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Zendaya Maree Coleman, better known by the mononym Zendaya, is an American actress, singer, and dancer. She has been acting since age six and played Rocky Blue in Disney Channel's Shake It Up. Zendaya is of Arican-American, Irish, German, and English descent.

Early life

Zendaya, whose name means "to give thanks" in Shona, was born 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. 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.



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 Rocky Blue alongside Bella Thorne as CeCe Jones, the comedic duo trying to dance their way to stardom. In early 2011, it was announced that her first movie role would be in the 2012 film, "Frenemies" along with "Shake It Up!" co-star, Bella Thorne and Stefanie Scott from A.N.T. Farm. She additionally starred in the book trailer for "From Bad To Cursed" by Katie Alender, which was released via YouTube on June 13, 2011. The book is the second in Alender's "Bad Girls Don't Die" series.


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."

Singing career

Zendaya has released a number of songs under Hollywood Records and Walt Disney Records, as well as independent releases. 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 for the song has only had a preview release on YouTube. 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". Zendaya announced that she wants to 'release more singles' and 'make an album in the near future'. Zendaya is currently signed to Hollywood Records and is working on recording songs for her first album.

Photo Gallery

The image gallery for Zendaya may be viewed here.

Video Gallery

The video gallery for Zendaya may be viewed here.



Year Title Role Notes
2011 Pixie Hollow Games Fern Voice actor
2012 Frenemies Halley Brandon Main role, Disney Channel Original Movie
2014 Zapped Zoey Stevens Lead role, Disney Channel Original Movie


Year Title Role Notes
2010 - 2013 Shake It Up Rocky Blue

Main Role

2011 Good Luck Charlie 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"
2014 Project Runway: Under the Gunn Herself Episode: "Hit the Stage"; Guest judge
2015 K.C Undercover K.C Cooper

Lead Role


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Kidz Bop: 'Hot n Cold' Performer Music video. She confirmed in an interview that she wasn't the singer; she was lipsynching.
2011 From Bad to Cursed by Katie Alender Sunshine girl Book trailer: here


Song title Year Artist Album Time Notes
Watch Me 2011 Bella Thorne & Zendaya

Shake It Up: Break It Down


Music video: here

Swag It Out 2011 Zendaya - 3:12 Music video: here
Dig Down Deeper 2011 Zendaya - 3:08

Pixie Hollow Games theme song

Music video: here

Something to Dance For 2012 Zendaya Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance 2:42 Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance soundtrack
Something to Dance For/TTYLXOX (Mash-Up) 2012 Zendaya & Bella Thorne Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance 2:58

Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance soundtrack

Music video: here

Fashion Is My Kryptonite 2012 Bella Thorne & Zendaya Shake It Up: Made In Japan 2:44 Preview: here
Made In Japan 2012 Bella Thorne & Zendaya Shake It Up: Made In Japan --- Preview: here
Same Heart 2012 Bella Thorne & Zendaya Shake It Up: Made In Japan --- -
Contagious Love 2012 Bella Thorne & Zendaya Shake It Up: I ♥ Dance
Shake Santa Shake 2012 Zendaya Disney Channel Holiday Playlist 2:56
This Is My Dance Floor 2013 Bella Thorne & Zendaya Shake It Up: I ♥ Dance 3:07
Replay 2013 Zendaya Zendaya 3:29 Music video: here
Something New (feat. Chris Brown) 2016 Zendaya Untitled second album TBA Music video: [TBA]

Awards and Nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2011 Young Artist Award Outstanding Young Ensemble in a TV Series Herself Nominated
2011 J-14 Teen Icon Award Iconic Triple Threat (Acting, Singing, and Dancing) Shake It Up (TV series) Nominated
2011 Shorty Awards Best TV Actress Shake It Up (TV series) Nominated
2012 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Program (Series or Special) Shake It Up (TV series) Nominated
2012 Young Artist Award Outstanding Young Ensemble in a TV Series

(shared with Bella Thorne, Davis Cleveland, Roshon Fegan, Adam Irigoyen, Kenton Duty and Caroline Sunshine)

Shake It Up (TV series) Nominated
2012 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series - Leading Young Actress Shake It Up (TV series) Nominated

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