As of September 2015, stars of the television show "Scandal" include Kerry Washington as main character Olivia Pope, Bellamy Young as Mellie Grant and Tony Goldwin as President Fitzgerald Grant. For her role as Olivia Pope, Kerry Washington broke a long-standing trend of African-American females not holding lead roles in network television.
Prior to television, Washington debuted in the award-winning independent film, "Our Song." Washington has also starred in the films "Save the Last Dance" and "Ray" and gained notoriety for her role in "Django Unchained," for which she insisted on taking actual lashes to her body in honor of her enslaved ancestors. A native of Bronx, New York, Washington has earned a collection of nominations and awards for her roles on stage, in films and on television.
Bellamy Young has been a cast member of the television shows "Grey's Anatomy," "The Mentalist" and "Criminal Minds" and the films "Mission: Impossible III" and "Last Day on Earth."
The creator of "Scandal," Shonda Rhimes, has received critical acclaim for her writing, producing and directing of "Scandal," including an NAACP Image Award. Rhimes is also the creator of hit network shows "Grey's Anatomy," "Private Practice" and "How to Get Away with Murder."