Born Zendaya Coleman, the actress and singer began her career as a child model. She landed her first TV role as Rocky Blue on Disney Channel’s Shake It Up, which aired from 2010 to 2013. She also starred in the network’s 2012 movie Frenemies and signed a deal with Disney’s music label, Hollywood Records, which released her self-titled debut album in 2013.
That same year, Zendaya competed on season 16 of Dancing With the Stars, finishing as the runner-up with her pro partner, Val Chmerkovskiy. After Shake It Up was canceled, she starred in another Disney Chanel series, K.C. Undercover, from 2015 to 2018.
Zendaya made her big-screen debut in the 2017 film Spider-Man: Homecoming. She reprised her role as MJ in the 2019 sequel, Spider-Man: Far From Home. Her other movie credits include 2017’s The Greatest Showman and 2020’s Dune.
Zendaya received critical acclaim for her role as Rue Bennett on the HBO drama Euphoria, which premiered in 2019. She received nominations at the 2020 Emmys and the Critics’ Choice Television Awards for playing the drug-addled teen.
Zendaya was linked to her Spider-Man costar Tom Holland from 2017 to 2018 and dated her Euphoria castmate Jacob Elordi from 2019 to 2020.