Mostly Credited As: Yaya DaCosta
Sometimes Credited As: Yaya DaCosta
Yaya da Costa Johnson
Birth Name: Camara DaCosta Johnson
Date Of Birth: November 15, 1982 (Age 33)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Harlem, New York City, New York
Height: 5' 8" (1.72 m)
Yaya DaCosta stars as April Sexton, a smart, bold intuitive ER nurse who is the lifeblood of the ER, loves the action inside the hospital and is as loyal as they come, in NBC’s drama “Chicago Med.”
New York born and bred, DaCosta has showcased her versatility as an actress with powerful performances across film, television and stage.
Most recently, DaCosta completed production on Lifetime’s “I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story” in the title role, which was directed by Angela Bassett. She also recently joined the jazz biopic “Bolden,” opposite Nelsan Ellis and Ian McShane.
Big-screen credits include Lee Daniel’s “The Butler,” co-starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey and David Oyelowo; Oren Moverman’s “The Messenger” with Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster; Lisa Cholodenko’s Oscar-nominated film “The Kids Are All Right” opposite Mark Ruffalo; and Joseph Kosinski’s “Tron Legacy.”
DaCosta has also appeared in Andrew Niccol’s sci-fi thriller “In Time,” opposite Amanda Seyfried and Justin Timberlake; Neil Drumming’s “Big Words”; and Andrew Dornsumo’s “Mother of George.” DaCosta played the female lead in John Sayles’ “Honeydripper,” co-starring Danny Glover and Charles S. Dutton. She then reunited with Dutton in the telefilm “Racing for Time,” which Dutton also directed. DaCosta began her professional acting career starring in Liz Friedlander’s “Take the Lead,” opposite Antonio Banderas for which she received a Teen Choice Award nomination.
She has had guest-starring roles on a variety of TV series, most notably the final season of “Ugly Betty,” portraying the duplicitous daughter of Vanessa Williams’ character. She also had a role on the daytime drama “All My Children,” as well as appearances on “House,” “Body of Proof,” “Army Wives,” “Mercy,” “Law and Order: SVU” and “Eve.”
DaCosta’s theater work includes a portrayal of Olivia in the Sonnet Repertory Theater’s production of “Twelfth Night,” and a co-starring role with Leslie Uggams in the Signature Theater Co.’s revival production of Leslie Lee’s “The First Breeze of Summer,” directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, for which DaCosta was honored with a Vivian Robinson/AUDELCO Recognition Award for Excellence in Black Theatre.
DaCosta holds a B.A. in International Relations and Africana Studies from Brown University.
When she is not shooting in Chicago, DaCosta currently resides in New York.