Nadine Velazquez
Birth Date:
November 20, 1978
Birth Place:
Chicago, Illinois, USA
5' 5
Actress, Model
Columbia College, Chicago, Illinois (graduated in 2001 with B.A. in Marketing)
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My Name Is Earl


American actress and model of Puerto Rican descent Nadine Velazquez is best known for portraying  Catalina Aruca on “My Name Is Earl” (2005-2009), from which she picked up four ALMA nominations, a Screen Actors Guild nomination and a Monte-Carlo TV Festival nomination. She is also known for her roles as Sofia Ruxin on “The League” (2009-2013) and D.D.A. Emma Rios on “Major Crimes” (2013-2014). Her film credits include “War” (2007), “Flight” (2012) and “Snitch” (2013). Velazquez was ranked No. 41 on the the Maxim magazine list of “Hot 100 of 2008.”     

Chicago Native

Childhood and Family:

Nadine E. Velazquez was born on November 20, 1978, in Chicago, Illinois. She is of Puerto Rican extraction. She graduated from Notre Dame High School for Girls, and then received a Bachelor of Arts in marketing from Columbia College Chicago in 2001. She also trained at The Joanne Baron DW Brown Studio in Santa Monica California and studied cold reading with Amy Lyndon.

In 2005,Nadine married talent agent Marc Provissiero. They later divorced on August 22, 2012.

Major Crimes


Nadine Velazquez made her acting debut in a McDonald's commercial, where she appeared as a drive-through lady. In 2003, she made her big screen debut in the action/drama film “Biker Boyz,” opposite Laurence Fishburne, Derek Luke, Orlando Jones, Djimon Hounsou and Lisa Bonet. The same year, she also appeared with Eduardo Verástegui, Roselyn Sanchez and Sofía Vergara in the comedy/romance film “Chasing Papi” and appeared as Anna in the daytime television series “The Bold and the Beautiful.”  

Velazquez's big break arrived when she was cast as Catalina Aruca on the television comedy series “My Name Is Earl,” starring Jason Lee as the title character, Earl Hickey. She was on the show from its premiere on September 20, 2005 to its end on May 14, 2009. For her bright performance on the show, Velazquez earned four ALMA nominations, for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Television Series (2006), Outstanding Supporting Actress - Television Series, Mini-Series or Television Movie (2007), Outstanding Female Performance in a Comedy Television Series (2008) and Actress in Television – Comedy (2009), as well as a Golden Nymph nomination for Outstanding Actress - Comedy Series at the 2007 Monte-Carlo TV Festival and a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (sharing with Jason Lee, Jaime Pressly,     Eddie Steeples and Ethan Suplee).

Velazquez continued on guest starring in television series like “Entourage” (2004), “Las Vegas” (2005), “CSI: NY” (2009), “Gary Unmarried” (2009), “Scrubs” (2010), “CSI: Miami” (2010), “Hawaii Five-0” (2010) and “Charlie's Angels” (2011). She also appeared in several TV films, such as “The Last Ride” (2004), “Hollywood Vice” (2005), “House of the Dead 2” (2005), “Kings of South Beach” (2007), “Husband for Hire” (2008), as well as in films like “Blast” (2004), “Sueño” (2005), “War” (2007), “A Day in the Life” (2009), “All's Faire in Love” (2009), “PSA: An Important Message from Women EVERYWHERE” (2010, Short) and “Byron” (2010, Short).     

Velazquez played the recurring role of Sofia on FX's fantasy football sitcom “The League” between 2009 and 2013. From 2011 to 2012, she played Didi Ruano on The CW's comedy/drama series “Hart of Dixie,” starring Rachel Bilson and Jaime King. In 2012, Velazquez was cast as flight attendant Katerina Marquez on the Robert Zemeckis film “Flight,” starring Denzel Washington. In 2013, she played the supporting role of Analisa Matthews on “Snitch” (2013), a crime/drama film directed by Ric Roman Waugh and starring Dwayne Johnson, and also guest starred in the television series “Raising Hope” and “Arrested Development.”   

In 2014, Velazquez plays Emma Rios, a DA, who is a romantic interest of Julio Sanchez (played by Raymond Cruz), on the TNT series “Major Crimes,” a role she began in 2013. The same year, she guest starred as Martina Alvarez in an episode of “Killer Women” called “La Sicaria” and had a role on the drama film “Sister,” which was released on April 25, 2014.

Velazquez will play Sharon #2 on the comedy film “Sharon 1.2.3.” (2014), written and directed by Mark Brown, star as the adult Carmen on the Peyv Raz directed drama “Clarity” (2014) and work with Terry Crews and Luis Guzmán in “Aztec Warrior” (2014). She is also set to star opposite Michael Vartan and Erin Moriarty in the upcoming thriller movie “Crawlspace” (2015).         

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