Dania Ramírez was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. At an early age, she decided to become an actress. As a young child, she would reenact telenovelas for her family. She was discovered by a modeling scout while working in a Los Angeles convenience store at the age of 15, and was cast in a small part in a soda commercial.
Later, she decided to pursue acting seriously and studied at the Actor's Workshop in New York City under Flo Greenberg. She graduated from Montclair State University in 1999, where her volleyball talents led her to be placed among the top five in career digs, digs/game, solo blocks and total blocks. She then moved to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career.
Ramirez appeared as an extra in the HBO film Subway Stories (1997), where she met filmmaker Spike Lee, who later cast her in his film, She Hate Me (2004). She starred in the comic book film X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).
Ramirez appeared as the minor character Caridad in the final episodes of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and as Blanca Selgado, a recurring role during the sixth season of The Sopranos. She was also a series regular on Heroes.
Ramirez has appeared in several magazine spreads. She has also been listed in several of the world's top publications' "Sexiest Ladies of the Year" lists. She has recently been added to the roster of models for CoverGirl Cosmetics. In March 2010, Ramirez and Queen Latifah launched the company's "Clean Makeup for Clean Water Campaign".
In early 2012, Ramirez was cast as one of the lead characters, Rosie Falta, on the comedy-drama television series, Devious Maids. She continued to hold this role until the untimely cancellation of the show in 2016.
- Has appeared on the television show Devious Maids, which stars Once Upon a Time co-star, Rebecca Wisocky.
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