Saniyya Sidney is a well-known child star, but while her filmography is limited, her reputation is quite strong. Sidney’s acting skills have won the hearts of many people. Lets discuss in detail who exactly is Saniyya Sidney :-
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Early life, family and education
Saniyya Sidney was born on October 30, 2006 in Los Angeles, California, USA, to Malik Sidney, an American film producer. Saniyya considers her mother a great source of inspiration. She also has two siblings named Cameron Sidney and Tremaine Michelle – no information is available about her father.
In regards to Sidney’s education, she is currently homeschooled, balancing her education with her acting performances. Saniyya holds American nationality and belongs to African American ethnicity. Her birth sign is Scorpio.
At the age of six, Saniyya Sidney embarked on her acting journey in 2012, making her debut in “The Babysitters” as Amity. In 2016, she guest-starred in the TV series “Roots” as Kizzy Waller, and in the same year she was cast in the hit series “American Horror Story: Roanoke”. She then played the role of Raynell Maxson in the four-time Oscar nominated film “Fences”.
In an interview on “Fences,” Saniyya stated that “It was really great for me to be able to audition for something that was once on Broadway and probably will be again.(LetterTalk)’ She then appeared in another Oscar-nominated film “Hidden Figures” as Constance Johnson; these two movies skyrocketed her career as she received a lot of praise for her excellent acting skills. In 2018, Saniyya appeared in the movie “Fast Color” as Lil, which premiered at the South by Southwest Festival on March 10, 2018, after which the movie was also released in theaters.
In January 2019, Sidney was cast as the female lead in a vampire-themed TV series ‘The Passage’, in which she played the role of Amy Bellafonte. Her performance was recognized as brilliant and she received many positive reactions. The same can’t be said about the series, though, as it was pulled from the air after one season. Also in 2019, she appeared in “Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History” as Riley, and currently Sidney is filming an autobiographical drama titled “King Richard”. She will play the role of Richard William’s daughter, tennis player Venus Williams, sister of Serena, which will be released in late 2020.
Awards and nominations
In 2016, Saniyya Sidney was jointly nominated for ACCA’s Best Cast Ensemble Award. A year later, she was nominated for the Golden Derby award and in 2017 another joint nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for “Fences”. Importantly, she won the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series and Young Entertainer Award for Best Young Actress in a Supporting Role for her outstanding performance in “Fences”.
Association with other famous people
At a very young age, Sidney worked with several famous actors and directors. While filming “Roots” she met Mario Van Peeples. We clicked immediately and a good bond developed. For her next project, Saniyya visited Atlanta, where she worked with Kevin Costner, among others. Sidney then got a big opportunity in the form of a casting call from Denzel Washington, who appeared in “Fences” with Viola Davis as his daughter.
in a interview, Sidney was questioned about her work experience with Denzel and Viola Davis, to which she replied, ‘A dream come true. They work so hard to find the truth in every moment. Telling a great and important story is very important to them. They inspired me to always try to be a better actor. (BSCKIDS)’
Saniyya is currently 13 years old. She is 1.57 m tall and weighs about 43 kg. Her hair and eye color are dark brown. Sidney’s current body stats are 28-22-29. Her shoe size is 4.
Hobbies/Interesting Facts About Saniyya Sidney
Here are some hobbies/interesting facts about Saniyya Sidney:
- She is a big fan of Leonardo DiCaprio. She also likes Johnny Depp and Jennifer Lawrence.
- There are two dogs in Sidney’s house named Leo and Biscuit.
- In 2019, Saniyya joined the Creative Artist Agency management company.
- In August 2019, she appeared on the cover of Ouch Magazine.
- Saniyya loves eating ice cream, horse riding, travelling, makeup, hairstyling and spending quality time with her family.
- Rome is her favorite place to visit.
- Saniyya’s favorite dessert is Italian desserts.
- Michael B. Jordan is her celebrity crush.
- Sidney’s role models are her mother and Viola Davis.
- She is a Christian.
- Her favorite color is pink.
- Saniyya’s birthday falls on Halloween night.
- She follows a vegan diet and also enjoys playing tennis.
- Saniyya is a big animal lover and supports several animal shelters.
- She didn’t know who Mark-Paul Gosselaar was until they worked together in “The Passage”.
- Every day, Sidney starts her morning with the motto ‘I am a star and a beautiful young lady.’
As of early 2020, Saniyya Sidney has a net worth of approximately $1 million.
Social Media Presence
Saniya Sidney is available on various social media platforms including Twitter and Instagram where she regularly posts updates about her daily life and shows/movies. She can also be found on Facebook.