Alfonso Herrera

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Alfonso Herrera
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Herrera, 2006
Born Alfonso Herrera Rodríguez
(1983-08-28) August 28, 1983 (age 32)
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Occupation Actor
Years active 2001–present (actor)
2002–2008 (singer)

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 Co-lead role
2004–2006 Rebelde Miguel Arango Cervera Lead role
2005 La energía de Sonric'slandia Miguel Arango Cervera
  • "Calor en la Central" (Season 1, Episode 11)
  • "Viceversa" (Season 1, Episode 18)
2007 RBD: La familia Poncho Lead role
2008 Terminales Leonardo Carral Lead role
2009 Mujeres asesinas Esteban "Soledad, cautiva" (Season 2, Episode 8)
2009–2010 Camaleones Sebastián Jaramillo Lead role
2010 Rock n' Gol Himself Television film
2011 El equipo Fermín Pérez
2011 El Diez Salvador "Chava" Espinoza
2011 El encanto del águila Aquiles Serdán "Los Martires de Puebla" (Season 1, Episode 2)
2014 El Capo Juan Vicente Blanco "Niño Malo"
2015–present Sense8 Hernando Series regular
2015 El Dandy Daniel "El Dandy" Bracho / José "Pepe" Montaño Lead role
2016 Urban Cowboy Kyle Lead role


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Amarte Duele Francisco Debut film
2008 Volverte a Ver Pablo
2009 Venezzia Frank
2011 Así es la Suerte Guillermo
2013 Espectro Mario
2013 Obediencia Perfecta Sacramento Santos
2014 La Dictadura Perfecta Carlos Rojo
2016 El Elegido Ramón Mercader Filming

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards and nominations
Year Award Category Nominated work Result
MTV Movie Awards México[9][10]
Favorite Villain
Amar te Duele
Premios Juventud
Torrid Romance
Dulce María & Alfonso Herrera
Premios Juventud
He's Got Style
What a Hottie!
TVyNovelas Award
Best Young Lead Actor
Premios Juventud
He's Got Style
What a Hottie!
Premios Juventud
He's Got Style
What a Hottie!
Premios Juventud
He's Got Style
What a Hottie!
Diosas de Plata
Breakthrough Male
Volverte A Ver
Premios Juventud
Can He Act or What?
Canada International Film Festival
Best Actor
Kids Choice Awards México
Favorite Male Character
Premios People en Español
Best Actor/Actress Youth
Best Couple (with Belinda)
Premios Juventud
What a Hottie!
Kids Choice Awards
Best Latin Artist
Kids Choice Awards México
Favorite Voice in a Movie
The Lorax
Premios TVyNovelas (Colômbia)
Best Supporting Actor in a Series
El Capo 3
Diosa de la Plata
Best Actor
La Dictadura Perfecta
Prêmios GQ[11]
Best Actor


Main article: RBD discography


  1. ^ a b Esmas Official Biography
  2. ^
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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". 
  11. ^ Personaje GQ: Alfonso Herrera

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