Alana de la Garza

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Alana de la Garza
Alana de la Garza 2013 (cropped).jpg
De la Garza at the 16th Annual Impact Awards Gala in February 2013
Born (1976-06-18) June 18, 1976 (age 43)
OccupationActress, model
Years active1999–present
Michael Roberts (m. 2008)

Alana de la Garza (born June 18, 1976) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Connie Rubirosa on the NBC television series Law & Order, Law & Order: LA, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and as Marisol Delko-Caine on CSI: Miami. In 2014 and 2015, she starred as Detective Jo Martinez in the ABC series Forever. From 2016 to 2017, she starred in Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders as Special Agent Clara Seger. In 2019, she began starring as SAC Isobel Castille on FBI, a role she also plays on spin-off series FBI: Most Wanted.

Early life[edit]

De la Garza was born in Columbus, Ohio, to a Mexican-American father and an Irish-American mother.[1] She was raised in El Paso, Texas.[2]

She won the "Miss Photogenic" title in the Miss El Paso Teen USA local beauty pageant. She became a special-needs teacher and enrolled at the University of Texas at El Paso,[3] studying physical therapy and social work.

Upon graduating, she landed some small roles while living in Orlando, Florida, then soon after moved to New York City.[citation needed]


In 2001, she was featured in the music video for Brooks & Dunn's song "Ain't Nothing 'bout You". Garza also appeared in the music video "All or Nothing" released by the boy band O-Town in 2001. She obtained the role of Rosa Santos on the soap opera, All My Children, guest-starring roles in JAG, Charmed, Two and a Half Men, and Las Vegas. She starred as Maria in the short-lived television series The Mountain. In 2006, she starred in Mr. Fix-It co-starring David Boreanaz. She also guest-starred as an evil Kryptonian (named "Aethyr" in promotional materials) in the Season 5 premiere episode of Smallville and played the recurring role of Marisol Delko Caine on the CBS television series CSI: Miami. She has twice been featured in the "Girls of Maxim" online gallery.

In 2006, she joined the cast of NBC's Law & Order during the premiere of Season 17, portraying Assistant District Attorney Connie Rubirosa. Her performance as ADA Rubirosa has been widely praised by critics.[4][5] In 2007, she earned a nomination for "Best Supporting Actress—Television" by the Imagen Foundation Awards. Following in 2008, she was nominated for an ALMA Award as "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Television Series".[6] Later that year, she garnered an "Impact Award" for "Outstanding Performance in a Dramatic Television Series" by the National Hispanic Media Coalition.[7]

De la Garza played Assistant District Attorney (later DDA) Rubirosa for the final four seasons of Law & Order, a role she also played on the short-lived spin-off Law & Order: LA (2011). On January 22, 2014 she guest starred in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Connie Rubirosa. Rubirosa, who had recently departed the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office, is now a federal prosecutor, heading up a joint task force on underage sex trafficking. Her guest appearance first aired on January 22, 2014.[8] This is, to date, her final appearance in the franchise.

In July 2011, de la Garza was reported to reprise her role as Marisol Delko Caine,[9] on CSI: Miami's season 10 premiere.[10][11]

In February 2012, she was cast as a lead in the NBC medical drama pilot Do No Harm. She played Dr. Lena Solis, a neurologist.[12][13] In June 2012, De La Garza was added to the cast of Are You Here, the feature film debut of Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner.[14]

In 2014–2015 she co-starred as police detective Jo Martinez in the ABC television series Forever.[15] In September 2015, she began a recurring role as the new head of Homeland Security on Scorpion.[16] She appeared in Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, starring as the female-lead opposite Gary Sinise.[17] In 2019 she was cast in season two of FBI as Isobel Castille.[18]

Personal life[edit]

De la Garza married her long-time boyfriend, Michael Roberts, a writer, on May 31, 2008, in Orlando, Orange County, Florida.[19][20] They have a son[21][22] and a daughter.[23] Alana is a distant cousin of TV writer-producer René Balcer, sharing a common relative Juan Cortina, a Mexican folk hero known as the Rio Grande Robin Hood.



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Bending All the Rules Woman ordering shots
2004 El segundo Delicia
2005 Mr. Dramatic Mrs. Dramatic Short film
2006 Mr. Fix It Sophia
2013 Are You Here Victoria Riolobos


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Mortal Kombat: Conquest Ella Episode: "Twisted Truths"
2001 All My Children Rosa Santos #2 Recurring role
2003 JAG Maria Elena Episode: "A Tangled Webb: Part 2"
2003 Las Vegas Shelly Episode: "Pros and Cons"
2004 Two and a Half Men Crystal Episode: "No Sniffing, No Wowing"
2004–2005 The Mountain Maria Serrano Series regular; 13 episodes
2005 Smallville Aethyr Episode: "Arrival"
2005 Charmed Sylvia Episode: "Desperate Housewitches"
2005–2011 CSI: Miami Marisol Delko Recurring role; 12 episodes
2006 The Book of Daniel Jessie Gilmore Recurring role; 3 episodes
2006–2010 Law & Order ADA Connie Rubirosa Series regular; 85 episodes
2011 Law & Order: LA DDA Connie Rubirosa Series regular; 8 episodes
2012 NCIS: Los Angeles Diane Dunross Episode: "Partners"
2012 Deadly Hope Joanne Connors Television film
2012 Single Ladies Nicolette Episode: "The Business of Friendship"
2013 Do No Harm Dr. Lena Solis Series regular; 13 episodes
2014 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit AUSA Connie Rubirosa Episode: "Jersey Breakdown"
2014–2015 Forever Jo Martinez Series regular; 22 episodes
2015 Scorpion Adriana Molina Recurring role; 3 episodes
2016–2017 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders SSA Clara Seger Series Regular; 26 episodes
2017 Criminal Minds Episode: "Spencer"
2018 Chiefs TV Movie
2019–present FBI ASAC Isobel Castille Series regular (Season 2–present)
Guest role (Season 1)
2020 FBI: Most Wanted Recurring role


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  10. ^ Americ Ngwije. "First Photos: CSI: MIAMI "Countermeasures" Season 10 Premiere With Alana De La Garza - TV Equals". TV Equals. Retrieved December 2, 2015.
  11. ^ "Alana De La Garza Promo Pictures CSI Miami Season 10". MediaDB. Retrieved December 2, 2015.
  12. ^ "Pilot Season: 'Law & Order''s Alana De La Garza Scrubs In to NBC's 'Do No Harm'",; accessed February 28, 2015.
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  15. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (May 8, 2014). "ABC Orders 'How to Get Away With Murder,' 'Black-ish,' 'American Crime,' 'Selfie,' 'Galavant,' More to Series". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 14, 2014.
  16. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Andreeva, Nellie (June 23, 2015). "Alana De La Garza To Recur On 'Scorpion'". Deadline. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
  17. ^ Petski, Denise; Petski, Denise (July 17, 2015). "Alana De La Garza & Annie Funke Join 'Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders'". Deadline. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
  18. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Andreeva, Nellie (July 9, 2019). "Alana de la Garza Moves From 'FBI: Most Wanted' To 'FBI', Will Continue To Recur On Spinoff Series For CBS". Deadline. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
  19. ^ "AlanaDeLaGarza". Retrieved December 2, 2015.
  20. ^ Conversations in Hollywood Archived September 25, 2008, at the Wayback Machine,; accessed February 28, 2015.
  21. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Alana De La Garza Has Her Baby!". Latina. October 6, 2010. Archived from the original on October 8, 2010. Retrieved October 6, 2010.
  22. ^ de la Garza, Alana (June 13, 2013). "due 7/10 but my son was two weeks early:) I'm thinking late June... Final countdown! Yeaa!". Twitter. Retrieved June 1, 2013.
  23. ^ Hernandez, Lee (July 14, 2013). "Alana De La Garza Welcomes Daughter Liv Elena". People. Retrieved July 15, 2013.

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