American actress Zoe Saldana was born in New Jersey to a Puerto Rican mother and a father from the Dominican Republic.
The brunette beauty has often spoken of her pride in her Latin heritage, and she moved back to the Domincan Republic at the age of nine after her father passed away.
She had her first break at the age of 22 when she starred in the dance drama Center Stage in 2000
, and it came after years of dance training and working with theatre groups across New York City.
In 2003 she starred alongside Johnny Depp and Kiera Knightley in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
as a female pirate. She later worked with Ashton Kutcher, Tom Hanks, and Orlando Bloom in various films.
ZOE SALDANA IS "PERFECTION" IN VICTORIA BECKHAM DRESS
It was in 2009 when super stardom came for Zoe however, as she took on her most high profile roles yet - first as Uhura in the Hollywood reboot of Star Trek, and later as Neytiri in James Cameron's 3D epic Avatar.
As Gamora in the comic adaptation of Guardians of the Galaxy
, due out in the UK later in 2014, Zoe's profile will be raised even higher, as the Marvel film will undoubtedly be a box office smash.
Zoe was in an on-again-off-again relationship with Bradley Cooper for two years, before meeting Italian artist Mario Perego. The pair married in the UK in 2013