For the album, see Zendaya (album).


Born Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman[1]
(1996-09-01) September 1, 1996
Oakland, California, United States
Residence Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Actress
  • singer
  • dancer
  • model
Years active 2009–present

Musical career

  • Vocals
  • piano
Website zendaya.com

Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman (born September 1, 1996),[4] known mononymously as Zendaya, is an American actress, singer, and dancer. From 2010 to 2013, she starred in the Disney Channel sitcom Shake It Up as Rocky Blue. She has starred in two films and played one of the lead roles in the film Frenemies as Halley Brandon. She voiced Fern in the Pixie Hollow Games. She appeared in Good Luck Charlie as Rocky Blue and in a Good Luck Charlie and Shake It Up crossover title Charlie Shakes It Up. She appeared on PrankStars as herself in the episode "Walk The Prank" and on A.N.T. Farm as Sequoia Jones in the episode "Creative ConsultANT."

Zendaya signed a deal with Hollywood Records on August 8, 2012 and started recording songs for her debut album on August 12, 2012. She released a single from an independent label called "Swag It Out" and another single with Bella Thorne called "Watch Me," which is featured on the Break It Down album. On March 20, 2012, Zendaya released the song "Something to Dance For" as promotional single from Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance soundtrack.

Early life

Zendaya was born in Oakland, California, the daughter of Claire Marie (Stoermer) and Kazembe Ajamu (born Samuel David Coleman).[5] Her father is African-American, with roots in Arkansas; her mother is white, with German and Scottish ancestry.[1][4][5]


2009–13: Shake It Up and Zendaya

Zendaya at the Hollywood premiere of Disney Channel's Let It Shine, in 2012.

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.[6] 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" by Katy Perry, which was released on Kidz Bop 15.[6][7] She auditioned in November 2009 for the role of CeCe Jones to join the cast of Dance Dance Chicago (later changed to Shake It Up!).[8] For her audition she performed Michael Jackson's "Leave Me Alone".[9] In 2011 Zendaya release "Swag It Out", a promotional independent single. The song was composed by Bobby Brackins and produced by Glenn A. Foster.[10] She also starred in the book trailer for "From Bad To Cursed" by Katie Alender.[11] In the same year, she released "Watch Me," featuring Bella Thorne, on June 21. The song peaked at 86 on the Billboard Hot 100. The second season of Shake It Up was announced on March 16, 2011 and premiered on September 18, 2011. On June 5, 2011, Shake It Up had a crossover episode with Good Luck Charlie. Zendaya hosted Make Your Mark: Ultimate Dance Off 2011.

Her first movie role was in the 2012 film, Frenemies, a Disney Channel Original Movie.[6][9][12] On February 29, 2012, "Something to Dance For" was released as promotioonal single for Live 2 Dance. For the soundtrack Zendaya also recorded three other songs: "Made In Japan," "Same Heart", and "Fashion In Krytonite", released as promotional single. On September 2, 2012, she signed to Hollywood Records.[13] In October, Zendaya performed at the Teen Music Festival and at the Operation Smile benefit.[14] In February 2013, Zendaya was announced as one of the celebrities who will compete on season 16 of Dancing with the Stars.[15] At age 16, she was the youngest contestant ever to participate on the show, before Willow Shields succeeded her at age 14 on season 20. She was partnered up with professional dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy. In May, the couple finished as runner-ups behind Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough.[16][17][18] Her self-titled debut album was released on September 17, 2013. It was preceded by the single "Replay", released on July 16, 2013. The song was written by Tiffany Fred and Paul "Phamous" Shelton. In June 2013, Coleman wrapped up filming for the music video. On July 25, the Disney Channel confirmed that Shake It Up will be canceled after the end of the third season.[19][20]

2014–present: K.C. Undercover and second album

In 2014 Zendaya was cast as 16 year-old Zoey Stevens, the lead character in the Disney Channel Original Movie Zapped, whose "smart phone begins to somehow control all the boys around her".[21] In late 2013 Zendaya was cast as the lead in a new Disney Channel pilot called Super Awesome Katy.[22] It was ordered to series by Disney Channel in May 2014, with the series now under the title K.C. Undercover, and with Zendaya's character now named K.C. Cooper rather than Katy Cooper.[23] K.C. Undercover premiered on Disney Channel on January 18, 2015,[24] and was renewed for a second season in May 2015.[25] In March 2016 Zendaya was cast in the upcoming film Spider-Man: Homecoming, playing a character named Michelle; the film is scheduled to be released in July 2017.[26]

Other ventures


In September 2012, Zendaya was featured along with rapper Lil Wayne and NBA player LeBron James in a performance of "Scream and Shout" by Will.I.Am and Britney Spears for a television commercial for Beats by Dr. Dre Color.[27]


In August 6, 2013 Zendaya released her debut book, Between U and Me: How to Rock Your Tween Years with Style and Confidence.[28][29]


In 2013 Zendaya started work on a clothing line, inspired on her clothes on Shake It Up, the Shake It Up Dance Clothing Line by Zendaya. The collection features fun clothes for active girls, legwarmers, shorts, jackets, headbands and athletic apparel and accessories.[30][31] Summer 2015 with Carmex, Zendaya announced that she would be launching her own clothing line called Daya by Zendaya.[32][33]

Personal life

Zendaya spent three years of dancing in a dance group called Future Shock Oakland. The group did hip hop and hula dances when she was eight.[34][35][36] Zendaya currently lives in Los Angeles with her family and dog, a Giant Schnauzer named Midnight.[6] Her interests include singing, dancing and designing clothes.[6]


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2011 Pixie Hollow Games Fern Voice role
2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming Michelle Post-production[37]
2017 The Greatest Showman Filming
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2010–2013 Shake It Up Rocky Blue Lead role
2011 Good Luck Charlie Rocky Blue Episode: "Charlie Shakes It Up"
2011 PrankStars Herself Episode: "Walk the Prank"
2012 A.N.T. Farm Sequoia Jones Episode: "Creative consultANT"
2012 Frenemies Halley Brandon Television film
2013 Dancing with the Stars Contestant Season 16
2014 Zapped Zoey Stevens Television film
2015–present K.C. Undercover K.C. Cooper Lead role


Main article: Zendaya discography

Concert tours

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2011 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 Nominated [38]
2012 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series – Leading Young Actress Shake It Up Nominated [39]
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 Nominated [39]
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Series or Special Shake It Up Nominated [40]
2013 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Movie, MiniSeries, Special or Pilot - Leading Young Actress Frenemies Nominated [41]
Radio Disney Music Awards Best Music Video "Fashion Is My Kryptonite" Nominated
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice Music: Breakout Artist Herself Nominated [42]
Teen Choice Awards Candie's Style Icon Herself Won [42]
Radio Disney Music Awards Best Style Herself Won [43]
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Comedy K.C. Undercover Nominated
Radio Disney Music Awards Best Style Herself Nominated [44]
2016 Radio Disney Music Awards Best Style Herself Nominated [45]
Kids Choice Awards Favorite Female TV Star—Kids' Show K.C. Undercover Won [46]


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  22. Ng, Philiana (November 6, 2013). "'Shake It Up' Star Zendaya to Topline Disney Channel Spy Pilot (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 21, 2016. Super Awesome Katy centers on 16-year-old Katy Cooper (Zendaya), an outspoken and confident technology wiz and skilled black belt, who discovers that both her parents are spies who expect her to follow in their footsteps.
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