Dascha Polanco is a Dominican American actress known for playing the character Dayanara “Daya” Diaz on the Netflix series, Orange Is the New Black. As of January 2018, she has a recurring role on The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story as Detective Lori Weider. From 2021 to 2022, Polaco voiced Ms. Camilla Torres, the mother of Winston who owns a record shop, in the animated series, Karma’s World.

Birth Name

Dascha Polanco





Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

Dascha Polanco was born on the 3rd of December 1982, in Dominican Republic.


She is currently 41 years old.

Sun Sign



American, Dominican



She has Dominican Republic ancestry.


Dascha got her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hunter College. Polanco has also studied nursing from Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York City. She has also attended Break Into Hollywood (BIH) studios in New York.

Family Details

  • Father – Rubén Darío Polanco (Mechanic)
  • Mother – Janet Polanco (Cosmetologist)
  • Siblings – She has a brother and a sister.

Boyfriend / Spouse

Dascha Polanco has dated –

Dascha is very private about her life, especially love life. She has previously engaged to a person. But, she didn’t reveal the name of that guy.


Polanco has two children, a daughter and a son. Her daughter portrayed a younger version of Polanco’s character in the fifth season of Orange is the New Black.

Physical Statistics


  • In feet – 5 feet 5 inches
  • In centimeters – 165 cm
  • In meters – 1.65 m


  • In Kilograms – 74 kg
  • In Pounds – 163 lbs

Body Measurements

  • Measurements – 41-30-42
  • Bust – 41 inches
  • Waist – 30 inches
  • Hip – 42 inches
  • Bra Size – 38C

Body Build


Hair Color

Dark Brown

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Dress Size

Her dress size is 12 (US).

Shoe Size

She wears a size 8 (US) shoe.



Professional Statistics

Famous For

Playing Dayanara Diaz in the comedy-drama series Orange Is the New Black.

Film Debut

Dascha first appeared in the 2013 independent drama film, Gimme Shelter for her role as Caramel.

Television Debut

In 2011, Polanco appeared in the police procedural drama series, Unforgettable for her role as Estella in just 1 episode.

Brand Endorsements

Dascha has appeared in an Old Navy TV commercial. She has also been featured in NFL’s  Women’s Apparel line in 2015 alongside other ladies like Alyssa Milano, Jamie Chung, etc.

Dascha Polanco Net Worth

Dascha Polanco has an estimated net worth of 5 million dollars as of 2024.

Social Media Profiles

Some Lesser Known Facts About Dascha Polanco

  • Polanco for the most part, was raised in US-based cities Brooklyn (in New York) and Miami by her parents.
  • Dascha wanted to be an actress from a young age. But, she didn’t audition because of her weight.
  • She has worked as a nurse in the healthcare industry and hospital administrator at Montefiore Medical Center.
  • She got the courage to audition for film roles and work in the entertainment industry when she was working as a nurse.
  • Her mom died when she was young. And, due to all this, she faced depression issues.
  • Just 2 years Dascha’s senior Elizabeth Rodriguez played the role of her mother in Orange is the New Black.
  • Her first full time acting job came with the role of Dayanara Diaz in the Orange Is the New Black.
  • In 2012, Polanco was cast in the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black as Dayanara “Daya” Diaz, an inmate in a women’s prison; it was her first full-time acting job.
  • In June 2014, she had been promoted from a recurring role to a series regular for the show’s third season, which was released in June 2015.
  • In 2021, Polanco played the role of Cuca, one of the lead salon ladies, in the film In the Heights.


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