Zlata is a gothic looking Romanian woman in her twenties who has
emigrated from Transylvania in search of a better life. When
she first appeared on Shortland Street she was engaged to Luke
Durville to secure her New Zealand residency, and although she
liked Luke, she did not love him at first.
Glamorous Zlata is stubborn and sometimes difficult. She believes it is a husband's role to provide and she hopes that she will not have to work once she is married. Despite this attitude, Zlata is capable of working hard and to a high standard.
Zlata's bossy and cold exterior is a front. At heart she is quite shy and it takes her a long time to open up and trust others. She's slow to make friends but once earned, her loyalty is lifelong.
Zlata was heartbroken when Luke chose Bella over her. She left Ferndale when her father tried to do away with Bella in order to secure her marriage with Luke.
Now she is back with baby Luca, who she claims is Luke's child.