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. Let us discuss in detail who exactly Saniyya Sidney is:-
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 to be a great source of inspiration. She also has two siblings named Cameron Sidney and Tremaine Michelle – no information is available about her father.
As for Sidney’s education, she is currently homeschooling, balancing her education with her acting gigs. Saniyya holds an American nationality and belongs to African American ethnicity. Her birth sign is Scorpio.
At the age of six, Saniyya Sidney started her acting journey in 2012, debuting in “The Babysitters” as Amity. In 2016, she guest starred in the TV series “Roots” in the role of Kizzy Waller, and in the same year she was cast in the hit series “American Horror Story: Roanoke”. After which she played the role of Raynell Maxson in the four-time Oscar-nominated film “Fences”.
In an interview on “Fences”, Saniyya stated, “It was really great for me to be able to audition for something that had been on Broadway once and probably will be again.”LetterTalk)’ Next, she appeared in another Oscar-nominated movie “Hidden Figures” as Constance Johnson; these two films skyrocketed her career as she received much acclaim for her excellent acting skills. In 2018, Saniyya appeared in the movie “Fast Color” as Lil, which premiered at South by Southwest Festival on March 10, 2018, after which the movie was also released in theaters.
In January 2019, Sidney was cast as a female lead in a vampire themed TV series “The Passage”, playing the role of Amy Bellafonte. Her performance was recognized as brilliant and she received many positive comments. However, the same cannot be said about the series as it was taken off 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, Serena’s sister, who is set to appear 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 the Young Entertainer Award for Best Supporting Actress 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. It clicked right away and they built up a good relationship with each other. For her next project, Saniyya visited Atlanta, where she worked with Kevin Costner, among others. Sidney then got a big chance in the form of a casting call from Denzel Washington, who appeared in “Fences” as his daughter, alongside Viola Davis.
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 at every moment. Telling a beautiful 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 management company Creative Artist Agency.
- In August 2019, she appeared on the cover of Ouch Magazine.
- Saniyya enjoys eating ice cream, riding horses, traveling, doing makeup, hair styling 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 Christian.
- Her favorite color is pink.
- It’s Saniyya’s birthday 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 around $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 is also available on Facebook.