Daniela Ruah
Birth Date:
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Birth Place:
December 2, 1983
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Portuguese American actress Daniela Ruah is popular among television viewers as NCIS Special Agent Kensi Blye in the CBS series “NCIS: Los Angeles” (2009-?), for which she won the Golden Globe Revelation Award and a Teen Choice nomination. She worked with Cuba Gooding Jr. in the film “Red Tails” (2012). She also has acted in several Portuguese TV series, in short films, and theater.  

Ruah has a distinguishable birthmark in her right eye. Her left eye is hazel, giving her eyes a unique appearance as the other one is brown/blackish. In addition to Portuguese, Ruah speaks English and Spanish fluently.

In September 2013, Ruah announced that she is expecting her first child, a boy, with her fiancé David Paul Olsen. He is the older brother and stunt double of her “NCIS: Los Angeles” co-star Eric Christian Olsen.   


Childhood and Family:

Daniela Ruah was born Daniela Sofia Korn Ruah on December 2, 1983, in Boston, Massachusetts. Her nickname is Danni. Her parents, Dr. Moisés Carlos Bentes Ruah and Katharina Lia Azancot Korn, are Portuguese citizens. When her father completed his residency in otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, and Throat) in the Boston University-Tufts University program, when Danni was five, her family returned to Portugal. Her parents divorced shortly thereafter. Danni attended St Julian's School in Carcavelos, near Lisbon. She received a Bachelor of Arts from London Metropolitan University. IN 2007, she studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York. Danni was an active member of the Portuguese Jewish community in Lisbon.

Red Tails


While in high school, Daniela Ruah made her professional acting debut in the Portuguese soap opera “Jardins Proibidos” (“Forbidden Gardens”), where she played Sara from 2000 to 2001. After finishing her studies in London, she returned to Portugal to further pursue her career. Ruah won the celebrity dancing competition “Dança Comigo,” the Portuguese version of “Dancing with the Stars,”  and appeared in television on various shows like “Filha do Mar” (2001-2002, played Constança Valadas), “Elsa, uma Mulher Assim” (2001), “Querida Mãe” (2001), “Inspector Max” (2004), “Dei-te Quase Tudo” (2005-2006, as Rita), “Tu e Eu” (2006-2007, as Daniela Pinto), as well as on the short film “Blind Confession” (2006) and in theater productions.   

After moving to New York, where she attended Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, Ruah  starred in a 4 minute short “Blind Confession,” which was released on April 1, 2008. She went on to appear as Gigi in the CBS soap opera “Guiding Light” (2009).

However, Ruah did not receive a big break until she was cast as the regular role of Special Agent Kensi Blye on CBS's “NCIS: Los Angeles,” the first spin-off of the successful show “NCIS.” The show premiered on September 22, 2009. She won the Portuguese Golden Globe Revelation and was nominated for a Teen Choice for Choice TV Actress: Action for her work on the series. Ruah also played Kensi Blye in two episodes of “NCIS” in 2009 and in an episode of “Hawaii Five-0” in 2011.

Ruah played Angela Bowery in the short film “Safe Haven” (2009) and Sophie in the short film “Midnight Passion” (2009). She starred as Sofia in the 2011 short “Tu & Eu,” which won an Asians on Film Festival Award for Best Ensemble Cast - Short Film. In 2012, she was featured in the action/drama film “Red Tails,” starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Gerald McRaney, and David Oyelowo.

In April 2013, Ruah made her debut at Hayworth Theatre in LA  in David Auburn's play, “Proof,” where she played the character Catherine.     


Golden Globes, Portugal: Golden Globe, Revelation, “NCIS: Los Angeles,” 2010 Show Less