Rosario Dawson

Born: 09/05/1979 (44 yo)
Birth place: New York City, New York (USA)

Citizenship : USA
Ascendant : Cuba
Ethnicity : Puerto Rican & Afro-Cuban

Occupation : Actress , Singer, writer
Active Years: 1995-present


Rosario Dawson is an American actress, singer, and writer. She has appeared in films such as Kids, Men in Black II, 25th Hour, Sin City, Clerks II, Rent, Death Proof, The Rundown, Eagle Eye, Alexander, Seven Pounds, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Unstoppable, and Trance.


Dawson was born in New York City, New York. Her mother, Isabel Celeste, is a writer and singer who is of Puerto Rican and Afro-Cuban descent. Isabel was sixteen years old when Rosario was born; she never married Rosario's biological father, Patrick C. Harris. When Rosario was one year old, her mother married Greg Dawson, a construction worker, who "loved and raised Rosario as his own daughter". Dawson has stated that "He's always been my dad"). Dawson has a half-brother, Clay, who is four years younger. Isabel and Greg divorced in 2006.

At the age of 21, Isabel moved the family into an abandoned building squat on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, where she and her husband renovated an apartment and installed the plumbing and electrical wiring for the building, creating affordable housing where Rosario and Clay would grow up. Dawson has cited this part of her history when explaining how she learned that "If you wanted something better, you had to do it all yourself."


As a child, Dawson made a brief appearance on Sesame Street. At the age of 15, she was subsequently discovered on her front porch step by photographer Larry Clark and Harmony Korine, where Korine lauded her as being perfect for a part he had written in his screenplay that would become the controversial 1995 film Kids. She went on to star in varied roles, ranging from independent films to big budget blockbusters including Rent, He Got Game, and Men in Black II.

In 1999, Dawson teamed up with Prince for the re-release of his 1980s hit "1999." The new remixed version featured the actress in an introductory voice over, offering commentary on the state of the world in the year before the new millennium.[14] The same year, she appeared in The Chemical Brothers' video for the song "Out of Control" from the album Surrender. She is also featured on the track "She Lives In My Lap" from the second disc of the OutKast album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, in which she speaks the intro and a brief interlude towards the end. In 2001, she appeared in the movie, Josie and the Pussycats.

Dawson starred as Naturelle Rivera, the love interest of a convicted drug dealer played by Edward Norton, in the 2002 Spike Lee film drama, 25th Hour. In the 2004 Oliver Stone film Alexander, she played the bride of Alexander the Great. In the autumn of 2005, Dawson appeared on stage as Julia in the Public Theater's "Shakespeare in the Park" revival of Two Gentlemen of Verona. It was her first appearance on stage. “That park is so beautiful,” she said of New York's Central Park.

In the film adaptation of the popular musical Rent in 2005, she played the exotic dancer Mimi Marquez, replacing Daphne Rubin-Vega, who was pregnant and unable to play the part. She also appeared in the adaptation of the graphic novel Sin City, co-directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, portraying Gail, a prostitute-dominatrix. Also in that year, she appeared in a graphically violent scene in the Rob Zombie film The Devil's Rejects. Though the scene was cut from the final film, it is available in the deleted scenes on the DVD release.

She starred as Becky in 2006's Clerks II, and mentioned in Back to the Well, the making-of documentary, that the donkey show sequence was what made her decide to take the role. In May of the same year, Dawson, an avid comic book fan, co-created the comic book miniseries Occult Crimes Taskforce.[18] She was at the 2007 Comic-Con to promote the comic. She co-starred with former Rent alum Tracie Thoms in the Quentin Tarantino throwback movie Death Proof in 2007, part of the Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez double feature Grind House. She teamed up with friend Talia Lugacy, whom she met at the Lee Strasberg Academy, to produce and star in Descent. On July 7, 2007, Dawson presented at the American leg of Live Earth.

In 2008, Dawson starred with Will Smith in Seven Pounds and in the Steven Spielberg produced Eagle Eye. Beginning in August, she starred in Gemini Division, an online TV series. In the computer animated series Afterworld she voiced the character Officer Delondre Baines. On January 17, 2009, Dawson hosted Saturday Night Live. Later in the year, she voiced Artemis of Bana-Mighdall in the animated film Wonder Woman.

In 2009, Dawson performed in The People Speak, a documentary feature film that uses dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries, and speeches of everyday Americans, based on historian Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States.

In 2009, Dawson also voiced the character of Velvet Von Black in Rob Zombie's animated feature, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto.

For the Kasabian album West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum, she is featured singing on the track "West Ryder Silver Bullet".

In 2010, she starred in the movies Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, as Persephone, and Unstoppable, as railway yardmaster Connie.

Personal life

Dawson dated former Sex and the City star Jason Lewis for two years. They lived together in Los Angeles until they separated in November 2006. She started dating director Danny Boyle in 2012, after having been cast in his 2013 film Trance.

Dawson is involved with the Lower East Side Girls Club and supports other charities such as environmental group Global Cool, the ONE Campaign, Oxfam, Amnesty International, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Stay (a poster and public service ad campaign for PFLAG where she is featured with her uncle Frank Jump), International Rescue Committee, and Voto Latino, and she participated in the Vagina Monologues. She is on the V-Day Board. She attended both the Democratic National Convention (in 2008) as well as the Republican National Convention (also in 2008). In October 2008, Dawson became a spokeswoman for’s philanthropy program, More Than Footprints, involving Conservation International, Doctors Without Borders, National Geographic Society, The Nature Conservancy, and Save The Children. Also in October 2008, she lent her voice to the RESPECT! Campaign, a movement aimed at preventing domestic violence. She recorded a voice message for the Web site stressing the importance of respect in helping stop domestic violence. In 2012 Dawson partnered with SodaStream International in launching the first annual Unbottle the World Day, a campaign conceived in an effort to raise awareness to the impact of cans and plastic bottles on the environment.

Websites & Social Networks


  • 1995      Kids                      
  • 1997      Girls' Night Out (Short film)
  • 1998      He Got Game   
  • 1998      Side Streets                      
  • 1999      Light It Up                          
  • 2000      Down to You                    
  • 2000      King of the Jungle          
  • 2001      Josie and the Pussycats                              
  • 2001      Sidewalks of New York                                
  • 2001      Trigger Happy                  
  • 2001      Chelsea Walls   
  • 2002      Ash Wednesday                             
  • 2002      The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest                        
  • 2002      Men in Black II
  • 2002      The Adventures of Pluto Nash                
  • 2002      Love in the Time of Money       
  • 2002      25th Hour                          
  • 2003      V-Day: Until the Violence Stops (Documentary film)
  • 2003      This Girl's Life                   
  • 2003      Shattered Glass                              
  • 2003      The Rundown                  
  • 2004      Alexander                         
  • 2005      This Revolution                               
  • 2005      Sin City    
  • 2005      Little Black Dress (Short film)
  • 2005      Rent                     
  • 2006      Clerks II                              
  • 2006      A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints                       
  • 2007      Death Proof      
  • 2007      Descent              
  • 2008      Explicit Ills          
  • 2008      Eagle Eye                           
  • 2008      Killshot   
  • 2008      Seven Pounds
NAACP Image Award For Best Actress
  • 2009      Wonder Woman            
  • 2009      The Haunted World of El Superbeasto (Voice role)
  • 2009      The People Speak (Documentary film)
  • 2010      Awake Robin (Short film)
  • 2010      Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief     
  • 2010      Unstoppable    
  • 2011      Miss Representation (Documentary film)
  • 2011      Girl Walks Into a Bar                      
  • 2011      Zookeeper
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Summer Female Movie Star
  • 2011      10 Years              
  • 2011      Five (TV film)
Nominated—Black Reel Awards for Best Actress in a Television Miniseries or Movie
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Nominated-Imagen Awards for Best Actress/Television
Nominated-NAMIC Vision Awards for Best Performance - Drama
  • 2012      Fire with Fire                    
  • 2013      Trance                
  • 2013      Gimme Shelter                               
  • 2013      Chavez                
  • 2013      Parts Per Billion               
  • 2014      Sin City: A Dame to Kill For         
  • 2014      Queen of the Night 


  • 2003      Punk'd
  • 2007      Robot Chicken
  • 2008      Gemini Division (Web series - 50 episodes)
  • 2009      Saturday Night Live
  • 2009      SpongeBob SquarePants

Awards and nominations:

ALMA Awards

  • 2006, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Rent) Nominated

American Black Film Festival

  • 2004, Rising Star Award Won

Black Movie Awards

  • 2006, Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Rent) Nominated

Black Reel Awards

  • 2012, Best Actress in a Television Miniseries or Movie (Five) Nominated
  • 2006, Best Actress (Rent) Nominated
  • 2006, Best Ensemble (Rent) Nominated
  • 2006, Best Supporting Actress (Sin City) Nominated
  • 2003, Best Supporting Actress (25th Hour) Nominated
  • 2000, Best Actress (Light It Up) Nominated

Broadcast Film Critics

  • 2006, Best Song (Rent) "Seasons of Love" Nominated

Image Awards

  • 2012, Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special (Five) Nominated
  • 2009, Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture (Seven Pounds) Won
  • 2006, Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture (Rent) Nominated
  • 2000, Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture (Light It Up) Nominated

MTV Movie Awards

  • 2006, Best Kiss (Sin City) Nominated

Satellite Awards

  • 2006, Best Supporting Actress Comedy or Musical (Rent) Won

Spike Video Game Awards

  • 2006, Gamer's Choice: Breakthrough Performance Won

Streamy Awards

  • 2009, Best Female Actor in a Dramatic Web Series Won

Teen Choice Awards

  • 2001, Film – Choice Breakout Performance (Josie and the Pussycats) Nominated
  • 2010, Choice Movie Actress: Fantasy (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief) Nominated