Keshia Knight Pulliam

Keshia Knight Pulliam is an American actress born in Newark, N.J. on April 9, 1979. Keshia began her career at the age of 9 months old in a national print ad for Johnson & Johnson baby products. By the age of 4, Keshia had appeared in several national commercials, was a regular on “Sesame Street” and had the feature film “The Last Dragon” on her resume. Then Keshia landed the role of Rudy Huxtable, the youngest daughter of Clair and Cliff Huxtable on the iconic television show, The Cosby Show” (1984-1992). For her work on “The Cosby Show,” Keshia was a recipient of several NAACP Image Awards, Young Artist Awards, a People’s Choice Award and a Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award and a host of other honors. Keshia to date is the youngest actress ever nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Emmy Award.   During the run of “The Cosby Show,” Keshia starred in a host of TV movies, including the period holiday drama “The Little Match Girl” (1987), the Mark Twain update “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” (1989) and Debbie Allen’s musical version of “Pollyanna,” “Polly” (1989), as well as the sequel, “Polly: Comin’ Home!” (1990). After “The Cosby Show” wrapped, Keshia took several years away from acting to concentrate on school. In 2001 she graduated with honors from Spelman College with a B.A. in Sociology and a concentration in film.  Since graduating Keshia has resumed her acting career in both television and film. She co-starred along side Queen Latifah in MGM’s “Beauty Shop” (2005), Boris Kodjoe and Idris Elba in Screen Gem’s “The Gospel” (2005), and most recently stared with Tyler Perry and Derek Luke as the female lead Candace in “Madea Goes to Jail” (2009). Currently, Keshia stars as Miranda on the TBS sitcom “The House of Payne.” For her work on “The House of Payne,” Keshia has won three NAACP Image Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Additionally, she has an Atlanta-based production company, Kizzy Productions. Keshia splits her time between her suburban Atlanta home and L.A. residence.

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