Lyric Ross bio: who is the actress that plays Deja on This Is Us?

Lyric Ross bio: who is the actress that plays Deja on This Is Us?

Lyric Ross is an award-winning American actress. The teenager is popularly known for her role on This Is Us, a family drama television series, where she plays Deja Pearson. Currently, the fifth season of the TV series is airing on NBC network. What else would you love to know about the rising star?

Lyric Ross
Lyric Ross at the 51st NAACP Image Awards in 2020. Photo: Aaron J. Thornton/FilmMagic
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Apart from being extraordinarily talented, Lyric Ross is passionate about acting. She started appearing on commercials from the age of five. Her diligence and determination are evident in her work. She has received a considerable number of nominations for different awards, all because of her role as Deja on This Is Us.

How did she rise to stardom at a tender age, though? Here is all you need to know about Deja This Is Us actress.

Lyric Ross profile summary

  • Birth name: Lyric Nicole Ross
  • Date of birth: 30th September 2003
  • Place of birth: Evergreen Park, Illinois, United States
  • Age: 17 years old (as of 2020)
  • Zodiac sign: Libra
  • Parents: Steve Ross and Brandi Smith
  • Occupation: Actress
  • Nationality: American

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Lyric Ross biography

Lyric Nicole Ross was born on 30th September 2003 in Evergreen Park, IL in the US. She was born into the family of Steve Ross and Brandi Smith. Lyric Ross parents have been supportive of their daughter’s passion right from childhood.

Lyric Ross parents
Lyric Ross and her mother at The Lady Like Foundation Women Of Excellence Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in 2019. Photo: Presley Ann
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The beauty attained her 8th-grade qualification from James Hart in 2018. She shared a few pictures on her Instagram page, celebrating her last day in the school.

She has always wanted to become an actress from a tender age. Interestingly, she once revealed that she memorized a monologue from the movie Incredibles at the age of one.

How old is Lyric Ross?

Lyric Ross age is 17 as of 2020. Usually, This Is Us Deja actress celebrates her birthdays on 30th September.

Career progression

Lyric made her television debut in Sirens (2015), featuring as Lily. In the same year, she landed another role on Chicago Fire, which is an action-drama television series. Ross played the role of a girl having an asthmatic attack.

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The two roles marketed her skills to the world. Later, she started to gain public attention. Majority of the fans loved how she portrayed the roles assigned to her in the two television series. They were short roles, but they had a significant impact on the viewers.

She is managed by Gray Talent Group, which is a renowned talent agency based in Chicago and Los Angeles. They have been supporting her, right from the time she appeared on Chicago Fire.

She also had minor roles in Rogers Park (2017) and Canal Street (2018). In Rogers Park, she played Ruby while in Canal Street she played Tameka.

Playing Deja in This Is Us

Deja This Is Us
Lyric Ross as Deja and Asante Blackk as Malik in episode 418 of This Is Us. Photo: Ron Batzdorff
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Undoubtedly, Deja on This Is Us has become one of the most-cherished actresses on the TV show. Lyric landed the role in 2017. At the time of writing, she has already appeared in 48 episodes of the TV series.

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Deja's story on the show begins when her mother (Shauna) is taken to into rehab because of her drug addiction problem. She is also arrested for another crime, forcing Deja to go into foster care (at the Pearsons). However, Shauna comes to pick Deja again.

Deja and her mom are kicked out of their apartment for not paying rent, and they resolve to go to the Pearson family for help, and Shauna decides to leave Deja with the Pearsons.

Shauna requests termination of parental rights and Deja is then adopted by Randall Pearson’s family. At first, she feels uncomfortable in the foster family.

Randall and Beth, on the other hand, are worried about her. Randall notices Deja is a silent kid, and so he makes her open up without offending her feelings.

Does Deja come back in This Is Us?

Yes. Currently, she is an integral part of This Is Us cast.

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Lyric stars in the show alongside Sterling K. Brown as Randall, Susan Kelechi Watson as Beth, Eris Baker as Tess Pearson, and Faithe Herman as Annie Pearson..


The teenager has been nominated for several awards for her role in This Is Us. Below is a list of the nominations:

  • 2018: Teen Choice Awards - Choice TV: Breakout Star.
  • 2019: Image Awards (NAACP) - Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited Series).
  • 2019: BET Awards - YoungStars Award
  • 2020: Image Awards (NAACP) - Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited Series), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Awards won

Deja This Is Us actress
Lyric Ross and other This Is Us cast, winners of the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2019. Photo: Dan MacMedan
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Also, Deja This Is Us role has already earned the teenager one worthy award.

  • 2019: Screen Actors Guild Awards - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.

Lyric Ross is not only beautiful but she is also a talented actress. The teenager has already won the hearts of many people because of her impeccable acting skills. Undoubtedly, her role in This Is Us is excellently portrayed.

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He is currently playing young Randall, who is the younger version of Sterling K. Brown's character in This Is Us. He has also featured in several other TV shows and movies. Some of them include The Boy Behind the Door (2020), Magic Camp (2020), Supergirl (2017), and What Showers Bring (2014).


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