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Birth name

Zendaya Coleman


September 1, 1996 (age 15) Oakland, California, U.S.


Dance-pop, electropop


Actress, singer, dancer


Vocals, piano

Years active



Walt Disney

Zendaya Coleman (born September 1, 1996), known mononymously as Zendaya, is an American actress, singer, and dancer. She currently stars on the Disney Channel sitcom Shake It Up as Raquel "Rocky" Blue. She is the co-star of Bella Thorne at Shake It Up. Zendaya is Bella's best friend, and has been to Paris with her, where they bought matching bags. Zendaya is mixed, with a white mother and a black father.

Early lifeEdit

Zendaya, whose name means "to give thanks" in Shona, was born Zendaya Coleman to Claire Stoermer and Kazembe Ajamu (Coleman) on September 1, 1996, in Oakland, California.[1][2][3] She grew up as part of the California Shakespeare Theater in Orinda, California where her mother worked as the House Manager.[1][2][3] 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.[1]

While attending the Oakland School for the Arts, she starred as a young Ti Moune in Once on This Island at the Berkeley 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 California Shakespeare Theater Conservatory program and at the American Conservatory Theater.[1] Her other stage credits include Richard III, Twelfth Night, and As You Like It, among others.[1]


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.[1] 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" released on Kidz Bop 15.[1][4] 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. Her first movie role was the 2012 film, Frenemies along with Shake It Up co-star, Bella Thorne and Stefanie Scott from A.N.T. Farm.[1][2][3] A Disney Channel Original Movie based on the TV series Shake It Up is in development.[5] Zendaya performed Dig Down Deeper at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Personal lifeEdit

Zendaya currently lives in Los Angeles with her family and dog, a Giant Schnauzer named Midnight.[1] Her interests include singing, dancing and designing clothes.[1] Zendaya hopes that just as theater led her to television, Shake It Up will someday lead her to opportunities in the music industry.[2] In October 2010, Zendaya told Variety, "I love singing and would love to record an album at some point."[2]

Singing careerEdit

Zendaya's first single was a song called "Swag It Out", released online through iTunes and Amazon. The official music video for the song was released on YouTube on December 15, 2011. Zendaya and Bella Thorne have made two music videos together: "Watch Me" premiered on the Disney Channel on June 17, 2011 during the A.N.T. Farm premiere and "Something to Dance For/TTYLXOX Mash-Up" premiered on the Disney Channel on March 9, 2012 during an episode of Jessie.


Year Title Role Notes 2011 Pixie Hollow Games Fern Voice role
2012 Frenemies Halley Brandon Lead role; Disney Channel Original Movie
Year Title Role Notes 2010–present Shake It Up Rocky Blue Co-lead
2011 Good Luck Charlie Rocky Blue "Charlie Shakes It Up" (season 2: episode 13)
2011 PrankStars Herself "Walk the Prank" (season 1: episode 3)
2012 A.N.T. Farm Sequoia Jones "creative consultANT" (season 2: episode 1)


Soundtrack albumsEdit

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions




US Kids




Shake It Up: Break It Down
  • Released: July 11, 2011
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Label: Walt Disney
22 1 1 65
Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance
  • Released: March 20, 2012[8]
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Label: Walt Disney
13 2 1 99
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.


List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album






"Swag It Out"[12] 2011 non-album single
"Watch Me" (with Bella Thorne) 86 9 192 Shake It Up: Break It Down
"Something to Dance For"[A] 2012 124 Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance
"—" denotes a title that was not released or did not chart in that territory.

Other appearancesEdit

Song Year Album
"Hot n Cold" (as part of Kidz Bop Kids) 2010 Kidz Bop Dance Party[13]
"Dig Down Deeper" 2011 Pixie Hollow Games

Music videosEdit

Song Year Director
"Watch Me" (with Bella Thorne) 2011 Lipo Ching
"Dig Down Deeper" Unknown
"Swag It Out" Glenn A. Foster
"Something to Dance For" 2012 Unknown

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2012 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series - Leading Young Actress Shake It Up Nominated [14]
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 Nominated [14]