Danay García

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Danay García
Danay Garcia by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Garcia in 2016.
Born (1984-07-05) 5 July 1984 (age 32)
Havana, Cuba
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present

Danay García (born 5 July 1984; Havana) is a Cuban film and television actress. She played the role of Sofia Lugo in Fox network's drama series, Prison Break.[1]


Garcia started gymnastics at the age of 5 and then began dancing by the age of 6. Garcia then began modeling in addition to dance, and finally turned her attention to theatre.

Her first role for the public was playing the lead role in "Maria Antonia," by Eugenio Hernandez Espinosa. She was the youngest actor in Havana’s theatre history to perform the role of a 40 yr old character, while she was only 17 yrs old.[citation needed] Her next leading role, "Yerma," by Ferderico Garcia Lorca, was another huge hit for similar reasons.[citation needed] From ages 17–19, Garcia continued her intensive study in the theatre, working 7 days a week in productions.

Garcia learned English, studying with teachers and dialect coaches, such as Robert Easton, Joel Goldes and John Sperry, and began booking commercials. Feeling cut off from her childhood art forms, she began ballet studies at the Debby Allen Dance Academy, while pursuing acting studies with renowned coach, Ivana Chubbuck. She steadily moved up to Ivana’s Master class, and booked her first U.S. feature film role playing opposite Marisa Tomei in “Danika.”

Garcia moved on to CSI:NY and CSI:Miami roles, a feature film – From Mexico With Love[2] - and then landed her big break as series regular, Sofia Lugo, in the Golden-Globe winning Fox television series, Prison Break. The show was an instant international hit, especially with the introduction of Garcia’s thinking-woman role in the 3rd and 4th seasons.

During the 2007 writer’s strike, Garcia made it through multiple rounds of auditions for the Bond girl, Camille Montes, in MGM and Eon Productions’ “Quantum of Solace.” After being selected to screen test with Daniel Craig, the production company unfortunately couldn’t proceed with hiring her, due to a clause in her Fox contract.

After “Prison Break,” she landed the principal guest role of Anna, in A&E’s “The Cleaner” series, and followed that with a dark, conflicted character in the feature film, “Rehab.” Garcia teamed up with others too, as both a cowriter and co-creator, for TV and film projects.

Garcia was next cast as Coqui in the Fina Torres’ helmed drama, “Liz en Septiembre,” which shot on location in the Caribbean Islands of Venezuela. It's based on the multi-award winning Broadway play, “Last Summer at the Blue Fish Cove,” by playwright Jane Chambers. Torres wrote the role of Coqui specifically for Garcia, after being impressed by her fearless and risk-taking performances. While shooting “Liz en Septiembre,” Garcia experienced numerous transitions in her personal life and found solace and catharsis in turning to expressing herself on the page. She began outlining a new passion project on her own, a feature film script with leading role for her. For Garcia, this project marks an evolution and expansion of her ongoing artistic growth.

She then accepted the lead role of Monica in the U.S.-Brazilian coproduction, “Man Camp” where she expanded her acting skills into comedy. She next appeared in the long-running CW Network series, “Supernatural,”.

Garcia transitioned back to her theatre roots with the lead role of Electra, in the tragedy, “Oresteia,” produced by the critically acclaimed composer and director, Lucas Thanos. Garcia also secured the role of Shereen, the girlfriend and primary muse of Jimmy, in the feature film, “Boost,” with Danny Trejo, which is planning a festival release.

Early life[edit]

Danay Garcia was born in Havana, Cuba. Garcia’s father’s side of the family is Chinese-Italian, and her mother’s family is of Spanish-Cuban descent. Her first name, Danay (Dah-nye), is Greek, and in translation means the Goddess of Abundance

Garcia started gymnastics at the age of 5 and then began dancing by the age of 6. Dance became her way of expressing herself and her individuality. Garcia says, “Dance is one of my necessities because it’s the closest way I found to being present in self expression. It makes me happy being able to affect others through my dancing. In the rhythms, you can’t miss being present, and that’s what I love, that connection to life in the present and to other people.” Dance also contributed to Garcia’s ongoing work ethic, while instilling a lifelong reliance on discipline that she continues using to achieve her goals.

Garcia then began modeling in addition to dance, and likewise turned her attention to theatre. It was in the theatre where she found her true passion – the ultimate combination of her past pursuits of being on stage and telling stories, along with the challenges of working with emotions and the complicated mysteries of human behavior.

From ages 17–19, Garcia continued her intensive study in the theatre, working 7 days a week in productions. The only way to accomplish that was for Garcia to escape the Cuban regime - which she did, along with her 2 year old son. She and her son were granted political asylum in the United States.



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Danika Myra
2007 Havana Rush Maria
2009 From Mexico With Love Maria
2010 Peep World Attractive P.A.
2011 Rehab Michelle Lopez
Cenizas Eternas Elena
2012 Choices Sonora Garcia Short film
Man Up Monica Post-production
Liz En Septiembre Coqui Post-production
2014 Widows Natalie Cruz Completed
2015 Boost Sheeren Montes Post-production
Beyond Grace Sarah Pre-production


Year Title Role Notes
2007 CSI: Miami Camille Tavez "No Man's Land"
2007-2009 Prison Break Sofia Lugo 15 episodes
2009 CSI: NY Flora Pollock "No Good Deed"
The Cleaner Anna "Crossing The Threshold"
2013 Supernatural Ellie[3] "Trial and Error"
2016-present Fear the Walking Dead Luciana[4] Recurring (Season 2; 6 episodes)

Video Game[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Mafia III Alma Diaz


  1. ^ "Interview with Danay Garcia". www.myfanbase.de. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "Review: ‘From Mexico With Love’". variety.com. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "SUPERNATURAL: "TRIAL AND ERROR" REVIEW". ca.ign.com. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  4. ^ "'Fear the Walking Dead' welcomes Danay Garcia as newest cast member". latino.foxnews.com. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 

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