Raven-Symoné and Zendaya are not only two of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood, but also two of the biggest stars to hit Disney Channel. However, they are not the only ones.
Here are 16 black celebs you probably didn’t know also got their start at Disney:
In her first role, Nia Long played Darla Perkins in the Disney TV movie The BRAT patrolwhich premiered as part of The wonderful world of Disney.
She previously starred in the Nickelodeon series true jackson, VPKeke Palmer played a key role in the double Dutch DCOM Jump in. She also directed a pilot for a Disney Channel series called Keke & Jamalbut it was not picked up.
When she was 12 Bel Air Actor Coco Jones entered Radio Disney’s Next Big Thing music competition. She signed to Disney’s label (Hollywood Records), guest starred on two of their shows (Good luck Charlie and So random) and starred in a musical DCOM (let it shine). She was promised a sequel and her own series, but those plans never materialized.
in front of her Riverdale Days Vanessa Morgan starred in three DCOMs – Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars, My babysitter is a vampireand geek charming. She also starred in the Disney Channel series My babysitter is a vampire (a spin-off of the film) and had a recurring role on ant farm.
One of Chloe Bailey’s earliest roles was as a chorus member in let it shine. She also had a guest appearance as herself on an episode of Austin & allies.
Halle Bailey appeared alongside her sister in let it shine and Austin & allies. She will be playing her first starring role in Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of The little mermaid.
Before her breakout role on BET to be Mary JaneRaven Goodwin had a recurring role as Ivy Wentz on Good luck Charlie.
Trevor Jackson’s earliest professional role was as Young Simba on Disney’s national tour The Lion King Musical when he was 8 years old. One of his first major TV roles was Kris McDuffy on DCOM let it shine. He also appeared in guest roles Austin & allies.
He previously landed a starring role on Nickelodeon zoe 101Christopher Massey made a cameo appearance This is SoRaven alongside his younger brother Kyle.
the Walking Dead Actress Sydney Park made her screen debut as the recurring character Sydney on This is SoRaven.
Now known for Freeform’s The Fosters and ABC’s Grand hotelChris Warren first came to prominence as Zeke Baylor on the series high school musical Trilogy.
Prior to booking a lead role on the Nickelodeon series big time Rushin which Tanya Chisholm played a minor role school musical 2.
Twitch streamer/influencer/entrepreneur Khleo Thomas had early roles in two Disney films: holes and Go to the mat.
The first TV lead Kyla Pratt booked was the voice of Penny Proud The proud family. She reprized the role for The Proud Family: Louder and prouder.
En Vogue member Rhona Bennett started out as a member of The brand new Mickey Mouse Club.
Finally, one of Jordan Fisher’s first on-screen roles was as Seacat in the musical DCOMs Teen Beach Movie and teenage beach movie 2. He also had a recurring role on Liv and Maddie. He recently voiced Robaire in the Pixar film To redden.
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