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Cierra Alexa Ramirez (born March 9, 1995) is an American actress and singer.

She portrays Mariana Adams Foster in the Freeform series, The Fosters and it's spin-off, Good Trouble.

Life and Career

Cierra was born in Houston, Texas but now she splits her time between Los Angeles and New York due to her recording and acting jobs. She and her mother have a very close relationship.

Ramirez made her first TV appearance when she was ten-years-old in Showtime at the Apollo performing a song named "I Am Changing". Cierra was an opening act for Earth Wind and Fire, Chicago and American Idol's Ruben Studdard, Kimberly Caldwell and Ace Young. Ramirez is signed to Temper Music Group and currently recording her debut album.

Cierra was cast as Kathy, a recurring character, in The Secret Life of the American Teenager that makes her first appearance in the 100th episode. She also stars Girl in Progress, portraying one of the lead roles, Ansiedad, for which she won an ALMA Award for Favorite Movie Actress Supporting Role.

In 2012, Ramirez confirmed via Twitter that she will be portraying Mariana Adams Foster in the ABC Family series, "The Fosters", that is produced by Jennifer Lopez. Her character is a "smart-as-a-whip straight A student" who has a fraternal twin named Jesus, played by Jake T. Austin and later, Noah Centineo. The show ran for five seasons before a spin-off was greenlit.

In 2015, she announced that she was in a committed relationship with YouTuber, Jeff Wittick. The two also starred in an untitled short film together.

In 2018, after the Fosters aired its final episode, Cierra was announced to be starring in Freeform's "Good Trouble", the first spin-off of "The Fosters". She reclaimed her role as Mariana and co-stars alongside fellow "Fosters" alum, Maia Mitchell.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2006 All In Marisol Supporting role
2007 Star and Stella Save the World Stella Rivera TV movie
2012 Girl in Progress Ansiedad Lead role

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Showtime at the Apollo Herself October 29, 2005
2006 CSI: Miami Season 4, episode 16
2006 Zoey 101 Girl #1 Season 3, episode 1
2006 Desperate Housewives Anne Marie Season 3, episode 8
2007 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Jasmine Recurring role (5 Episodes)
2008 My Own Worst Enemy Ruthy Spivey Scenes deleted
2012 Piper's Quick Picks Herself Guest
2012 The Talk Herself Guest
2012–2013 The Secret Life of the American Teenager Kathy Recurring role (12 Episodes)
2013-2018 The Fosters Mariana Adams Foster Main role
2019 Good Trouble Mariana Adams Foster Main role

Awards

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2012 Imagen Foundation Awards Best Supporting Actress/Feature Film Girl in Progress Won
2012 ALMA Awards Favorite Movie Actress-Supporting Role Girl in Progress Won

Notes and Trivia

  • Her nickname and alter-ego, "Miss Thang" was created by Teri Polo, who originally ablibbed the nickname for Mariana.
  • She has never had a paying non-acting job, all of her jobs have been from acting.

Gallery

Click here to see Cierra's gallery.

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