Actress and activist, ROSARIO DAWSON (Elizabeth) has garnered praise for her
numerous leading roles with today's hottest film actors and directors, making her one of
Hollywood's most sought after leading ladies. Currently Dawson is in production on SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR, a follow up to the 2005 cult hit SIN CITY and will soon begin filming
the Atom Egoyan thriller, QUEEN OF THE NIGHT.
Most recently, Dawson wrapped filming PARTS PER BILLION alongside Josh Hartnett,
Penn Badgley and Frank Langella. Dawson also served as an executive producer on the film.
Prior to this, Dawson wrapped filming Diego Luna's CHAVEZ, a biopic on the civil-rights
activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez in which she will play Dolores Huerta alongside
Michael Pena and America Ferrera.
Dawson made her film debut at the early age of 14 and has continued to thrive throughout
the years. A native of New York City, Dawson was pulled from the streets of New York to star
in the highly acclaimed and controversial hit KIDS. The film depicted 24 hours in the life of a
group of New York skaters and the havoc that runs through it. With a surprise midnight
screening at the Sundance Film Festival and a spot at the Cannes Film Festival, her film career
was well underway.
In the years following her film debut, Dawson starred in several films including HE GOT
GAME, LIGHT IT UP, SIDEWALKS OF NEW YORK, CHELSEA WALLS, LOVE IN THE
TIME OF MONEY, MEN IN BLACK 2, THE ADVENTURES OF PLUTO NASH, 25TH HOUR, SHATTERED GLASS and ALEXANDER.
Dawson made a huge impact in the 2005 Robert Rodriguez/Frank Miller film noir drama
SIN CITY. She played the role of 'Gail' in the third and final installment of the film based on
Miller's graphic novel series, which also stars Bruce Willis, Benicio Del Toro, Clive Owen, and
That same year, Dawson showed her versatility in the film adaptation of the Pulitzer
Prize-winning Jonathan Larson musical, RENT. She starred as 'Mimi Marquez' alongside many of
the original cast members including Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Idina Menzel, Jesse Martin and
In 2006, Dawson starred in Kevin Smith's CLERKS II in which she earned much critical
acclaim for her comedic role. She was also seen in A GUIDE TO RECOGNIZING YOUR
SAINTS opposite Robert Downey Jr., Shia Lebouf, Dianne Wiest and Channing Tatum. The film
received the "Special Jury Prize for a Dramatic Film" at the Sundance Film Festival.
Dawson starred in and produced the film, DESCENT, in 2007. This was her first self-
produced feature film under her production banner, Trybe Films. The film premiered at the 2007
Tribeca Film Festival.
Dawson worked with Quentin Tarantino in the horror project GRINDHOUSE. The
project was a joint venture consisting of two feature films, one directed by Tarantino and the other by Robert Rodriguez. The film featured an ensemble cast ranging from Kurt Russell to
Stacey Ferguson. Quentin Tarantino's half of the double feature, DEATH PROOF, was chosen
as for the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. Later that year, Dawson was honoured at the esteemed
ShoWest with the "Supporting Actress of the Year" award.
In 2008, Dawson co-starred in EAGLE EYE opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Shia
LaBeouf. That same year, Dawson was seen in the political drama EXPLICIT ILLS, which
premiered at SXSW Film Festival. The film received praise from critics as well as three awards
including the "Audience Award." At the 2008 Cine Vegas International Film Festival, Dawson
was honored with the "Half-Life" Award alongside Don Cheadle, Viggo Mortensen and Sam
Dawson starred alongside Will Smith in the 2008 film SEVEN POUNDS. Her
performance earned her the 2009 NAACP Image Award for "Best Actress in a Motion Picture."
The following year, Dawson starred in the action thriller UNSTOPPABLE alongside Denzel
Washington and Chris Pine. She then was seen in the romantic comedy ZOOKEEPER starring
opposite Kevin James, Sylvester Stallone, Adam Sandler and Jon Favreau.
Dawson recently made her debut on the small screen in the Lifetime original movie,
"Project Five." Her performance earned her a 2012 NAACP Image Award nomination for
Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special.
In addition to her numerous leading roles, Dawson also lends her time to a range of
influential organizations including Voto Latino, which she co-founded in 2004, V-Day, The
Lower Eastside Girls Club and the Environmental Media Association amongst others. Dawson
was recently awarded the President's Volunteer Service Award for her valuable contributions to
the community and encouragement in getting others involved.
Dawson currently resides in Los Angeles.
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