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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 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.
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.
|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|
|2019||Dark Phoenix||Ororo Munroe / Storm||Post-production|
|2019||Son of Shaft||Filming|
|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
|2016||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie: Breakout Star||X-Men: Apocalypse||Nominated|
|2017||Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Squad||X-Men: Apocalypse||Nominated|