Who is Kellie Shanygne Williams?

American actress Kellie Shanygne Williams-Jackson was born in Washington, D. C. USA, on 22 March 1976, meaning that her zodiac sign’s Aries. She’s had roles in 16 movies and TV series, and is probably best known for her debut TV series role, playing the main character Laura Winslow in all the 215 episodes of the adventure comedy series “Family Matters”, which Robert L. Boyett and William Bickley created, and which also starred Jaleel White and Reginald VelJohnson. It follows the lives of the Winslow family, as well as of their neighbor Steve Urkel, the series aired from 1989 to 1998, and won nine of its 27 award nominations.

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Education and early life

Kelly was raised alongside her sister Marti and brother Donte in Washington, D. C. by their mother Patricia and father Ervin Williams; she hasn’t revealed many details about her family, because they prefer to maintain their privacy.

Kellie was still attending a local elementary school when she fell in love with acting, and was 15 when she made her debut film appearance, playing Laura Winslow in the 1991 family drama “The ABC Saturday Morning Preview”.

She studied at a local high school from which she matriculated in 1994, then chose acting over pursuing a college degree;, but apparently returned to studying in 1996, enrolling at University of California, Los Angeles, and graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology in June 2000.

Roles in TV series

In 1993, Kellie played Laura Winslow in two episodes of the comedy “ABC TGIF”, and her next role came in 1997, when cast to portray a supporting character in an episode of the comedy “Oddville, MTV”.

From 1996 through 1998, she played Charisse in the popular family comedy “Moesha”, which Vida Spears and Sara Finney-Johnson created, and which starred Marcus T. Paulk, William Allen Young and Brandy Norwood. It follows the lives of a teenager and her dysfunctional family, the series aired from 1996 to 2001 and won three of its 32 award nominations.

Kellie’s also known for her playing of Alice Adams in all 21 episodes of the comedy “What About Joan”, created by Gwen Macsai, and which starred Joan Cusack, Kyle Chandler and Donna Murphy. It follows the lives of high school teacher Joan Gallagher and her best friends Betsy and Ruby, the series aired from 2000 through 2002, and was nominated for two awards.

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Kellie’s since had only three TV series roles: she played Cecily in the 2002 episode “Handling Baggage” of the comedy “Girlfriends”, the 2003 episode “Cheaters Never Prosper” of the comedy “Parkers” and three episodes of the 2006 comedy “Eve”.

Roles in movies

In 1998, Kellie played Tuesday in the comedy “Ride”, and the following year saw her play Katie in the 1999 romantic drama “After All”.

The year 2005 saw her play Cami in the crime comedy “In the Mix”, directed by Ron Underwood, and which starred Usher, Chazz Palminteri and Emmanuelle Chriqui. It follows a DJ who’s saved the life of a mobster, and has now begun working for him; the movie was nominated for a Stinkers Bad Movie Award for Most Annoying Fake Accent: Male, for Anthony Fazio.

The year 2009 saw her portray Cee Cee in the musical comedy “Steppin: The Movie”, directed by Michael Taliferro, and which starred Wesley Jonathan, Chrystee Pharris and Monica Allgeier. It tells the story of the step competition at the University of Technology, Sydney, and the film was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Music/Dance.

In 2011, Kellie starred in the short romantic drama “Aide-de-Camp”, then her following role only came in 2020, when she was cast to play the lead character Charlotte Saxon in the romantic comedy “Christmas in Carolina”.

Most recently, in 2022, she played Kelis in the fantasy comedy “A Family Matters Christmas”, directed by LaVern Whitt, and which starred Xavier Alvarado, Laketa Bailey and Tommi Baker; it follows 10 years old Aiden who’s more intelligent than all of his peers.

Other credits

Kellie produced the 2010 drama movie “Blessed and Cursed”, and the 2022 fantasy comedy film “A Family Matters Christmas”.

Her most recent talk-show appearances have been in “The Suzanne Somers Show”, “Clean House”, and “Celebrity Wife Swap”.

Awards and nominations

Kellie was nominated for three Young Artist Awards for Outstanding Young Comedienne in a Television Series in 1991, ‘92 and ‘93, all for her performance in “Family Matters”.

Love life and husband

Kellie hasn’t shared a lot about her love life with her fans, but it’s known that she’s been a married woman since 5 September 2009.

She exchanged vows with non-celebrity American man Hannibal Jackson at Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church, in front of their closest family members and friends; the two had been introduced by a mutual friend two years earlier.

In 2010, Kellie gave birth to their daughter Hannah Belle Jackson, and their son John Ervin Jackson followed in 2012.

Neither has spoken about other people whom they had dated prior to meeting each other – Kellie’s married to Hannibal Jackson as of December 2022, and they have two children together.

Interesting facts and hobbies

Kellie was best friends with actor Jaleel White while they were shooting for “Family Matters”, and they ate lunch together every day; when she returned to her hometown during a break from shooting, all her friends wanted to know if Jaleel was indeed a nerd.

In 2006, Kellie began teaching youth at the Howard University’s Children’s Theatre.

She and famous American actress and producer Reese Witherspoon were born on the exact same day.

Kelli’s followed by close to 200,000 people on Instagram, and has posted over 100 pictures onto the social media network.

Her favorite actresses are Brie Larson ad Meryl Streep, and a couple of her favorite movies include “Kong: Skull Island”, “Trainwreck” and “Short Term 12”.

Height, eyes and wealth

Kellie’s age is 46. She has brown eyes and black hair, is 5ft 6ins (1.68m) tall and weighs about 155lbs (70kgs).

Kellie’s net worth’s been estimated at over $2 million, as of December 2022.

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