Daniela Ruah

Daniela Ruah

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Dec. 2nd, 1983
Born in
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
5' 10

Daniela Ruah's Main TV Roles

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NCIS: Los Angeles TV Show
NCIS: Los Angeles

Main Movie Roles

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Daniela Sofia Korn Ruah (born December 2, 1983) is a Luso-American actress best known for playing NCIS Special Agent Kensi Blye in the CBS series NCIS: Los Angeles.

Descending from a family of Portuguese doctors and other medical areas, Daniela was born in Boston, Massachusettes and lived in the USA until she was 5. She attended St. Julian's School in Portugal, where she grew up.

Ruah was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the only child of Dr. Moisés Carlos Bentes Ruah, and his ex-wife, Katharina Lia Azancot Korn. Her father was a resident in Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, and Throat) in the Boston University-Tufts University Program. When Ruah was five years old, her father completed his Residency, and the family returned to Portugal where her parents divorced and she attended an international, English-based school.

Ruah's father is from a prominent Portuguese-based Sephardic Jewish family. Ruah's maternal grandfather was an Ashkenazi Jew who was born (1922) in what is now Wrocław, Poland. Ruah's maternal grandmother, Vera, was born in Lisbon, Portugal; Vera's father (Ruah's great-grandfather) was of half Sephardic Jewish and half Spanish ancestry, and Vera's mother (Ruah's great-grandmother) was an Ashkenazi Jew from Odessa. She is great-great niece of the captain Artur Carlos de Barros Basto, the "Apostle of the Marranos". She also has distant ancestors from São Tomé and Príncipe.

Ruah attended Saint Julian's School in Carcavelos, near Lisbon. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from London Metropolitan University.

She was an active member of the Portuguese Jewish community, in Lisbon, of which her father's second cousin, also a doctor, was the head. In 2003, the Jewish Telegraph Agency (JTA) ran a piece about an annual gathering of Jewish young people from 32 countries sponsored by European Union of Jewish Students. Ruah, then 19 and still living in Lisbon, was one of the students the JTA interviewed. She said, "I've never been around as many Jews in my entire life. Here, you don't feel the need to explain to people who you are. I am meeting people who eat kosher for the first time ever".

She has a distinguishable birthmark in her right eye, called the Nevus of Ota. Her one eye is hazel, giving her eyes a unique appearance as the other one is brown/blackish.

Ruah speaks three languages fluently—Portuguese, English, and Spanish.

She is left-handed although she was seen writing with her right hand in the NCIS: Los Angeles, season 1 episode, "Past Lives" and left-eye dominant.

Ruah started acting in Portuguese soap operas when she was a teen. Her first acting role came at the age of 16, when she auditioned for the soap opera Jardins Proibidos ("Forbidden Gardens") and won the role of Sara. Ruah kept working on diverse projects while she was finishing high school. At the age of 18, she moved to London to study at the London Metropolitan University, where she earned a First in Performing Arts. She got extremely good grades while in school, and became the best well known movie and sports star.

Ruah returned to Portugal to pursue her acting career. She was the winner of the celebrity dancing competition Dança Comigo (the Portuguese version of Dancing With the Stars) and got main roles in television series, short films, and theatre. In 2007, she moved to New York to study at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.

In April 2013 Ruah made her debut at Hayworth Theatre in LA as Catherine in "Proof", a play by David Auburn.

Ruah announced in September 2013 that she is expecting her first child, a boy, with fiancé David Paul Olsen, the elder brother of and stunt double to Ruah's NCIS: Los Angeles co-star Eric Christian Olsen.

  • Presenter of the cinema magazine of the Portuguese network TVI "Cinebox". Only daughter of Dr. Moiss Carlos Bentes Ruah, a doctor, former Resident Chief of Otorhinolaryngology of the Boston University Hospital, in Boston, Massachusetts, and his wife Catarina Lia (Katia) Azancot Korn. She is almost entirely of Jewish ancestry, essentially Sephardite and some Ashkenazi, except for one great-great-grandmother who was Spanish. Her father is a second cousin of Dr. Joshua Gabriel Benoliel Ruah, an urologist doctor, Chief of the Jewish Community of Portugal.
  • Winner of "Dana Comigo" - season 1 (Portuguese version of "Dancing with the Stars").

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