Judy Reyes

Judy Reyes (born November 5, 1967) is an American television actress, best known for her roles as Carla Espinosa on the NBC/ABC sitcom Scrubs (2001–2009), and as Zoila Diaz in the Lifetime comedy-drama Devious Maids (2013–2016). As of 2017, she stars as Annalise "Quiet Ann" Zayas in the TNT crime comedy-drama, Claws.

Judy Reyes
Reyes in 2013
Born (1967-11-05) November 5, 1967[1]
OccupationActress, Producer
Years active1992–present
Edwin M. Figueroa
(m. 1997; div. 2008)
Partner(s)George Valencia[3]

Early life

Reyes was born in The Bronx, New York,[1] to Dominican immigrants, and has three sisters,[4] including a twin sister named Joselin, who played a paramedic on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Reyes grew up on Bainbridge Avenue, from the age of 13 to the age of 25-26.[4] She attended Hunter College in Manhattan, where she began her acting career.[2]


In the early 1990s, Reyes began her television career with guest starring roles in number of shows, including Law & Order, NYPD Blue, and The Sopranos. She also had a recurring role in Oz as Tina Rivera. She is best known for her portrayal of nurse Carla Espinosa on the NBC comedy Scrubs from 2001 to 2009. She has starred in a number of made for television movies, primarily for Lifetime network, including Little Girl Lost: The Delimar Vera Story (2008), and The Pregnancy Project (2012).

After leaving Scrubs, Reyes guest-starred in several shows, including Castle, Medium, Off the Map, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In 2011, she starred as a mother dealing with her estranged husband's return into her life after his stint in prison in the independent drama Gun Hill Road. The film is set in Reyes' native Bronx, and its title refers to a real-life street that intersects Bainbridge Avenue on which Reyes herself grew up.[4] The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.[5] Reyes also had small supporting roles in several films, including Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God... Be Back by Five (1998), Bringing Out the Dead (1999), Washington Heights (2002), and Dirty (2005).

In 2012, Reyes was cast as series regular Zoila Diaz, the senior maid, in the ABC comedy-drama pilot Devious Maids, created by Marc Cherry.[6] On May 14, 2012, the series was not picked up by ABC, but on June 22, 2012, Lifetime ordered a run of thirteen episodes.[7] The series premiered June 23, 2013.[8] The Devious Maids finale episode aired on August 8, 2016.[9] Two weeks following the show's cancellation, Reyes was cast opposite Niecy Nash in the TNT crime comedy-drama, Claws.[10] The series premiered on June 11, 2017.

Succession premiered on June 3, 2018 on HBO. Reyes plays Eva, executive producer of media conglomerate Waystar Royco's ATN news channel.

Personal life

Reyes was married to writer/director Edwin M. Figueroa for 11 years before they divorced.[2] Reyes and her partner George Valencia have a daughter, Leila Rey Valencia, born on November 27, 2009.[3]


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Law & Order Maria Barragon Episode: "Sisters of Mercy"
1992 Jack and His Friends Rosie
1993 Street Justice Jody Episode: "Countdown"
1994 The Cosby Mysteries Laura Montero Episode: "Only You"
1994 New York Undercover Helena Episode: "After Shakespeare"
1996 NYPD Blue Anna Ortiz Episode: "Where'd the Van Gogh?"
1996 The Prosecutors Maria Valquez TV Movie
1996 No Exit Maria Lentini Direct-to-video
1997 Cosby Episode: "About My Life"
1997 Nothing Sacred Maritza Episodes: "Proofs for the Existence of God" and "Song of Songs"
1997 Lena's Dreams Martisa
1998 Went to Coney Island Waitress
1999 Mind Prey Det. Vega TV Movie
1999 Bringing Out the Dead ICU Nurse
2000 The Sopranos Michelle Episode: "From Where to Eternity"
2000 King of the Jungle Lydia Morreto
2001 100 Centre Street Olivia Episode: "Things Change"
2001 Third Watch Gina Fuentes Episodes: "Requiem for a Bantamweight" and "Unfinished Business"
2001 WW 3 Maria Cruz TV Movie
1999–2002 Oz Tina Rivera 5 episodes
2002 Washington Heights Daisy
2003 Blue's Clues Carmen Episode: "Blue's Big Car Trip"
2004 King of the Corner Nurse Kathleen Delehant
2005 Strong Medicine Jane Lopez Episode: "Family Practice"
2005 Dirty Bryant
2006 Our House Billy TV Movie
2008 Glow Ropes: The Rise and Fall of a Bar Mitzvah Emcee Vanessa Dupree TV Movie
2008 Little Girl Lost: The Delimar Vera Story Luz Cuevas TV Movie
Nominated - Imagen Award for Best Actress - Television
2009 Castle Theresa Candela Episode: "Little Girl Lost"
2001–2009 Scrubs Nurse Carla Espinosa Series regular, 169 episodes
ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Series (2006, 2008)
Nominated - ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Series (2002, 2009)
Nominated - Imagen Award for Best Actress - Television (2005, 2007)
2009 Hawthorne Vita Gonzalez Episode: "No Guts, No Glory"
2010 Medium Jane Livingston Episode: "Native Tongue"
2011 Gun Hill Road Angela Rodriguez
2011 Off the Map Eva Moran Episodes: "It's Good" and "Es Un Milagro"
2011 Without Men Magnolia Direct-to-video
2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Inez Rivera Episode: "Blood Brothers"
2011 Kaylien Teacher Short film
2012 The Pregnancy Project Juana TV Movie
Nominated - Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actress - Television
2012 Happily Divorced Teresa Episode: "Teresa"
2013–2016 Devious Maids Zoila Diaz Series regular, 48 episodes
Nominated-Imagen Award for Best Actress - Television (2014, 2015)
2015-2017, 2019 Jane the Virgin Dina Milagro Recurring role
2015 iZombie Lola Abano Episode: "Brother, Can You Spare a Brain? "
2015 Fresh Off the Boat Mindy Torres Episode: "Good Morning Orlando"
2016 Blue Bloods Coryna Garza Episode: "For the Community"
2017–2019 One Day At A Time Ramona 4 episodes
2017 The Circle Congresswoman Santos
2017 Search Party Deb 3 episodes
2017–present Claws Annalise "Quiet Ann" Zayas Series regular
2018 Succession Eva Episodes: "Shit Show at the Fuck Factory", "Lifeboats" and "Sad Sack Wasp Trap"
2018 Dirty John Verga Episodes: "Red Flags and Parades" and "Remember It Was Me"
2019 Better Things Lala 2 episodes
TBA Sorta Like a Rock Star Filming


  1. "Bio courtesy of Yahoo! TV". Yahoo! TV. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  2. "Judy Reyes Gushes Over Husband! Says He Makes the Perfect Parent". Live RampUp. December 28, 2017. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  3. Michaud, Sarah (December 3, 2009). "Scrubs's Judy Reyes Welcomes a Daughter". People.
  4. Barrica, Gino (February 4, 2011). "Gun Hill Road: An Interview w/ Judy Reyes (Of Scrubs Fame)". Geekadelphia.
  5. Hernandez, Lee (January 24, 2011). "EXCLUSIVE: Judy Reyes Stars in 'Gun Hill Road' at Sundance Film Festival". Latina.
  6. Andreeva, Nellie (February 23, 2012). "Judy Reyes Lands Lead In 'Devious Maids', Jay Hernandez Set As Male Lead In 'Trooper'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 30, 2013.
  7. Caldwell, Sarah (April 10, 2013). "Marc Cherry's 'Devious Maids' comes to Lifetime this summer". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 10, 2013.
  8. "Devious Maids - Season 1 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 30, 2013.
  9. Andreeva, Nellie (September 1, 2016). "'Devious Maids' Canceled: No Season 5 For Lifetime Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  10. Stanhope, Kate (September 12, 2016). "Judy Reyes Joins TNT's Nail Salon Dramedy 'Claws' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
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