Chicago Med

Nurse April Sexton

Played by Yaya DaCosta

Actor Bio

Yaya DaCosta stars as April Sexton, a smart, bold intuitive ED nurse who is the lifeblood of the department, loves the action inside the hospital and is as loyal as they come, on 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 the stage.

She can next be seen in Lee Karaim's "Peel," starring opposite Jack Kesy and Emile Hirsch.

She recently appeared in Vondie Curtis-Hall's "Faith Under Fire," which premiered on Lifetime early this year. DaCosta was seen in Shane Black's "The Nice Guys," opposite Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. She also portrayed Whitney Houston in Lifetime's feature "Whitney," directed by Angela Bassett.

Big-screen credits include Lee Daniels' "The Butler," co-starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey and David Oyelowo; the jazz biopic "Bolden," opposite Ian McShane; Rob Reiner's "And So It Goes"; Oren Moverman's "The Messenger," with Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster; Lisa Cholodenko's Oscar-nominated "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 Dosunmu's "Mother of George." DaCosta played the female lead in John Sayles' "Honeydripper," co-starring Danny Glover and Charles S. Dutton. She reunited with Dutton in the telefilm "Racing for Time," which Dutton also directed. DaCosta began her professional acting career 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 & 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 the latter, she was honored with a Vivian Robinson/AUDELCO Recognition Award for Excellence in Black Theatre.

DaCosta holds a B.A. in international relations and African studies from Brown University.


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