Diana-Maria Riva

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Diana-Maria Riva
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Riva in 2012
Diana-Maria Uhlenbrock

(1969-07-22) July 22, 1969 (age 49)
Years active1996–present

Diana-Maria Riva (born Diana-Maria Uhlenbrock; July 22, 1969) is an American actress.

Early life[edit]

Diana-Maria Uhlenbrock was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Maria (née Riva) and Chris B. Uhlenbrock, a dentist.[1]



Riva made her acting debut in the short-lived 1996 television series Common Law. Additional television credits include guest appearances in Murder One, Party of Five, The X Files, NYPD Blue, The Drew Carey Show, Everybody Loves Raymond, CSI, Less Than Perfect and Castle. She has also appeared as a celebrity guest on the Donny Osmond version of the game show Pyramid.

Riva had recurring roles in Sabrina The Teenage Witch, The West Wing, and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip; she was a lead performer in the summer 2007 series Side Order of Life.

Riva starred as Lieutenant Ana Ruiz in the 2010 FOX series The Good Guys as the boss of detectives Dan Stark (West Wing/Studio 60 alum Bradley Whitford) and Jack Bailey (Colin Hanks) in the Dallas Police Department.[2] She also starred as the mother-in-law of Rob Schneider's title character in the short-lived CBS sitcom ¡Rob!.[3] In 2016 she joined the cast of Man with a Plan as Mrs. Rodriguez.

In 2019, she recently joined the cast of Sunnyside opposite of Kal Penn.




Year Title Role Notes
1996 Common Law Maria Marquez
1997 Murder One
1998 The Pretender Lupe Harmon
1997–1999 Party of Five Loraina/Nurse
1999 The X Files Angela Villareal
1997–1999 NYPD Blue Maxine / Matron
1999–2001 Everybody Loves Raymond Sarah 2 episodes
2000 The Drew Carey Show Elena Episode: "Drew and the Racial Tension Play"
City of Angels Connie 4 episodes
2001–2002 Philly Patricia
2002–2003 Sabrina The Teenage Witch Annie
2004 CSI Juanita Episode: "XX"
Reba Miss Laurie
2004–2005 Less Than Perfect Vivian
2005–2006 The West Wing Edie Ortega
2006–2007 Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Lilly Rodriguez
2007 Standoff Marta Episode: "No Strings"
The Loop Benita 2 episodes
Side Order of Life Vivy Porter Series regular
2008 Ghost Whisperer Mrs. Alden Episode: "Home But Not Alone"
2009 Castle Detective Roselyn Karpowski 2 episodes
In Plain Sight Roberta Procter Episode "Who's Bugging Mary?"
2010 The Good Guys Lieutenant Ana Ruiz Series regular
2012 Rob Rosa 8 episodes
2013–2015 The Bridge Kitty Conchas Recurring role
2014 Saint George Concepcion 4 episodes
NCIS: Los Angeles Marcella Episode: "Black Budget"
Manhattan Love Story Angie Episode: "Happy Thanksmas"
2015 Girl Meets World Chairperson Sanchez Episode: "Girl Meets Creativity"
2015–2016 Telenovela Mimi Moncada Series regular
2016–2017 Man with a Plan Mrs. Rodriguez Series regular (season 1)
2017 The Mayor Franny Episode: "The Strike"
2018 Madam Secretary Sister Anne Gutierrez Episode: "The Magic Rake"
2019 Dead to Me[4] Detective Ana Perez Recurring role
Sunnyside Griselda Upcoming series


  1. ^ http://www.filmreference.com/film/96/Diana-Maria-Riva.html
  2. ^ Lowry, Brian (May 13, 2010). "The Good Guys". Variety. Retrieved May 14, 2010.
  3. ^ Capobres, Kacy (February 16, 2012). "Diana Maria Riva Dishes Details On New Sitcom ¡Rob!". Fox News. Retrieved May 18, 2012.
  4. ^ Gordon, Naomi. "Netflix's Dead to Me season 2: Here's why we think it could happen". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved 17 May 2019.

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