Cote de Pablo
Birth Date:
Santiago, Chile
Birth Place:
November 12, 1979
5' 7" (1.70 m)
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Chilean-American actress and recording artist Cote de Pablo has gained popularity and recognition thanks to her portrayal of Agent Ziva David on the CBS hit television series “NCIS,” a role she played from September 2005 to October 2013. The role brought her the 2006 Imagen Foundation Award for Best Supporting Actress – Television and the 2011 ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Television Series.  

De Pablo is dating Ecuadorian-born actor, Diego Serrano. In her free time, she enjoys writing and performing original music.

María José

Childhood and Family:

Cote de Pablo was born María José de Pablo Fernández on November 12, 1979, in Santiago, Chile, to Maria Olga Fernandez and Francisco de Pablo. She has a brother named Francisco, who works as a DJ for parties, and a younger sister named Andrea. Cote moved to the United States at age 10 when her mother got a job in Miami, Florida, at a Spanish-speaking television network. There, she attended Arvida Middle School and New World School of the Arts (NWSA), in which she studied musical theater. She received a BFA in Musical Theater from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 2000.

Currently, Cote's parents are separated. Her mother lives in Chile, while her father lives in Miami, along with her brother. Cote's sister lives in New York, while Cote herself lives in Los Angeles. The family often visit each other and they bond over cooking.

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Cote de Pablo made her television debut in 1994 when she co-hosted (with “Entertainment Tonight” host Carlos Ponce) on “Control,” a magazine show aimed at Latin and Spanish-speaking youths. De Pablo performed in several theater productions while at Carnegie Mellon, including  “Indiscretions,” “The Fantasticks,” “The House of Bernarda Alba,” “And the World Goes 'Round,” “Indiscretions,” “Cloud Techtonics” and “A Little Night Music.”  

In 2000, De Pablo made her real acting debut on television when she was cast as Fiona in an episode of the Fox short lived series “The $treet,” called “Hostile Makeover.” IN the following year, she appeared as Gina in the episode “Do It Yourself” of the CBS drama series “The Education of Max Bickford,” which starred Richard Dreyfuss and Marcia Gay Harden. Also in 2001, De Pablo appeared on the New York City Public Theater stage in the Shakespearean play “Measure for Measure.”  

In 2004, De Pablo was cast in the regular role of Marguerite Cisneros in the Fox legal drama series “The Jury,” opposite Billy Burke, Adam Busch and Anna Friel. The show was soon canceled due to poor ratings.

De Pablo's big break arrived in 2005 when she joined the cast of the CBS police procedural series “NCIS” as Special Agent Ziva David. In 2006, the role brought her an Imagen Award in the category of Best Supporting Actress – Television. She went on to receive Imagen nominations for Best Supporting Actress/Television (2009) and Best Actress - Television (2011). De Pablo also was nominated for the ALMA Awards for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Television Series in 2008 and 2009 and ended up winning the category in 2011.  She received an ALMA nomination for Favorite TV Actress-Drama in 2012.

While working on the series, De Pablo reprised her role as Ziva David in the TV miniseries “TV Guide Magazine: Cover Shoot” (2009) as well as in an episode of “Inside NCIS” called “Interrogation: If These Walls Could Talk” (2012).  Besides, she played the role of Bruja in “The Last Rites of Ransom Pride” (2010), an action/western film starring Lizzy Caplan and Scott Speedman in the title role.    

On July 10, 2013, CBS television studios announced that De Pablo would be departing “NCIS” in Season 11. She would appear in the beginning of the eleventh season to close out the storyline of Ziva, but would not be cast as a series regular.  

In addition to acting, De Pablo has displayed a passion on music. She sang a portion of Tom Waits's “Temptation” on the “NCIS” episode “Last Man Standing,” which first broadcast on September 23, 2008. Her full performance of the song can be found in “NCIS: The Official TV Soundtrack,”   which was released on February 10, 2009. De Pablo sings “Samba in Prelude,” “Cry Me a River” and “Temptation” in Roberto Pitre's “Vivo En Vida” CD.


ALMA: Outstanding Actress in a Drama Television Series, “NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service,” 2011
Imagen Foundation: Imagen Award, Best Supporting Actress – Television, “NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service,” 2006
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SP_COP - October 15, 2014 -
That Cote de Pablo‘s first TV project since her headline-making NCIS exit is on CBS should speak volumes about her post-Ziva relationship with the network she called home for eight years.“We’ve been s...
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'NCIS' Season 12 Spoilers: Is Ziva Returning In Twelfth Season? Series Creator Hints YES!
SP_COP - October 15, 2014 -
Actress Cote de Pablo broke hearts last year when she announced that she would be leaving CBS criminal procedural drama "NCIS" prior to the eleventh season. "As far as my decision to leave, that's a p...
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'The Dovekeepers' Spoilers: Cote De Pablo & Cast Joined By 'Peaky Blinders' Actor Sam Neill [VIDEO]
SP_COP - October 15, 2014 -
The 67-year-old will play Josephus, "the somewhat controversial first-century Jewish scholar and historian."Sam Neill is the latest star to join CBS' The Dovekeepers.“We are delighted to have the incr...
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In First Dovekeepers Video, NCIS Fave Cote de Pablo Declares: 'I'm Back!'
SP_COP - October 15, 2014 -
Like the swallows to Capistrano, the beloved Cote de Pablo is returning to CBS — and we’ve got your first look at the NCIS alum in The Dovekeepers.The video below shows de Pablo on the set of the Eye...