Caitlin Sanchez
Sanchez in 2009
Years active2006–present

Caitlin Sanchez is an American actress, best known for being the second voice of the title character Dora in the Nickelodeon animated children's series Dora the Explorer.


In 2008, Sanchez took over the voice role of the seven-year-old lead character in Dora the Explorer, following the departure of the character's original voice actor Kathleen Herles that year when she went to college.[1] She was selected from among 600 girls who auditioned for the part. She voiced the character until 2012, when Fátima Ptacek took over the role.[2]

Besides appearing in several national commercials, Sanchez's other TV work includes as Lupe Rojas in an episode of Law & Order: SVU, ("Uncle" 2006) and appearing as Celia, the daughter of Carlos Ponce's character, on Lipstick Jungle.[3] Her film work includes appearing in the film Phoebe in Wonderland.

Sanchez performed the National Anthem at an NBA game at the IZOD Center on November 21, 2009.[4]



Awards and nominations


  1. ^ Shipkowski, Bruce. "Millions listen when this Fairview girl speaks", The Record (Bergen County), November 23, 2008. Accessed December 30, 2008.
  2. ^ Faherty, Emily. "Call Me Dora", New Jersey Monthly, posted October 13, 2008. Accessed December 30, 2008.
  3. ^ Boursaw, Jane. "Exclusive: Interview with Caitlin Sanchez, the new Dora the Explorer!" Archived 2009-01-09 at the Wayback Machine, Film Gecko. Accessed December 30, 2008.
  4. ^ "NETS: Nickelodeon's Dora the Explorer to visit Kids' Country during NETS-Knicks Game", November 19, 2009