very young age. She attended boarding school in London from seven to nine years old, then her family moved to Toronto, Canada, where she spent the majority ...

24. Mallika Sherawat

Actress | Murder

Mallika Sherawat was born on October 24, 1976 in Rohtak, Haryana, India as Reema Lambha. She is an actress, known for Murder (2004), San wa (2005) and Double Dhamaal (2011). She was previously married to Karan Singh Gill.

25. Rashida Jones

Actress | Parks and Recreation

Rashida Jones was born in Los Angeles, the younger daughter of media mogul, producer, and musician Quincy Jones and actress Peggy Lipton. She has an older sister, Kidada Jones, and five half-siblings by her father's other relationships. Her father is African-American, and also has Welsh ancestry. ...

26. T.V. Carpio

Actress | Across the Universe

T.V. Carpio was born in 1981 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA as Teresa Victoria Carpio. She is an actress, known for Across the Universe (2007), Limitless (2011) and The Client List (2012).

27. Anne Curtis

Actress | A Secret Affair

Anne Curtis was born on February 17, 1985 in Yarrawonga, Victoria, Australia as Anne Ojales Curtis-Smith. She is an actress, known for A Secret Affair (2012), No Other Woman (2011) and Baler (2008). She has been married to Erwan Heussaff since November 12, 2017.

28. Kristin Kreuk

Actress | EuroTrip

Kristin Kreuk was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to Deanna Che, who is of Chinese ancestry, and Peter Kreuk, who is of Dutch descent. Her parents are landscape architects. She attended and graduated from Eric Hamber High School. Although she did some stage work in school, she focused ...

29. Tia Carrere

Actress | True Lies

Tia Carrere was born Althea Rae Duhinio Janairo on January 2, 1967 in Honolulu, Hawaii. While attending Sacred Hearts Academy, Tia was discovered in a Waikiki grocery store and landed the female lead in the indie movie Aloha Summer (1988). Although her passion has always been singing (grandmother ...

30. Christie Laing

Actress | Tucker and Dale vs Evil

Christie Laing was born April 10th, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. In love with performing, Christie was trained in both dance and piano at the age of three and began acting at the age of seven. Juggling both school, acting and dancing throughout her youth, Christie landed roles on popular...

31. Vanessa Hudgens

Actress | High School Musical 3: Senior Year

Vanessa Anne Hudgens was born in Salinas, California. Her family moved to San Diego, California, while she was still a toddler. She has a younger sister, Stella Hudgens, who is also an actress. Their mother, Gina Hudgens (Guangco), an office worker, is from the Philippines. Her father, Greg Hudgens...

32. Lea Michele

Actress | Glee

Lea Michele Sarfati was born in the Bronx, New York to parents Edith Thomasina (Porcelli), a nurse, and Mark David Sarfati, a delicatessen owner-turned-real estate agent. Her mother is of Italian descent (from Rome and Naples), and her father is of Sephardi Jewish ancestry (from Turkey and Greece)....

33. Pia Miller

Actress | Big Mamma's Boy

Pia Miller is an actress, known for Big Mamma's Boy (2011), Home and Away (1988) and Conspiracy 365 (2012). She has been married to Brad Miller since December 28, 2007. They have two children.

34. Bingbing Li

Actress | Transformers: Age of Extinction

Bingbing Li was born on February 27, 1973 in Harbin, China. She is an actress and producer, known for Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014), Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) and The Forbidden Kingdom (2008).

35. Shannyn Sossamon

Actress | A Knight's Tale

Shannyn Sossamon, who credits her striking looks to a mix of English, French, Hawaiian, Dutch, Irish, Filipino, and German ancestry, was born Shannon Marie Kahololani Sossamon in Honolulu, Hawaii. At the age of one, Shannyn and her family moved to a new locale: Reno, Nevada. Her youth was spent at ...

36. Charito Mertz

Actress | Exhausted

Charito Mertz was born in Cebu, Philippines to father, Nolito Jarina, a civil engineer and mother, Marcela Jarina, a bank teller. She became a world traveler before entering the first grade, living in locations like Australia and Nauru before heading to the United States. Charito then hopped around...

37. Karyn Parsons

Actress | Major Payne

Karyn Parsons decided to go into acting at the age of 13. She had her first TV role in the NBC drama The Bronx Zoo (1987), but she made her big break as Will Smith's cousin "Hilary Banks" on the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990). During the show's six-year run, she starred in movies ...

38. Patricia Velasquez

Actress | The Mummy Returns

Patricia Velasquez was born in Guajira, Venezuela on January 31, 1971, the fifth of six children. She was raised by her parents, both of whom were educators, in a third world country. Needless to say, Patricia's life was far from luxurious. She attended San Vicente de Paul High School, and after ...

39. Eva Mendes

Actress | Hitch

Eva Mendes was born in Miami, Florida but raised in Los Angeles, California of Cuban-American heritage. In college, she began acting, studying underneath acting coach Ivana Chubbuck. This led to her desire to appear in feature films. Though taking many smaller roles in movies, she was little known ...

40. Sofía Vergara

Actress | Hot Pursuit

Sofía Margarita Vergara Vergara was born and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia. Her mother, Margarita Vergara Dávila de Vergara, is a housewife. Her father, Julio Enrique Vergara Robayo, provides cattle to the meat industry. She has five siblings. She was educated at a private bilingual Spanish/...

41. Jennifer Lopez

Actress | Gigli

Jennifer Lynn Lopez was born in the Castle Hill section of The Bronx on July 24, 1969. She is the middle of three musically-inclined sisters, Leslie Lopez, a homemaker, and Lynda Lopez, a DJ on New York's WKTU, a VH1 VJ, and a morning news show correspondent on New York's Channel 11. Jennifer ...

42. Zoe Saldana

Actress | Avatar

Zoe Saldana was born on June 19, 1978 in Passaic, New Jersey, to Asalia Nazario and Aridio Saldaña. Her father was Dominican and her mother is Puerto Rican. She was raised in Queens, New York. When she was 10 years old, she and her family moved to the Dominican Republic, where they would live for ...

43. Thandie Newton

Actress | Crash

Thandie Newton was born in London. She is the daughter of a Zimbabwean mother, Nyasha, a health-care worker from the Shona tribe, and Nick Newton, a British father who worked as a lab technician. She lived in Zambia until political unrest caused her family to move back to the UK. She then lived in ...

44. Odette Annable

Actress | Cloverfield

Odette Annable was born Odette Juliette Yustman on 10 May, 1985, in Los Angeles, California. Her mother, Lydia Yustman née Nodarse, is Cuban, and her father, Victor Oscar Yustman, was born in Bogotá, Colombia, of French and Italian descent. Odette started her career with a minor role in the movie ...

45. Selena Gomez

Actress | Spring Breakers

Selena Marie Gomez was born on July 22, 1992 in Grand Prairie, Texas. She is the daughter of Mandy Teefey and Ricardo Gomez. Her mother is of part Italian ancestry, and her father is of Mexican descent. She was named after Tejano singer Selena, who died in 1995.

Her first acting role was as "Gianna"...

46. Eva Longoria

Actress | Desperate Housewives

Eva Longoria was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, to Ella Eva (Mireles) and Enrique Longoria, Jr. The youngest of four sisters who grew up on a ranch near Corpus Christi, Longoria attended Texas A&M University-Kingsville, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. After ...

47. Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Actress | Belle

Gugu Mbatha-Raw was born Gugulethu Sophia Mbatha in the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, England. Her father, Patrick Mbatha, is a Black South African doctor, and her mother, Anne Raw, is a Caucasian English nurse. Her parents separated when she was a year old, and she was brought up by her mother ...

48. Hayley Marie Norman

Actress | Top Five

Hayley Marie Norman is an American film and television actress.

Hayley was born and raised in Agoura Hills, California, the daughter of a retired baseball player. Her father is African-American and her mother is of Russian, German, and distant Dutch, descent. On her mother's side, Hayley is the ...

49. Lauren London

Actress | ATL

Lauren London first appeared in the film, ATL, opposite actor and recording artist, Tip "TI" Harris. Due to London's breakout success in ATL, she received an offer to star in the film, This Christmas, with Loretta Devine, Idris Elba and Regina King. Her next film role was in the teen romantic ...

50. Michelle Rodriguez

Actress | Avatar

Known for tough-chick roles, Michelle Rodriguez is proof that there is a cross between beauty and brawn. She was born Mayte Michelle Rodriguez on July 12, 1978, in Bexar County, Texas, to Carmen Milady Pared Espinal, from the Dominican Republic, and Rafael Rodríguez Santiago, who served in the U.S....