Africa-American actress and Model, Yaya DaCosta who was born as Camara DaCosta Johnson on November 15, 1982 in Harlem, New York. She is the daughter of Carl Awolowo Johnson and Orundun DaCosta Johnson and is of African-Brazilian and African-American descent. She was the runner-up in Cycle 3 of America’s Next Top Model.
In 2015, she began starring in the NBC medical drama Chicago Med as Nurse April Sexton. She attended the elite Northfield Mount Hermon School during her high school years before attending college where she majored in Africana Studies and International Relations at Brown University. She is fluent in English, Portuguese, French, Spanish, and conversational Japanese.
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Yaya began acting in 2005 after guest-starring in an episode of the UPN sitcom Eve. She then starred in the 2006 dance film “Take the Lead”. She had supporting roles in the independent films Honey dripper (2007) and The Messenger (2009). She appeared in the ABC soap opera “All My Children” (2008) as Cassandra Foster, the daughter of Angie Hubbard.
In 2009, Yaya had a recurring role as Nico Slater, the daughter of Wilhelmina Slater (Vanessa Williams) in the fourth and final season of the ABC comedy-drama series Ugly Betty. Also, in 2010, she had supporting roles in the comedy-drama film “The Kids Are All Right” and the science fiction action-adventure film Tron: Legacy.
In that same year, 2010, she appeared in the magazines Vogue, L’Officiel and on the cover of W and
in 2013, she appeared as Carol in the historical drama The Butler, starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey.
During the same year, she appeared in the magazines Vogue, L’Officiel and on the cover of W, Yaya began starring in the NBC medical drama Chicago Med as April Sexton, an ED nurse in 2015. She has lived a successful life as an actress and model and has been nominated for various awards.
Yaya got married to independent film producer and director Joshua Bee Alafia on June 26, 2012 and gave birth to their son, Sankara n September 2013. In November 12, 2015, she filed for divorce.