Daniela Ruah

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Daniela Ruah
Daniela Ruah - Monte-Carlo Television Festival.jpg
Ruah at the 2012 Monte-Carlo Television Festival
Born Daniela Sofia Korn Ruah
(1983-12-02) December 2, 1983 (age 31)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Nationality Portuguese, American
Occupation Actress
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s) David Paul Olsen (m. 2014)
Children 1

Daniela Sofia Korn Ruah[1] (Listeni/dənɛlə rə/; born December 2, 1983)[1] is a Portuguese-American[1] actress best known for playing NCIS Special Agent Kensi Blye in the CBS police procedural series NCIS: Los Angeles.

Early life and family[edit]

Ruah was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Portuguese citizens Dr. Moisés Carlos Bentes Ruah and his wife, Katharina Lia Azancot Korn.[1] Her father was a resident in Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, and Throat) in the Boston UniversityTufts University program. When Ruah was five years old, her father completed his residency and the family returned to Portugal,[2] where her parents divorced. She attended an international, English-medium school.[3]

Ruah's father is from a prominent Portuguese Sephardic Jewish family.[1] Ruah's maternal grandfather was an Ashkenazi Jew who was born in 1922 in what is now Wrocław, Poland.[1] Ruah's maternal grandmother, Vera, was born in Lisbon, Portugal; Vera's father (Ruah's great-grandfather) was of Sephardic Jewish and Spanish ancestry, and Vera's mother (Ruah's great-grandmother) was a Ukrainian Ashkenazi Jew from Odessa.[1][4] She is the great-grand niece of the captain Artur Carlos de Barros Basto.[5] She also has distant ancestors from São Tomé and Príncipe.[1]

Ruah attended St Julian's School in Carcavelos, near Lisbon. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from London Metropolitan University.[6]

She was an active member of the Portuguese Jewish community[2] in Lisbon, of which her father's second cousin, also a physician, was the head. In 2003, the Jewish Telegraph Agency (JTA) ran a piece about an annual gathering of Jewish young people from 32 countries sponsored by European Union of Jewish Students. Ruah, then 19 and still living in Lisbon, was one of the students the JTA interviewed. She said, "I've never been around as many Jews in my entire life. Here, you don't feel the need to explain to people who you are. I am meeting people who eat kosher for the first time ever."[7]


Ruah started acting in Portuguese soap operas when she was a teen. Her first acting role came at the age of 16, when she auditioned for the soap opera Jardins Proibidos ("Forbidden Gardens") and won the role of Sara.[8] Ruah kept working on diverse projects while she was finishing high school. At the age of 18, she moved to London to study at the London Metropolitan University, where she earned a First in Performing Arts. She got extremely good grades while in school, and became the best well known movie and sports star. Ruah returned to Portugal to pursue her acting career. She was the winner of the celebrity dancing competition Dança Comigo (the Portuguese version of Dancing with the Stars)[7][9] and got main roles in television series, short films, and theatre.[10] In 2007, she moved to New York to study at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.[10]

Ruah stars as Special Agent Kensi Blye in NCIS: Los Angeles, which first aired on September 22, 2009. The series is now on Season 6, which premiered on September 29, 2014. In 2011, Ruah portrayed Kensi Blye in a guest appearance on the series Hawaii Five-0.[11]

In April 2013 Ruah made her debut at Hayworth Theatre in LA as Catherine in "Proof", a play by David Auburn.[12]

Personal life[edit]

She has a distinguishable birthmark in her right eye, called the Nevus of Ota. Her left eye is hazel, giving her eyes a unique appearance as the other one is brown/blackish.

Ruah speaks three languages fluently—Portuguese, English, and Spanish.

Ruah announced in September 2013 that she was expecting her first child, a boy, with her then fiancé David Paul Olsen, the elder brother of and stunt double to Ruah's NCIS: Los Angeles co-star Eric Christian Olsen.[13]

Ruah gave birth to a son, River Isaac Ruah Olsen, on Dec 30, 2013.[14][15]

On June 19, 2014, Ruah married her fiancé David Olsen in Portugal.[16][17]

She currently lives in Los Angeles, California.[18][19]


Year Title Role Notes
2012 Red Tails Sofia
Brave (Portuguese Version) Mérida Animated Film
Short Films
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Canaviais Margarida Portuguese short film
2008 Blind Confession Woman
2009 Safe Haven Angela Bowery
Midnight Passion Sophie
2011 Tu & Eu Sophie Asians on Film Festival Award for Best Ensemble Cast - Short Film
Year Title Role Notes
2000–01 Jardins Proibidos Sara Main Cast
Portuguese soap opera broadcast by TVI
2001 Filha do Mar Constança Valadas Main Cast
Portuguese soap opera broadcast by TVI
Querida Mãe Zezinha Portuguese television film broadcast by SIC
Elsa, Uma Mulher Assim Mónica Portuguese miniseries broadcast by RTP
Season 1, Episode 11
2004 Inspector Max Verónica Botelho Portuguese TV series broadcast by TVI
1 episode, "Marcas do Passado"
2005–06 Dei-te Quase Tudo Rita Cruz Main Cast
Portuguese soap opera broadcast by TVI
2006 Dança Comigo Herself Portuguese version of Dancing with the Stars broadcast by RTP
Winner of the first season
2006–07 Tu e Eu Daniela Pinto Main Cast
Portuguese soap opera broadcast by TVI
2008 Casos da Vida Rita Portuguese TV series broadcast by TVI
1 episode, "Passo em Falso"
2009 Guiding Light Gigi Season 1, Episode 15628
NCIS Kensi Blye 2 episodes, "Legend (Part I)" and "Legend (Part II)"
She was part of a guest cast including Chris O'Donnell, LL Cool J, Barrett Foa, Peter Cambor and Louise Lombard
2009–present NCIS: Los Angeles Kensi Blye Series regular, 153 episodes
Portuguese Golden Globe award for Newcomer of the Year
TV Action Icon Award 2011 of Celebrity & Stuntwomen's Awards
Nominated-Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Action Actress.[20]
2011 Hawaii Five-0 Kensi Blye Crossover with NCIS: Los Angeles
1 episode, "Ka Hakaka Maika'i"


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h ETHNIC (June 18, 2010). "Daniela Ruah". Ethnicelebs.com. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Nate Bloom (August 17, 2011). "Jewz in the Newz". Americanisraelite.com. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  3. ^ Julian Sancton (August 8, 2011). "Daniela Checks In". Esquire. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Daniela Sofia Korn Ruah". GeneAll.net. Retrieved November 9, 2012. 
  5. ^ Nuno Guerreiro Joshua (April 12, 2011). "Daniela Ruah calls for mobilization by Barros Basto". Translate.google.com. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Hollywood movie and major LA pilot for London Met graduate". Londonmet.ac.uk. October 19, 2009. Archived from the original on May 30, 2012. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Evan Henerson (November 8, 2012). "ARTS: Film Fest celebrates Sephardim". Jewishjournal.com. Retrieved March 1, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Daniela Ruah IMDb Filmography". Imdb.com. Retrieved March 8, 2015. 
  9. ^ Nicki Gostin (February 29, 2012). "Meet the 'NCIS:LA' star who won 'Dancing' in another country". Edition.cnn.com. Retrieved March 9, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b Maria Ana Ventura (November 1, 2011). "Daniela Ruah – Shoot for the stars". UP Magazine. Retrieved September 17, 2013. 
  11. ^ Sandra Gonzalez (September 7, 2011). "'NCIS: LA' exec producer spills on Kensi's trip to 'Hawaii Five-0,' possibility of another crossover". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 17, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Daniela Ruah at Hayworth Theatre in "PROOF"". NCIS: LA Magazine. April 19, 2013. Retrieved September 17, 2013. 
  13. ^ Monica Rizzo (September 16, 2013). "Baby Boy on the Way for Daniela Ruah". People. Retrieved March 1, 2015. 
  14. ^ Jordana Ossad (January 5, 2014). "News/ Daniela Ruah Is a Mom! NCIS: Los Angeles Star Gives Birth to Son River Isaac". E! Online. Retrieved March 3, 2015. 
  15. ^ Cassie Carpenter (January 6, 2014). "'He's healthy and strong!' NCIS star Daniela Ruah gives birth to son River with fiancé David Paul Olsen". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved March 3, 2015. 
  16. ^ Vanessa Frith (June 19, 2014). "'NCIS: LA' Daniela Ruah & David Olsen Marry". Enstarz.com. Retrieved March 3, 2015. 
  17. ^ Gerri Miller (August 28, 2014). "NCIS: Los Angeles' Daniela Ruah on Interfaith Marriage and Motherhood". Interfaithfamily.com. Retrieved March 3, 2015. 
  18. ^ Daniela Ruah. "Verified Facebook Account: Info". Facebook.com. Retrieved March 8, 2015. 
  19. ^ Daniela Ruah. "Verified Twitter Account". Twitter.com. Retrieved March 8, 2015. 
  20. ^ Lindsay Soll (June 14, 2010). "Teen Choice Awards 2010: First Round Of Nominees Announced". Hollywoodcrush.mtv.com. Retrieved March 8, 2015. 

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