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Yaya DaCosta


Yaya Alafia 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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 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
- Cashing Out (2014) ... Molly
 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)
 2011-2012 House M.D. (TV Series)
Anita
- Runaways (2012) ... Anita
- Perils of Paranoia (2011) ... Anita
 2012 Dark Horse (TV Movie)
Amy
 2011 Shanghai Hotel
Kendra
 2011 Stand Off
Sophie
 2011 In Time
Greta
 2011 Body of Proof (TV Series)
Holly Bennett
- Helping Hand (2011) ... Holly Bennett
 2011 Weekends at Bellevue (TV Movie)
Vanessa
 2010 TRON: Legacy
Siren #3
 2010 Army Wives (TV Series)
Specialist Amber Stiles
- AWOL (2010) ... Specialist Amber Stiles
 2010 The Kids Are All Right
Tanya (as Yaya Dacosta)
 2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Audrina
- Anchor (2009) ... Audrina
 2009/I The Messenger
Monica Washington (as Yaya Dacosta)
 2008 Racing for Time (TV Movie)
Vanessa
 2005 Eve (TV Series)
Ms. Jenkins
- Prom Night (2005) ... Ms. Jenkins
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Other Works:

TV commercial for Olay facial wipes. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Article | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Alternate Names:

Yaya Alafia | Yaya Dacosta | Yaya Da Costa Johnson

Height:

5' 7" (1.7 m)
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Her father is Brazilian and her family has West African, Native American, Cherokee and Irish blood. Yaya often mentioned her Brazilian ancestry during her "America's Next Top Model" (2003) run, along with her Nigerian ancestry. See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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