Shailyn Pierre-Dixon

Shailyn Pierre-Dixon (born June 1, 2003) is a Canadian actress.[1] She is best known for her role as the young Aminata in the television miniseries The Book of Negroes, for which she won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2016.[2] She has also appeared in the films The Best Man Holiday, Suicide Squad[3] and Jean of the Joneses, and she plays the character Frances in the television series Between.

Shailyn Pierre-Dixon
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Pierre-Dixon in 2015
Born (2003-06-01) June 1, 2003 (age 17)
Years active2013–present

Early lifeEdit

Pierre-Dixon was born June 1, 2003 in Caledon, Ontario to parents, Christina Dixon, a Canadian actress, writer, and producer, and Maurice Pierre.[4][5] She attributes her interest in acting to her mother, after seeing her on set. She is enrolled in the drama program at Mayfield Secondary School.[6]


Pierre-Dixon began her career as a child model, appearing in commercials and advertisements.[7] Her first major role was in the 2013 Hollywood film, The Best Man Holiday, as Kelly, the on-screen daughter of Regina Hall and Harold Perrineau.[8] She played the role of young Aminata in the 2015 CBC miniseries The Book of Negroes. Her performance in The Book of Negroes led to a Canadian Screen Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series at the 4th Canadian Screen Awards in 2016.[2] From 2015 to 2016, Pierre-Dixon appeared as Frances in the Netflix and CityTV series, Between. In 2016, she appeared in Jean of the Joneses as Mary Jones[4] and Suicide Squad as Zoe Lawton, the daughter of Deadshot (played by Will Smith).[7]

In 2015, Pierre-Dixon had the honor of presenting at the Canadian Screen Awards, making her one of the youngest presenters in the Academy's history at 11 years old.[4]


Year Title Role
2013 The Best Man Holiday Kelly
2016 Suicide Squad Zoe Lawton
2016 Jean of the Jonses Mary Jones
Year Title Role Notes
2015-2016 Between Frances 2015 (Recurring); 2016 (Main)
2015 The Book of Negroes Young Aminata Winner: Canadian Screen Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2016)


  1. ^ "Meet 'The Book of Negroes Young Aminata - Shailyn Pierre-Dixon". Indiewire. January 15, 2015. Archived from the original on February 15, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "'Book of Negroes,' 'Schitt's Creek' top early Canadian Screen Awards". Winnipeg Free Press, March 10, 2016.
  3. ^ The Canadian Press (August 2, 2016). "'Suicide Squad' Actress Shailyn Pierre-Dixon Talks Playing Will Smith's Daughter". The Huffington Post.
  4. ^ a b c "Shailyn Pierre-Dixon". IMDb. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  5. ^ "The Book of Negroes Cast". CBC. Retrieved January 13, 2020.
  6. ^ "Shailyn Pierre-Dixon". Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  7. ^ a b News, Pride (2016-07-18). "Young Canadian Actor, Shailyn Pierre-Dixon, Fulfills Her Dream: Stars In 'Suicide Squad' With Will Smith". Pride News. Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  8. ^ Marr, Danielle (10 August 2016). "Caledon's Shailyn Pierre-Dixon dishes on life after Suicide Squad".

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