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Keshia Knight Pulliam

Keshia Knight Pulliam

Actress

Biography

From playing Bill Cosby’s youngest daughter “Rudy Huxtable” on the iconic Cosby Show to starring as “Miranda” in Tyler Perry’s House of Payne on TBS, Keshia Knight Pulliam has forged an illustrious acting career in both film and television. She began her acting career at nine months old in a national print ad for Johnson & Johnson baby products. From there, she went on to appear in several national commercials, became a series regular on Sesame Street, and landed a role in the feature film The Last Dragon. Read More >

Pulliam’s work on The Cosby Show garnered her several NAACP Image Awards, Young Artist Awards, a People's Choice Award, a Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award, and a host of other honors. Most notably, she remains the youngest actress ever nominated for an Emmy Award for best supporting actress. During her run on The Cosby Show, she also starred in a host of television movies, including the period holiday drama The Little Match Girl; A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court; and Polly, Debbie Allen’s musical version of Pollyanna, and its sequel, Polly: Comin’ Home!

Following The Cosby Show, Pulliam took several years off of acting to focus on her education. In 2001, she graduated with honors from Spelman College with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a concentration in film and also pledged Delta Sigma Theta, for which she is still an active member. Since graduating, she has resumed her acting career in both television and film. She has co-starred alongside numerous notable actors and actresses, including Queen Latifah in Beauty Shop, Boris Kodjoe and Idris Elba in The Gospel, and Tyler Perry and Derek Luke in Madea Goes to Jail as the female lead, “Candace.” She has won three NAACP Image Awards for best supporting actress in a comedy series for her starring role as “Miranda” on House of Payne.

Additionally, Keshia Knight Pelliam is a blossoming mogul with her own Atlanta-based production company, Kizzy Productions, and is the founder of Kamp Kizzy, a nonprofit organization for young girls. Read Less ^

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