Full name: Naya Rivera
DOB: January 12, 1987
Place of birth: Valencia, California, US
Naya Rivera Facts
She plays lesbian cheerleader Santana Lopez in Glee.
She used to work in telesales. We'll buy two dozen, Naya!
She starred in a mega-budget M&Ms commercial that aired during the 2013 Super Bowl in America. A red M&M sang I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That) to her.
Why We Love Naya Rivera
If you’ve somehow managed to spend the last few years avoiding the world-conquering cultural juggernaut that is Glee, you've been missing out on Naya Rivera's portrayal of super-hot lesbian cheerleader Santana Lopez, and you’ve therefore missed her making out with Heather Morris, who plays gobby, bi-sexy blonde Brittany. Bet you wish you’d paid more attention to the show now, eh. Don't worry, we’ll pause for a moment while you pop off to Amazon to buy a boxset.
Back? Good. Naya's been in the game for a long, looooong time, having been signed up by her modelling mother's talent agent at just nine months old. She's been regularly appearing on TV since 1991, popping up in everything from Baywatch? to The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air. Her darkest career moment? Seeing comedian Red Foxx die from a heart attack on-set – everyone thought he was just jokin’ around. Yeesh...