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Elizabeth Rodriguez (born December 27, 1980)[1][2] is an American actress. Rodriguez is best known for her role as Aleida Diaz in the Netflix comedy-drama series, Orange Is the New Black (2013–present). 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, a nurse working in a secret research facility in the 2017 film Logan.

Elizabeth Rodriguez
Elizabeth Rodriguez by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Rodriguez at the 015 San Diego Comic Con International.
Born (1980-12-27) December 27, 1980 (age 36)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Lehman College
Occupation Actress
Years active 1994–present


Early life and educationEdit

Rodriguez was born and raised in Manhattan, New York City to Puerto Rican parents.[3] She graduated from Lehman College in the Bronx and later studied acting with Maggie Flanigan at the William Esper Studio.[4][5]


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 feature film Miami Vice (2006). From 2008 to 2009, she played the role of Carmen Morales on the ABC daytime soap opera, All My Children.[6]


In 2011, she had a series regular role on the short-lived NBC police drama series, Prime Suspect.[7]

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. [8] 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.[9] In 2017, she appeared in the Hugh Jackman/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
2001 Blow Martha Oliveras
2005 Four Lane Highway Sasha
2006 Miami Vice Gina Calabrese
2007 Tracks of Color Sonia Martinez Short film
2007 On Bloody Sunday Older Isabelle
2008 Line in the Sand, AA Line in the Sand Martel
2010 Pound of Flesh Sgt. Rebecca Ferraro
2011 All Things Fall Apart Mrs. Lopez
2013 Side Effects Pharmacist
2013 Tio Papi Cheeky
2014 Glass Chin Rita Sierra
2014 The Drop Detective Romsey
2015 11:55 Holyoke Angie
2017 Logan Gabriela Lopez
Logan Noir


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Lifestories: Families in Crisis Erika Episode: "POWER: The Eddie Matos Story"
1994 Law & Order Elvira Juarez Episode: "Old Friends"
1994–1995 New York Undercover Gina Recurring role (5 episodes)
1995 New York News Tanya Episodes: "Thin Line", "Broadway Joe"
1995 Inflammable Tanya Santos TV film
1995 Law & Order Caridad Montero Episode: "Rebels"
1995 NYPD Blue Amalia Lopez Episode: "UnAmerican Graffiti"
1997 Oz Maritza Alvarez Episodes: "God's Chillin'", "Capital P"
1998 Trinity Del Bianco Episodes: "In Loco Parentis", "Hang Man Down"
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"
2001 Six Feet Under Sylvie Episode: "Familia"
2002 Without Warning Selena Sanchez TV film
2002 Third Watch Sergeant Chris Reyes Episode: "The Chosen Few"
2002–2003 Shield, TheThe Shield Lita Valverde Episodes: "Cherrypoppers" and "The Quick Fix"
2008–2009 All My Children Carmen Morales Recurring role, 56 episodes
2009 Law & Order Isabel Alvarez Episode: "Boy Gone Astray"
2009 FlashForward Ingrid Alvarez Episode: "Playing Cards with Coyote"
2010 Cold Case Gina Lopresi Episode: "Bombers"
2011–2012 Prime Suspect Det. Carolina Rivera Series Regular, 5 episodes
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Carmen Vasquez Episode: "Home Invasions"
2013–present Orange Is the New Black Aleida Diaz Recurring role (2013–2016)
Series regular (2016–present)
2014–present Power Paz Valdes Recurring role, 8 episodes
2014–2015 Grimm Special Agent Chavez Recurring role, 5 episodes
2015–2016 Fear the Walking Dead Liza Ortiz Season 1 (Main Cast; 6 episodes)
Season 2 (Guest; 1 episode)
2016 Devious Maids Josefina Recurring role, 2 episodes


Title Role Notes
Robbers by Lyle Kessler Cleo American Place Theatre

Directed by Marshall Mason

Last Days of Judas Iscariot, TheThe 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

View From 151st Street, AA 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

Motherf*cker With the Hat, TheThe Motherf*cker 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 nominationsEdit

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
2011 Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Play The Motherfucker With the Hat Nominated [10]
Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Won [11]
Theatre World Awards Lunt-Fontanne Award for Ensemble Excellence Won [12]
2013 Imagen Foundation Awards Best Supporting Actress – Feature Film Tio Papi Nominated [13]
2014 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Orange Is the New Black Won [14]
Ovation Award Lead Actress in a Play Unorganized Crime Nominated [15]
2015 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Orange Is the New Black Won [16]


  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. Retrieved December 4, 2014. 
  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. ^ "Tio Papi Movie". Tio Papi. Archived from the original on April 21, 2015. Retrieved June 12, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Elizabeth Rodriguez on Going Head to Head with Rock & Cannavale in The Motherf**ker With the Hat". Retrieved June 12, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Elizabeth Rodriguez Talks 'All My Children' Cancellation, Susan Lucci Going To 'Desperate Housewives'". The Huffington Post. Retrieved June 12, 2015. 
  7. ^ Nellie Andreeva. "Elizabeth Rodriguez Joins NBC 'Prime Suspect' As New Regular". Deadline. Retrieved June 12, 2015. 
  8. ^ Michelle McCue. "BIRDMAN, DOWNTON ABBEY Big Winners At 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards". We Are Movie Geeks. Retrieved June 12, 2015. 
  9. ^ Ross, Dalton (May 18, 2015). "Fear the Walking Dead: Robert Kirkman reveals new details and casting". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 18, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Awards and nominations",
  11. ^ 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
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ "Nominees for the 28th Annual Imagen Awards Announced – The Imagen Foundation". Archived from the original on November 26, 2014. Retrieved July 16, 2016. 
  14. ^ "The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards – Screen Actors Guild Awards". Retrieved July 16, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Ovation Awards Nominees Announced". September 22, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Relive the 22nd Annual SAG Awards". Retrieved July 16, 2016. 

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