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Alexandra Shipp (born July 16, 1991) is an American actress who rose to prominence for portraying real-life musician Aaliyah in 2014 film Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B and Kimberly Woodruff in the 2015 Oscar nominated film Straight Outta Compton.

Shipp is best known for playing Storm in the X-Men franchise, starting with X-Men: Apocalypse, and Abby Suso in the 2018 romantic comedy Love, Simon.

Early life

Shipp was raised in Phoenix, Arizona. Her mother is a Kundalini yoga teacher, and her father is a musician. She has two brothers, James and Jordan, and a stepsister, Kasia. Shipp was educated at Squaw Peak Elementary School and St. Mary's Catholic High School in Phoenix. She moved to Los Angeles at the age of 17 to pursue an acting career.

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 January 2015, she joined the cast of Bryan Singer's superhero film X-Men: Apocalypse as Ororo Munroe / Storm, a weather-controlling mutant previously portrayed by Halle Berry. Shipp will star alongside Kathryn Prescott and Lucy Hale in the comedy film Dude. She will reprise the role of Ororo Munroe / Storm in the 2019 film X-Men: Dark Phoenix, and will star as the female lead in an upcoming Shaft reboot.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
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 Spinning Man Anna
2018 Dude Amelia
2019 Dark Phoenix Ororo Munroe / Storm Post-production
2019 Son of Shaft Filming

Television

Year Title Role Notes
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"

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Breakout Star X-Men: Apocalypse Nominated
2017 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Squad X-Men: Apocalypse Nominated