Zendaya, who was born on September 1, 1996 in Oakland, California, is an American actress, singer and dancer. She was best known for the role of Raquel "Rocky" Blue in the Disney series Shake It Up - Dancing is all (2010-2013). Since 2015, she has been playing the role of the young spy KC Cooper in the Disney series KC Undercover.
Zendaya was born under the name Zendaya Coleman and she is the daughter of Claire Stoermer and Kazembe Ajamu (Coleman). The name Zendaya comes from the Shona language and means "say thank you". Her mother worked at the California Shakespeare Theatre as a janitor, so Zendaya already came early in connection with acting. She appeared in numerous smaller stage productions and often helped her mother out at work. Later, she went to the Oakland School for the Arts, where she played with others in the musical Once on This Island. In addition, she participated in the CalShakes Conservatory program and visited the American Conservatory Theatre. Zendaya took part in the plays such as Richard III. , Twelfth Night and As You Like It. Today she lives with her family in Los Angeles. Her interests are singing, dancing, and designing clothes.
Her professional career began as a model with Macy's, Mervyn's and Old Navy. She starred alongside Stefanie Scott in a commercial for an iCarly toy. In addition, she was as a background dancer in a commercial for Sears to see and danced in several music videos.
From 2010 to 2013, Zendaya starred in the Disney Channel's original series Shake It Up - Dancing is all there. She took on the role of the brave and optimistic Raquel "Rocky" Blue, alongside Bella Thorne, who played her best friend Cecelia "CeCe" Jones. She made her film debut in 2012 alongside Bella Thorne and Stefanie Scott in the Disney Channel Original Movie Frenemies. A TV movie for the TV series Shake It Up was shown in August 2012 in the form of a multi-part episode. Zendaya also has guest appearances on other Disney series, including My Sister Charlie, Prank Stars, and ANT: Respect Natural Talents.
From March to May 2013, Zendaya participated in the 16th season of Dancing with the Stars, the American version of Strictly Come Dancing. At the age of 16, she was the youngest participant on the television program. In September 2013 she released her first own album under the title Zendaya.
After the Disney Channel Shake It Up set in November 2013 after three seasons, she took over in June 2014 in the Disney Channel Original Movie Remotely the lead role of Zoey Stevens. They also stand for the Disney pilot Super Awesome Katy in the lead role of Katy Cooper on camera, the latter named KC Undercover received a series order for the 2015th.
For the fall of 2014, the television station Lifetime planned to produce a television movie about the late singer Aaliyah. Zendaya was to take on the role of the R&B singer and record four new songs. However, Zendaya decided a few days later to quit the project.
For the comic book adaptation Spider-Man: Homecoming published in 2017, Zendaya took on the role of Michelle alongside Tom Holland. Also, this year she will star in the biopic The Greatest Showman about the circus pioneer PT Barnum as Anne Wheeler.