Jaime Camil

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Jaime Camil
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Camil in 2015
Jaime Federico Said Camil Saldaña da Gama

(1973-07-22) 22 July 1973 (age 48)
Mexico City, Mexico
OccupationActor, singer, television personality
Years active1993–present
Heidi Balvanera
(m. 2013)

Jaime Federico Said Camil Saldaña da Gama[1] (born 22 July 1973[2]), known professionally as Jaime Camil, is a Mexican actor, singer and television personality. He is best known for his roles as Fernando Mendiola in La Fea Más Bella and Rogelio de la Vega in Jane the Virgin, the latter of which brought him two nominations for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

Early life[edit]

Camil was born on 22 July 1973 in Mexico City, Mexico.[2] He is the son of Jaime Camil Garza, a Mexican businessman with partial Egyptian heritage, and Cecilia Saldanha da Gama, a Brazilian singer. He earned a bachelor degree in business administration from Universidad Anáhuac; studied acting in New York, Los Angeles, and Mexico; and took classical opera training in Italy.


Camil started his career in 1993 as a radio commentator on Radioactivo 98.5. In 1995, he made his small-screen debut as a host in El show de Jaime Camil. He continued as a host in TV Azteca's Qué nochecita con Jaime Camil (1996) and Televisa's Operación triunfo (2002). In 2009, he co-hosted Aventura por México with Javier Poza, and in 2010 he hosted the Mexican edition of the game show, El Gran Show.

In 1999, he released his first album Para estar contigo, which took him to major cities in Mexico, South America, and the United States. After participating in El Ultimo Adios (The Last Goodbye), a tribute to victims of 9/11, Camil released his second disc, Una vez más, in 2002. The singles Dime and Muriendo por ti rose to #17 and #24 Billboard's charts.[3] In 2014 he stood on the other side of the microphone for the first time, directing the music video Perdon for the group Barston.[4] Several of his albums went platinum after their release.[5]

His work in the telenovela industry began with Mi destino eres tú (2000), followed by Mujer de madera (2004). The role which finally brought Jaime Camil universal renown was in the romantic comedy telenovela La fea más bella (2006–2007). His interpretation of "Don Fernando Mendiola" earned him a nomination for a Best Actor award in the Premios TVyNovelas. After Las tontas no van al cielo (2009) with Jacqueline Bracamontes, his next telenovela took him to South America for the Argentine/Mexican co-production of Los Exitosos Pérez (2009–2010) in which he played twins. 2012 brought Por Ella Soy Eva with Camil's most technically challenging role, and one of his most memorable. His character Juan Carlos disguised himself as an outspoken older woman reminiscent of Tootsie. La fea más bella and Por Ella Soy Eva comprised two of the three highest-rated telenovelas since Mexico started keeping records. A year later, his guest appearance on an episode of Devious Maids helped propel it to the third-highest-rated show of the series.[6]

His film debut was in Delfines in 1997, but it wasn't until 2003 when film producers noticed his talent in acting. He co-starred in three different movies filmed in just a year; Puños rosas (rel. 2004), Zapata (rel. 2004) and 7 Días (rel. 2005). For his interpretation of "Tony" in 7 Días, Camil was awarded the 2006 Diosa de plata as Best Supporting Actor. 2007 saw the release of I Love Miami. He participated in the Chilean movie All Inclusive. He went on to play the lead in two romantic comedies, Recien cazado filmed in Baja California and Paris, and Regresa, both released in the winter of 2008-09. Camil voiced the role of Barry in the Spanish-language edition of the animated movie Bee Movie. In the Spanish version of Open Season he dubbed the voice of Elliot, the Mule Deer. He is cofounder and spokesman of the Short Shorts Film Festival Mexico, as of 2006 .[7] and has starred in shorts Mariana made in Tepito and Volver, volver.

Camil has often said that his favorite venue is the stage. In 2005, he played Nestor Castillo in the Broadway-bound musical The Mambo Kings. Later in 2005 he performed in Latinologues on Broadway. His work in Mexican theater includes the role of Bernardo in a revival of West Side Story (2004), for which he won the Palmas de Oro award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical.[8] In 2007 he played the lead, Father Silvestre, in El diluvio que viene, which won the APT and ACPT awards for Best Actor in a Musical. He has played colorful characters such as Captain Hook in the musical Peter Pan (2007), and the Genie in the musical Aladdin (2008).[citation needed] In the summer of 2016, Jaime starred as Billy Flynn in the musical Chicago on Broadway in the Ambassador Theater. Camil played Flynn in an extended run from May 31 to July 31, 2016.[9][10]

In the fall of 2014, he began acting in the role of Rogelio De La Vega, the biological father of Jane Villanueva and a telenovela star, in the CW network comedy, Jane the Virgin.

In 2018, he starred the main role of Panchito Pistoles on Legend of the Three Caballeros, which is based on the 1944 film The Three Caballeros, as well as taking over the role of the TaleSpin character Don Karnage for his appearance in the 2017 DuckTales reboot.

In 2019, he voiced the character Globgor in the final season of Star vs. the Forces of Evil.

In 2021, he played the role of Doc Lopez in the first season of Schmigadoon!.

Personal life[edit]

Camil divides his time between Los Angeles and Mexico City with his wife, model Heidi Balvanera, and their two children. He has two half-siblings and three step-siblings. He speaks four languages: Spanish, English, Portuguese, and French.[11][12] His older half-sister, Issabela Camil [es], is an actress and model, with an extensive career in Mexico and other Latin American countries.[13]



Year Role Title Notes
2004 Randy Garza Puños rosas
2004 Eufemio Zapata Zapata: El sueño de un héroe
2005 Jorge Volver, volver Short film
2005 Tony Zamacona 7 días
2006 Alberto I Love Miami
2006 Elliot Open Season Spanish dub
2007 Barry B. Benson Bee Movie Spanish dub
2008 Baldi Todo incluido (All inclusive)
2009 Tambo Macaw El Agente 00-P2
2009 Sebastián Recién cazado
2010 Ernesto del Valle Regresa
2011 Eladio Salvando al Soldado Pérez
2012 Mateo Robles El cielo en tu mirada
2012 Géronimo Chiapas, el corazón del café
2013 Zero Hour Short film
2013 Juan 200 Cartas
2013 Alejandro Pulling Strings
2014 Waiter #1 Elsa & Fred
2015 Maurice Maurice, modisto de Señoras
2015 Director Los árboles mueren de pie
2016 Fernando (voice) The Secret Life of Pets
2017 Papá (voice) Coco
2018 Mr. Villanueva Little Bitches
2018 Chupacabra (voice) Hotel Transylvania 3
2018 Erik Ryan Glass Jaw
2019 Fernando Madness in the Method
2020 Hank My Boyfriend's Meds
TBA KIMI Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1997–1998 Mirada de mujer Antonio Ramírez 225 episodes
1999 Por tu amor Roberto Flores 71 episodes
2000 Mi destino eres tú Mauricio Rodríguez 90 episodes
2000–2001 La hora pico Host 20 episodes
2001 Diseñador de ambos sexos Fernando Haddad 6 episodes
2002 La familia P. Luche Himself Episode: "El concurso de reclamos"
2004–2005 Mujer de madera César Linares 205 episodes
2006–2007 La fea más bella Fernando Mendiola 300 episodes
2007 Una familia de diez Himself Episode: "Adolfo"
2008 Las tontas no van al cielo Santiago López Carmona 138 episodes
2009–2010 Los exitosos Pérez Martín Pérez / Gonzalo González 171 episodes
2012 Por ella soy Eva Juan Carlos Caballero / Eva María León Jaramillo Vda. de Zuloaga / Juan Perón 166 episodes
2013 Devious Maids Oscar Valdez Episode: "Taking Out the Trash"
2013–2014 Qué pobres tan ricos Miguel Ángel Ruizpalacios 166 episodes
2014–2019 Jane the Virgin Rogelio de la Vega Series regular
2014 The Noite com Danilo Gentili Himself 1 episode
2014 The Talk Himself Episode "The Cast of "Jane the Virgin"/iJustine/Jamie Krell" (Season 5, Episode 26)
2015 The 5th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards Himself
2016 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Himself Provided Spanish-language translation on Oliver's segment on multi-level marketing
2018 Legend of the Three Caballeros Panchito Gonzalez Series regular
2018–2021 DuckTales Don Karnage 4 episodes
2018–2019 Elena of Avalor Julio 2 episodes
2019 The Adventures in School! Javier Maldonado Series regular
2019 Charmed Mr. Miranda Episode: "Witch Perfect"
2019 Star vs. the Forces of Evil Globgor 5 episodes
2019 The Lion Guard Pinguino 3 episodes
2019–2020 BoJack Horseman Jorge Chavez 3 episodes
2020 Broke Javier Series regular
2020 Elena of Avalor Julio Episode: "Elena's Day Off"
2021 Schmigadoon! Doc Lopez Main role, upcoming series
2021 Green Eggs and Ham TBA (Voice) Episode: TBA
TBA The Idol of the People Vicente Fernández Main role, upcoming series[14]

As producer[edit]

Year Title Notes
2012 Chiapas, el corazón del café Co-producer


  • (1999) Para estar contigo
  • (2002) Una vez más


Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor - Comedy Jane the Virgin Nominated [15]
2016 Teen Choice Awards Nominated [16]
2017 National Hispanic Media Coalition Impact Awards Outstanding Performance in a Television Series Won [17]
2017 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor - Comedy Won [18]
2018 Teen Choice Awards Won [19]
2019 Teen Choice Awards Won [20]


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  2. ^ a b "1973: Llega al mundo el popular actor mexicano Jaime Camil". El Siglo de Torreón. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Una Vez Mas - Jaime Camil - Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  4. ^ Profile, Informador.com.mx; accessed November 8, 2014.
  5. ^ "Actor Jaime Camil On How 'Jane The Virgin' Humanizes Its Telenovela Characters". NPR.org. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Devious Maids: latest ratings - canceled + renewed TV shows - TV Series Finale". tvseriesfinale.com. 25 September 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  7. ^ Shortshorts Mexico Biosstars-mx.com, (in Spanish), last retrieved March 16, 2007.
  8. ^ Profile, Elsiglodetorreon.com.mx; accessed 8 November 2014.
  9. ^ "Jaime Camil Extends Run in Broadway's 'Chicago'". Billboard.com. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Jaime Camil in Chicago the Musical Video: Jane the Virgin Star as Billy Flynn". People.com. 5 June 2016. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  11. ^ "My Favorite Room: Family life comes together in Jaime Camil's living room". 19 January 2019.
  12. ^ "Te llevamos a conocer la lujosa mansión de Jaime Camil y Heidi Balvanera en los Ángeles". 25 June 2020.
  13. ^ "Ésta es la relación entre Issabela Camil y Jaime Camil".
  14. ^ Cordero, Rosy (22 December 2021). "Vicente Fernandez Series Starring Jaime Camil Headed To Netflix". Deadline. Retrieved 16 December 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
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  16. ^ Crist, Allison; Nordyke, Kimberly (31 July 2016). "Teen Choice Awards: Complete Winners List". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 6 January 2017.
  17. ^ "ADVISORY: Latino Celebrities to be Honored at Oscar-Weekend Impact Awards Gala by National Hispanic Media Coalition, NHMC National Hispanic Media Coalition". NHMC National Hispanic Media Coalition. Retrieved 4 August 2021.
  18. ^ Vulpo, Mike (13 August 2017). "Teen Choice Awards 2017 Winners: The Complete List". E! Online. NBC Universal. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  19. ^ Douglas, Esme. "Teen Choice Awards 2018: See the full list of winners". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 13 August 2018. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  20. ^ Moreau, Jordan (19 June 2019). "'Avengers: Endgame,' 'Riverdale,' 'Aladdin' Top 2019 Teen Choice Award Nominations". Variety. Retrieved 19 July 2019.

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