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Kyla Pratt
Pratt at Black Girls Rock red carpet in 2018
Kyla Alissa Pratt

(1986-09-16) September 16, 1986 (age 37)
Years active1993–present
Partner(s)Danny Kirkpatrick
(2005–present; engaged)

Kyla Alissa Pratt (born September 16, 1986[1]) is an American actress. She provided the voice of Penny Proud in the first Disney Channel animated series, The Proud Family, and portrayed Breanna Latrice Barnes in UPN's One on One. After playing the daughter of Eddie Murphy's character in the films Dr. Dolittle and Dr. Dolittle 2, Pratt became the main character in the spin-off series of the franchise which included Dr. Dolittle 3, Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief, and Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts. Pratt has also been in the films Fat Albert, Hotel for Dogs, and The Proud Family Movie. From 2012 to 2014, she appeared in the series Let's Stay Together. She was formerly a part of VH1's Black Ink Crew: Compton and the cast of Call Me Kat on Fox and is reprising the role of Penny in The Proud Family revival The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder on Disney+.

Early life[edit]

Kyla Alissa Pratt[2] was born on September 16, 1986, to Kecia Pratt, a school teacher, and Johnny McCullar, a basketball player. She is the oldest of five children.[3][4]


Acting career[edit]

Pratt began acting at age eight, appearing in commercials for an interactive computer game and Nike. In 1997, she appeared in an episode of Walker, Texas Ranger titled "The Neighborhood", in which she portrayed Kyla Jarvis, a ten-year-old girl who miraculously recovers after accidentally being shot in a drive-by shooting in her gang-ridden neighborhood, and reveals that she saw heaven where she met a guardian angel who gives her an important mission from God. With Walker's help, Kyla Jarvis spreads the angel message of faith and love, uniting her local community into helping clean up their neighborhood and end the gang violence plaguing it. She appeared in an episode of Friends, followed by roles in Smart Guy, Sister, Sister, Family Matters, Lizzie McGuire, Moesha, and The Parkers.[5][6]

In 2001, she won the role of Breanna Barnes in the UPN series One on One (2001–2006). During the run of One on One, Pratt also voiced Penny Proud, the lead character in the Disney Channel animated series The Proud Family. She later voiced the character for The Proud Family Movie in 2005. In addition to television roles, Pratt has appeared in several feature films, including Love & Basketball (2000) and Fat Albert (2004). She played Maya Dolittle in Dr. Dolittle (1998) and Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001), both of which starred Eddie Murphy, and reprised her role as Maya Dolittle (now the lead character) in the direct-to-DVD releases of Dr. Dolittle 3 (2006), Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief (2008), and Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts (2009).[7]

In 2009, Kyla Pratt co-starred alongside Emma Roberts and Jake T. Austin in Hotel for Dogs. Pratt joined the cast of BET's Let's Stay Together in its second season.[8] In February 2014, Pratt was voted #97 on VH1's 100 Greatest Child Stars.[9] In June 2014, she starred alongside Jessica Sula in a Freeform pilot called Recovery Road based on Blake Nelson's novel of the same name.[10] The show debuted on Freeform in January 2016, but was cancelled shortly afterwards, in May 2016.[11]

Singing career[edit]

As a member of the Disney Channel Circle of Stars, Pratt performed a cover version of "Circle of Life" that appeared on the DisneyMania 2 album. She sang "It's All About Me", for the series soundtrack for The Proud Family, and "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" with the Disney Channel Stars. Kyla also sang in the 2019 Lifetime Christmas movie, No Time Like Christmas.

Personal life[edit]

Pratt began a relationship with Danny Kirkpatrick, a rapper, songwriter, and tattoo artist, in 2005. On November 17, 2010, the couple welcomed their daughter, Lyric Kirkpatrick. They became engaged in 2011 and welcomed another daughter, Liyah Kirkpatrick, on August 5, 2013. Pratt appeared alongside Kirkpatrick on the reality show Black Ink Crew: Compton in 2019.[12][13]



Year Title Role Notes
1995 The Baby-Sitters Club Becca Ramsey
1997 Riot Jenny Baker
A Walton Easter Joanie Potter TV movie
Mad City Kid
1998 Barney's Great Adventure Marcella Walker
Dr. Dolittle Maya Dolittle
1999 Jackie's Back Little Jackie Washington TV movie
2000 Love & Basketball Young Monica
2001 Dr. Dolittle 2 Maya Dolittle
2002 More than Puppy Love Jae
2003 Maniac Magee Amanda Beale TV movie
2004 The Seat Filler Diona
Fat Albert Doris
2005 The Proud Family Movie Penny Proud (voice) TV movie
2006 Dr. Dolittle 3 Maya Dolittle Video
2007 Hell on Earth Keri Diamond/Dumpin TV movie
2008 Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief Maya Dolittle Video
2009 Hotel for Dogs Heather
Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts Maya Dolittle Video
2015 Beauty and the Beat Boots - Short
2016 Secret She Kept Tía Jiles/Kingston TV movie [14]
2018 Best Baddies Melody (voice) Short
The Christmas Pact Sadie TV movie [15]
2019 Back to the Goode Life Francesca Goode TV movie [16]
No Time Like Christmas Emma Potter TV movie [17]
2020 Let's Meet Again on Christmas Eve Corinne Millbrook TV movie [18]
2021 The Addams Family 2 Volcano Kid, Book Girl, Festival Kid #1, Peggy (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Where I Live Brittany Episode: "Married... with Children"
1995 Living Single Tracy Episode: "He Works Hard for the Money"
Guideposts Junction Mailbox Kid #3 Episode: "Angels, Angels"
The Parent 'Hood Monica Episode: "A Kiss Is Just a Kiss"
1996 In the House Erica Episode: "Love on a One-Way Street" & "My Crazy Valentine"
Sisters Little Girl Episode: "The Price"
Lois & Clark Little Girl Episode: "Through a Glass, Darkly"
ER Lily Episode: "Take These Broken Wings"
The Show Nia Episode: "The Last Episode of the Season and Them"
Public Morals Gretel Ruggs Episode: "The Cornflower Cover"
Touched by an Angel Annie Episode: "The Journalist"
Friends Charla Nichols Episode: "The One Where Rachel Quits"
1997 Family Matters Kelsey Webster Episode: "Le Jour d'Amour"
Walker, Texas Ranger Kyla Jarvis Episode: "The Neighborhood"
Smart Guy Lillie Episode: "Baby, It's You and You and You"
1998 The Pretender Tracy Johnson Episode: "Gigolo Jarod"
Smart Guy Brandi Episode: "Bad Boy" & "She Got Game"
Any Day Now Birdie Episode: "You Shoulda Seen My Daddy"
1999 Becker Keisha Episode: "Limits & Boundaries"
So Weird Kamilah Simmonds Episode: "Lost"
Sister Sister Basketball Player Episode: "The Road Less Traveled"
The Parent 'Hood Monica Episode: "To Kiss or Not to Kiss"
Moesha Patricia Episode: "The Crush"
2000 The Parkers Shaquilla Episode: "Bad to the Bone"
The Hughleys Kenyatha Episode: "The Thin Black Line"
Moesha Sabrina Wilson Episode: "Netcam"
Strong Medicine Donna Jenkins Episode: "Brainchild"
2001 Lizzie McGuire Brooke Baker Episode: "Gordo and the Girl"
2001–05 The Proud Family Penny Proud (voice) Main Cast
2001–06 One on One Breanna Latrice Barnes Main Cast
2002 Super Short Show Herself Episode: "The Proud Family Movie/That's So Raven: Raven's House Party: 1"
2004 Veronica Mars Georgia Episode: "The Wrath of Con"
2005 Dr. Phil Herself Episode: "Dr. Phil & Dr. Bill"
Lilo & Stitch: The Series Penny Proud (voice) Episode: "Spats: Experiment #397"
2012 The Mentalist Juliana McVie Episode: "Black Cherry"
2012–14 Let's Stay Together Crystal Whitmore Main Cast: Seasons 2–4
2013 L.A. Hair Herself Episode: "Don't Mess With My Mama"
2015 The Soul Man Alicia Episode: No Weddings and Ten Funerals
2016 Recovery Road Trish Collins Main Cast
2018 In the Cut LaShantay Episode: "The Ring Bearer"
2019 Black Ink Crew: Compton Herself Supporting Cast: Season 1
2020 Insecure Dina Episode: "Lowkey Done"
2021 Duncanville Allison (voice) Episode: "Crimes and Misters Demean Her" & "Witch Day 2"
Bronzeville Maisie Episode: "3,5,11,29"
We Stay Looking Keisha Episode: "Wet and Alone"
2021–23 Call Me Kat Randi Main Cast
2022 Celebrity Family Feud Herself/Contestant Episode: "Salt-N-Pepa vs. The Proud Family and Bel-Air vs. Saved by the Bell"
The Wheel Herself/Animated Movies Expert Episode: "Fish N' Chips & Gold Medal Flips"
A Black Lady Sketch Show Edge Donor Episode: "Save My Edges, I'm a Donor!"
Tales Stephanie Episode: "Survival of the Fittest"
2022– The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder Penny Proud (voice) Main Cast
2023 Chibiverse Penny Proud (voice) Episode: "Chibi Villains Unite"
2023 Fantasy Island Peaches Episode: "Peaches and the Jilted Bride"

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist
2003 "What a Girl Wants" B2K


  1. ^ "Horoscope". TV Guide. January 17, 2022. p. 67.
  2. ^ "Kyla Pratt Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
  3. ^ Lucas, Michael P. (1999-04-30). "Nickelodeon Lets Kids Name Stars in Their Firmament". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-02-01.
  4. ^ Spruell, Sakina P. (March 2003). "A day in the life of TV star Kyla Pratt - How They're Living". Black Enterprise. Archived from the original on 2009-05-17. Retrieved 2008-10-03.
  5. ^ "Black Don't Crack: Kyla Pratt Popped Up On 'Insecure' Over The Weekend & It Was '06 All Over Again [Photos]". Global Grind. 18 May 2020.
  6. ^ "Kyla Pratt Starred in These 2 Hit Shows at the Exact Same Time". Showbiz Cheatsheet. 18 October 2020.
  7. ^ Parham, Marti (2006-01-16). "'One On One' with Kyla Pratt: child star grows up". Jet. Archived from the original on 2009-05-17. Retrieved 2008-10-03.
  8. ^ "Kyla Pratt". BET. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  9. ^ "VH1′s 100 Greatest Kid Stars Of All Time". Archived from the original on June 25, 2022.
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (Jun 3, 2014). "Kyla Pratt & Justin Prentice Join ABC Family Drama Pilot 'Recovery Road'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved Jun 20, 2014.
  11. ^ Gelman, Vlada (2016-05-14). "Recovery Road Cancelled at Freeform". TVLine. Retrieved 2018-09-04.
  12. ^ "Kyla Pratt Calls Longtime Partner Danny Kirkpatrick a 'Real' Dad in Pic with Their 2 Kids".
  13. ^ Cadet, Danielle (2011-11-10). "Kyla Pratt Confirms Rumors". The Huffington Post.
  14. ^ "About "The Secret She Kept"". 30 June 2016.
  15. ^ "The Christmas Pact (2018 Lifetime)". 12 December 2018.
  16. ^ "Back to the Goode Life (2019) - Movie".
  17. ^ "Back to the Goode Life (2019) - Movie".
  18. ^ "Let's Meet Again on Christmas Eve".

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