Yaya DaCosta

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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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 2015-2019 Chicago Med (TV Series)
April Sexton
- The Mote and the Beam (2019) ... April Sexton
- Never Going Back to Normal (2019) ... April Sexton
- With a Brave Heart (2019) ... April Sexton
- Forever Hold Your Peace (2019) ... April Sexton
- More Harm Than Good (2019) ... April Sexton
 2019 Bolden
Nora Bolden
 2019/I Peel
 2015-2018 Chicago Fire (TV Series)
April Sexton
- Looking for a Lifeline (2018) ... April Sexton
- Deathtrap (2017) ... April Sexton
- On the Warpath (2016) ... April Sexton
- The Beating Heart (2016) ... April Sexton
- Regarding This Wedding (2015) ... April Sexton
 2018 Faith Under Fire (TV Movie)
 2017 Chicago P.D. (TV Series)
April Sexton
- The Thing About Heroes (2017) ... April Sexton
- Seven Indictments (2017) ... April Sexton
 2016 The Nice Guys
 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)
 2012 Dark Horse (TV Movie)
 2011-2012 House (TV Series)
- Runaways (2012) ... Anita
- Perils of Paranoia (2011) ... Anita
 2011 Shanghai Hotel
 2011 Stand Off
 2011 Weekends at Bellevue (TV Movie)
 2011 In Time
 2011 Body of Proof (TV Series)
Holly Bennett
- Helping Hand (2011) ... Holly Bennett
 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 Mercy (TV Series)
Brooke Sullivan
- There Is No Room for You on My Ass (2010) ... Brooke Sullivan
 2010 The Kids Are All Right
Tanya (as Yaya Dacosta)
 2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
- Anchor (2009) ... Audrina
 2009 Ugly Betty (TV Series)
Nico Slater
- Level (7) with Me (2009) ... Nico Slater
- Backseat Betty (2009) ... Nico Slater
- Plus None (2009) ... Nico Slater
- The Wiener, the Bun and the Boob (2009) ... Nico Slater
- Blue on Blue (2009) ... Nico Slater (uncredited)
 2009/I The Messenger
Monica Washington (as Yaya Dacosta)
 2008 All My Children (TV Series)
Cassandra Foster
- Episode #1.9944 (2008) ... Cassandra Foster
- Episode #1.9943 (2008) ... Cassandra Foster
- Episode #1.9941 (2008) ... Cassandra Foster
- Episode #1.9940 (2008) ... Cassandra Foster
- Episode #1.9937 (2008) ... Cassandra Foster
 2008 Racing for Time (TV Movie)
 2007 Honeydripper
China Doll
 2006 Take the Lead
 2005 Eve (TV Series)
Ms. Jenkins
- Prom Night (2005) ... Ms. Jenkins
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Alternate Names:

Yaya Alafia | Yaya Dacosta | Yaya Da Costa Johnson


5' 7" (1.7 m)

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We had already planned my wedding when my brother passed away in 2012. When you're grieving, you don't necessarily want to think about something like that, but my brother told me that he wanted me to, so we went ahead and did it. See more »


Her ancestry includes African-American, Brazilian, West African, Cherokee Native American, and Irish. Yaya often mentioned her Brazilian ancestry during her "America's Next Top Model" (2003) run, along with her Nigerian ancestry. See more »

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