Naya Marie Rivera was an American actress, singer, and model. She began her career as a child actress and model, first appearing in national television commercials. She had her first acting opportunity at four years old on the TV series ‘The Royal Family’ and also appeared in an episode of ‘This Is How I Made It With Chris Brown” in 2012. She has been a part of the film Frankenhood however, it was recognized as Naya Maria Rivera in this film. She has also been a part of Omarion in the 2002 music video for B2K’s song “Why I Love You”. She featured in various listings of the country’s most attractive people, including, FHM’s ‘World’s Sexiest Woman’ list, People en Español ‘50 Most Beautiful’ and thrice in Maxim ‘Hot 100’ list. She was ranked #1 in the 2012 AfterEllen Hot 100 list and #37 in the Men’s Health Hottest Women of 2014. In 2015, Rivera portrayed the recurring role of Blanca Alvarez for the third season of Lifetime’s drama series ‘Devious Maids’. On July 8, 2020, Rivera drowned at Lake Piru, near Santa Clarita, California, while swimming with her four-year-old son Josey, who was found alone on their rented boat. Her body was recovered from the lake on the morning of July 13, following a five-day search. At the time of her death, she was between seasons of the television series Step Up, in which she played the female lead, Collette Jones.

In 2019, it had been reported that the comic Batman: The Long Halloween was being adapted into a two-part animated movie for DC Universe Animated Original Movies, with Rivera voicing Catwoman. The first part is to be released in 2021.

Naya Rivera Bio

Naya Rivera 
NameNaya Rivera
Real NameNaya Rivera Dorsey, Naya Marie Rivera
Pet / Nick NameNaya
NationalityUnited States
ProfessionSinger, Songwriter, Model, Film Actress, Theatre Actress
OriginUnited States
Date Of Birth (DOB)Monday, January 12, 1987
Age(as in 2021)34 Years
BirthplaceSanta Clara, California
Zodiac SignCapricorn
DiedJuly 8, 2020 (aged 33)
Lake Piru, Ventura County, California
Cause of deathDrowning
Native / OriginUnited States
Home TownSanta Clara, California, United States.
Current CitySanta Clara, California
Family and More
FatherGeorge Rivera
MotherYolanda Rivera
Brother(s)Mychal Rivera
Sister(s)Nickayla Rivera
Marital StatusMarried
Spouse Ryan Dorsey (m. 2014–2018)
ChildrenJosey Hollis Dorsey
Physical and Personality
Body TypeNot Known
Body Measurements32-26-32
Zero SizeNot Known
Naya Rivera’s Heightin centimeters- 165 cm
in meters- 1.65 m
in Feet Inches- 5′ 4″
Weightin Kilograms- 53 kg
in Pounds- 116.84 lbs
Face ShapeOval
Eye ColourBrown Eyes
Nose TypePerfect
Hair ColourMedium Brown
Hair LengthMedium Length
Dimple StatusNot Known
Awards & Achievements
In 2010, Rivera was bestowed with the Screen Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by the Ensemble for ‘Glee’.
In 2011, Rivera was nominated for two ALMA Awards, in the categories of Favourite TV Actress – Leading Role in a Comedy and Favourite Female Music Artist which she won eventually. Her character of Santana was so much appreciated that it topped at many ‘Best of’ lists of the year including 25 Breakout Stars of 2011, TV Guide's Best Performances of 2011, MTV's Best TV Characters of 2011, and so on.
In 2012, she repeated her success at ALMA this time for both the categories, Favourite Female Music Artist and Favourite Actress Comedy.
In 2013, she was awarded the Giffoni Award at the Giffoni Film Festival.
In 2014, she shared the Favourite TV Gal Pals with Lea Michele at the People’s Choice Awards.