Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo

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Nov. 12th, 1979
Born in
Santiago, Chile
5' 7

Cote de Pablo's Main TV Roles

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The Jury TV Show
The Jury

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María José de Pablo Fernández, professionally known as Cote de Pablo, is a Chilean-American actress and singer. Cote de Pablo got her big break in 2005, when she landed a starring role as Mossad Officer Ziva David on the CBS crime drama NCIS.

The following year, she was awarded the Imagen Award for best supporting actress - her first major award. In July 2013, just before the show's season 11 premiere, it was announced that de Pablo would be leaving NCIS, but has made several guest appearances as Ziva David in 2019 and 2020.

Born in Santiago Chile, at the age of 10 Cote de Pablo and her family moved to Miami, Florida, where her mother landed a job on the Spanish-language television channel, Telemundo. Once in the United States, de Pablo began to focus her education on music and theater, including studying at Carnegie Mellon University.
While at Carnegie Mellon, de Pablo appeared in several plays including The House of Bernarda Alba, Cloud Techtonics, Indescretions, The Fantasticks, And The World Goes 'Round and A Little Night Music. De Pablo graduated from Carnegie Mellon in 2000 with a BFA in Acting and Musical Theater.
Her first television role was hosting the 1994 show Control, alongside Entertainment Tonight host Carlos Ponce. In 2001, de Pablo appeared in the New York City Public Theater production of Measure for Measure. After two years with the theater, she moved into small television roles on such shows as The Education of Max Bickford, All My Children, Fling and The $treet.

In 2004, de Pablo appeared in a Volkswagen commercial and starred on The Jury, a short-lived television series on FOX. The show only lasted for 10 episodes before it was canceled. The following year, de Pablo almost made her Broadway debut in The Mambo Kings, playing the role of Dolores Fuentes, but the show was canceled after a trial run in San Francisco, and later that year she landed a starring role as Mossad Officer Ziva David on the CBS crime drama NCIS.

In 2009, de Pablo appeared in the film The Last Rites of Ransom Pride with Jason Priestly and Kris Kristofferson. In 2015 de Pablo appeared in The 33, the true survival story of the Chilean mining disaster of 2010. That same year she also appeared in the CBS miniseries The Dovekeepers. Despite her attempt at returning to series television with Syfy's Prototype in 2016, the show was dropped by the network. Most recently she appeared as Celeste in the 2019 film Seneca.

  • She attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where she studied music theater and graduated in 2000.
  • She was born in Santiago, Chile, but was raised in Miami.
  • Attended Arvida Middle School in Miami, Florida.
  • She has a slit in her left earlobe from a childhood accident - She caught her earring on a pillowcase. {TV Guide interview}
  • Appeared in a Volkswagen commercial in 2004, entitled "Rear View." (Marketing Y Medios).
  • When she hosted the show "Control", Cote went by the name 'Maria Jose de Pablo'.

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