Navedo was born in the Bronx and graduated from the State University of New York at Old Westbury in 1998. From 1995 to 1997 she played the role of Linda Soto in the ABC daytime soap opera, One Life to Live. In 1999, she joined the cast of CBS soap opera Guiding Light as Theresa Sandoval.
From 2001 to 2004, Navedo had a recurring role in the NBC series, Law & Order, as Detective Ana Cordova, and later guest-starred on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Damages, and Blue Bloods. Navedo also has appeared in the number of films such as Double Take, Washington Heights, El Cantante and Remember Me.
Navedo had a recurring role in How to Make It in America, Golden Boy, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit from 2011 to 2013. In 2014, she was cast in the series regular role of lead character mother in The CW comedy-drama series, Jane the Virgin.
Navedo began her professional acting career on the daytime soap operas. From 1995 to 1997, she played the role of Linda Soto in the ABC soap opera, One Life to Live. In 1999, she joined the cast of CBS soap opera Guiding Light as Theresa Sandoval. She made her film debut with a small part in Girl 6 (1996), and later guest-starred in episodes of New York Undercover and The District. In 2001, Navedo co-starred in the action comedy film, Double Take.
From 2001 to 2004, Navedo had a recurring role on the NBC legal crime series, Law & Order, as Detective Ana Cordova. later guest-starred on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Damages and Blue Bloods. Navedo also has appeared in the number of films such as Washington Heights, El Cantante and Remember Me. From 2011 to 2013, Navedo also had the recurring roles on How to Make It in America, Golden Boy, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She starred in the comedy film Superfast!, the parody of The Fast and the Furious film series.
In 2014, Navedo was cast in the series regular role of Xiomara "Xo" Villanueva, title character's mother (played by Gina Rodriguez) in The CW critically acclaimed comedy-drama series, Jane the Virgin. She received the 2015 Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actress – Television for her performance.
|1996||Girl 6||Phone Girl|
|1997||New York Undercover||Clerk||Episode: "Is It a Crime?"|
|1995-1997||One Life to Live||Linda Soto||Series regular|
|1999-2000||Guiding Light||Theresa Sandoval||Series regular|
|2000||The District||Debbie||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2001||Double Take||Maque Sanchez|
|2002||Porn 'n Chicken||Lucy Sanchez||Television film|
|2001-2004||Law & Order||Detective Ana Cordova||Recurring role, 24 episodes|
|2008||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Adele||Episode: "Vanishing Act"|
|2009||Damages||Gabriella||Episode: "New York Sucks"|
|2010||Remember Me||Caroline's Teacher|
|2010-2011||Blue Bloods||Yolanda Gonsalves||Episodes: "After Hours" and "Cellar Boy"|
|2011||How to Make It in America||Debbie Dominguez||Recurring role, 7 episodes|
|2012||White Collar||Doctor||Episode: "Most Wanted"|
|2013||Golden Boy||Lorraine Arroyo||Recurring role, 4 episodes|
|2013||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Cynthia Mancheno||Recurring role, 3 episodes|
|2013||Last I Heard||Anna Vasco|
|2013||Stereotypically Me||Lydia Maldonado||Short film|
|2014–2019||Jane the Virgin||Xiomara||Series regular|
Navedo has been married since 2000 and has a daughter (Ava) and a son (Nico).