Naya Rivera Biography

Updated On Dec 27, 2017 Published On Jan 20, 2016
Facts of Naya Rivera
Date of Birth: 1987 , January-12
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 5 feet 5 inch
Name Naya Rivera
Birth Name Naya Rivera Dorsey
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Valencia, California, United States
Ethnicity Mix
Profession Actress
Net Worth $ 5 million
Eye Color Dark Brown
Hair Color Black
Weight in KG 53 Kg
Famous for Actress, singer-songwriter, model
Education Valencia High School
Siblings Melissa Gilbert, Jonathan Gilbert, Claudia Cowan
Nick Name Bee, Nay Nay
Father George Rivera
Mother Yolanda Rivera
Waist size 26
Chest Size 35 in
Bicep Size 12.5 in
Shoe Size 9 US
Affair with Ryan Dorsey
Girlfriend Yes
Awards People's Choice Awards
Salary N/A
Married Yes
Married to Ryan Dorsey (m. 2014)
Children 1
Divorce N/A
Online Presence Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia
TV Show Glee
Movies At the Devil's Door
Body Measurements 35-26-34
Working For Movies and TV shows
Face Color White
Music Group Bell Biv DeVoe
Albums 2Cellos
Boyfriend Ryan Dorsey
Books Leggy Blonde: A Memoir
Died 23 May 2017
Breast Size 32 C
Hip Size 34
Religion Jewish
Sisters Sally-Ann Roberts
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She is a married woman; she got married to Ryan Dorsey in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, on July 19, 2014. He is an actor. They began to date each other in mid 2014, many may not know but the couple also dated four years earlier, and finally decided to tie the knot. They have a child together.

In November 2016, Naya filed for divorce but called off in October 2017. In November 2017, she was arrested after she allegedly hit her husband Ryan Dorsey in the head and her bond was set at $1,000. Again in December 2017, Naya filed for divorce.

Previously, in 2010, she dated Mark Salling. He is an American actor, singer-songwriter, composer, and musician. Their affair was short-term. They broke up and she began dating to Big Sean and that was in April 2013. He is an American rapper. They first met on Twitter. They announced their engagement in October 2013 but after six months they called off their engagement and that was in April 2014.

Naya Rivera started her career with appearances in commercials for Kmart as a baby, but significantly she got her first acting job at the age of 4, with her appearance as Hillary Winston in The Royal Family sitcom in 1991. She received a Young Artist Award nomination for her work in the series. From 1992 to 2002, she had her time in acting with supporting roles in The Frest Prince of Bel-Air, Family Members, Live Shot, Baywatch, Smart Guy, The Jersey, House Blend, Even Stevens and The Master of Disguise.

In 2006 and 2007, she took part in the production of Mark E. Swinton's play, U Don't Know Me: The Musical in Los Angeles and also on its national tour. Her career took a rise in 2009 after she was cast as a high school cheerleader, Santana Lopez, on Fox's musical comedy series Glee. She appeared in 99 episodes of the series, from 2009-2015. 

Naya River is a real estate streak. In June 2013, she sold a renovated residence in a Beverly Hills (Post Office) canyon for $1,930,000 and, a few months earlier, paid $2.6 million for a 1930s clapboard-sided traditional at the far western edge of L.A.’s Los Feliz area.


She earns a massive amount of salary and her net worth is around 5 million dollars.

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Born in Valencia, California, United States

January 12 , 1987

She was born on January 12, 1987 in Valencia, California, United States to parents Yolanda and George Rivera. Her mother is a former model. She has one brother and a sister. She is American and is of diverse descent.

Married to Ryan Dorsey

July 19 , 2014

She is a married woman. She got married to Ryan Dorsey in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, on July 19, 2014. He is an actor.

First child, Josey Dorsey


She became mother for first time in her life and that was in September 2015. She and her husband Ryan Dorsey welcomed their first child and that son was son. The couple named him Josey Dorsey. Previously, she had announced already via twitter that she was expecting a baby.

Began dating Mark Salling


 In 2010, she began dating with Mark Salling. He is an American actor, singer-songwriter, composer, and musician. They had great fun with each other but their affair was not long last. They broke up with each other after few month of their relationship.

Began dating Big Sean


After broke up with Mark, she began dating with Big Sean. He is an American rapper. They first met on Twitter. Their relationship was public in April 2013 but their affair started before that date. They were perfect couple.

Engaged with Big Sean


Their relationship was based on trust and understanding. After six month of their love affair they decided to get engaged. They announced that they got engaged in October 2013 but unfortunately they called off their engagement in April 2014.

Won People's Choice Awards


She won several awards so far among them she won People's Choice Awards and that was in year 2014. She won that award in the category of Favorite TV Gal Pals. She shared that award with Lea Michele.

Won ALMA Award


She has been nominated for several prestigious award among them she won three ALMA Awards so far. She first won that award in 2011 in the category of Favorite Female Music Artist and second time her won that award in 2012 in the category of Best Female Music Artist and Favorite TV Actress – Comedy.

Began her Career


She began her career when she was just 8 or 9 month and that was in commercials for Kmart as a baby. She began her significant acting at the age of 4 in "The Royal Family" as Hillary Winston in 1991.

Signed contract with Columbia Records


She had signed contract with Columbia Records in May 2011 to produce a solo album. She debut single titled "Sorry" featuring rapper Big Sean but the production of that album halted.  In May 1, 2014 she had dropped by Columbia because her debut single was unperformed.

Her role in Glee


She appeared on Fox's musical comedy-drama television series “Glee” and that was in year 2009. She became popular for portraying her role as Santana Lopez.  She plays as a role of a girl who is cold-hearted and vicious cheerleader.

Nominated for Teen Choice Awards


She has been nominated for prestigious Teen Choice Awards for three times so far and that was in 2010, 2011 and in 2014 in the category of Choice Music: Group in 2010 and in 2011 and Female Scene Stealer in 2014.