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Keke Palmer's Best Roles, From Hustlers To Nope

The star of Jordan Peele’s latest hit has an impressive list of credits to her name.

Keke Palmer may be having something of a breakout moment as Emerald in Jordan Peele’s Nope, but the actress has been working in showbiz since she was just a kid, with several major career milestones marking the way. Read on for the best Keke Palmer movies and TV shows, and where to watch them all right now.

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Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

This was Palmer’s first breakout role, holding her own in the titular role along acting greats like Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett at the tender age of 10. Palmer reportedly beat out 300 other hopefuls for the part. (Amazon Prime)

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Cleaner (2007)

Palmer showed off her dramatic acting chops as the daughter of Samuel L. Jackson, a retired cop who has to solve a murder. (Netflix)

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Jump In! (2007)

This Disney Channel classic paired Palmer with Corbin Bleu for a romantic comedy of sorts involving boxing and lots of Double Dutch. (Disney+)

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True Jackson, VP (2008-2011)

Palmer starred on this popular sitcom for three seasons as True Jackson, who becomes an unlikely VP of a thriving fashion line in New York City. (Paramount+)

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The Longshots (2008)

Palmer starred opposite Ice Cube in this feel-good film about a down-on-his-luck former football player who becomes the coach of a small football team. Palmer plays his niece, and as the quarterback, the team’s secret weapon. (Pluto TV)

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Shrink (2009)

Palmer played a troubled teen patient of an equally disturbed psychiatrist (Kevin Spacey) in this indie film about the secret lives of Hollywood luminaries (Google Play).

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Joyful Noise (2012)

Palmer plays Queen Latifah’s daughter in this film about two women who must come together (played by Latifah and Dolly Parton) to save a small town choir. A singer in her own right, Palmer got the chance to show off her musical abilities with this role. (HBO Max)

VH1

Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story (2013)

Palmer plays Chili in this biopic about TLC’s rise to fame in the 1990s as one of the world’s highest-selling female groups of all time. (Amazon Prime)

Showtime

Masters Of Sex (2014)

The Showtime drama added Palmer to its second season as Coral, the nanny hired by the Masters to care for their new baby. (Amazon Prime)

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Just Keke (2014)

Palmer became the youngest talk show host in history with Just Keke, which featured guests like Fifth Harmony and Karreuche Tran. (Youtube)

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Scream Queens (2015-2016)

Palmer joined Scream Queens for its first two seasons, playing Zayday Williams (who ends up running the C.U.R.E. Institute Hospital on the show). (Hulu)

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Hustlers (2019)

The award-winning ensemble cast of Hustlers includes Palmer as Mercedes, one of the strippers running scams on clients. Palmer has credited her Instagram presence with landing her the role. (Hulu)

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Alice (2022)

Playing a Pam Grier-inspired character in Alice, Palmer leads the film which tells the story of an enslaved woman who escapes her antebellum Georgia plantation only to realize she’s living in 1973. (In theaters now)

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Nope (2022)

Palmer currently stars in Jordan Peele’s new thriller, Nope, opposite Daniel Kaluuya as a pair of siblings who run a California horse ranch before making a sinister discovery in the skies above. (In theaters now)