Layla Crawford is an American child actress best known for her starring role as Olivia Johnson, one of the children of the president and first lady, in the television sitcom The First Family.
Crawford was born in Los Angeles, California. At the age of three she started dancing at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy as an "Early Bird". She performed many recitals with DADA including the noted Up On The Roof.
Layla continued to show an interest in the arts and performing when as a kindergartener she auditioned for her school's Christmas play and got the part. After a few school plays and musicals she expressed an interest in being on TV.
Very soon after, Layla started pursuing acting. She booked her first audition for Disney's Choo Choo Soul with Genieve and since then has booked numerous commercials. Notably, she was a Principal in the Nike-"Voices" commercial that aired during the 2012 Summer Olympics.
She was also fortunate enough to work on a PSA for the National Women's History Museum. The spot was directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Thirteen) and featured Alfre Woodard.
Almost simultaneously, Layla booked and filmed two pilots during the 2012 pilot season. The first was The First Family, created and produced by Byron Allen and Entertainment Studios. It is a first-run syndicated show featuring an all star cast: Christopher B. Duncan, Jackee Harry, John Witherspoon and the legendary Gladys Knight.
The second pilot, Let It Go, was directed by Emmy Award-winner Marc Buckland (My Name Is Earl), in which she portrayed the neighbour's daughter.
She later booked a recurring co-star role on NCIS: Los Angeles as LL Cool J's daughter.
Layla also has a supporting role in the feature film Note To Self, featuring Christian Keyes, Letoya Luckett, Brian McKnight, Brely Evans and more.
Although Layla leads a busy life she loves school and is an honour roll student. She enjoys hanging with her friends and family, listening to music, writing plays, stories and playing with her dolls.