Selenis Leyva

Selenis Leyva

Birth name
Selenis Leyva
May 26, 1972 ( age: 46 )
Baracoa, Cuba
Occupation (s)
Years active

Life and career

Leyva was born in Baracoa, Cuba and raised in the Bronx, New York City, of Cuban and Dominican descent. She has appeared in a number of Off-Broadway productions. On television, Leyva had a recurring role of Detective Mariluz Rivera in Law & Order, and also appeared in different roles on the show and on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She has guest-starred on Third Watch, The Sopranos, The Good Wife, Girls, and Elementary. In 2013, Leyva began starring as Gloria Mendoza, a Latina leader in the jail, in the Netflix comedy-drama series Orange Is the New Black. Her character was recurring for the first two seasons and she was promoted to series regular in Season 3.In 2015, she co-starred opposite Viola Davis and Catalina Sandino Moreno in the courtroom drama film Custody directed and written by James Lapine.


Year    Title 2000  Debutante 2002  Apartment #5C 2004  Maria Full of Grace 2007  Illegal Tender 2007  Ben's Plan 2009  Don't Let Me Drown 2009  Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 2010  Sex and the City 2 2010  Trouble Child 2011  Man in the Mirror 2012  Ice Age: Continental Drift 2013  Epic 2014  Living with the Dead 2015  Chapter & Verse 2015  Custody


Year    Title 1999  Law & Order 1999  Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2001  The $treet 2001  Law & Order 2001  Taina 2001  100 Centre Street 2002  Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2003  Third Watch 2004  Third Watch 2004  Law & Order 2005  Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2004-2006   Law & Order 2006  The Sopranos 2007  Dirty Sexy Money 2008  New Amsterdam 2010  Law & Order 2010  The Good Wife 2010  The Whole Truth 2011  Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2011  Person of Interest 2011-2012   Blue Bloods 2012  Girls 2012  Elementary 2013  The Following 2013–present          Orange Is the New Black 2015  Nuestra Belleza Latina 2015 2015  Madam Secretary 2015  Veep

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