Alexandra Ruth Shipp (born July 16, 1991) is an American actress, singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist who rose to prominence for portraying real-life 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 Ruth Shipp
July 16, 1991
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Shipp was raised in Phoenix, Arizona. Her mother is a Kundalini yoga teacher, and her father is a musician. Her father is African-American and her mother is white. She has two brothers, James and Jordan, and a stepsister, Kasia. Shipp was educated at Squaw Peak Elementary School, Arizona School for the Arts, and St. Mary's Catholic High School in Phoenix. She moved to Los Angeles at the age of 17 to pursue an acting career.
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. 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. 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.
|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||Love, Simon||Abby Suso|
|2018||Deadpool 2||Ororo Munroe / Storm||Uncredited cameo|
|2019||A Dog's Way Home||Olivia|
|2019||Dark Phoenix||Ororo Munroe / Storm|
|2020||All the Bright Places||Kate||Post-production|
|TBA||Kung Fury 2||Rey Porter||Post-production|
|2011||Switched at Birth||Ashley||Episode: "Dance Amongst Daggers"|
|2012||Victorious||Aleese||Episode: "The Gorilla Club"|
|2013||House of Anubis||KT Rush||41 episodes|
|2013||Occult||Alana Hutchins||Unsold A&E pilot|
|2013||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"|
|2019||Telling Lies (video game)|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2016||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie: Breakout Star||X-Men: Apocalypse||Nominated|||
|2017||Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Squad||X-Men: Apocalypse||Nominated|||
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- Gardner, Renee (July 19, 2014). "Alexandra Shipp's best Twitter and Instagram photos". RollingOut.com.
- Bell, Carrie (May 24, 2016). "Young Mutant Power: Meet X-Men: Apocalypse's Alexandra Shipp & Lana Condor". Refinery29.
- Lowman, Virginia (July 13, 2015). "Alexandra Shipp's New 'Do". Essence.com.
- Cordova, Randy (November 27, 2014). "Phoenix native Alexandra Shipp plays Aaliyah in TV movie". The Arizona Republic.
- Nededog, Jethro (November 15, 2014). "Lifetime's 'Aaliyah' Star Alexandra Shipp on Controversial Role: 'I'm Just an Actress Doing Her Job'". TheWrap.
- "'X-Men: Apocalypse' Adds 3 To Mutant Ranks". Deadline Hollywood. January 22, 2015.
- Lincoln, Ross A. (November 19, 2015). "Indie Comedy 'Dude' Rounds Out Lead Cast With Trio Of Actresses". Deadline Hollywood.
- 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.
- Ramos, Dino-Ray (March 26, 2018). "20th Century Fox Shuffles Release Dates For 'Bohemian Rhapsody', 'Dark Phoenix' & More". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
- "Alexandra Shipp in Talks to Join Samuel L. Jackson in 'Shaft' Reboot".
- "Teen Choice Awards 2016 "Second Wave" Nominations Announced". Teen Choice Awards. June 14, 2016.
- "Teen Choice Awards 2016: See the full list of winners". Entertainment Weekly. July 31, 2016.
- "Kids' Choice Awards 2017: The Complete List". E! Online. March 12, 2017.
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