Also known as Maria Jose de Pablo Fernandez, Cote de Pablo began her career in acting in 1994, when she began cohosting a show on Univision entitled "Control." As of 2015, her longest-running role was playing Ziva David on the show NCIS.
Cote studied at Carnegie Mellon University, receiving a bachelor's degree in acting and musical theatre in 2000. She has been romantically linked to Diego Serrano since 2010. As a recording artist, Cote was the vocalist for an episode of NCIS, singing the song "Temptation." She won the Imagen Award and ALMA Award due to her role on NCIS. Most recently, Cote starred in the movie "The 33" and the miniseries "The Dovekeepers."