Naya Rivera (1987–2020)


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Naya Rivera was an Afro-Latina American actress, model and singer known for playing Santana Lopez from Glee and Hillary Winston from The Royal Family. She also was in The Master of Disguise, Baywatch, CSI: Miami, American Dad, Batman: The Long Halloween Parts 1 and 2, Even Stevens and The Bernie Mac Show. See full bio »

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(age 33) in Ventura, California, USA

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Bundle of Joy (S3, Ep16)
Thu, Aug 11 3:30 AM PDT on BET (052)
The Bernie Mac Show
Leaving Los Angeles (S2, Ep14)
Fri, Aug 12 5:30 PM PDT on ASPRE (185)

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Known For

Glee Santana Lopez / Artie Abrams
(2009-2015)
The Royal Family Hillary Winston
(1991-1992)
Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One Catwoman / Selina Kyle
(2021)
The Master of Disguise Captain America Kid
(2002)

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 2021 Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two
Catwoman / Selina Kyle (voice)
 2021 Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One
Catwoman / Selina Kyle (voice)
 2018-2019 Step Up: High Water (TV Series)
Collette Jones
- Hip-Hopera (2019) ... Collette Jones
- Improvisation (2019) ... Collette Jones
- Azonto (2019) ... Collette Jones
- Attitude (2019) ... Collette Jones
- Isolations (2019) ... Collette Jones
 2017 Mad Families
Felipa
 2016 American Dad! (TV Series)
Lolo Fuentes
- The Unincludeds (2016) ... Lolo Fuentes (voice)
 2015 Devious Maids (TV Series)
Blanca Alvarez
- The Turning Point (2015) ... Blanca Alvarez
- The Awful Truth (2015) ... Blanca Alvarez
- From Here to Eternity (2015) ... Blanca Alvarez
- Awakenings (2015) ... Blanca Alvarez
 2009-2015 Glee (TV Series)
Santana Lopez / Artie Abrams
- Dreams Come True (2015) ... Santana Lopez
- A Wedding (2015) ... Santana Lopez
- What the World Needs Now (2015) ... Santana Lopez
- Jagged Little Tapestry (2015) ... Santana Lopez
- Homecoming (2015) ... Santana Lopez
 2014/VI At the Devil's Door
Vera
 2013 The Naughty List (Video)
Sparkle (voice)
 2009 Glee: Director's Cut Pilot Episode (TV Movie)
Santana Lopez
 2009 Frankenhood
Hottie (as Naya Maria Rivera)
 2008 CSI: Miami (TV Series)
Rachel Calvado
- Power Trip (2008) ... Rachel Calvado
 2008 Girlfriends (TV Series)
Karin
- Stand and Deliver (2008) ... Karin (as Naya Marie Rivera)
 2002-2006 The Bernie Mac Show (TV Series)
Donna
- What Would Jason Do? (2006) ... Donna
- Fantasy Football (2006) ... Donna
- Car Wars (2005) ... Donna
- The Big Payback (2005) ... Donna
 2004 8 Simple Rules (TV Series)
Nice Girl
- Halloween (2004) ... Nice Girl
 2003 Soul Food (TV Series)
Lauryn
- Nobody's Child (2003) ... Lauryn
- Truth's Consequences (2003) ... Lauryn
 2002 The Master of Disguise
Captain America Kid
 2002 Even Stevens (TV Series)
Charlene
- Short Story (2002) ... Charlene
 2002 House Blend (TV Movie)
Chloe (uncredited)
 1999 The Jersey (TV Series)
Girl #2
- Be True to You (1999) ... Girl #2
 1997-1999 Smart Guy (TV Series)
Kelly / Tanya
- Never Too Young (1999) ... Kelly
- Baby, It's You and You and You (1997) ... Tanya
 1996 Baywatch (TV Series)
Willa
- Scorcher (1996) ... Willa
 1995 Can't Hurry Love (TV Series)
Girl #1
- A Very Kafka Christmas (1995) ... Girl #1
 1995 Live Shot (TV Series)
Ann
- Another Day, Another Story (1995) ... Ann
 1993 The Sinbad Show (TV Series)
Party Guest
- It's My Party, I'll Cry If I Want To (1993) ... Party Guest
 1992-1993 Family Matters (TV Series)
Gwendolyn
- Mama's Wedding (1993) ... Gwendolyn
- Heart Strings (1993) ... Gwendolyn
- Just One Date (1992) ... Gwendolyn
 1993 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (TV Series)
Cindy
- Bundle of Joy (1993) ... Cindy
 1991-1992 The Royal Family (TV Series)
Hillary Winston
- The Big Stink (1992) ... Hillary Winston
- Cocoa in Charge (1992) ... Hillary Winston
- Mo' Money (1992) ... Hillary Winston
- The Fame Game (1992) ... Hillary Winston
- Hello, I Must Be Going (1992) ... Hillary Winston
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Personal Details

Other Works:

TV commercial: Appeared in infomercial, hosted by Melissa Claire Egan, for "Proactiv Solution" acne medication. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Interview | 4 Articles | 4 Pictorials | 8 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Official Sites:

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Alternate Names:

The Cast of Glee | Naya Rivera Dorsey | Naya Maria Rivera | Naya Marie Rivera

Height:

5' 5" (1.65 m)

Spouse:

Ryan Dorsey  (divorced)  (1 child)

Children:

Josey Dorsey

Parents:

George Rivera

Relatives:

Mychal Rivera (sibling) | See more »
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Personal Quote:

[on working at Hooters and overcoming self-consciousness] I have nightmares about that job, period. When I was working there, I was really skinny - a lot skinnier than I am now. But I was always self-conscious. It's so funny now to feel completely different... You can't be so hard on yourself that you're not enjoying everyday. It just got to be too much, so I shelved it. I just started eating ... See more »

Trivia:

Confirmed in her memoir, "Sorry Not Sorry", that Smart Guy (1997) actor Tahj Mowry was her first boyfriend. The pair dated for four years between 2000 to 2004 when they were teenagers. See more »

Trademark:

The "Naya" dance See more »

Nickname:

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