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Yaya DaCosta

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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 2015 The Simpsons (TV Series)
Princess Kemi
- The Princess Guide (2015) ... Princess Kemi (voice)
 2015 Whitney (TV Movie)
Whitney Houston
 2014 Unforgettable (TV Series)
- 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)
- Runaways (2012) ... Anita
- Perils of Paranoia (2011) ... Anita
 2012 Dark Horse (TV Movie)
 2011 Shanghai Hotel
 2011 Stand Off
 2011 In Time
 2011 Body of Proof (TV Series)
Holly Bennett
- Helping Hand (2011) ... Holly Bennett
 2011 Weekends at Bellevue (TV Movie)
 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 The Kids Are All Right
Tanya (as Yaya Dacosta)
 2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
- Anchor (2009) ... Audrina
 2009/I The Messenger
Monica Washington (as Yaya Dacosta)
 2008 Racing for Time (TV Movie)
 2005 Eve (TV Series)
Ms. Jenkins
- Prom Night (2005) ... Ms. Jenkins
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Other Works:

"The First Breeze of Summer," written by Leslie Lee; music by Bill Sims Jr.; directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson; fight direction by Thomas Schall; with Harvey Blanks (portraying Reverend Mosely); Yaya DaCosta (portraying Lucretia); Sandra Daley (portraying Gloria Townes); Crystal Anne Dickinson (as Crystal A. Dickinson) (... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Yaya Alafia | Yaya Dacosta | Yaya Da Costa Johnson


5' 7" (1.7 m)

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

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