Rafael Amaya

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Rafael Amaya
Rafael Amaya Alma Awards.png
Born José Rafael Amaya Nuñez
(1977-02-28) February 28, 1977 (age 37)
Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
Other names Rafael Amaya
Occupation Actor - Singer

For the soccer player and coach, see Rafael Amaya (soccer).

Rafael Amaya (Spanish pronunciation: [aˈmaʝa]) (José Rafael Amaya Núñez, born February 28, 1977), is a Mexican model, singer, and actor.[1]

Rafael Amaya was born in Hermosillo, Sonora, but after five years, he and his family moved to Tecate, Baja California. Since he was a small boy, Amaya has practiced a wide range of sports, especially, Athletics. Also, as a teenager, Amaya took classes in theater and music. After finishing high school, he traveled to San Diego for university studies. He returned to Mexico and started playing with various music groups, and it was with Almalafa, that he went to Mexico City. Of all the band members, Rafael was the only one who stayed in the city where he devoted his career to modeling.

Then came the Centre for arts education Televisa, where he found the opportunity to make the casting of a new group, Garibaldi.

Rafael split with Garibaldi, to do some acting work. It began with the novella "The House on the Beach" with the character of Romualdo, and then continuing with the novel "Conceived Without Sin" in the role of Castulo.


Early career[edit]

In January 2002, he began his third and most exciting project, He starred in the soap opera "Salome" with the role of one of the main characters, Julian Joseph, the hero and the son of Salome, the main protagonist. It was in this soap opera, that Rafael become Well known as an actor. Next, he starred in "The rails of Love" with the dual role of Paco who was the catalyst for a good and important fabric of the soap opera, and after a while made the character of Paul (a brother of Paco). Still on the list of soap operas, we have "to love again" that was launched in the U.S. and originally known as "bouquet of Illusions," Rafael did the role of Fernando.

His most recent involvement is currently in "Two Sides of Ana" (Las Dos Caras de Ana) where Rafael takes the leading role of the same character that bears his name, Rafael. It is currently filming in Miami, Florida in the United States.

In February 2002, Rafael won the nomination for "Men's revelation" in the delivery of "the Herald" and in June the same year was re-nominated at the Awards for TV y Novelas in the same category.

Rafael has also ventured into the big screen. His first experience was in the film "Naked" (Desnudos), a romantic comedy based on the play known as "Four X", he performs a frontal nudity. The second film he is set to do is "So the precipice," where he acts as a gay man, performing a masturbation scene.[2]

El Señor de los Cielos - 2013: Present[edit]

He has been hired to play as Aurelio Casillas in the Telemundo production El Señor de los Cielos, Amaya is surprised to see that character would behoove interpret even characters with black and evil blood, the actor accepted the challenge because it was of a Mexican drug dealer, and Amaya is Mexican by birth but the actor mentioned that this would be his second evil character, as was Julian Garcia character Alguien Te Mira. The actor also spoke a bit of his character and his infidelities, Amaya's character is based on the capo Amado Carrillo Fuentes, "lord of the drug" of the Juarez Cartel in the 80s and 90s.[3][4]

The second season of El Señor de los Cielos began to be recorded in November 2013, the recording will be shot in Veracruz.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Amaya formed a relationship with actress Ana Layevska. The relationship began after filming the telenovela (Las Dos Caras de Ana) in which the two actors played a couple. They dated for about 4 years until 2010, when their managers confirmed that the courtship was over.

Amaya was then linked with Angélica Celaya, who he met while filming the American soap opera Alguien Te Mira. Rafael played the antagonist role of Julian Garcia, a doctor turned serial killer nicknamed "El Cazador", while Angelica played the role of commissioner "Eva Zanetti."

In April 2011 Amaya denied dating Angelica. A couple of months later the actors confirmed their relationship.[6]

In 2013 Amaya had the opportunity to work again with his partner on the telenovela El Señor de los Cielos. where he plays the role of the most sought drug trafficker Aurelio Casillas.

Amaya and Celaya have no children, but have adopted a Schnauzer puppy breed named Oliver.[7]

After a four year relationship, the couple announced their engagement.[8]

Actress Ana Layevska confirmed that she did not contact the actor during their break-up, and that there was no chance of a rekindling of their romance because she was busy filming her soap opera (Dama y Obrero) and had already found love with Rodrigo Moreira.[9][10]


Year Title Character Notes
2000 La casa en la playa Romualdo Reyes Television debut, secondary cast
2001 Mujer, casos de la vida real Episode: "Linea de fuego"
2001 Sin pecado concebido Cástulo Campos Ortiz Supporting cast
2001-2002 Salomé José Julián Example
2002 Las Vías del Amor Paco / Pablo Rivera Supporting cast
2004 Amar otra vez Fernando Castañeda Eslava Co-starring
2006 Las dos caras de Ana Rafael Bustamante / Gustavo Galván Main protagonist
2007-2009 Ugly Betty Lorenzo Supporting cast, 4 episodes in total
2008 Los simuladores Rubalcaba Episode: "El pacto copernico"
Special Guest
2008 Mujeres asesinas Óscar Episode: "Claudia, cuchillera"
2008 Sexo y otros secretos Martín 5 episodes in total
2009 La ruleta de los sueños Dan TV Movie
2010 La piel azul Fernando Co-starring, TV Mini-Series
2010 Alguien te mira Julián García Correa "El Cazador" Main antagonist
2011 La Reina del Sur Raimundo Dávila Parra "El Güero" Co-starring / Special participation
2011 Hospital Central Dr. Enrique Guerrero Co-starring, Several episodes
2011 Doctor Mateo Roberto Several episodes
2013-present El Señor de los Cielos Aurelio Casillas "El Señor de los Cielos" Main protagonist
2014 Señora Acero Aurelio Casillas Special participation

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Nominated Category Result
2002 TVyNovelas Awards Las Dos Caras de Ana Best leading actor Nominated
2007 TVyNovelas Awards Salomé Best Male Newcomer Nominated
2011 Premios People en Español La Reina del Sur Best Supporting Actor Nominated[11]
Alguien te mira Best Villain Nominated
2013 Premios Tu Mundo 2013[12][13][14] El Señor de los Cielos Favorite Lead Actor Nominated
The Perfect Couples (with Ximena Herrera) Nominated
Premios People en Español[15][16] Best Actor Nominated
The Perfect Couples (with Ximena Herrera) Nominated
2014 Miami Life Awards Best Leading Male Nominated
Premios Tu Mundo[17][18][19] [20] Favorite Lead Actor Won
The Perfect Couple (with Fernanda Castillo) Nominated
Qué Papacito Nominated


  1. ^ The Hollywood reporter. Wilkerson Daily Corp. 2002. pp. 32, 47. 
  2. ^ "Biography on Esmas". Televisa. 2007-05-01. Retrieved 2010-01-03. 
  3. ^ "Rafael Amaya es El señor de los cielos... y de las infidelidades (VIDEO)". peopleenespanol.com. 2013-12-02. Retrieved 2013-04-15. 
  4. ^ "Detalles de otra de las grandes super producciones de Telemundo.". novelas.about.com. 2013-12-02. 
  5. ^ ""El Señor de los Cielos 2" se rodará en Veracruz". eluniversalveracruz.com.mx. 2013-12-02. 
  6. ^ "¿Rafael Amaya regresaría con su 'ex' Ana Layevska?". tvnotas.com.mx. 2013-12-02. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  7. ^ "Rafael Amaya feliz porque trabaja con su gran amor". tvnotas.com.mx. 2013-12-02. Retrieved 2013-04-13. 
  8. ^ "Rafael Amaya y Angelica Celaya se casan". vivelohoy.com. 2014-06-08. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  9. ^ "Ana Layevska no tiene contacto con Rafael Amaya". tvnotas.com.mx. 2013-12-02. Retrieved 2013-06-28. 
  10. ^ "Rafael Amaya: un galán que sabe cuándo callar". peopleenespanol.com. 2013-12-02. Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  11. ^ Premios People En Español 2011
  12. ^ Lista de nominados a los Premios Tu Mundo 2013
  13. ^ Premios Tu Mundo 2013: Lista de estrellas nominadas
  14. ^ "Premios Tu Mundo 2013: lista de ganadores (FOTOS)". Huffington Post. 2013-08-16. 
  15. ^ ESTRELLAS DEL AÑO 2013
  16. ^ Categoría Telenovelas: los nominados
  17. ^ "Anuncian nominados a Premios Tu Mundo" (in Spanish). El Especial. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  18. ^ Ale Rodríguez (July 15, 2014). "Lista de nominados de los Premios Tu Mundo 2014" (in Spanish). Notimex. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Lista de finalistas a los Premios Tu Mundo 2014" (in Spanish). Entretenimiento Terra. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  20. ^ "¡Conoce a los ganadores de "Premios Tu Mundo 2014"!" (in Spanish). TVBoricuausa. Retrieved August 22, 2014.