• Cote De Pablo is an actress and television personality born in Chile
• She is most famous for her role as Ziva David in the crime-drama series “NCIS”
• After leaving “NCIS” she has pursued other acting projects, with her last role being in the television film “Prototype” in 2016
• She has an estimated net worth of $6 million
• She is active on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

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Short Info

Net Worth$4 million
Date Of BirthNovember 12, 1979
FactHer parents are separated. Her mother lives in Chile, but they often visit each other. They bond over cooking.

Who is Cote De Pablo?

Born María José de Pablo Fernández on the 12th November 1979, in Santiago, Chile, she is an actress and television personality, who goes under stage name Cote de Pablo. She rose to prominence with the role of Ziva David in the crime-drama series “NCIS” (2005-2013), and as Jessica in the film “The 33” in 2015, among other achievements.

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Where is Cote de Pablo Now?

Cote became famous for her role in “NCIS”, but left the show in 2013; since then she has pursued other acting projects, with the last role in 2016, when she played Laura Kale in the television film “Prototype”, which was first planned as a series, but unfortunately was canceled. However, since then, she has remained out of the entertainment scene, though she can be seen at various glamorous events.

Cote de Pablo Wiki: Early Life, Family, and Education

The oldest of three children born to Francisco de Pablo and his wife Maria Olga Fernandez, she has a sister named Andrea, and a brother, Francisco, who is now an accomplished disc jockey. She spent her first ten years in Chile, but then her mother got a job at a Spanish-language television network in Miami, Florida USA, and the family moved their. Once settled in Miami, Cote became a student at Arvida Middle School and later New World School of the Arts, focusing on musical theatre, and after matriculating enrolled at Carnegie Mellon University located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, continuing her studies in music and theater. During her college days, Cote honed her acting skills by appearing in several plays, such as “And the World Goes ‘Round”, “The Fantasticks”, “Indiscretions”, then “A Little Night Music” and “The House of Bernarda Alba”. She finished her studies in 2000 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theater.

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Career Beginnings

Interested in performing arts from an early age, Cote started her career when she was only 15 years old, when she became the host of the talk show “Control” on Univision, next to Carlos Ponce, who at one time was the host of the “Entertainment Tonight”. Gradually, Cote transitioned into acting, making a few appearances at New York City Public Theater from 2001 until 2003, and then began auditioning for on-screen roles. She secured support roles in such TV series as “Education of Max Bickford”, “Fling”, and “The $treet”, among others until 2004, when she had her first recurring role as Marguerite Cisneros in the TV crime-drama series “The Jury”, featuring in ten episodes, with her performance helping her secure her subsequent role of Ziva David.

Rise to Prominence

Cote ‘auditioned’ by sending a videotape of herself for the role of Ziva, an Israeli Mossad officer, who would become NCIS agent, and waited for the response from the network producers; network executives flew her to Los Angeles, where it was arranged for her to do a scene with Michael Weatherly, a series regular, to observe them as potential professional partners in the series. After a live audition, and short rehearsal with Weatherly who went off script and made a move towards Cote by brushing her hair and telling her she reminded him of Salma Hayek, Cote remained calm, and later was informed that she had the part.

She joined the series in its third season and remained until the eleventh season, during which time she achieved world fame. However, she abruptly left the series following the end of the 10th season, after feeling that her character wasn’t being treated with respect, and that the script written for her character wasn’t suitable for Cote. Though she stated that she wanted to remain in the series, her ideas didn’t gel with the writers, and she left the series.

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Career After NCIS

During her time in “NCIS”, Cote wasn’t so active in searching for other projects, only portraying Bruja in the western-thriller film “The Last Rites of Ransom Pride” in 2010, starring Dwight Yoakam, Lizzy Caplan, and Jon Foster. However, since leaving the award-winning crime-drama series, Cote returned to auditions, and in 2015 secured a couple of roles, including the part of Jessica in the historical drama film “The 33”, about miners who get trapped in a gold and copper mine, spending 69 days underground. Her last known role was in the part of Laura Kale in the television film “Prototype” in 2016, starring next to Jack Davenport and Annabelle Dexter-Jones.

Do You Know How Rich Cote de Pablo Is?

Although Cote has only secured a few roles so far, her work on “NCIS” was quite beneficial as she was earning around $120,000 per episode. So, have you ever wondered how rich Cote de Pablo is, as of mid- 2018? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Cote de Pablo’s wealth is as high as $6 million. Pretty impressive don’t you think?

Do You Know About Cote de Pablo’s Personal Life, Affairs, Boyfriend, Children?

When it comes to Cote’s personal life, she isn’t very open about it, and tends to keep her most intimate details hidden from the public eyes. However, the media discovered some information, including the fact that she was in a long-time relationship with actor David Serrano, but the two broke up in 2015.

Relationship with Michael Weatherly

When asked about her relationship with her co-star, Michael Weatherly, though chemistry can be sensed when the two are on screen, both said that they are just good friends, and have remained close despite her departure from NCIS.

Why the Stage Name Cote?

Once she moved to the USA, she found that many people had trouble pronouncing her name correctly, and as a result she chose the nickname Cote, which is quite common in her native Chile for a woman named Maria Jose.

Internet Popularity

Since launching her career, Cote has managed to expand her popularity to social media platforms, and has around 40,000 followers so far. She is quite active on Facebook, with around 20,000 followers, and Instagram, with just over 18,000 people that cling to her daily posts. She most recently referred to her fans from one of many glam events of which she was a part. She also has an official Twitter account but hasn’t been active since January 2014.

So, if you aren’t already a fan of this successful TV star, then this is a great opportunity for you to become one, just skip over to her official pages.

General Info

Full NameCote de Pablo
Net Worth$4 million
Date Of BirthNovember 12, 1979
Height1.69 m, 1.69 m
Weight125 pounds
ProfessionActor, Music artist, Singer, Actor, Singer, Music artist
EducationArvida Middle School, Carnegie Mellon University, Arvida Middle School, Carnegie Mellon University


ParentsMaria Olga Fernandez, Francisco de Pablo, Maria Olga Fernandez, Francisco de Pablo
SiblingsFrancisco de Pablo Fernandez, Andrea de Pablo Fernandez, Francisco de Pablo Fernandez, Andrea de Pablo Fernandez


AwardsALMA Award for Favorite TV Actress - Drama, ALMA Award for Favorite TV Actress - Drama
MoviesThe 33, The Last Rites of Ransom Pride, The 33, The Last Rites of Ransom Pride
TV ShowsThe Jury, NCIS, The Dovekeepers, The Jury, NCIS

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1My real name is María José de Pablo. But when I was in 5th grade, people couldn't pronounce it, so I told them to call me Coty. Then I found out there was a beauty line called Coty, and I hated that! So I changed it to Cote [KOH-teh]. A lot of people don't get it, but in Chile, if your name is María José, they call you Cote.
2I have friends who say to me, 'How come you believe in God?' I go, 'How can you not?' I've seen the majestic beauty of nature and the overwhelming perfection of it. To me there's nothing closer to God than that.
3Most of the time I rest, try to do a movie or just watch them at home. I'm into watching old movies I haven't seen like Roman Polanski's Macbeth (1971). Occasionally I go out with friends, but there's no time to really go clubbing like I used to. I have to take care of myself because if you get sick you still have to work. I'm not much a party animal anyway. I lay low. I like to be grounded by nature, go hiking... go to an isolated island that's not glamorous and touristy at all. And if somebody special is sitting next to me, then so be it.
4Coming from the theater I love the adrenalin rush from working on NCIS. You get home and you're exhausted, but you feel like you've really worked. It's such a masochistic thing. In one episode we were shooting boxed in a container from 7 in the morning to 12 at night. There's gunfire in the container...We had to pretend the truck was moving so we had to keep ourselves moving the whole time. I remember my knees were all bruised up because I had to fall so many times. That was taxing on the body. - on doing stunts in NCIS.


1High school graduate of New World School of the Arts (NWSA) in Miami, Florida, class of 1996.
2Has been injured while performing her own stunts on NCIS (2003). She took a gun barrel to the face for the episode NCIS: Cloak (2008), and a shrapnel nick for the episode NCIS: Enemies Foreign (2010).
3Her mother lives in Chile. Her sister lives in New York. Her father and brother live in Miami. Cote lives in LA.
4Does her own stunts on NCIS (2003).
5Her brother works as a DJ for parties.
6Her parents are separated. Her mother lives in Chile, but they often visit each other. They bond over cooking.
7Her mother is Maria Olga Fernandez and her father is Francisco de Pablo.
8Has a sister named Andrea and a brother named Francisco.
9Drives a Toyota Prius.
10Sings a song on "NCIS: The Official TV Soundtrack" called "Temptation". She performed this in the episode NCIS: Last Man Standing (2008).
11Appeared in a Volkswagen commercial in 2004, entitled "Rear View." (Marketing Y Medios).
12When she hosted the show Control (1994), Cote went by the name "Maria Jose de Pablo".
13She has a slit in her left earlobe from a childhood accident. She caught her earring on a pillowcase. (TV Guide interview).
14She attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where she studied music theater and graduated in 2000.
15She was born in Santiago, Chile, but was raised in Miami.
16Attended Arvida Middle School in Miami, Florida.




Prototype2016TV MovieLaura Kale
The 332015Jessica
The Dovekeepers2015TV Mini-SeriesShirah
NCIS2005-2013TV SeriesZiva David
The Last Rites of Ransom Pride2010Bruja
The Jury2004TV SeriesMarguerite Cisneros
ToCA Race Driver2002Video GameMelanie Sanchez (voice)
The Education of Max Bickford2001TV SeriesGina
The $treet2000TV SeriesFiona


NCIS2008TV Series performer - 1 episode


NCIS: Requiem Revisited2008Video short special thanks
NCIS: Cast Roundtable2007Video short special thanks


The Talk2012-2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
Extra2015TV SeriesHerself
Entertainment Tonight2008-2015TV SeriesHerself
The 41st Annual People's Choice Awards2015TV SpecialHerself
NCIS: Season 10 - 10 Years Aft2013Video shortHerself / Ziva David
NCIS: Season 10 - A Death in the Family2013Video shortHerself
NCIS: Season 10 - You Wear It Well2013Video shortHerself
Rachael Ray2013TV SeriesHerself
Inside NCIS2012TV Mini-Series shortHerself
NCIS: Cast & Creators Live at PALEYFEST 20102012TV MovieHerself
American Latino TV2012TV SeriesHerself
2012 ALMA Awards2012TV SpecialHerself
Casting Off2012Video shortHerself
Episode Two Hundred2012Video shortHerself
NCIS: Season 9 - Cast Roundtable2012Video shortHerself
Nine is Fine2012Video shortHerself
The 66th Annual Tony Awards2012TV Special documentaryHerself - Presenter: Evita
2011 ALMA Awards2011TV SpecialHerself
Late Show with David Letterman2011TV SeriesHerself
CBS Cares2010TV SeriesHerself
The Early Show2009TV SeriesHerself
2009 Alma Awards2009TV SpecialHerself
TV Guide Magazine: Cover Shoot2009TV Mini-Series shortHerself
NCIS: Requiem Revisited2008Video shortHerself - Ziva David
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2006TV SeriesHerself
The Drop2005TV SeriesHerself
Control1994TV SeriesCo-host (1994-1995) (as Maria José de Pablo)

Archive Footage

NCIS2014-2016TV SeriesZiva David
Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHerself


Won Awards

2011ALMA AwardALMA AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Drama Television SeriesNCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service (2003)
2006Imagen AwardImagen Foundation AwardsBest Supporting Actress - TelevisionNCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service (2003)

Nominated Awards

2012ALMA AwardALMA AwardsFavorite TV Actress-DramaNCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service (2003)
2011Imagen AwardImagen Foundation AwardsBest Actress - TelevisionNCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service (2003)
2009ALMA AwardALMA AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Drama SeriesNCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service (2003)
2009Imagen AwardImagen Foundation AwardsBest Supporting Actress/TelevisionNCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service (2003)
2008ALMA AwardALMA AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Drama Television SeriesNCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service (2003)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia


  1. I stopped watching NCIS when she left. She played the well and I liked her gutsy way of doing it..

    NCIS and Mark Harmon…need to shut down..it’s boring

  2. Suzi Bartolovic Reply

    Although I really enjoyed Ziva, I wouold like to see Code in another series. I loved NCIS, but since Mark Harmon left, it is not as entertaining. If he does not return, I will probably not watch it. I also miss Abby.

  3. Her brief return was embarrassing. Not for her – for the series. Really do miss her. Lost three key characters. Haven’t watched the series on network in so long I was not aware Harmon was gone.

    I have not been a regular evening tv viewer for a very long time. Watch reruns on WE and ION. If “Ziva” and Weatherly are missing from an episode, I move on.

  4. Michele Marie Elia Reply

    I miss Cote and Michael so much. I am always watching the reruns as long as they are on it. NCIS would do well to have them return if only for several episodes. I know I am not the only one who feels this way. NCIS get with it please!

  5. chico hinojos Reply

    hi there Maria,I never saw NCIS…but maybe later ill try and find some reruns with you on it..I hate to bring this matter up,but…..about your cancer,im going to pray for you tonight…because i know about terminal illnesses,but i solely believe in miracles……by the time you get this emai….maybe your cancer is gone……GODBLESSYOU and hey stay in touch…CHICO HINOJOS

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