Sanders at the Toronto International Film Festival 2016
Ashton Durrand Sanders
October 24, 1995
Carson, California, U.S.
|Education||Grand Arts High School|
Sanders was born in Carson, California. He attended Grand Arts High School in Downtown Los Angeles, from where he graduated in 2013. Sanders was studying towards a BFA at The Theatre School at DePaul University, before dropping out in 2016 to focus on his acting career.
He made his film debut in The Retrieval, directed by Chris Eska. The film had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 11, 2013. It was released in a limited release on April 2, 2014 by Variance Films.
The same year, Sanders appeared in the drama film Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins. The film had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on September 2, 2016, and began a limited release on October 21, 2016 by A24. Moonlight received massive critical acclaim as well dozens of accolades, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Picture – Drama. The film also won three Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali. Sanders' role in the film was praised by critics; Benjamin Lee of The Guardian called his performance "powerful".
Sanders co-starred in The Equalizer 2, a sequel to the hit action film The Equalizer, opposite Denzel Washington. In December 2016, Sanders was cast in Rupert Wyatt's forthcoming film Captive State, opposite Vera Farmiga and John Goodman.
|2012||Making Possibilities||Donnie||Short film|
|2015||Straight Outta Compton||Kid|
|2016||Moonlight||Teen Chiron||Austin Film Critics Association Special Honorary Award for Best Ensemble|
Gotham Special Jury Award – Ensemble Performance
Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award
MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Male
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
|We Home||Javan||Short film|
|The Last Virgin in LA||Josh||Short film|
|2018||The Equalizer 2||Miles Whittaker|
|2019||Native Son||Bigger Thomas|
|Captive State||Gabriel Drummond|
|All Day and a Night||Jah||Post-production|
|2016||The Skinny||Tyler||Episode: "Squad"|
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