Zoe Saldana

Real Name : Zoe Yadira Saldana Nazario

Born: 19/06/1978 (45 yo)
Birth place: Passaic, New Jersey (USA)

Citizenship : USA
Ascendant : Dominican Rep.
Ethnicity : Domenican & Puerto rican

Occupation : Actress
Active Years: 1995 to present


Zoe Yadira Saldaña Nazario known as Zoë Saldana or Zoe Saldana, is an American actress. She had her breakthrough roles in the 2000 film Center Stage and the 2002 film Crossroads. She later gained prominence for her roles as Anamaria in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, the young Uhura in the 2009 film Star Trek, and Neytiri in James Cameron's Avatar and its upcoming sequels.


Saldana was born Zoe Yadira Saldaña Nazario in Passaic, New Jersey. Her late father, Aridio Saldana, was Dominican, and her mother, Asalia Nazario, is Puerto Rican. She has often spoken of her pride in being from a Latin culture. Her first languages are Spanish and English. She spent the majority of her early childhood growing up in Queens, New York. Her father died in a car accident when she was nine years old, and Saldaña and her mother subsequently moved to the Dominican Republic. There, Saldaña discovered her love of dance and soon enrolled in the ECOS Espacio de Danza Academy; she studied ballet, jazz, and modern Latin dance. The family returned to Queens after her sophomore year in high school.

In 1995, she began performing with the FACES theater group in Brooklyn, which put on plays geared toward providing positive messages for teens, via themes dealing with issues such as substance abuse and adolescent sexuality. Concurrently, she performed with the New York Youth Theater; her appearance in their production of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat led a talent agency to recruit her. Her previous dance training, and her acting experience, helped her land her first film role, playing Eva, the talented and headstrong ballet dancer in the 2000 film Center Stage.


Saldana was still a member of FACES when she gained exposure in an episode of Law & Order (titled "Merger") which first aired in 1999. Saldana's first film role was in Center Stage (2000), directed by Nicholas Hytner, about a group of young dancers from various backgrounds who enroll at the fictitious American Ballet Academy in New York City. She left school after Center Stage, subsequently appearing in the Britney Spears vehicle Crossroads (2002) and the comedy-drama Drumline (2002). She played Anamaria, a female pirate who signs up to join Will Turner and Mr Gibbs for a chance to confront Jack Sparrow for stealing her ship in the 2003 film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Saldana appeared in three films in 2004, including The Terminal, Haven and Temptation. In 2005 Saldana appeared in Constellation, Guess Who with Ashton Kutcher and Dirty Deeds, and in 2006 featured in Premium.

Among other roles, Saldana played Uhura in the 2009 film Star Trek. In 2009, she played Neytiri, the Na'vi chief's daughter, in James Cameron's Avatar, a role that raised her profile.

In 2010, Saldana starred in The Losers in which she played Aisha al-Fadhil, for which she was required to gain weight, as she was expected to carry weapons around for eight hours a day. Saldana also appeared in Takers, Death at a Funeral and Burning Palms. In August 2010, her television ad for Calvin Klein's "Envy" line debuted. In 2011, Saldana starred in the romantic comedy The Heart Specialist, and she also starred in the crime drama movie Colombiana as Cataleya Restrepo, a professional assassin. In 2012, she starred in the drama film The Words.

Saldana reprised her role in Star Trek Into Darkness, the sequel to the 2009 reboot. It was released in May, 2013. In April 2013, Saldana entered negotiations to star as Gamora in the 2014 film Guardians of the Galaxy. She later confirmed her part in the film. It is speculated that Saldana will reprise the role of Neytiri in Avatar 2 in 2015.

Personal life

In June 2010, Saldana became engaged to her long-time boyfriend Keith Britton, an actor and CEO of My Fashion Database. In November 2011, Saldana and Britton announced that they had ended their relationship after 11 years together. Saldana subsequently had an on-again, off-again relationship with actor Bradley Cooper from 2011 to late 2012. Saldana married Italian artist Marco Perego in June 2013 in London.

Saldana is a celebrity supporter of FINCA International, a microfinance organization.

Websites & Social Networks



  • 2000      Center Stage
  • 2001      Get Over It
  • 2001      Snipes
  • 2002      Crossroads
  • 2002      Drumline
  • 2003      Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  • 2004      The Terminal
  • 2004      Haven
  • 2004      Temptation
  • 2005      Constellation
  • 2005      Guess Who
  • 2005      Dirty Deeds
  • 2005      La maldición del padre Cardona
  • 2006      Premium
  • 2006      The Heart Specialist
  • 2007      After Sex
  • 2007      Blackout
  • 2008      Vantage Point
  • 2009      Star Trek
  • 2009      The Skeptic
  • 2009      Avatar
  • 2010      The Losers
  • 2010      Takers
  • 2010      Death at a Funeral
  • 2010      Burning Palms
  • 2011      Colombiana
  • 2012      The Words
  • 2013      Star Trek Into Darkness
  • 2013      Blood Ties
  • 2013      Machete Kills
  • 2013      Out of the Furnace
  • 2013      Nina
  • 2014      Infinitely Polar Bear
  • 2014      Guardians of the Galaxy


TV Series:

  • 1999      Law & Order      Uncredited       
  • 2004      Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  • 2006–07 Six Degrees


Awards won:

  • 2009 - Boston Society of Film Critics Awards - Best Ensemble Cast for Start trek
  • 2010 -    Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films - Best Actress for Avatar
  • 2010 - Empire Awards - Best Actress for Avatar
  • 2010 - Saturn Award - Best Actress for Avatar
  • 2010 - Teen Choice Awards - Choice Movie Actress – Sci-Fi for Avatar
  • 2010 - Visual Effects Society Awards - Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture for Avatar
  • 2012 - Teen Choice Awards - Choice Movie Actress – Action for Colombiana
  • 2012 - ALMA Awards - Favorite Movie Actress Drama/Aventure for Colombiana