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Daniela Ruah
Born Daniela Sofia Korn Ruah
December 2, 1983 (1983-12-02) (age 26)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001 – present

Daniela Sofia Korn Ruah (born December 2, 1983) is a Portuguese-Jewish-American actress who currently plays Kensi Blye in the CBS series NCIS: Los Angeles.


Personal life

Ruah was born Daniela Sofia Korn Ruah in Boston, Massachusetts and lived in the United States until she was five. She attended St. Julian's School in Portugal. Ruah is of Portuguese Jewish descent. She has a distinguishable birthmark in her right eye, and her other eye is hazel. She speaks both Portuguese and English fluently.


Born in Boston, Massachusetts, the only daughter of Dr. Moisés Carlos Bentes Ruah and Catarina Lia Azancot Korn, Daniela Ruah lived in the United States until the age of five.

She started her acting career in Portugal. Her first acting role came at the age of 16, when she auditioned for a soap opera Jardins Proibidos, and cast for the role of Sara.[1] She kept working on diverse projects, as well as finishing high school. At the age of 18 moved to London, England to do a B.A. in Performing Arts at the London Metropolitan University. Having finished with a first class Honors, Daniela returned to Portugal to pursue more work. She was given principal roles in television series, short films, theatre and in 2007 moved to New York to study at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and pursue her career.


NCIS: Los Angeles

NCIS: Los Angeles, a spin-off of NCIS, sees a team of highly trained agents working in undercover surveillance at the Office of Special Projects (OSP), a division of NCIS. The show was introduced during a two-part episode of NCIS, named Legend (Part 1) and Legend (Part 2). Daniela starred as Kensi Blye, a Special Agent in the Office of Special Projects, and reprises this role in NCIS: Los Angeles. The new series premiered on September 22, 2009, and airs Tuesdays at 9:00pm on CBS,[2] following NCIS at 8:00 p.m.[3]


  • 2000/2001 - Sara in Jardins Proibidos, TVI
  • 2001 - Zézinha in Querida Mãe, SIC
  • 2001 - Mónica in Elsa, Uma Mulher Assim, RTP
  • 2001/2002 - Constança Valadas in Filha do Mar, TVI
  • 2004 - Verónica Botelho in Inspector Max (Marcas do Passado) (Guest Star), TVI
  • 2005/2006 - Rita Cruz in Dei-te Quase Tudo, TVI
  • 2006/2007 - Daniela Pinto in Tu e Eu (protagonist), TVI
  • 2008 - Rita in Casos da Vida (2008) (Guest Star), TVI
  • 2009 - Special Agent Kensi Blye in NCIS: Los Angeles (co-protagonist), CBS


  1. ^ Ruah, Daniela. "Daniela Ruah IMDb filmography". IMDb. Retrieved July 17, 2009. 
  2. ^ Matt Mitovich (24 June 2009). "Fall TV: CBS Announces Premiere Dates". TV Guide Online. Retrieved August 11, 2009. 
  3. ^ CBS via The Futon Critic (May 20, 2009). "Breaking News - CBS Announces 2009-2010 Primetime Schedule". Press release. Retrieved August 11, 2009. 

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