Alfonso Herrera

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Alfonso Herrera
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Herrera on stage with RBD
Born Alfonso Herrera Rodríguez
(1983-08-28) August 28, 1983 (age 31)
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Occupation Actor, singer (former)
Years active 2001–present

Alfonso "Poncho" Herrera (Spanish pronunciation: [alˈfonso eˈreɾa]; born Alfonso Herrera Rodríguez on August 28, 1983) is a Mexican actor and former member of music group RBD.


Alfonso Herrera Rodríguez was born in Mexico City.[1] He has an older brother, Alejandro and a younger brother, Oscar. He attended the Edron Academy, a prestigious high class British school, alongside Gael García Bernal and Ximena Sariñana and graduated in 2002. Herrera originally wanted to become a pilot and was going to move to San Antonio, Texas to enroll in an aviation school. He changed his mind and decided to enroll at the Centro de Educación Artística run by Latin American media giant Televisa.[1]

Acting career[edit]

Following his completion at the Centro de Educación Artística, Herrera began working professionally in theater. He performed in Las Brujas de Salem (2001), Como matar a un ruiseñor (2001) and Antigona (2001).

In 2002, he was cast in the film Amar te duele, directed by Fernando Sariñana, and from there moved into television, working in the telenovela Clase 406, alongside Dulce Maria, Anahí, and Christian Chávez, who later became his bandmates in RBD.

In 2004, he was cast as one of the main characters in Rebelde, a Mexican remake of the hit Argentine novela, Rebelde Way. Herrera played Miguel Arango, a teenager who moves to Mexico City to avenge his father's death. Rebelde was a hit worldwide and had over 400 episodes, lasting from 2004-2006.

Following the success of Rebelde, in 2007, Televisa released RBD: La Familia, which starred the members of RBD. The characters of the sitcom were not based on the band's characters in Rebelde, but intended to be similar to the actors' real personalities. RBD: La Familia was the first Mexican show shot entirely in High Definition. The show ran from March 14, 2007 – June 13, 2007, and only lasted 13 episodes.

In 2007, Herrera began filming Volverte a Ver with Ximena Herrera. It was released in December 2008. The movie was filmed in Mexico and Argentina.[2] In 2008, he also starred in the play The Pillowman, replacing actor Kuno Becker.[3][4]

Herrera promoting the film Volverte a Ver in 2008.

In 2009, he began filming Venezzia in Venezuela, alongside Ruddy Rodríguez.[5]

On May 21, 2009 it was announced that Herrera would star alongside Spanish Mexican singer/actress Belinda Peregrín in Televisa's latest novela, Camaleones.[6] Herrera played Sebastián, a man who pretends to be a professor and steals expensive art work in order to protect his jailed father.[7]

In 2009, he also guest starred on an episode of Mujeres Assesinas, Soledad, Cautiva, alongside his 'Rebelde' co-star, Angelique Boyer.

Herrera also worked alongside actors Plutaco Haza, Paola Núñez, Sergio Klainer, Guillermo Larrea, Jana Raluy, and Raúl Vallejo on the Spanish version of Rain Man, known in Spanish as Cuando los hermanos se encuentran.

Besides Rain Man, 2011 has brought up new projects for Herrera. He worked on a television series called El Equipo (The Team) produced by Pedro Torres where he played a federal policeman named Fermín Pérez. This series has been compared to the television series CSI and was aired in Mexico as well as the United States.

Alfonso is currently filming a television series called "El Diez" where he will play a soccer player named 'Chava Espinoza'. This series will be aired soon on ESPN Deportes; which is available on the United States as well as some Latin American countries.

On August 19, 2011, Herrera's most recent movie 'Así es la Suerte' will premier on theaters around various areas in Mexico.

Music career[edit]

The success of Rebelde, launched RBD. To date RBD has made 9 studio albums, including albums in Spanish, Portuguese and English. They have sold over 15 million albums worldwide, and have toured across Mexico, South America, Serbia, Romania, the United States and Spain.

Poncho wrote the song Si No Estas Aqui for CD Empezar Desde Cero (RBD) in 2007.

On August 15, 2008, RBD released a message telling fans that they had decided to split up. They went on one final tour, Gira Del Adios World Tour which ended in early 2009.

In a November 2008 interview with Open Magazine, Herrera said he has no intention of having a solo singing career after RBD and that he does not see himself as a singer.[8]


Year Title Role Notes
2002-2003 Clase 406 Juan David Rodríguez Pineda Main protagonist, TV Debut
2004-2006 Rebelde Miguel Arango Cervera Main protagonist
2005 La energía de Sonric'slandia Miguel Arango Cervera Main protagonist
2007 RBD: La Familia Poncho Main protagonist
2007 Lola, érase una vez Himself Special guest as a member of RBD
2008 Terminales Leonardo Carral Main protagonist
2009 Mujeres Asesinas Esteban Season 2, episode: Soledad, cautiva
2009 Mexico's Next Top Model Himself Special guest
2009 Camaleones Sebastián Jaramillo Main protagonist
2011 El equipo Fermín Pérez Main protagonist
2011 El Diez Salvador 'Chava' Espinoza Main protagonist
2011 El encanto del Águila Aquiles Serdán Main protagonist
2014 Super Cerebros Invited National Geografic LatinoAmerica
2014 La Ciencia de lo Absurdo Presenter National Geografic LatinoAmerica
2014 El Capo Niño Malo Short
2014-present Sense8 Hernando Post-production
2015-present El Dandy Daniel "El Dandy" Bracho Post-production
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Amar Te Duele Amar Te Duele
2008 Volverte a ver Pablo
2009 Igor Igor Voice
2009 Venezzia Frank Moore Main protagonist
2011 Asi es la Suerte Guillermo
2012 The Lorax Ted Wiggins Voice in Spanish
2013 Espectro Mario
2014 Gonzalo Gonzalo
2014 Obedencia perfecta Sacramento Santos
2014 La Dictadura Perfecta Carlos Rojo
Year Title Role
2001 Las Brujas de Salem Indefinite
2001 Cómo Matar a un Ruiseñor Indefinite
2002 Antígona Indefinite
2008 The Pillowman Michal
2010 Rain Man Charlie Babbitt
2012 Nadando con Tiburones Gus
2012 Requién a Pedro Infante
Executive Producer
Year Title
2012 Yo También Soy Marilyn


Awards and nominations
Year Award Category Nominated work Result
MTV Movie Awards México[9][10]
Villano Favorito (Favorite Villain)
Amar te Duele
Premios Juventud
Romance Torrido (Torrid Romance)
Dulce María & Alfonso Herrera
Premios Juventud
El Mejor Estilo (He's Got Style)
Está Buenísimo! (What a Hottie!)
TVyNovelas Award
Mejor Joven Actor Protagonista (Best Young Lead Actor)
Premios Juventud
El Mejor Estilo (He's Got Style)
Está Buenísimo! (What a Hottie!)
Premios Juventud
El Mejor Estilo (He's Got Style' )
Está Buenísimo! (What a Hottie!)
Premios Juventud
El Mejor Estilo (He's Got Style' )
Está Buenísimo! (What a Hottie!)
Diosas de Plata
Revelación Masculina (Breakthrough Male)
Volverte A Ver
Kids Choice Awards México
Personaje Masculino Favorito (Favorite Male Character)
Premios Juventud
Puede Él Ley o qué? (Can He Act or What?)
Canada International Film Festival
Mejor Actor (Best Actor)
Premios Juventud
Está Buenísimo! (What a Hottie!)
Kids Choice Awards
Mejor Artista Latino (Best Latin Artist)
Kids Choice Awards México
Mejor Voz en una Película (Favorite Voice in a Movie)
The Lorax


Main article: RBD discography


  1. ^ a b Esmas Official Biography
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  4. ^ [1] People En Español
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  6. ^ [2] El Universal
  7. ^ [3]
  8. ^ [4]Open Magazine Interview
  9. ^ "MTV Movie Awards, Mexico". 
  10. ^ "'Amar te duele' arrasa los MTV Movie Awards". 

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