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Zendaya Coleman
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Biographical Information
Gender: Female
Date of birth: September 1, 1996
Age: 18
Height: 5'10"
Nationality: African-American
Hometown: Oakland, Calfornia
Nicknames: Z,

Daya

Occupation(s): Actress,

Singer, Dancer

Years active: 2009-present
Fan group name: Z-swaggers
Official website: www.zendaya.com
Official Twitter: @Zendaya

Zendaya Maree Coleman (born September 1, 1996), better known by the mononym Zendaya, is an American actress, singer, and dancer. She is best known for her role as Raquel "Rocky" Blue in Shake It Up . She also was in the DCOM Frenemies as Hailey Brandon. She is set to be in a new Disney Channel show called K.C. Undercover as Katy Cooper and in a new DCOM called Zapped as Zoey Stevens.

Life

Early Life

Zendaya, whose name means "to give thanks" in Shona, was born as Zendaya Maree Coleman to Claire Stoermer and Kazembe Ajamu Coleman on September 1, 1996, in Oakland, California. She grew up as part of the California Shakespeare Theater in Orinda, California where her mother worked as the House Manager. In addition to training at the theater's student conservatory program, and later performing in numerous stage productions, Zendaya helped her mother seat patrons and sell raffle tickets to benefit the theater.

While attending the Oakland School for the Arts, she starred as a young Ti Moune in Once on This Island at the Berkley Playhouse and in the breakout role of the male character Joe in Caroline, or Change at Palo Alto's TheaterWorks.[1] She also studied her craft at the CalShakes Conservatory program and at the American Conservatory Theater. Her other stage credits include Richard III, Twelfth Night, and As You Like It, among others.

Personal Life

Zendaya currently lives in Los Angeles with her family and dog, a Giant Schnauzer named Midnight. Her interests include singing, dancing and designing clothes. Zendaya hopes that just as theater led her to television, Shake It Up! will someday lead her to opportunities in the music industry. In October 2010, Zendaya told Variety, "I love singing and would love to record an album at some point." 

Career

Acting

Zendaya began her professional career working as a fashion model for Macy's, Mervyns and Old Navy. She was featured in an iCarly toys ad along with Stefanie Scott. She also appeared as a back-up dancer in a Sears commercial featuring Disney Channel star Selena Gomez; in 2009, she was a featured performer in the Kidz Bop music video for its cover of the song Hot n Cold. Zendaya currently stars on the Disney Channel original series Shake It Up! as Raquel "Rocky" Blue alongside Bella Thorne as CeCe Jones, the comedic duo trying to dance their way to stardom. She additionally starred in the book trailer for "From Bad To Cursed" by Katie Alender. In 2012, she starred in the movie, Frienemies along with her co-star Bella Throne and friend Stefanie Scott from A.N.T. Farm. Early 2013, she was on the 16th season of Dancing With the Stars, being only 16 at the time marked her the youngest competitor in the show history. She won second place in the competition. She also starring in a upcoming DCOM called Zapped with Disney XD, Lab Rats star, Spencer Boldman. 

Singing career

Zendaya is signed to Hollywood Records which is the same music label as many other Disney stars such as Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez. Zendaya's first single was a song called Swag It Out, available for download on iTunes and Amazon for $0.99. The official music video was released via Youtube on her channel. Zendaya and Bella Thorne have a music video for the song Watch Me, which premiered on Disney Channel on June 17, 2011 during the A.N.T. Farm premiere and just as a commercial. She has been in a Kidz Bop music video for Katy Perry's "Hot n Cold. She has done many songs for Shake It Up along with her co star, Bella Thorne . Zendaya recently released her debut self titled album "Zendaya" which includes her hit single "Replay".

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Pixie Hollow Games Fern Voice role
2012 Frenemies Hailey Brandon Television Film; DCOM
2013 Super Buddies Lollipop Voice role
2014 Zapped Zoey Stevens Telveison film;DCOM, post production

Television

Year

Title Role Notes
2010-2013 Shake It Up Raquel "Rocky" Blue Co-Lead Role
2011 Good Luck Charlie Raquel "Rocky" Blue

Crossover episode, "Charlie Shakes It Up"

2011 Prankstars Herself Episode: "Walk the Prank"
2012 A.N.T. Farm Sequoia Jones Episode: "creative consultANT"
2013 Dancing With The Stars Herself Season 16 contestant; placed 2nd
2014 K.C. Undercover Katy Cooper  pre production; pilot


Discography

Year Title Comments
2011 Swag It Out Single
Watch Me Single & Music Video
2012 Something To Dance For Shake It Up Soundtrack
2012 Fashion is My Kyropnite Single/Made in Japan Soundtrack
2013 self titled album "Zendaya"

External Links


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Trivia

  • She has a record deal with Hollywood Records.
  • She was the love interest in Trevor Jackson's, (Let It Shine) music video, Like We're Grown.

Gallery

To see a Zendaya Gallery, click here.

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