Selena Gomez is an American actress best known for her starring role as Alex Russo on the Disney Channel television series Wizards of Waverly Place, from 2007-2012.
Born in Dallas, Texas, Gomez started acting at age seven. She has volunteered for St Jude's Hospital for children and Disney's Friends for Change, and she was twice named youth ambassador for UNICEF.
Selena recorded three songs for the Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie soundtrack, as well as tracks for 101 Dalmatians, Another Cinderella Story and Tinker Bell.
She had broader musical ambitions, which led to the recording and release of her 2009 debut album Kiss & Tell, featuring the hit single Naturally.
Her follow-up album, A Year Without Rain, revealed Selena and her band, The Scene, in a whole new light. The album featured the hit singles Round & Round and A Year Without Rain.
In 2011, Selena released When the Sun Goes Down, featuring the smash-hit single Who Says, which tells everyone who's ever felt like they're not good enough that they're perfect just as they are.
On 27 February, 2011, Gomez attended the 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party with singer Justin Bieber, confirming several months of media speculation about a romantic relationship between the pair.