Lina Esco

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Lina Esco
Born Lina Esco[1]
(1985 -05-14) May 14, 1985 (age 29)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2003–present

Lina Esco (born May 14, 1985) is an American actress, producer, director and activist. She gained recognition in 2007 for portraying Jimmy Smits daughter in the CBS drama show "Cane". Esco has also enjoyed a successful film career, having appeared in several Hollywood productions, London (2005), Kingshighway (2010) and most recent in LOL (2012).[2]

Early life[edit]

Lina Esco was born in Miami, Florida in 1985 and lived there for 14 years. From there she moved to France where she did some modeling, and then moved to London where she worked in theater. She then moved to New York to pursue acting and her career brought her to Los Angeles where she currently resides.



Esco moved to Hollywood, California and was cast in her first television guest star role in 2006, as Angie Watson in series CSI: NY. In March, 2007 Esco joined the cast of the CBS drama “Cane” alongside Jimmy Smits, Nestor Carbonell, Hector Elizondo and Rita Moreno.

In 2009, Esco also guest starred in an episode of Drop Dead Diva series with Paula Abdul, where she played a lingerie model who'd been fired for going public about her breast cancer surviving story.

It was announced on February 25, 2011 that Esco will join the cast of Fox's new pilot “Exit Strategy”. Described as a High octane procedural set in the world of CIA agents who are sent in to "fix" operations gone bad. The cast includes Ethan Hawke, Megan Dodds and with Antoine Fuqua directing.[3]

Esco will play Mia, an MIT graduate and computer expert from South Boston.[4]


Esco's film debut was in 2005 with London, starting alongside Jessica Biel, Jason Statham, Chris Evans and Isla Fisher. In June 2010, She also was a supporting character on the comedy 'LOL', starring alongside Miley Cyrus, Demi Moore and Ashley Greene in 2012.


On April 2010, Esco produced a PSA for the Oscar Award-winning documentary The Cove Titled: "My Friend is..." alongside Oscar-winning producer Fisher Stevens joined forces with celebrities: Jennifer Aniston, Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Hayden Panettiere, Paul Rudd, Naomi Watts, Courteney Cox, Mariska Hargitay, Woody Harrelson, Jason Mraz, James Gandolfini, John Leguizamo, Evan Handler, Rob Morrow, Tamlyn Tomita, Carrie Ann Inaba, Chris Tashima, Russell Simmons, James Kyson Lee and Richard Kind to bring awareness on the annual killing of dolphins in Taiji, Japan.[5]


Esco's directorial debut was in 2012 with a PSA for the Oscar Award-winning documentary The Cove Titled: "Kids Speak Out Against Dolphin Captivity"[6]

Other work[edit]

Very little is known about her commercial work but Esco has been showcase in various commercial, music videos, magazines and publications over the past years. In 2001, she was feature in the Sinéad O'Connor music video for "Jealous". She later appear briefly in Moby's music video for "Southside" featuring Gwen Stefani. She was also an extra for a series of AXE commercials one including with Nick Lachey for the “Clix” campaign in 2007. Esco also featured in Halos's music video for "Amalgam" in 2010.

On January 12, 2011 it was reported that Lina would be showcased on the Louis Vuitton’s jewelry collection for the Spring/Summer 2011. The campaign featured sixteen “It” girls from around the globe that included Alexandra Richards, Annabelle Dexter Jones, Mary Charteris, Alka Balbir, Mohini Geisweiller, DJette Clara 3000, Charlotte Lebon, Hailey Gates, Nathalie Love and Rinko Kikuchi.[7]

On May 16, 2011 Esco was featured in Ketel One Ad Campaign: "Gentlemen, This is Vodka." directed by Academy Award Nominee, David O. Russell.[8]

Esco is also seen in a 2013 NFL Women's Apparel Collection TV advertisement.[9]


On September 9, 2009 Esco held a private screening of The Cove in New York, alongside Russell Simmons and Fisher Stevens hosting the event to bring awareness on the film.[10] Esco has supported many foundations and organizations throughout her career, but has mainly focused on whales and dolphins.



Year Title Role Notes
2005 London Kelly
2008 The Evening Journey Marla Short
2010 Kingshighway Lena Capriolini
2010 Where the Road Meets the Sun Natasha
2012 LOL Janice
2011 Low Fidelity TBA
2014 Free the Nipple With formerly Girlrillaz, also as director & writer
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Cane Katie Vega (13 Episodes)
2008 Heroes: Destiny Elisa (4 Episodes)
2011 Exit Strategy Mia (Pilot)
Television guest appearances
Year Title Role Notes
2006 CSI:NY Angie Watson "Live or Let Die" (Season 2, Episode 18)
2009 Drop Dead Diva Lina Martinez "Grayson Anatomy" (Season 1, Episode 13)
2009 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Angela Paulson "Death and Maiden" (Season 10, Episode 6)


Year Title Notes
2010 The Cove PSA – “My Friend Is... Producer
2014 Free the Nipple formerly Girlrillaz, also as actor, director & writer


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