Naya Marie Rivera (; January 12, 1987 – July 8, 2020) was an American actress, singer, and model. She began her career as a child actress and model, appearing in national television commercials before landing the role of Hillary Winston on the short-lived CBS sitcom The Royal Family (1991–1992) at the age of four and earning a nomination for a Young Artist Award at five. After a series of recurring television roles and guest spots as a teenager, Rivera got her breakthrough role in 2009 as lesbian cheerleader Santana Lopez on the Fox television series Glee (2009–2015). For the role, she received critical acclaim and various awards, as well as three Grammy nominations.
Rivera was signed to Columbia Records as a solo musical artist in 2011 and — despite never releasing a studio album — released a single, "Sorry", in 2013. On film, Rivera made her debut in the horror film At the Devil's Door (2014) before playing a supporting role in the comedy film Mad Families (2017). Her personal life garnered significant press and media attention throughout her career, and in 2016 she published a memoir titled Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up. Because of her varied roles across her three decades as a performer, Rivera is seen as having been a vanguard of Afro-Latinx and queer representation on television.
On July 8, 2020, Rivera drowned at Lake Piru, near Santa Clarita, California while swimming with her four-year-old son Josey, who was found alone on their rented boat. Her body was recovered from the lake on the morning of July 13, following a five-day search. At the time of her death she was between seasons of the television show Step Up, in which she played the female lead.
She is also known as Naya Marie Rivera.