How Keke Palmer Became a Star: Her Top 15 Roles in Movies and TV Shows

Media Credits : Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

Keke played spelling whiz Akeelah Anderson with authentic spirit. She won acclaim and NAACP/Black Movie awards.

Media Credits : Hustlers (2019)

Hustlers (2019)

Keke showcased sass and comedic chops as scheming stripper Mercedes. She earned MTV and BET noms.

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True Jackson, VP (2008-2011)

Charm and confidence as teen fashion VP True won Keke 4 NAACP Image Awards.

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The Proud Family Movie (2005)

Voicing hip-hop singer Peaches showed off Keke energetic voice work and rap skills.

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Scream Queens (2015-2016)

Keke brought wit and courage to horror-comedy role as sorority pledge Zayday. She scored NAACP and Teen Choice noms.

Media Credits : Joyful Noise (2012)

Joyful Noise (2012)

Romancing Jeremy Jordan and singing Dolly Parton tunes as church choir Olivia earned Keke NAACP/Black Reel noms.

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The Trip to Bountiful (2014)

Playing caring companion Thelma opposite Cicely Tyson garnered Keke a SAG nom.

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Brotherly Love (2015)

Keke matured on screen as Jackie who is sister of two divergent brothers. NAACP/Black Reel noms followed.

Media Credits : Grease Live! (2016)

Grease: Live! (2016)

Glitz, glam and vocals as Pink Lady Marty wowed resulting in Critics Choice and Teen Choice noms.

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Berlin Station (2016-2019)

Spy novice April highlighted Keke action skills. She became a fan favorite.

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Pimp (2018)

A female pimp fighting to survive showed Keke dramatic depth as Wednesday.

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Strahan, Sara and Keke (2019-2020)

Keke brought wit and spontaneity as a daytime talk show host earning an Emmy nom.

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The Lady and the Dale (2021)

Narrating transgender entrepreneur story illustrated Keke empathy.

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Alice (2021)

Keke anchored this sci-fi thriller as the heroic title character with strength and conviction

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Turnt Up with the Taylors (2021)

Comedy chops shone as Keysha wrangling her zany rich family.

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