China Anne McClain

China Anne McClain

TV Actress

China Anne McClain is an American actress and singer. McClain's career began when she was seven years old, portraying Alexis in the film The Gospel, and then China James in Daddy's Little Girls.

Full Name
Aug 25, 1998
5′ 3″
Net Worth


China Anne McClain is an American actress and singer born on August 25, 1998 in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the daughter of Shontell and Michael McClain and has two sisters, Lauryn and Sierra. Her father plays the piano, bass, and guitar while her mother sings. It was her parents that encouraged her to pursue a career in entertainment.

McClain began acting at age seven when she appeared as one of Tyler Perry’s Kids in the 2007 film “Daddy’s Little Girls.” In 2009, she starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam” with Demi Lovato, Joe Jonas, and other stars. She also had roles on shows such as “Hannah Montana” and “The Suite Life On Deck.” 

In 2010, McClain earned a starring role on the Disney Channel show “A.N.T. Farm” as Chyna Parks, an aspiring musician who attends high school at Advanced Natural Talent (A.N.T.). She released her debut EP “Unstoppable” that same year which featured songs from her show as well as original material written by McClain herself. She also released two singles with Disney Music Group entitled “Calling All The Monsters” and “Dynamite” which were featured in the series for promotional purposes. 

In 2013, she starred alongside Idris Elba in the film adaptation of Beverly Lewis' novel "The Shunning" as Katie Lapp and reprised her role in its sequel "The Confession." In 2017 she landed a recurring role on the CW's hit drama "Black Lightning" as Jennifer Pierce/Lightning along with Nafessa Williams and Christine Adams playing her sisters Anissa Pierce/Thunder and Lynn Stewart respectively. 

McClain continues to be an active member of Hollywood today with upcoming projects including Netflix's comedy-drama series "Fairy Tale Lives Of Russian Girls," Hulu's horror anthology series "Monsterland," and Paramount Players' remake of 1988's cult classic "Heathers."

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1998</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">China Anne McClain is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On August 25, 1998, China Anne McClain was born in Atlanta, Georgia.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2006</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Moved to Los Angeles</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Moved to Los Angeles with her family to pursue acting and music.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2007</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">First Acting Role</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Gained her first acting role in Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2009</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Starred in Disney Channel Movie</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Starred as Chyna Parks in the Disney Channel original movie A.N.T. Farm.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2012</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Released Debut Album</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Released her debut album, Unstoppable, with her sisters.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2017</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Starred in Descendants 2</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Starred as Uma in the Disney Channel original movie Descendants 2.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2019</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Starred in Black Lightning</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Starred as Jennifer Pierce/Lightning in the CW series Black Lightning.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> She Is Talented</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">China Anne McClain is a multi-talented actress. She is best known for her roles in Disney's Descendants, House of Payne and A.N.T Farm. She is also an excellent singer and has been featured in many soundtracks.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> She Is Inspiring</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">China Anne McClain is an inspiration to young girls everywhere. She is a strong woman who has worked hard to achieve success in her career and stay true to herself throughout her journey. Her determination and courage are admirable qualities that should be celebrated.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> She Is Charitable</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">China Anne McClain is also very charitable. She has donated to numerous charities, including the Make A Wish Foundation, Feeding America, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Her generosity and kindness are admirable qualities that make us love her even more!</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> Began Acting at Age 7</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">China Anne McClain began her career in show business when she was just seven years old. She made her television debut on the show Tyler Perry's House of Payne.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Music Career</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In addition to acting, China Anne McClain is also a singer and songwriter. In 2011, she released her first single "Dynamite" which reached number 79 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> Film Debut in Grown Ups 2</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">China Anne McClain made her feature film debut in 2013 with the Adam Sandler comedy Grown Ups 2. She played the role of Charlotte McKenzie in the movie.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Inspiration for Descendants Character</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">The character Uma in the Disney Channel Original Movie Descendants was reportedly inspired by China Anne McClain's look and style.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Plays Two Characters in Black Lightning</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">China Anne McClain stars as Jennifer Pierce and her meta human alter ego Lightning in the CW series Black Lightning.</p></div>


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