Born and raised in Oakland, California, Zendaya began her career as a child model and backup dancer.
She made her television debut as Rocky Blue on the Disney Channel sitcom Shake It Up (2010–2013) and
starred as the titular character in the channel's sitcom K.C. Undercover (2015–2018). Her feature film
debut came in 2017 with the superhero film Spider-Man: Homecoming, and she later starred in its sequels.
Zendaya's role as Rue Bennett, a struggling drug-addicted teenager, in the HBO teen drama series Euphoria
(2019–present) made her the youngest recipient of the Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in
a Drama Series, which she won twice. Her other film roles include the musical The Greatest Showman (2017),
the romantic drama Malcolm & Marie (2021), and the science fiction epic Dune (2021).