Andrea Navedo

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Andrea Navedo
Actress Andrea Navedo at the 2014 Alma Awards
Navedo at the 2014 Alma Awards
Born (1977-10-10) October 10, 1977 (age 41)
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1995–present

Andrea Navedo (born October 10, 1977) is an American actress and singer. She began her career on the daytime soap operas One Life to Live (1995–97) and Guiding Light (1999-2000), and in later years had several supporting roles on primetime television. In 2014, Navedo began starring as Xiomara "Xo" Villanueva in The CW comedy-drama series, Jane the Virgin.[1]

Early life[edit]

Navedo was born in the Bronx.[2] A second-generation New York Puerto Rican, she grew up in New York City.[3] She said she relates to her Jane the Virgin character because her mother was also a young single mother.[4] Navedo graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in 1995 and graduated from the State University of New York at Old Westbury in 1998 with a BA in Communicative and Creative Arts and a concentration of Theater.[2] Navedo was also featured in a DeWitt Clinton Notable Alumni article alongside other famous alumni such as Stan Lee.


Navedo began her professional acting career on the daytime soap operas. From 1995 to 1997, she played the role of Linda Soto in the ABC soap opera, One Life to Live. In 1999, she joined the cast of CBS soap opera Guiding Light as Theresa Sandoval.[2] She made her film debut with small part in Girl 6 (1996), and later guest starred in episodes of New York Undercover and The District. In 2001, Navedo co-starred in the action comedy film, Double Take.

From 2001 to 2004, Navedo had a recurring role on the NBC legal crime series, Law & Order, as Detective Ana Cordova. later guest-starred on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Damages and Blue Bloods. Navedo also has appeared in the number of films such as Washington Heights, El Cantante and Remember Me. From 2011 to 2013, Navedo also had the recurring roles on How to Make It in America, Golden Boy and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She starred in the comedy film Superfast!, the parody of The Fast and the Furious film series.[5]

In 2014, Navedo was cast in the series regular role of Xiomara "Xo" Villanueva, title character's mother (played by Gina Rodriguez) in The CW critically acclaimed comedy-drama series, Jane the Virgin.[6][7] She received the 2015 Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actress – Television for her performance.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Navedo has been married since 2000 and has a daughter (Ava) and a son (Nico).[10][11]


Year Title Role Notes
1995-1997 One Life to Live Linda Soto Series regular
1996 Girl 6 Phone Girl
1997 New York Undercover Clerk Episode: "Is It a Crime?"
1999-2000 Guiding Light Theresa Sandoval Series regular
2000 The District Debbie Episode: "Pilot"
2001 Double Take Maque Sanchez
2002 Washington Heights Maggie
Porn 'n Chicken Lucy Sanchez Television film
2001-2004 Law & Order Detective Ana Cordova Recurring role, 24 episodes
2006 El Cantante Zaida
2008 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Adele Episode: "Vanishing Act"
2009 Damages Gabriella Episode: "New York Sucks"
2010 Remember Me Caroline's Teacher
2010-2011 Blue Bloods Lydia Gonsalves & Yolanda Gonsalves Episodes: "After Hours"[12] and "Cellar Boy"[13]
2011 How to Make It in America Debbie Dominguez Recurring role, 7 episodes
2012 White Collar Doctor Episode: "Most Wanted"
2013 Golden Boy Lorraine Arroyo Recurring role, 4 episodes
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Cynthia Mancheno Recurring role, 3 episodes
Once Upon a Time in Queens Anna Vasco
Stereotypically Me Lydia Maldonado Short film
2014 The Leftovers Field Hockey Coach Episode: "Pilot"
2014–2019 Jane the Virgin Xiomara "Xo" Villanueva Series regular
Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actress – Television (2015)
2015 Superfast! Michelle
2017 Elena of Avalor Queen Lucia (voice) Episode: "The Jewel of Maru"
2017 Bright Captain Perez Netflix release 12/22/2017

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Category Film/TV Result
1997 One Life to Live Soap Opera Digest Awards Outstanding Younger Lead Actress Nominated
2015 Imagen Award Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actress – Television Jane the Virgin Won
2015 Hola Award Breakthrough Performance Won
2016 Imagen Award Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actress – Television Nominated
2016 Impact Awards Outstanding Performance In A Television Series Won


  1. ^ Fernandez, Maria Elena (15 November 2016). "Jane the Virgin's Andrea Navedo on Xiomara's Abortion, Stereotypical Roles, and Bossing Will Smith Around". Vulture.
  2. ^ a b c "Guiding Light: Andrea Navedo". CBS. October 2000. Archived from the original on 29 May 2014. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  3. ^ Hinckley, David (12 October 2014). "CW takes another stab at adapting a telenovela with 'Jane the Virgin'". New York Daily News. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  4. ^ Hernandez, Lee (14 November 2014). "Exclusive: 'Jane the Virgin' Star Reveals What Her 'Incredibly Strong' Mom Has In Common with Xiomara". Exclusive Lee. Archived from the original on 9 March 2015. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  5. ^ "'Fast & Furious' Spoof Casts its Paul Walker and Vin Diesel (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 23 September 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  6. ^ The Deadline Team (12 March 2014). "Yael Grobglas Back With CW, Joins 'Jane The Virgin'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  7. ^ "The CW Picks Up Venezuelan Novela Jane the Virgin for Fall". 18 May 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-05-29. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  8. ^ "2015 Imagen Foundation Award Nominees Announced". Hispanic Lifestyle. Archived from the original on 9 July 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  9. ^ Lowe, Kinsey (22 August 2015). "'McFarland, USA', George Lopez & Zoe Saldana Win At Imagen Awards".
  10. ^ Morales, Nikoleta (13 November 2014). "Andrea Navedo talks "Jane the Virgin"". Chicago Hispanic Newspaper. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  11. ^ "Andrea Navedo - Bio". HBO. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  12. ^ "After Hours". 3 December 2010 – via IMDb.
  13. ^ "Cellar Boy". 6 May 2011 – via IMDb.

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