Rafael Amaya

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

This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Amaya and the second or maternal family name is Nuñez.
Rafael Amaya
Rafael Amaya Alma Awards.png
Born José Rafael Amaya Nuñez
(1977-02-28) February 28, 1977 (age 38)
Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
Occupation Actor, singer, model
Years active 2000-present
Partner(s) Irán Castillo (2003-2005)
Ana Layevska (2006-2010)
Angélica Celaya (2010-2015)

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


Amaya was born February 28, 1977 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, Amaya 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. Amaya 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.


2000–09: Early work[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," Amaya did the role of Fernando.

His most recent involvement is currently in "Two Sides of Ana" (Las Dos Caras de Ana) where Amaya 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, Amaya 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 TVyNovelas in the same category.

Amaya 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]


Amaya in the 2010 dabbled in short films, and has participated in several films such as Rock Marí, Sin memoria, Adiós mundo cruel, Atrocious and La ruleta de los sueños. Later it was the co-prtoagonist of the soap opera La piel azul where played Fernando, and he was the antagonist of the telenovela Alguien te mira where played Julián García and shared credit with Christian Meier and Danna García.

In 2011, it had a participation in the telenovela La Reina del Sur, and shared credit with Kate del Castillo, while the soap opera was in production, the actor traveled to Spain, to participate in two Spanish series, such as Hospital Central and Doctor Mateo, where he took part in several episodes as main cast of both series.

In 2013, he participated in the television movie Meddling Mom, which was recorded in 2012. In January 2013, the actor began production the television series El Señor de los Cielos, which he had 2 seasons and interpreted to Aurelio Casillas "El Señor de los Cielos". The series has won an International Emmys in 2014.[3][4] Amaya was also a winner as best actor in the Premios Tu Mundo 2014.[5]

On September 23, 2014 he appeared in the television series Señora Acero, where played Aurelio Casillas, Amaya only participated in 2 episodes with Blanca Soto and Damián Alcázar.[6]

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 and Angélica Celaya at the 2013 Alma Awards

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 Couple of months later the actors confirmed their relationship.[7]

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.[8] After a four-year relationship, the couple announced their engagement.[9][10][11]



Year Project Role Notes
2004 Desnudos Pablo Protagonist
2006 Así del precipicio Gerardo Supporting role
2008 Amor letra por letra Julián
2008 Fotonovela Ángel Protagonist
2008 24 cuadros de terror Lady Killer
2009 El descubrimiento Barman Short
2009 Se jodió la Navidad Hombre en la fiesta Short
2009 The Fighter Leone
2009 Julio
2009 Me importas tú, y tú
2009 Días extraños Short
2010 Rock Marí Pablo
2010 Sin memoria Raúl
2010 Adiós mundo cruel Luis Armando
2010 Atrocious Voice
2014 Kiss of Vengeance Aldo
2015 Oro y polvo Danny Protagonist[12]


Year Project Role Notes
2000 La casa en la playa Romualdo Reyes Television debut
Supporting role
2001 Mujer, casos de la vida real Episode: "Linea de fuego"
2001 Sin pecado concebido Cástulo Campos Ortiz Supporting role
2001-02 Salomé José Julián
2002 Las Vías del Amor Paco / Pablo Rivera Supporting role
2004 Amar otra vez Fernando Castañeda Eslava Co-protagonist
2006 Las dos caras de Ana Rafael Bustamante / Gustavo Galván Main protagonist
2007-09 Ugly Betty Lorenzo Supporting role
4 episodes
2008 Los simuladores Rubalcaba Special Guest
Episode: "El pacto copernico"
2008 Mujeres asesinas Óscar Episode: "Claudia, cuchillera"
2008 Sexo y otros secretos Martín 5 episodes
2009 La ruleta de los sueños Dan TV Movie
2010 La piel azul Fernando Co-protagonist
2010 Alguien te mira Julián García Correa "El Cazador" Main antagonist
2011 La Reina del Sur Raimundo Dávila Parra "El Güero" Co-protagonist / Special participation
2011 Hospital Central Dr. Enrique Guerrero Co-protagonist
2011 Doctor Mateo Roberto Several episodes
2013 Meddling Mom Pablo TV Movie
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 Association Category Nominated Result
2002 TVyNovelas Awards Salomé Best Male Revelation Nominated
2007 Las Dos Caras de Ana Best Lead Actor Nominated
2011 Premios People en Español[13] La Reina del Sur Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Alguien te mira 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
Premios Tu Mundo[19][20][21] Favorite Lead Actor Won
The Perfect Couple (with Fernanda Castillo) Nominated
Qué Papacito Nominated


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  4. ^ "'El Señor de los Cielos' gana el Emmy Internacional al mejor programa en lengua no inglesa" (in Spanish). 20minutos.es. Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
  5. ^ "¡Conoce a los ganadores de "Premios Tu Mundo 2014"!" (in Spanish). TVBoricuausa. Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  6. ^ Armando Tinoco. "Watch 'El Señor De Los Cielos' Rafael Amaya Cameo On 'Señora Acero' Episode 1 Premiere! [VIDEO]" (in Spanish). Latintimes.com. Retrieved November 27, 2014. 
  7. ^ "¿Rafael Amaya regresaría con su 'ex' Ana Layevska?". tvnotas.com.mx. 2013-12-02. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  8. ^ "Rafael Amaya feliz porque trabaja con su gran amor". tvnotas.com.mx. 2013-12-02. Retrieved 2013-04-13. 
  9. ^ "Rafael Amaya y Angelica Celaya se casan". vivelohoy.com. 2014-06-08. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  10. ^ "Ana Layevska no tiene contacto con Rafael Amaya". tvnotas.com.mx. 2013-12-02. Retrieved 2013-06-28. 
  11. ^ "Rafael Amaya: un galán que sabe cuándo callar". peopleenespanol.com. 2013-12-02. Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  12. ^ "Rafael Amaya protagoniza película "Oro y Polvo" que se rodará en Dominicana" (in Spanish). Arecoa. Retrieved November 6, 2014. 
  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
  19. ^ "Anuncian nominados a Premios Tu Mundo" (in Spanish). El Especial. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  20. ^ Ale Rodríguez (July 15, 2014). "Lista de nominados de los Premios Tu Mundo 2014" (in Spanish). Notimex. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Lista de finalistas a los Premios Tu Mundo 2014" (in Spanish). Entretenimiento Terra. Retrieved August 14, 2014.