Alexandra Shipp

Alexandra Ruth Shipp (born July 16, 1991) is an American actress and singer who rose to prominence for portraying singer Aaliyah in the Lifetime television film Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B (2014) and Kimberly Woodruff in the Oscar-nominated film Straight Outta Compton (2015).

Alexandra Shipp
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Shipp at the 2019 WonderCon
Born (1991-07-16) July 16, 1991 (age 29)
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active2009–present

Shipp is best known for playing Storm in the X-Men franchise, starting with X-Men: Apocalypse, and Abby Suso in the 2018 romantic comedy Love, Simon.

Early lifeEdit

Shipp was raised in Phoenix, Arizona.[1] Her mother is a Kundalini yoga teacher, and her father is a musician. Her father is black and her mother is white.[2][3] She has two brothers, James and Jordan, and a stepsister, Kasia.[4] Shipp was educated at Squaw Peak Elementary School, Arizona School for the Arts, and St. Mary's Catholic High School in Phoenix.[5] She moved to Los Angeles at the age of 17 to pursue an acting career.[5]


In 2009, Shipp made her acting debut with a minor role in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. She went on to star in the third season of Nickelodeon's mystery teen drama series House of Anubis, playing the role of KT Rush.

In 2014, Shipp gained attention for her roles as Dani Raymond in the VH1 television film sequel Drumline: A New Beat and Aaliyah Haughton, the title role, in the Lifetime television film Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B.[6] For the latter performance, Shipp also sang. She next portrayed Ice Cube's wife, Kimberly Woodruff, in the biographical drama film Straight Outta Compton, which chronicled the careers of hip hop group N.W.A. In 2016, she co-starred in Bryan Singer's superhero film X-Men: Apocalypse as Ororo Munroe/Storm, a weather-controlling mutant previously portrayed by Halle Berry.[7] In 2018, she starred alongside Nick Robinson and Jorge Lendeborg Jr. in Love, Simon and Kathryn Prescott and Lucy Hale in Dude, both high school comedy films.[8]

She reprised the role of Ororo Munroe/Storm in the 2019 film Dark Phoenix,[9][10] and, the same summer, also starred as Sasha Arias in the Shaft sequel.[11]



Year Title Role Notes
2009 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Valentina
2015 Straight Outta Compton Kimberly Woodruff
2016 X-Men: Apocalypse Ororo Munroe / Storm
2017 Tragedy Girls McKayla Hooper
2018 Spinning Man Anna
2018 Love, Simon Abby Suso
2018 Dude Amelia
2018 Deadpool 2 Ororo Munroe / Storm Uncredited cameo
2019 A Dog's Way Home Olivia
2019 Dark Phoenix Ororo Munroe / Storm
2019 Shaft Sasha
2019 Jexi Cate Finnegan
2020 All the Bright Places Kate
2020 Endless Riley Jean Stanheight
2020 Father of the Bride, Part 3(ish) Rachel Banks Short film
2021 Silk Road Julia
TBA Kung Fury 2 Rey Porter Post-production
TBA Tick, Tick... Boom! Susan Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Switched at Birth Ashley Episode: "Dance Amongst Daggers"
2012 Victorious Aleese Episode: "The Gorilla Club"
2013 House of Anubis KT Rush 41 episodes
House of Anubis: Touchstone of Ra KT Rush TV special
Occult Alana Hutchins Unsold A&E pilot
Awkward Abby Martin Episode: "Less Than Hero"
2014 Ray Donovan Tiffany Episode: "Yo Soy Capitan"
2014 Days of Our Lives Mary Beth 3 episodes
2014 Drumline: A New Beat Dani Raymond Television film
2014 Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B Aaliyah Haughton Television film
2015 Your Family or Mine Lucy Episode: "Pilot"
2020 Make It Work! Herself Television special

Video gamesEdit

Year Title
2019 Telling Lies

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Breakout Star X-Men: Apocalypse Nominated [12][13]
2017 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Squad X-Men: Apocalypse Nominated [14]


  1. ^ Aquino, Tara (November 12, 2014). "Personality Complex: Alexandra Shipp Goes From Emo Kid to Aaliyah". Complex. Archived from the original on 2015-01-23. Retrieved 2015-08-28.
  2. ^ Gardner, Renee (July 19, 2014). "Alexandra Shipp's best Twitter and Instagram photos".
  3. ^ Bell, Carrie (May 24, 2016). "Young Mutant Power: Meet X-Men: Apocalypse's Alexandra Shipp & Lana Condor". Refinery29.
  4. ^ Lowman, Virginia (July 13, 2015). "Alexandra Shipp's New 'Do".
  5. ^ a b Cordova, Randy (November 27, 2014). "Phoenix native Alexandra Shipp plays Aaliyah in TV movie". The Arizona Republic.
  6. ^ Nededog, Jethro (November 15, 2014). "Lifetime's 'Aaliyah' Star Alexandra Shipp on Controversial Role: 'I'm Just an Actress Doing Her Job'". TheWrap.
  7. ^ "'X-Men: Apocalypse' Adds 3 To Mutant Ranks". Deadline Hollywood. January 22, 2015.
  8. ^ Lincoln, Ross A. (November 19, 2015). "Indie Comedy 'Dude' Rounds Out Lead Cast With Trio Of Actresses". Deadline Hollywood.
  9. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (June 14, 2017). "Fox Formalizes Simon Kinberg To Helm 'X-Men: Dark Phoenix'; Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy Back, Jessica Chastain In Talks". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 30, 2017.
  10. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (March 26, 2018). "20th Century Fox Shuffles Release Dates For 'Bohemian Rhapsody', 'Dark Phoenix' & More". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  11. ^ "Alexandra Shipp in Talks to Join Samuel L. Jackson in 'Shaft' Reboot".
  12. ^ "Teen Choice Awards 2016 "Second Wave" Nominations Announced". Teen Choice Awards. June 14, 2016.
  13. ^ "Teen Choice Awards 2016: See the full list of winners". Entertainment Weekly. July 31, 2016.
  14. ^ "Kids' Choice Awards 2017: The Complete List". E! Online. March 12, 2017.

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