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Born Taís Bianca Gama de Araújo
25 November 1978 (age 37)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Lázaro Ramos (2006–present)
Taís Bianca Gama de Araújo (Portuguese pronunciation: [taˈiʒ biˈɐ̃kɐ ˈɡɐ̃mɐ dʒi aɾaˈuʒu] or simply [taˈiz aɾaˈuʒu], born on 25 November 1978 in Rio de Janeiro) is a Brazilian actress. She was the first Black Brazilian actress to be a protagonist in a Brazilian telenovela, Xica da Silva (1996), in Rede Manchete. She was also a protagonist on another telenovela, Da Cor do Pecado (2004) in Rede Globo channel.
Araújo, who is of mixed African, Austrian and Portuguese descent, said that the skin color variation found in her family never called her attention, even though she claimed that she used to be the only Black girl at her upper-class school and that the people who looked like her there were only the ones "who cleaned the floor, the servants".
Araújo became the first Black actress to be a protagonist of a telenovela in prime time of the largest Brazilian television network, Rede Globo. She is the main actress of the telenovela Viver a Vida. She said this is very important, saying: "When I was little, I did not have anything that looked like me! Now a Black girl can have references on TV, including as a standard of beauty."
1 Life and career
4 Singles by Empreguetes
5 Awards and nominations
Life and career
Taís Araújo was born in the city of Rio de Janeiro on 25 November 1978 at premature birth of seven months. She is of African, Austrian and Portuguese descent. She is daughter to Ademir de Araújo, an economist and Mercedes de Araújo, an educationist. Taís is the second daughter of her parents and her sister, Cláudia Araújo, seven years older than her is a doctor. She is also cousin to actor and singer Marcello Melo Jr. During her childhood, she lived with her family in Méier, neighbourhood in the North Zone of Rio de Janeiro. Until the age of 8, Araújo mainly studied in private institutions. From her younger years through her large extent of her adolescence and youth she lived in Barra da Tijuca. She studied journalism in Estácio S.A. On 18 June 2011, she gave birth to her first son João Vicente de Araújo Ramos, a fruit of her marriage to Lázaro Ramos. On 7 August 2014, Araújo announced that she was with child-a girl.
Year Title Role Notes
1994 Pátria Minha Aparecia na abertura
1995 Tocaia Grande Bernarda
1996 Xica da Silva Francisca da Silva de Oliveira (Xica da Silva) Main role
1997 Anjo Mau Vívian
1998 Meu Bem Querer Edivânia
1999 Betty la fea Herself
Você Decide Episode: "O Dragão e a Borboleta"
2000 Uga-Uga Emilinha
2001 Porto dos Milagres Selminha Aluada
2002 O Quinto dos Infernos' Dandara
Brava Gente Beatriz Episode: "Um Capricho"
A Grande Família Maria da Graça Episode: "Vai Pra Casa, Beiçola"
2004 Da Cor do Pecado Preta de Souza Main role
Episode: Correndo Atrás Solange
2005 América Nossa Senhora Aparecida
2006 Cobras & Lagartos' Ellen dos Santos Main role
2007 Casos e Acasos' Gabriela
2008 A Favorita' Alícia Rosa Cameo
2009 Viver a Vida Helena Toledo Main role
2011 Passione Herself Cameo
2012 Cheias de Charme Penha
2013 O Dentista Mascarado Sheila (Shaly)
2014 Geração Brasil Verônica Monteiro
2015 Mister Brau Michelle Brau
Yeat Film Role Ref.
1998 Caminho dos Sonhos Ana Cavalcante 
1998 Drama Urbano
2003 Garrincha - Estrela Solitária Elza Soares
2005 As Filhas do Vento Cida
2006 O Maior Amor do Mundo Luciana
2006 Nzinga Nzinga 
2008 A Guerra dos Rocha Carol 
2010 Xica da Silva Xica da Silva 
2014 Pixinguinha - Um Homem Carinhoso Esposa de Pixinguinha 
2016 Empreguetes Maria da Penha Fragoso Barbosa (Penha) 
Year Title Ref
1997 Orfeu da Conceição
2003 Personalíssima Isaurinha Garcia
2005 Liberdade para as Borboletas
2007 Solidores 
2007 O Método Gronholm 
2010 Gimba, o Presidente dos Valentes 
2011 Amores, Perdas e Meus Vestidos 
2013 Sangue na Caixa de Areia
Singles by Empreguetes
2012: "Vida de Empreguete"
2012: "Maria Brasiliera"
2012: "Forro das Curicas"
2012: "Nosso Brilho"
2012: "Amor Sem Fim"
2012: "Sha La La La"
2012: "Lê Lê Lê feat João neto and Frederico"
2012: "Vou Matar Esse Amor feat Ricardo Tozzi"
2012: "So Me Vejo Contigo feat Ricardo Tozzi"
Awards and nominations
Awards and nominations
Year Awards Category Nominated work Result Ref.
1997 Troféu Imprensa Revelação do Ano Xica da Silva Won 
1999 Festival de Cinema Brasileiro de Miami Best Actress Caminho dos Sonhos Won 
2004 Festival de Cinema Brasileiro de Miami Best Actress Garrincha - Estrela Solitária Won
Festival de Gramado Best Supporting Actress As Filhas do Vento Won
Prêmio Contigo! de TV Best Actress Da Cor do Pecado Nominated 
Best in Romantic Couple (with Reynaldo Gianecchini) Won
Troféu Raça Negra Best Actress Won
2006 Melhores do Ano Best Actress Cobras & Lagartos Won 
2007 Troféu Imprensa Best Actress Nominated 
Meus Prêmios Nick Favorite Actress Won 
Prêmio Contigo! de TV Best Actress Nominated
Best Romantic Couple (with Lázaro Ramos) Nominated
2012 Prêmio Quem de Televisão Best Actress Cheias de Charme Nominated
Prêmio Extra de Televisão Best Actress Nominated 
2014 Prêmio Quem de Televisão Best Actress Geração Brasil Nominated
2015 Prêmio Quem de Televisão Best Actress Mister Brau Pending 
Melhores do Ano Best Actress in a Series or Miniseries Nominated 
Prêmio F5 Actress of the Year Pending