Ziva David (Hebrew: זיוה דויד, pronounced [ˈziva daˈvid], Ziva: "Brilliance", David: "Beloved"; English pronunciation: /ˈziːvə dəˈviːd/; born November 12, 1982, Be'er Sheva,Israel) is a fictional character from the NCIS television series by CBS Television, portrayed by Chilean actress Coté de Pablo.
David was introduced in the Season 3 premiere episode "Kill Ari (Part 1)" and became a regular cast member from the episode "Silver War", replacing Caitlin "Kate" Todd, portrayed by Sasha Alexander who had been in the show from the first episode, "Yankee White" and was later killed at the hands of Ziva's half-brother, Ari Haswari in the last few seconds of the Season 2 finale, "Twilight".
Ziva was an agent of the Israeli Mossad, originally assigned to NCIS as a liaison officer, a position she held for four years until she returned to Mossad in the Season 6 finale, "Aliyah". After being presumed dead, she was eventually saved by Gibbs, Tony and McGee who brought her back to America to a reunion with Ducky and Abby.
Having recovered, Ziva later quit working for Mossad in Season 7 and became a probationary NCIS agent.