Martha Higareda

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Martha Higareda
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Martha Elba Higareda Cervantes

(1983-08-24) August 24, 1983 (age 36)
OccupationActress, producer, screenwriter
Years active2002–present
Parent(s)José Luis Higareda
Martha Cervantes
RelativesMiriam Higareda (sister)
José Luis Higareda (brother)

Martha Elba Higareda Cervantes (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈmaɾta iɣaˈɾeða] (born August 24, 1983) is a Mexican actress, producer and screenwriter.

Life and career[edit]

Higareda was born in Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico, the daughter of actress Martha Cervantes and artist and therapist Jose Luis Higareda, and sister of actress Miriam Higareda. She began acting on the stage at a very early age, along with dancing jazz, flamenco, tap and folklore. At 14, she moved to Mexico City from her native Tabasco to pursue an acting career. Her debut was in theater participating in various plays, including "Little Women" and "Don Juan."

Being an advanced student, she entered College several years early at the age of 15; studying Communications at El Tecnologico de Monterrey. She would attend college in the mornings while going to acting school in the evenings while performing in theater on the weekends. A year later her mother and sister moved to Mexico City and attended acting school with her. She had her first TV debut as an anchor hostess in Disney Channel’s Zapping Zone.

Alfonso Cuaron came to Mexico City auditioning for Y Tu Mamá También, Martha got the part of Cecilia Huerta, Gael Garcia's girlfriend in the film, but being underage and due to the full on nudity in the movie she was not able to do the role. Cuaron encouraged her to keep pursuing her acting career. Soon after, she changed her major from Communications to the Performing Arts. In 2002, Higareda had her first leading role in the movie Amarte Duele, directed by Fernando Sariñana, in which she shares credits with Luis Fernando Peña and Alfonso Herrera.

The movie quickly became a box office hit. And launched Martha's career giving her the nickname "The Mexican Sweetheart". She received The Silver Goddess award for her performance as female lead and the MTV movies favorite actress award.

In 2003 she was offered the lead in a Mexican TV show Enamórate on TV Azteca, next to Yahir, where she also shared credits with María Inés Guerra, Martha Cristiana, Fernando Sarfati, and Amara Villafuerte. But Higareda's passion was in making movies. Higareda returned with the movie Siete Días next to Jaime Camil, in which she played a girl whose dream is to make U2 come to the city of Monterrey in less than a week.

She worked with Carlos Carrera (El crimen del Padre Amaro) in Sexo, amor y otras perversiones winning another Silver Goddess Award. And that same year she was nominated as best supporting actress for the Mexican Academy Awards for her role in Fuera del Cielo, In 2007, she came with her latest production Niñas Mal, directed by Fernando Sariñana where she shared credits with Camila Sodi and Ximena Sariñana. The movie produced by Columbia Pictures was a huge success in which Higareda portrayed punk stubborn yet sweet Adela, her unusual haircut and fashion statement quickly became a trend in Mexican teenagers.

She booked her first American movie in 2007 Borderland where she shared credits with Brian Presley and Beto Cuevas produced by Lionsgate. The movie was screening in the American Film Market when an Agent approached her, he introduced Martha to Craig Shapiro, whom to this day represents Higareda at ICM Partners. Shapiro convinced Martha to move to LA. In 2008, she moved to Hollywood to audition and study script writing and that same year, she worked in David Ayer's film Street Kings, sharing credits with Keanu Reeves, Hugh Laurie, and Forest Whitaker.

She went back to her country with three finished scripts and at the age of 25 she wrote and produced her first independent film, Te presento a Laura. The movie was in the top ten films in box-office for 10 consecutive weeks. She shot the prequel to the crime/action film Smokin' Aces, Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball, as a deadly female assassin with poisonous lips. In 2012, she appeared in Hello Herman with Norman Reedus as an American reporter.

In Lies in Plain Sight she played the lead role, as a visually impaired woman trying to solve the murder of her sister. For this performance she won an Imagen Awards.

In 2014 She also wrote, produced and starred in "Casese Quien Pueda" (Marry me if you can) directed by Marco Polo Constandse and produced by Martha and Miri Higareda and Alejandra Cardenas. The movie quickly became the second biggest box office record of its time. This caught the attention of the American Studios. "I wanted not only to be in movies, but to know the guts of the industry. Making movies it's all a team effort, so if you surround yourself with the best people you learn from them and then if you can also give an opportunity to those whom you believe in their talent, magical things happen"

She won the Mayahuel Award at the Guadalajara International Film Festival for the movie Mariachi Gringo, and that same year she played Amparo in the miniseries Carlos. She worked in the Disney movie McFarland, USA with director Nikki Caro.

In 2016 she produced and starred in No manches Frida, with Edward Allen and Mauricio Arguelles. From Pantelion, Lionsgate, Videocine and Constantin Film, No Manches Frida was another box office hit, where Higareda plays shy yet passionate Miss Lucy who falls in love with a criminal (Omar Chaparro). Martha pitched Chaparro for the role. Made for $2.5 million, the film made 23 million dollars in the box office.

Higareda produced with Miguel Mier, Jimena Rodriguez, Bernardo Rugama the box office success and Mexican adaptation of 3 idiots, a story about following your true passion. This subject has always interested Higareda as she has toured around her country giving inspirational yet grounding talks to teenagers.

In 2018, Higareda starred in Netflix's Altered Carbon, a hard-boiled tech noir television series based on the book by Richard K. Morgan,[1] as detective Kristin Ortega.[2] She also stars in Queen of The South as Castel, niece to a Colombian cartel leader Reynaldo Fieto.

In 2019, she played the lead role of Marisol in Hulu’s American horror anthology television series, Into the Dark; Culture Shock.


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Amarte Duele Renata
2003 El Sueño de Elias Maria, age 18
2003 Casa de los Babys Celia
2003 Mujer Dormida Mariana Short Film
2004 Al Otro Lado Erendira
2004 Volver, Volver Monica Short Film
2005 7 Días Gloria
2006 Sexo, Amor y Otras Perversiones María
2006 Fuera del Cielo Elisa
2006 Así del precipicio Cristina
2007 Borderland Valeria
2007 Niñas Mal Adela León
2007 La leyenda de la Nahuala Xochitl (voice) Mexican Animated Movie
2007 Hasta el viento tiene miedo Claudia
2008 Skip Tracer Jennifer Orellana TV Movie
2008 All Inclusive Camila
2008 Street Kings Grace Garcia
2010 Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball Ariella Martinez
2010 Los Dos Perez Short Film
2010 Sin Memoria Monica
2010 Lluvia de Ideas
2010 Lies in Plain Sight Sofia Delgado TV Movie
2010 Te Presento a Laura Laura
2010 Carlos Amparo French miniseries
2011 Stiff Luisa Romero CSI: Miami
2011 Mariachi Gringo Lilia
2011 Malaventura Mitzy
2012 Hello Herman Isa Luz
2014 Casese quien pueda Ana Paula
2014 Royal Pains Viviana TV Series
2014 El Mariachi Celeste TV Series
2015 McFarland, USA Lupe
2016 No Manches Frida Lucy Movie
2017 3 Idiotas Mariana Remake of Indian Film 3 Idiots
2017 Steven Universe Topaz (voice) 1 Episode: Stuck Together
2018 Altered Carbon Kristin Ortega TV Series
2018 Queen Of The South Sobrinha de Don Reynoldo, Castel TV Series
2018 Marcianos vs. Mexicanos[3] Zafiro (voice) Mexican Animated Movie
2018 The Final Table Herself (judge) Episode: "Mexico"
2019 No Manches Frida 2 Lucy Movie
2019 Into the Dark Marisol Ramirez Episode: "Culture Shock"


  1. ^ Hibberd, James (December 4, 2017). "Altered Carbon: First teaser trailer for stunning Netflix sci-fi series". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  2. ^ Fitz-Gerald, Sean (2018-02-03). "Martha Higareda's Kristin Is the Breakout Star of Netflix's 'Altered Carbon'". Thrillist. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  3. ^ Huerta, Cesar (16 January 2016). "Ni los marcianos pueden con los mexicanos". El Universal (Mexico City). El Universal. Retrieved 1 February 2018.

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