Lauren Keyana "Keke" Palmer is an American actress, singer, and television personality. She has garnered numerous awards over her career, including a Primetime Emmy Award, six NAACP Image Awards, and nominations for a Daytime Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for her work in comedy-drama projects. She is a famous culture icon named to Time magazine's list of the world's most influential people in 2019.

Palmer made her acting debut in Barbershop 2: Back in Business, in which she played a brief part. She starred in the drama film Akeelah and the Bee after appearing in the television series The Wool Cap. She established herself as a notable child actress with performances in Madea's Family Reunion, Jump In!, The Longshots, and Shrink. So Uncool, her debut studio album, was released in 2007.

Early Life

Lauren Keyana Palmer was born in Harvey, Illinois, on August 26, 1993. She was raised in a Catholic family.

Sharon and Lawrence "Larry" Palmer, who met in theater school, were professional actors before settling into full-time professions. Her father is a deacon and works for a polyurethane company, while her mother is a high school teacher who deals with autistic children. Palmer began singing in churches but gained notoriety after appearing in a theatrical play at a Chicago tourist attraction. Palmer auditioned for a theater version of The Lion King when he was nine years old in 2002.


One of her first auditions was in 2002 when, being nine years old, she auditioned for a stage production of The Lion King. She got her first role shortly after that. We saw her in 2004 in "Barbershop 2: Back in Business", playing the role of Gina's niece and in Television in the Episode: "The Letter" of "Cold Case," in the Episode: "Healing Touch" of "Strong Medicine," and in the Television film "The Wool Cap." In 2006 she was in "Akeelah and the Bee," playing the role of Akeelah Anderson, and in "Madea's Family Reunion," playing the role of Nikki Grady. We saw her in the Television film "Knights of the South Bronx," in the Episode: "Big Bank, Little Bank" of the series "Second Time Around," in the Episode: "The Show Must Go On" of "ER," and in the Episode: "Storm" of the TV series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." In 2007 she played in "Cleaner," with the role of Rose Cutler, and she's also been in "Jump In!", playing the role of Mary Thomas.

For Television, she's been in the Episode: "Bully and the Beast" of "Tyler Perry's House of Payne" and in the Episode: "Fame Game of Just Jordan." In 2008 we saw her in "The Longshots," playing the role of Jasmine Plummer, and in "Unstable Fables: Tortoise vs. Hare," where she plays the role of Crystal Tortoise. She will be in the same year even in the cast of the TV show "True Jackson, VP" in which she played the lead role of True Jackson for four seasons, till 2011. In 2009 she was in "Shrink," playing the role of Jemma, while in 2010, she borrowed her voice to Candice in the episode "Harder, Better, Faster, Browner" of "The Cleveland Show." In 2011 she was in Television in the Episode: "Boom Boom Pow: Parts 1 & 2" of "Degrassi: The Next Generation," and, from 2011 to 2014, she gave her voice to Aisha in the cartoon "Winx Club."


In 2012 she was in "Winx Club: The Secret of the Lost Kingdom," playing the role of Aisha, in "Joyful Noise," playing the role of Olivia Hill, and in "Ice Age: Continental Drift," where she got the part of Peaches. For the Television, she's been in the Television film "Rags," and in another Television film, "Abducted: The Carlina White Story." In 2013 she was in "Curdled," playing the role of Tara, while on Television she's been in the episode "Obama Shutdown" of "Key & Peele," in the attacks "Jace & Chan'dra" and "Chan'dra & Cliff" in "Full Circle," in the Recurring role of Elizabeth Royce Harwood in "90210", and in the Television film "CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story." In 2014 she was in "Imperial Dreams," playing the role of Samaara, and in "Animal," with the part of Alissa, and, for the Television, in the Television film "The Trip to Bountiful," in the episode "The Girl Most Likely To..." of "Single Ladies," in the episode "We Gotta Get Out of This Place" of "Grey's Anatomy," she borrowed her voice to Pam in the episode "Baby Got Black" of "Family Guy," in the Lead Role in "Just Keke" as the host/herself, and in the recurring role in the 2nd season of "Masters of Sex."

In 2015 she was in "Brotherly Love," playing the role of Jackie, while she got even the prominent role of Zayday Williams in "Scream Queens," a TV show that will continue even during the following year. In 2016 she was in "Ice Age: Collision Course," playing the role of Peaches, and in "Tobacco Valley," with the part of Diana Davis, and in Television giving her voice to Peaches in Television special of "Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade," giving her voice to Stylee in the Episode: "Guppy Style!" of "Bubble Guppies," in the TV special of "Grease: Live," in the episodes "Bye Bye Birdie" and "Mission Possible" of "Project Mc2", and int the episode "The Suitor" of "Real Husbands of Hollywood." Starting from 2017 and still going on, she's been in the TV show "Star" with the recurring role of Gigi, and in "Berlin Station" with the prominent role of April Lewis. In 2018 she was in "Pimp," playing the role of Wednesday, and in the TV Series "Scream," in which she plays the leading role of Kym.

During her relatively short but successful career, Keke already received many nominations to many different awards. Among her most prestigious ones there are the "Chicago Film Critics Association Awards" in 2007 for the "Most Promising Performer," the "NAACP Image Awards" in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 for her "Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Series or Special," the "BET Awards" in 2010 and 2014 for the "YoungStars Award," and the "Spirit Of The League Champion Award" for her philanthropic activity.

Personal Life

Palmer said following the release of her single "I Don't Belong to You" on October 25, 2015: I am not the property of anyone else but myself. It is up to me to make my own choices as I am the one who defines happiness. I am the one who determines my sexuality. And that, like this, may change, and I can make it anything I want since I am the one who makes the decision. That's what the song 'I Don't Belong to You' is alluding to. This song has a good vibe. It seems fitting, and it reflects my personality. It also captures my essence.

Palmer has battled anxiety and sadness throughout her life. She revealed that she had an abortion on Twitter in 2019 as part of the #YouKnowMe campaign. Palmer told on December 1, 2020, that she had had polycystic ovarian syndrome her entire life.

Last Modified: Oct 25, 2021

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