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Zazie Olivia Beetz (German: [zaˈsiː ˈbeːts];[2] born June 1, 1991) is a German-born 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). In addition she can speak German, her native language, and English, she can speak fluent French after getting a bachelor's degree in French language.[6]

Zazie Beetz
Zazie Beetz by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Beetz at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con
BornZazie Olivia Beetz[1]
(1991-06-01) June 1, 1991 (age 27)
Mitte, Berlin, Germany
ResidenceHarlem, New York, U.S.
NationalityAmerican, German
EducationFiorello H. LaGuardia High School
Alma materSkidmore College
Years active2013–present


Early lifeEdit

Beetz was born at the Charité in Berlin-Mitte.[7][8] Her father is a German cabinet maker and her mother is an African-American social worker from New York.[9][10] 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.[11] She became interested in acting while in grade school and performed in community theaters and on local stages.[11] One of her first student jobs was at 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.[12] She spent a year living in Paris and felt "very enamoured with it in a romantic way".[11]

Personal lifeEdit

Beetz resides in Harlem, where she works on New York-based films.[13]


Year Title Role Notes
2015 James White Girl #1
Applesauce Rain
2016 Wolves Victoria
2017 Sollers Point Courtney
Geostorm Dana
2018 Dead Pigs Angie
Deadpool 2 Neena Thurman / Domino
Slice Astrid
2019 High Flying Bird Post-production
Untitled Babak Anvari project Post-production
Joker Sophie Dumond Filming
Meet Me in a Happy Place Keysha Post-production
TBA Against All Enemies Post-production
Untitled Noah Hawley project Erin Eccles Post-production
Year Title Role Notes
2016 Margot vs. Lily Allie Miniseries; 4 episodes
2016–present Atlanta Vanessa "Van" Keefer Series regular
2016–17 Easy Noelle 3 episodes
Short film
Year Title Role Notes
2013 The Crocotta The Crocotta
2014 Beasts Ally
2015 5th & Palisade Det. McBride
Double Bind Baily
2016 MBFF: Man's Best Friend Forever Ivana

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. ^ "Zazie Beetz Bio, Height, Weight, Boyfriend and Facts". superstarsbio. Retrieved Nov 1, 2018.
  7. ^ "Aufgewachsen mit KiKa und Opas Spätzle".
  8. ^ "Zazie Beetz: Atlanta In Brooklyn". NPR. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  9. ^ Shiffman, Allyson (September 6, 2016). "Zazie Beetz Talks Donald Glover's New TV Series 'Atlanta'". Nylon. ISSN 1524-1750.
  10. ^ Davis, Allison P. "Zazie Beetz on Deadpool, Atlanta, and Overcoming Her Anxiety". The Cut. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  11. ^ a b c "Zazie Beetz: 'My German identity is really important to me'".
  12. ^ "About – Zazie Beetz". Zazie Beetz. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  13. ^ "Bio + Contact". Zazie Beetz. Retrieved August 15, 2017.

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