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ROSARIO DAWSON (Julia) has garnered praise for her numerous collaborations with top actors and directors, making her one of Hollywood's most sought-after leading ladies. In addition to her work as a successful film and television actress, Dawson is an activist, lending her time to a range of influential organizations, most notably Voto Latino, which she co-founded in 2004 to help empower Latino millennials to vote and influence change in government. She also recently co-founded, alongside Abrima Erwiah, Studio One Eighty Nine, a social enterprise composed of creatives seeking to provide a platform to help promote and curate African and African-inspired content through an e-commerce shopping site, a supporting agency and an artisan-produced fashion collection called Fashion Rising Collection.

Dawson most recently starred in the animated worldwide box office hit "The LEGO Batman Movie," as the voice of Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, with Will Arnett, Zach Galifiankis, Michael Cera and Ralph Fiennes.

In 2015, Dawson starred as Claire Temple in the Netflix adaptation of the Marvel comic book series "Daredevil," which premiered to critical and fan acclaim. She has since reprised her role in the follow up Marvel/Netflix series "Luke Cage," as well as season 2 of "Daredevil." Most recently, she once again returned as Claire Temple in "Iron Fist," which was released on Netflix on March 17, 2017. She is also currently in production on Marvel's "The Defenders," which is set to stream later this year.

Dawson was seen in the Scott Rudin-produced "Top Five," directed by Chris Rock. The film premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival to rave reviews and was subsequently purchased by Paramount in what became the largest sale of the festival. The film was released theatrically in 2014 to critical acclaim, with Dawson earning a Critics' Choice Award nomination in the category of Best Actress in a Comedy. Earlier that year, Dawson reprised her "Sin City" role in the sequel, "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," alongside Jessica Alba, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, and also starred alongside Michael Pena and America Ferrera in Diego Luna's "Cesar Chavez," a biopic about the civil rights activist and labor organizer.

Her other film credits include "Zookeeper," opposite Kevin James; Danny Boyle's thriller "Trance," opposite James McAvoy and Vincent Cassel; Tony Scott's "Unstoppable," alongside Denzel Washington and Chris Pine; "Eagle Eye," opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Shia LaBeouf; "Explicit Ills," which premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival, where it won an Audience Award; Quentin Tarantino's "Grindhouse," with Kurt Russell; "Descent," her first self-produced feature film under the production banner Trybe Films; "Clerks 2," opposite Kevin Smith; Dito Montiel's "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints," opposite Robert Downey Jr., Dianne Wiest and Channing Tatum; Oliver Stone's "Alexander," with Colin Farrell and Angelina Jolie; "The Rundown," alongside Dwayne Johnson and Christopher Walken; "Josie and the Pussycats," with Rachel Leigh Cook and Tara Reid; and the Spike Lee films "He Got Game," with Denzel Washington, and "The 25th Hour," opposite Edward Norton.

Dawson's film career began at age 15 when she filmed the critically acclaimed indie drama "Kids," directed by Larry Clark. She later went on to star in "Men in Black II," opposite Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in 2002. Three years later, she gained critical acclaim and won the ShoWest Award for Supporting Actress of the Year for her performance as Mimi Marquez in the big-screen adaptation of the award-winning Broadway musical "Rent," in which she starred with original cast members Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Jesse Martin and Taye Diggs. For her performance in Gabriele Muccino's "Seven Pounds," opposite Will Smith, Dawson won the 2009 NAACP Image Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture.

On television, she starred in the Lifetime original movie "Five," which sewed together five personal narratives depicting the effects of breast cancer through survivor stories. Under Alicia Keys' direction, Dawson was nominated for a 2012 NAACP Image Award for her performance.

Dawson is also an active member of V-Day, an organization founded by Eve Ensler to help stop violence against women, and the Environmental Media Association, amongst others. She was also honored with the President's Volunteer Service Award for her valuable contributions to the community. She resides in both Los Angeles and New York.


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