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Zazie Olivia Beetz (German: [beːts];[2] born June 1, 1991)[citation needed] is a German-American actress best known for her starring role as Vanessa "Van" Keefer on the FX comedy-drama series Atlanta (2016–present), for which she has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.[3][4] She also appeared in the Netflix anthology series Easy (2016–17).[5] Beetz has starred as Dana in the disaster film Geostorm (2017) and as the Marvel Comics character Domino in the superhero film Deadpool 2 (2018).

Zazie Beetz
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Beetz at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con
Zazie Olivia Beetz[1]

(1991-06-01) June 1, 1991 (age 27)[citation needed]
Mitte, Berlin, Germany
EducationFiorello H. LaGuardia High School
Alma materSkidmore College
Years active2013–present


Early lifeEdit

Beetz was born at the Charité in Berlin-Mitte.[6][7] Her father is a German cabinet maker and her mother is an African-American social worker from New York.[8][9] Beetz attended kindergarten and elementary school in Berlin, but she was raised in uptown Manhattan as well, speaking both German and English with her family at home.[10] She became interested in acting while in grade school and performed in community theaters and on local stages.[10] She continued alternating time between her two “homes”, such as holding down a summer job at Berlin’s Alexa Einkaufszentrum, working in its H&M store. She received training from Muscota New School, the Harlem School of the Arts and LaGuardia Arts High school. She attended Skidmore College, graduating with a bachelor's degree in French.[11] She spent a year living in Paris and felt "very enamoured with it in a romantic way".[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Beetz resides in Harlem, where she works on New York-based films.[12]



Year Title Role Notes
2013 The Crocotta The Crocotta Short film
2014 Beasts Ally Short film
2015 James White Girl #1
Applesauce Rain
Double Bind Baily Short film
5th & Palisade Detective McBride Short film
2016 Wolves Victoria
MBFF: Man's Best Friend Forever Ivana Short film
2017 Sollers Point Courtney
Geostorm Dana
2018 Dead Pigs Angie
Deadpool 2 Neena Thurman / Domino
Slice Astrid
2019 Wounds Alicia
High Flying Bird Sam
Joker Sophie Dumond Post-production
Meet Me in a Happy Place Keysha Post-production
TBA Against All Enemies Dorothy Jamal Post-production
Lucy in the Sky Erin Eccles Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2016 Margot vs. Lily Allie Television mini-series; 4 episodes
2016–present Atlanta Vanessa "Van" Keefer Series regular
2016–2017 Easy Noelle Recurring role; 3 episodes
2019 The Twilight Zone TBA Upcoming series[13]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Title Result
2018 Teen Choice Awards Choice Award for Choice Summer Movie Actress Deadpool 2 Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Atlanta Nominated


  1. ^ "Candidates For Degrees Bachelor Of Arts" (PDF). Skidmore College.
  2. ^ "Back to the Source with Zazie Beetz". Mountain Valley Spring Water. January 17, 2018. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  3. ^ Feldman, Dana. "Emmy Nominations 2018: The Full List".
  4. ^ Friedlander, Whitney (July 2, 2015). "Donald Glover's FX Pilot 'Atlanta' Adds More Leads". Variety.
  5. ^ Nellie Andreeva. "Netflix Sets Joe Swanberg Anthology Series 'Easy'". Deadline.
  6. ^ "Aufgewachsen mit KiKa und Opas Spätzle".
  7. ^ "Zazie Beetz: Atlanta In Brooklyn". NPR. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  8. ^ Shiffman, Allyson (September 6, 2016). "Zazie Beetz Talks Donald Glover's New TV Series 'Atlanta'". Nylon. ISSN 1524-1750.
  9. ^ Davis, Allison P. "Zazie Beetz on Deadpool, Atlanta, and Overcoming Her Anxiety". The Cut. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  10. ^ a b c "Zazie Beetz: 'My German identity is really important to me'".
  11. ^ "About – Zazie Beetz". Zazie Beetz. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  12. ^ "Bio + Contact". Zazie Beetz. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  13. ^ Boucher, Geoff (March 8, 2019). "'The Twilight Zone': Zazie Beetz And Betty Gabriel Step Into CBS All-Access Series". Deadline.

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