Ariana Joan Grande (born June 26, 1993) is an American actress, singer, and dancer. After playing her first Broadway role at age 15, she created the role of Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon sitcom Victorious.
Grande was born and raised in Boca Raton, Florida. She is of Italian descent, half Sicilian, half Abruzzese.
In 2008, Grande played the role of Charlotte in the musical 13 on Broadway, for which she won a National Youth Theatre Association Award. When she joined the musical, Grande left her high school, North Broward Preparatory School, but continued to be enrolled. The school sent materials to her for study with tutors. She played the role of Miriam in the first reading of the forthcoming musical Cuba Libre composed by Desmond Child. Grande teaches music and dance to children in South Africa each year as a member of Broadway in South Africa.
Grande plays the character Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon television show Victorious, which premiered in March 2010.
In May/June 2011, she was featured in Greyson Chance's music video for the single "Unfriend You", playing Chance's ex-girlfriend.
Stage and screen credits
iCarly ("iParty with Victorious")
Special guest star
Recurring role, voice only
Charlotte (u/s Patrice)
Original Broadway cast
"Freak the Freak Out"
"Beggin' on Your Knees"
Cameo; main antagonist
"All I Want Is Everything"
"Put Your Hearts Up"