Coté de Pablo (images -- NSFW due to tacky, and frankly laughably bad, fake nudes | Web site | Twitter)
Hometown: Born in Santiago, Chile, but raised in Miami, Fla., from about age 10 and up, according to her Wikipedia profile. The name "Coté" is a common nickname for her given name, Maria José, and she took it on in fifth grade when others had trouble pronouncing the full name, Wikipedia notes.
Best Known For: Coté has a shorter list of credits than I would have expected, and by far, her most high-profile work is playing Israeli agent Ziva David on the hit TV series NCIS. She joined the cast in its third season, replacing original cast member Sasha Alexander.
She was involved in a production of The Mambo Kings that was planned for Broadway but ended after a short trial run in California, Wikipedia notes.
Early TV roles include appearances on the short-lived dramas The $treet and The Education of Max Bickford and a full-time role on the short-lived courtroom drama The Jury, from the legendary production team of Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana (Homicide: Life on the Street, Oz). The NCIS gig came along just a year later.
Film and TV-movie credits: The Last Rites of Ransom Pride (Amazon | iTunes)
Music and voice work: NCIS television soundrack (Amazon | iTunes) * ToCA Race Driver (2002 video game) (Amazon) * Vivo En Vida by Roberto Pitre (Amazon | iTunes)
TV and Web video credits: NCIS, season 9 (Amazon | iTunes) * NCIS, season 8 (Amazon | iTunes) * NCIS, season 7 (Amazon | iTunes) * NCIS, season 6 (Amazon | iTunes) * NCIS, season 5 (Amazon | iTunes) * NCIS, season 4 (Amazon | iTunes) * NCIS, season 3 (Amazon | iTunes) * The Jury (2004) (Amazon | iTunes) * The Education of Max Bickford: "Do It Yourself" (Amazon | iTunes) * The $treet: "Hostile Makeover" (Amazon | iTunes)