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Daniela Ruah Bio
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. 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) and got main roles in television series, short films, and theatre. In 2007, she moved to New York to study at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.
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.
In April 2013 Ruah made her debut at Hayworth Theatre in LA as Catherine in “Proof”, a play by David Auburn.
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 and stunt double of Ruah’s NCIS: Los Angeles co-star Eric Christian Olsen. Ruah gave birth to a son, River Isaac Ruah Olsen, on Dec 30, 2013. On June 19, 2014, Ruah married her fiancé David Olsen in Portugal. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California.