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Elizabeth Rodriguez

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Elizabeth Rodriguez
Elizabeth Rodriguez by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born (1980-12-27) December 27, 1980 (age 39)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma materLehman College
Years active1991–present

Elizabeth Rodriguez (born December 27, 1980)[1][2] is an American actress, best known for her role as Aleida Diaz in the Netflix comedy-drama series Orange Is the New Black (2013–2019). She received a Tony Award nomination, and won an Outer Critics Circle Award and a Theatre World Award for her performance in Stephen Adly Guirgis' 2011 play The Motherfucker with the Hat. In 2015, she starred as a series regular on the first season of AMC's pre-apocalyptic drama series Fear the Walking Dead. She played Gabriela Lopez in the 2017 film Logan.

Early life

Rodriguez was born to Puerto Rican parents and raised in Manhattan, New York City. She went to Brandeis High School and Lehman College in the Bronx.[3]



Rodriguez in July 2011.
Rodriguez in July 2011.

While still studying, Rodriguez began appearing on-screen in small parts in films like Fresh (1994) and television shows such as New York Undercover, New York News, Law & Order, NYPD Blue and Oz.


She has appeared in a number of stage productions, television shows and independent films. She was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play and won Outer Critics Circle Award, as well as a Theatre World Award, for her role on Broadway play in Stephen Adly Guirgis's The Motherfucker with the Hat.[1] She was nominated for an Imagen Award for her role in the feature film Tio Papi (2013), and co-starred as Gina Calabrese in Michael Mann's Miami Vice (2006). From 2008 to 2009, she played the role of Carmen Morales on the ABC daytime soap opera All My Children.[4]


In 2011, she had a series regular role on the short-lived NBC police drama series, Prime Suspect.[5]

In 2013, Rodriguez began appearing in the recurring role of Aleida Diaz in the Netflix comedy-drama series, Orange Is the New Black; she was promoted to series regular in 2015. Along with the rest of the cast she received Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in both 2015 and 2016.[6] Rodriguez also had recurring roles as Paz Valdes in the Starz drama series Power, and as Special Agent Chavez in the NBC police procedural Grimm.

In 2015, Rodriguez was cast in the series regular role on the AMC post-apocalyptic drama Fear the Walking Dead, the companion series for The Walking Dead.[7] In 2017, she appeared in Hugh Jackman's final Wolverine film Logan directed by James Mangold.



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Fresh Consuela
1995 Dead Presidents Marisol
1997 I Think I Do Celia
1998 Return to Paradise Gaby
2001 Acts of Worship Jan
Blow Martha Oliveras
2005 Four Lane Highway Sasha
2006 Miami Vice Gina Calabrese
2007 Tracks of Color Sonia Martinez Short film
On Bloody Sunday Older Isabelle
2008 A Line in the Sand Martel
2010 Pound of Flesh Sgt. Rebecca Ferraro
2011 All Things Fall Apart Mrs. Lopez
2013 Side Effects Pharmacist
Tio Papi Cheeky
2014 Glass Chin Rita Sierra
The Drop Detective Romsey
2015 11:55 Holyoke Angie
2017 Logan Gabriela Lopez
2018 Skate Kitchen Mother
Making Babies Maria


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Lifestories: Families in Crisis Erika Episode: "POWER: The Eddie Matos Story"
Law & Order Elvira Juarez Episode: "Old Friends"
1994–1995 New York Undercover Gina Recurring role, 5 episodes
1995 New York News Tanya 2 episodes
Inflammable Tanya Santos Television film
Law & Order Caridad Montero Episode: "Rebels"
NYPD Blue Amalia Lopez Episode: "UnAmerican Graffiti"
1997 Oz Maritza Alvarez 2 episodes
1998 Trinity Del Bianco 2 episodes
1999–2001 ER Nurse Sandra 3 episodes
2000 NYPD Blue Anita Rios Episode: "Bats Off to Larry"
2001 Just Shoot Me! Maria Episode: "Finch and the Fighter"
Six Feet Under Sylvie Episode: "Familia"
2002 Without Warning Selena Sanchez Television film
Third Watch Sergeant Chris Reyes Episode: "The Chosen Few"
2002–2003 The Shield Lita Valverde 2 episodes
2008–2009 All My Children Carmen Morales 56 episodes
2009 Law & Order Isabel Alvarez Episode: "Boy Gone Astray"
FlashForward Ingrid Alvarez Episode: "Playing Cards with Coyote"
2010 Cold Case Gina Lopresi Episode: "Bombers"
2011–2012 Prime Suspect Det. Carolina Rivera Recurring role, 5 episodes
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Carmen Vasquez Episode: "Home Invasions"
2013–2019 Orange Is the New Black Aleida Diaz Main role, 53 episodes
2014–2020 Power Paz Valdes Recurring role
2014–2015 Grimm Special Agent Chavez Recurring role, 5 episodes
2015–2016 Fear the Walking Dead Liza Ortiz Main role (season 1)
Guest (season 2)
7 episodes
2016 Devious Maids Josefina 2 episodes
Talking Dead Herself Episode: "Date of Death"
2017 Chance Kristen Clayton Recurring role (season 2)
2019–2020 Shameless Faye Donahue Recurring role (season 10)
2020 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Rafa Martez 4 episodes


Title Role Notes
Robbers by Lyle Kessler Cleo American Place Theatre
Directed by Marshall Mason
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis Saint Monica Joseph Papp Public Theater / Martinson Hall
Directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman
Beauty of the Father by Nilo Cruz Marina New York City Center – Stage II
Directed by Michael Greif
A View From 151st Street by Bob Glaudini Irene Joseph Papp Public Theater / LuEsther Hall
Directed by Peter DuBois
Unconditional by Brett C. Leonard Jessica Joseph Papp Public Theater / LuEsther Hall
Directed by Mark Wing-Davey
The Motherfucker With the Hat by Stephen Adly Guirgis Veronica Broadway
Directed by Anna D. Shapiro
"Roger and Vanessa" by Brett C. Leonard Vanessa Actors' Gang Theatre, Los Angeles
Directed by Silas Weir Mitchell
"Den of Thieves" by Stephen Adly Guirgis Buchi Black Dahlia Theater, Los Angeles
Directed by Matt Shakman
"Unorganized Crime" by Kenny D'Aquila Rosie Elephant Theater, Los Angeles
Directed by David Fofi
"The Power of Duff" by Stephen Belber Sue Raspell Geffen Theatre, Los Angeles
Directed by Peter Dubois

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
2011 Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Play The Motherfucker With the Hat Nominated [8]
Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play The Motherfucker With the Hat Won [9]
Theatre World Awards Lunt-Fontanne Award for Ensemble Excellence The Motherfucker With the Hat Won [10]
2013 Imagen Foundation Awards Best Supporting Actress – Feature Film Tio Papi Nominated [11]
2014 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Orange Is the New Black Won [12]
Ovation Award Lead Actress in a Play Unorganized Crime Nominated [13]
2015 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Orange Is the New Black Won [14]
2016 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Orange Is the New Black Won
2017 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Orange Is the New Black Nominated


  1. ^ a b "Elizabeth Rodriguez | IBDB: The official source for Broadway Information IBDB: The official source for Broadway Information". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Retrieved May 24, 2015.
  2. ^ "'Orange Is the New Black's' Latinas – The Hollywood Reporter". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. November 22, 2013. Archived from the original on February 2, 2015. Retrieved July 29, 2019.
  3. ^ Ortiz, Erik (August 11, 2015). "'Orange is the New Black' actress Elizabeth Rodriguez costars in AMC's 'Fear the Walking Dead'". New York Daily News. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  4. ^ "Elizabeth Rodriguez Talks 'All My Children' Cancellation, Susan Lucci Going To 'Desperate Housewives'". The Huffington Post. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
  5. ^ Nellie Andreeva. "Elizabeth Rodriguez Joins NBC 'Prime Suspect' As New Regular". Deadline. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
  6. ^ Michelle McCue. "BIRDMAN, DOWNTON ABBEY Big Winners At 21st Screen Actors Guild  Awards". We Are Movie Geeks. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
  7. ^ Ross, Dalton (May 18, 2015). "Fear the Walking Dead: Robert Kirkman reveals new details and casting". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 18, 2015.
  8. ^ "Awards and nominations",
  9. ^ Gans, Andrew."Outer Critics Circle Nominees Include 'Sister Act', 'Anything Goes', 'Book of Mormon' " Archived April 29, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, April 26, 2011
  10. ^ Gans, Andrew (May 10, 2011). "Ellen Barkin, Patina Miller, John Larroquette, Jim Parsons, Tony Sheldon and More Win Theatre World Awards". Archived from the original on May 13, 2011. Retrieved May 10, 2011.
  11. ^ "Nominees for the 28th Annual Imagen Awards Announced – The Imagen Foundation". Archived from the original on November 26, 2014. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  12. ^ "The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards – Screen Actors Guild Awards". Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  13. ^ "Ovation Awards Nominees Announced". September 22, 2014.
  14. ^ "Relive the 22nd Annual SAG Awards". Retrieved July 16, 2016.

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