Yara Shahidi is an American actress best known for her role as Olivia Danielson, the daughter of Eddie Murphy, in the 2009 comedy film Imagine That, for which she received a Young Artist Award nomination.
She also stars in the syndicated sitcom The First Family.
Yara was born and raised for the first four years of her life in Minneapolis, before her family made the move to California for her father's line of work.
She began her career at six weeks old, working along side her mother in commercials and print ads. Yara can be seen in such campaigns as McDonalds, Ralph Lauren, Target, Gap Kids, Disney, Guess Kids, Children's Place and Disney, to name a few.
She frequently has had the opportunity to work with her mother and younger brother in various print and broadcast campaigns.
In addition to Imagine That, Yara played the daughter of Jessica St. Clair in the ABC comedy In The Motherhood, which debuted in 2009. She portrayed the sister to her real life brother, who was also in the TV series as well.
Yara's next film project was Unthinkable with Samuel L. Jackson, where she and her real life brother play the children of Samuel L. Jackson's character.
In her free time, Yara loves learning to cook with her father, baking with her mother, learning to speak Farsi, traveling with her family and conducting science experiments.
She currently resides in Los Angeles with mother, father, her two younger brothers and her fish, Cleophus. Her younger brother is child actor Sayeed Shahidi.