Yaani King was born August 10,1981. The only daughter of an NYPD officer mother, Yaani was born in Flatbush, Brooklyn, and raised in Queens. Of West Indian/Guyanese descent, she has two elder brothers, she spent most of her childhood around the theatre, as her mother was a stage and commercial actress before becoming a police officer. As a teen, she was accepted into the High School of Performing Arts at Lincoln Center (New York). After moving back to Brooklyn at age 17, Yaani decided to pursue a career as an actor and was immediately cast Off-Broadway in the production of “The Alchemist” at The Classic Stage Company and received wonderful reviews. She also trained in 2007 at The Actor’s Centre in London.