Ana Brenda Contreras

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Ana Brenda Contreras
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Ana Brenda at the Pantene event in Brazil (2015).
Ana Brenda Contreras Pérez

(1986-12-24) December 24, 1986 (age 32)
McAllen, Texas, United States
United States
OccupationActress, singer
Years active2003–present
Alejandro Amaya
(m. 2013; div. 2014)
Partner(s)Iván Sánchez (2015–2018)

Ana Brenda Contreras Pérez (born December 24, 1986), sometimes credited simply as Ana Brenda, is a Mexican American actress and singer.[1]

Early life[edit]

Contreras was born in McAllen, Texas[2] on December 24, 1986. She moved to Mexico City in 2002 at age 15 to join the reality show Pop Stars,[3] in which she was a finalist and member of a group, T'detila, who released an album with the same name.[citation needed] In 2003, she joined Televisa's Centro de Educación Artística (CEA) to study acting.[4]


In 2005, Contreras portrayed Juanita Sánchez in her debut telenovela, Barrera de amor.[3][5] In 2006, she participated in a production of Grease.[citation needed] That same year, Contreras played Claudia in the telenovela Duelo de Pasiones.[3] In 2008, she starred in the film Divina Confusion, directed by Salvador Garcini.[6] From 2008 to 2009, Contreras also starred as Violeta Madrigal in the telenovela Juro que te amo.[3] In 2009, she played Maura Albarrán in the telenovela Sortilegio.[3] That same year, she appeared as Marcela Garrido in an episode of the TV series Mujeres asesinas and had a special participation in the original Fox series, Tiempo final.[7]

From 2010 to 2011, Contreras played the lead role of Aurora Alcázar on Teresa.[3][8] She also played Carol in the musical Timbiriche.[9] Contreras later starred in the telenovela La que no podía amar as Ana Paula Carmona from 2011 to 2012.[10] In 2013, she portrayed Maricruz Olivarez in the telenovela Corazón indomable, a remake of Marimar which achieved international success.[11][12] In 2014, Contreras appeared in the Mexican film Volando bajo, directed by Beto Gómez.[13] That same year, she was host of the Premios Juventud.[14] In 2015, Contreras played the lead role of Verónica Prado Castelo in the telenovela Lo imperdonable.[15] She sang "Como perdonar", the telenovela's theme, on the soundtrack.[16] In 2015 she also starred in the movie Tunnel 19.[17] Contreras starred as Goyita Vera in Blue Demon in 2016,[18] and as Alejandra Ponce in Por amar sin ley in 2018.[19]

In August 2018, The CW announced that Contreras had been cast in her first English language role as Cristal Jennings in the second season of the network's prime time soap opera reboot, Dynasty.[20][21]

Personal life[edit]

Contreras married Alejandro Amaya in a civil ceremony in Las Vegas on April 4, 2013. On May 14, 2014, she sent a press release informing the permanent separation with her spouse. In February 2016, it was confirmed by her Lo Imperdonable co-star Iván Sánchez that the two are in a relationship.[22]


Year Project Role Notes
2008 Divina confusión Bibi
2009 Cabeza de buda Invitada 2 Uncredited
2014 Volando bajo Mariana Arredondo
2015 The Babymoon Yesenia
2017 El que busca encuentra Esperanza (Penny)
Year Project Role Notes
2005 Barrera de amor Juana "Juanita" Sánchez Supporting role
2006 Duelo de pasiones Claudia Supporting role
2008–2009 Juro que te amo Violeta Madrigal Main role
2009 Mujeres asesinas Marcela Garrido Episode: "Las Garrido, codiciosas"
2009 Sortilegio Maura Albarrán
2010–2011 Teresa Aurora Alcázar Supporting role
2011–2012 La que no podía amar Ana Paula Carmona Main role
2013 Corazón indomable Maricruz Olivares / Maria Alejandra Mendoza Olivares Main role
2015 Lo imperdonable Verónica Prado Castelo Main role
2016–2017 Blue Demon Goyita Vera
2018 Por amar sin ley Alejandra Ponce Main role
2018–present Dynasty Cristal Jennings Main role (season 2)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Premios Diosas de Plata[edit]

Year Category Film Result
2009 Female Revelation Divina confusión Won[23][24]
2015 Special Performance by an Actress Volando bajo Nominated[25]

Premios ACPT[edit]

Year Category Show Result
2017 Best Musical Actress El Hombre De La Mancha Nominated

TVyNovelas Awards[edit]

Year Category Telenovela Result
2011 Best Co-star Actress Teresa Nominated
2012 Best Actress La que no podía amar
2014 Corazón indomable
Favorite Couple with Daniel Arenas
Favorite Slap with Elizabeth Alvarez
The Most Beautiful Girl
Best Actress
2017 Best Actress in Series Blue Demon Won

Premios Juventud[edit]

Year Category Title of Work Result
2012 Girl That Takes Your Sleep Away La que no podía amar Won
2014 Corazón Indomable Nominated
She's Got Style
2016 My Favourite Protagonist Lo imperdonable Nominated

People en Español[edit]

Year Category Telenovela Result
2012 Best Actress La que no podía amar Nominated
Best Couple with Jorge Salinas Won[27]
2013 Best Actress Corazón indomable Nominated
Best Couple with Daniel Arenas


  1. ^ Vargas, Doraluz (31 May 2012). "Ana Brenda Contreras, en amores y trabajo, sí puede" (in Spanish). El Nuevo Herald. Archived from the original on July 5, 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Ana Brenda Contreras cuenta de su vida personal".
  3. ^ a b c d e f Newcomb, Roger (8 May 2012). "Ana Brenda Contreras On Her Career, The Telenovela Process & More!". Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Nuestros egresados: Ana Brenda Contreras".
  5. ^ "Ana Brenda Contreras e Iván Sánchez disfrutan de su amor en el Cusco y Machu Picchu" [Ana Brenda Contreras and Iván Sánchez enjoy their love in Cusco and Machu Picchu [PHOTOS]]. trome (in Spanish). 7 July 2017. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Ana Brenda debuta en el cine".
  7. ^ Rodarte, Jorge (27 December 2016). "Mujeres Asesinas retornan a la tele por Las Estrellas" [Mujeres Asesinas returns to the TV for the stars] (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  8. ^ Mks, Guti (2 January 2016). "Ana Brenda Contreras da novela 'Teresa' confere entrevista para o Brasil" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Ana Brenda Contreras: La que sí sabía actuar".
  10. ^ "Ana Brenda se convertirá en la que no podía amar".
  11. ^ "Confirmado: Daniel Arenas y Ana Brenda protagonizarán Corazón Indomable" [Confirmed: Daniel Arenas and Ana Brenda will star in Wild at Heart]. 17 October 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-10-22. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
  12. ^ "Corazón indomable ya tiene protagonistas". Archived from the original on 2013-09-21. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
  13. ^ "Beto Gómez 'vuela bajo' en su próximo filme".
  14. ^ "Romeo Santos y Enrique Iglesias, los reyes de la noche en Premios Juventud 2014".
  15. ^ "El gran susto de Ana Brenda Contreras, la novia de Iván Sánchez". 31 July 2017. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  16. ^ "Ana Brenda Contreras habla del final de novela Lo imperdonable".
  17. ^ "Ana Brenda Contreras actúa en el cine".
  18. ^ González, Moisés (13 April 2016). "Ana Brenda se viste de época y de enfermera para su nuevo proyecto de televisión" [Ana Brenda dresses in period and as a nurse for her new television project]. People en Español (in Spanish). Retrieved 6 August 2018 – via
  19. ^ González, Moisés (8 November 2017). "Ana Brenda protagonizará la nueva telenovela de Televisa, ¿quién será su galán?" [Ana Brenda will star in Televisa's new telenovela, who will be her lover?]. People en Español (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 27 December 2017. Retrieved 6 August 2018 – via
  20. ^ Porter, Rick (6 August 2018). "Dynasty Adds Ana Brenda Contreras as "Real" Cristal for Season 2". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  21. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (6 August 2018). "Dynasty Surprise: Ana Brenda Contreras Joins the CW Series As 'Real Cristal'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  22. ^ "Ana Brenda Contreras e Iván Sánchez hablaron por primera vez de su romance" [Ana Brenda Contreras and Iván Sánchez spoke for the first time about their romance]. 27 March 2017. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  23. ^ "Periodistas Cinematográficos de México, A.C". Archived from the original on 2012-03-13. Retrieved 6 July 2012.
  24. ^ "Dan a conocer lista de nominados a la Diosa de Plata". SDP Noticias. 15 April 2009. Archived from the original on 2012-03-08. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  25. ^ "Lista de Nominados" [List of nominees]. PECIME. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  26. ^ "Romeo Santos y Enrique Iglesias, los reyes de la noche en Premios Juventud 2014" [Romeo Santos and Enrique Iglesias, the kings of the night at Premios Juventud 2014]. 18 July 2014. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  27. ^ "Premios People en Español - Categoría: Telenovelas" [People in Spanish Awards - Category: Telenovelas]. 12 September 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2018.

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