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]

The actor Rafael Amaya had formed a relationship with actress Ana Layevska. The relationship began after recording the telenovela (Las Dos Caras de Ana) in which the two actors were a couple with their characters they were playing, the hard ratio 4 years until that in 2010 the manager confirmed that the courtship was over.

After his break the actors announced that each follow their own way and with their careers.

Behind his breakup with Ana Layevska, Rafael Amaya again find love with Angélica Celaya, who met while filming the American soap opera Alguien Te Mira. Rafael there is an antagonist and acts as Dr. Julian Garcia, who turned serial killer nicknamed "El Cazador", Angelica is in the role of commissioner "Eva Zanetti."

In April 2011 the actor denied dating until months after their engagement confirmation actors.[6]

From his relationship with Angelica Celaya, the actor has been more than excited and happy. In 2013 again has the opportunity to play with his girlfriend in the telenovela El Señor de los Cielos. Here the role of the most sought drug trafficker Aurelio Casillas.

At the moment both are focused on the job, however, not neglect every aspect of the relationship, and although they have no children, both adopted a Schnauzer puppy breed and it is named Oliver.[7]

After a four year relationship, the couple announces its engagement and the wedding.[8]

Actress Ana Layevska confirmed that she did not contact the actor during his break, and they would not return because the actress was recording her soap opera (Dama y Obrero) and already had his partner Rodrigo Moreira. But equally wishes him well. He confirmed that he wouldn't start a new relationship with the actress.[9][10]


Year Title Role
2000 La casa en la playa Romualdo Reyes
2001 Mujer, casos de la vida real N/A
Sin pecado concebido Cástulo Campos Ortiz
2001-2002 Salomé José Julián Lavalle
2002 Las vías del amor Paco/Pablo Rivera
2004 Amar otra vez Fernando Castañeda Eslava
2006 Las Dos Caras de Ana Rafael Bustamante/Gustavo Galvan
2007-2009 Betty Lorenzo
2008 Los simuladores Rubalcaba
Mujeres asesinas Oscar
S.O.S.: Sexo y otros Secretos Martín
2010 La piel azul Fernando
Alguien Te Mira Julián García Correa
2011 La Reina del Sur Raimundo Dávila Parra 'El Güero'
Hospital Central Dr. Enrique Guerrero s
Doctor Mateo Roberto
2013—present El Señor de los Cielos Aurelio Casillas 'El Señor de los Cielos' / Francisco "Pancho" A Secas
Year Title Role Notes
2004 El show de Cristina
El elenco de la telenovela Amar Otra Vez
No manches Episode dated 8 July 2004
Premios juventud 2004
Noche de estrellas: Premios juventud 2004
2005 Premio lo Nuestro a la música latina 2005
2011 Los Goya 25 años Audience Member
2012 2012 ALMA Awards
Premios Tu Mundo 2012[11] Presenter
2013 Teens Wanna Know 13th Annual El Sueno De Esperanza Benefiting Padres Contra el Cancer
Premios Billboard a la Música Méxicana 2013[12] Presenter
Year Title Role
2004 Desnudos Pablo
2006 Así del precipicio Gerardo
2008 Amor letra por letra Julián
24 cuadros de terror Lady Killer
2009 La ruleta de los sueños Pablo
El descubrimiento Barman
Se jodió la Navidad Hombre en la fiesta
The Fighter Leone
Pepe & Santo vs. America Julio
Me importas tú... y tú N/A
Días extraños N/A
2010 Rock Marí Pablo
Sin memoria
Adiós mundo cruel Luis Armando
Atrocious voice
2013 Meddling Mom Pablo
Kiss of Vengeance Aldo

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[13]
Best Villain Nominated
2013 Premios Tu Mundo 2013[14][15][16] El Señor de los Cielos Favorite Lead Actor Nominated
The Perfect Couples (with Ximena Herrera) Nominated
Premios People en Español[17][18] Best Actor Nominated
The Perfect Couples (with Ximena Herrera) Nominated
2014 Miami Life Awards Best Leading Male 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. ^ "Gaby Espino y Rafael Amaya conducirán los premios Tu Mundo (FOTOS)". Huffington Post. 2012-08-01. 
  12. ^ "Premios Billboard a la Música Méxicana 2013: Aylín Mujica y Rafael Amaya serán los presentadores". Huffington Post. 2013-09-18. 
  13. ^ Premios People En Español 2011
  14. ^ Lista de nominados a los Premios Tu Mundo 2013
  15. ^ Premios Tu Mundo 2013: Lista de estrellas nominadas
  16. ^ "Premios Tu Mundo 2013: lista de ganadores (FOTOS)". Huffington Post. 2013-08-16. 
  17. ^ ESTRELLAS DEL AÑO 2013
  18. ^ Categoría Telenovelas: los nominados