Born in the United Kingdom, de Zilva grew up in Canada. Her parents were born in Sri Lanka and throughout the family tree the predominant ethnicities are Portuguese and Dutch. She began her pursuit of an acting career at a young age. She attended the Gastown Actors' Studio in Vancouver, British Columbia with Mel Tuck, as well as receiving tutelage from Ivanna Chubbick and Larry Moss.
De Zilva made her professional acting debut playing a young cheerleader in the Corey Haim coming-of-age flick Anything for Love. Since then she has appeared in numerous television and film roles. Her credits in episodic TV include Stephen King's Dead Zone, Da Vinci's Inquest and recurring roles on Da Vinci's City Hall and The L Word. She also appeared in an installment of the horror series Hellraiser VI: Hellseeker.
In 2007, de Zilva appeared in the Oscar-nominated movie, Juno, as the ultrasound tech. Also in 2007, de Zilva appeared in the thriller Post Mortem (aka I Know What I Saw) in which she plays the psychic Nadira.
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