Sonal Chappelle: The only daughter of Dave Chappelle

Who is Sonal Chappelle? 

If you enjoy comedy, the name Dave Chappelle must be familiar to you. Sonal Chappelle is the only daughter of one of the most famous American stand-up comedians, actors, and writers Dave Chappelle.

Sonal Chappelle is the youngest kid of Dave Chappelle and Elaine Erfe. In 2018, she appeared in the entertainment industry by acting in the Academy Award-winning movie A Star is Born with her father by her side. 

To be born as Dave Chappelle’s daughter has its perks and challenges, but Sonal Chappelle seems to have more fun than facing challenges. She is still a kid and is focused on her studies.

Sonal Chappelle Biography
Sonal Chappelle Biography

Quick Facts

Full NameSonal Chappelle
Age14 years old
BirthplaceOhio, USA
Currently ResidingYellow Springs, Ohio, USA
EducationStill in school
ParentsDave Chappelle,
Elaine Chappelle
GrandparentsDr. Yvonne Sean (GrandMother)
William David Chappelle III (Grandfather) 
SiblingsSulayman Chappelle,
Ibrahim Chappelle
Net WorthUSD 5 million


Sonal Chappelle was born in early 2009 in Yellow Springs, Ohio, USA. She gained fame at a young age as she is known as a Starkid, being the daughter of Dave. Sanaa has just stepped foot in her teens. 

The young lady is of mixed ethnicity as her parents are of a different race. Her mother is an Asian who belongs to the Filipino ethnicity, whereas her father is African-American. Her father was Christian by religion, but he changed his religion to Muslim later, but her mother refused to change it. 

Sonal Chappelle is still in her higher-level education and studying in a local public school in Ohio, USA. The exact information about the institutes is not public yet.

Sonal Chappelle’s Parents

Dave Chappelle (father)

Talking about her parents, everyone knows who Dave Chappelle is, and if you don’t know, I recommend you check out his works.

Dave Chappelle was born on August 24, 1973. Dave Chappelle’s spent his childhood in Silver Spring, Maryland. He attended Woodlin Elementary School for his studies till high school.

Dave Chappelle
Dave Chappelle

Dave graduated from Washington’s Duke Ellington School of Arts. Later, he also studied theater arts at the University.

Dave Chappelle is known for his comedy sketch series Chappelle’s Show, which lasted from 2003 to 2006. He has been active in comedy from 1988 to the present time. Dave has appeared in movies that include Robin Hood: Men in Tights(1993), The Nutty Professor (1996), Blue Streak (1999), A star is born (2018), etc.

He has signed a USD 20 million per release comedy special deal with Netflix in which he released six stand-up specials. Dave is a numerous award winner, including Emmy Award, Grammy Award, and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. 

As of 2023, Dave is one of the richest comedians globally, with an estimated net worth of USD 50 million.

Elaine Chappelle (mother)

Born Elaine Mendoza Erfe on August 31, 1974, to her Filipino parents, she grew up in Brooklyn, New York City, USA.

Dave with his wife, Elaine Erfe
Dave Chappelle with his wife, Elaine Erfe

Elaine’s dream was to become a professional chef, but she devoted her time to the upbringing of the three kids. Her parents, Erfe & Chappelle, married in 2001 and have been happily together. 

Also, read the full biography of Dave Chappelle’s wife, Elaine Chappelle.


Sonal Chappelle is blessed with two elder brothers. Sulayman Chappelle is the couple’s eldest son, and Ibrahim Chappelle is the second.

Sulayman was born in the year 2001. He is a boxing enthusiast. His father named him Sulayman by being inspired by the ancient king Solomon. 

On the other hand, Ibrahim was born two years after Sulayman, that is, in the year 2003. Dave named his second son Ibrahim because the name translates to the father of faith in the Islamic religion.

Elaine Chappelle with her family
Dave Chappelle with his wife, Elaine, and kids

Here is the full life story of Sanaa Chappelle’s Brothers, Ibrahim and Sulayman.

Sonal Chappelle Grandparents

Dr. Yvonne Sean (Grandmother)

Sanaa’s grandparents are also very renowned people. Her grandmother, Dr.Yvonne Sean, is an American professor who did her studies in African Studies, American Studies, and Government administration. 

Dave Chappelle’s mother, Yvonne, was the first African-American woman ordained as a Unitarian Universalist Minister in 1981. She has also worked for Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba.  

Moreover, she has been a professor and university administrator at several universities, including The University of Wright State and Prince George’s Community College. 

William David Chappelle III (Grandfather)

Similarly, talking about her grandfather, William David Chappelle III, was also an American professor of music at Antioch College. He was also known by the name Bill Chappelle. He had worked as a civil rights organizer in Ohio, USA.

William served in the United States Army for about four of his life. He also played clarinet while he was in the US army service. Later on, he decided to move to Yellow Springs, Ohio. In Ohio, he became a faculty member in the department of Co-op.

He discovered he could be good at teaching, so he became a professor in the music department and did that for the rest of his life.

Sonal Chappelle Career  

As mentioned before, Sonal Chappelle is still a teen kid who is probably in high school. As a daughter of Dave, she could be following in her dad’s footsteps and entering the entertainment industry. In 2018, she appeared in the award-winning movie A Star is Born. 

She had a cameo in the movie. Sanaa Chappelle played the role of her real-life father’s daughter. She seems close to her dad as Sanaa is seen on the red carpets and at events with her dad. Sanaa also appeared on the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival with her father.

Sanna with her parents, Elaine and Dave at 18th Annual Mark Twain Prize Humor
Sanaa Chappelle with her parents, Elaine and Dave Chappelle, at the 18th Annual Mark Twain Prize

Furthermore, she appeared on Saturday Night Live with her dad by her side in 2016. It was probably her first time in the show. As Chappelle’s daughter, Sanaa Chappelle was present in Vanessa Bayer’s “Kids Talk Politics” part and was questioned about Donald Trump. 

Sonal Chappelle Net worth

As the actress is a young early teen, there is no proper estimation of her net worth. However, she earned a good amount of money from her grand debut in the movie, which managed to have a gross box office income of around USD 436.2 million.

Besides that, Being a world-renowned actor/comedian, Sanaa Chappelle’s father, Dave Chappelle’s net worth is about USD 50 million.

Is Sonal Chappelle on Social Media?

Even though many celebrities’ children are active on Instagram and other social media platforms, all three kids of Dave have maintained a very low profile. Sonal Chappelle is not active on any social media accounts. 

However, her father, Dave’s Instagram can be found under the handle @davechappelle. with about 2.7 million followers. He is also active on Twitter, with almost 1m followers.


Is Dave Chappelle’s Daughter An Actress?

Yes, Sonal Chappelle is a young actress in the movie ‘A Star is Born.’

How Old Is Dave Chappelle?

Dave Chappelle’s birthday is on August 24, and he was born in 1973, which makes him currently 49 years old.

How old is Sanaa Chappelle?

Sanna Chappelle is 14 years old as of 2023. 

What role does Sonal Chappelle play in A STAR IS BORN?

Little Chappelle plays the role of Frankie Stone in the movie.

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