Born: September 1, 1996

Birthplace: Oakland, California

Famous For...: her role on Disney's Shake It Up television show.


Zendaya is an American actress, singer, and dancer. She currently stars on the Disney Channel sitcom Shake It Up as Raquel "Rocky" Blue. 

She grew up as part of the California Shakespeare Theater in Orinda, California, where her mother worked as the house manager. While attending the Oakland School for the Arts, she honed her craft at local theaters. Zendaya began her professional career working as a child model for major clothing lines and has been featured in numerous television commercials. In 2009, she was a featured performer in the Kidz Bop music video for its cover of the song "Hot n Cold" released on Kidz Bop 15. Zendaya currently stars on the Disney Channel original series Shake It Up. Her first movie role was the 2012 film, Frenemies. A Disney Channel Original Movie based on the TV series Shake It Up is in development.