Zendaya, 22, is an American actress and singer born in Oakland, California. Her name means ‘gives thanks’ in the language of the African Shona tribe. Zendaya’s father is African American but has family from Arkansas whilst her mother has German, Irish, English, and Scottish ancestry. Although now known as a very talented actress, she stated that if she didn’t become a performer, she would have followed in her parents’ footsteps to become a teacher or a basketball player. She started gaining prominence as an actress when she began her career on the 2010 Disney Channel programme, Shake it up, alongside Kenton Duty and Roshon Fegan. In 2017, she made her film breakthrough, starring as Michelle "MJ" Jones in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero film Spider-Man: Homecoming. In fact, she was not told what film she was auditioning for when she tested for a role until after she got accepted presuming that it was just some ‘random high school comedy thing’. Another notable performance for Zendaya was her embodiment as a trapeze artist extraordinaire where she famously acted alongside A-list actors such as, Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron in The Greatest Showman (2017)’, Michael Gracey’s musical drama film about P.T. Barnum.
Not only has Zendya become a big name in the acting world, she is also exceptional at singing and dancing and is an ambassador for Convoy of Hope. As well as writing her own book and launching her own clothing line (Daya by Zendaya), she has proved herself to be a great role model for young girls all around the world, “doing and making positive programming for young people is so important to me, and I will keep doing it”.
We are looking forward to her performance with Jason Momoa in Dune – a featured adaptation of Franj Herbert’s science fiction novel telling the story of a son of a noble family who has been entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset and most vital element in the galaxy. Set to be released in cinemas in 2020!