Rafael Amaya

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For the soccer player and coach, see Rafael Amaya (soccer).

This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Amaya and the second or maternal family name is Nuñez.
Rafael Amaya
Rafael Amaya Alma Awards.png
Born José Rafael Amaya Nuñez
(1977-02-28) February 28, 1977 (age 39)
Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
Occupation Actor, singer, model
Years active 2000-present

Rafael Amaya (Spanish pronunciation: [aˈmaʝa]; born José Rafael Amaya Núñez on February 28, 1977 in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico) is a Mexican actor, singer and model.[1]


Amaya was born February 28, 1977 in Hermosillo, Sonora but, after five years, he and his family moved to Tecate, Baja California. Since he was a small boy, Amaya excelled in a wide variety of sports. As a teenager, Amaya took classes in theater and music. After finishing high school, he traveled to San Diego, California to study at a local university. He returned to Mexico and started playing with various music groups, and it was with "Almalafa," that he went to live in Mexico City. Of all the band members, Amaya was the only one who stayed in the city where he devoted his career to modeling.

Then came the Centre for arts education Televisa, where he found the opportunity to make the casting of a new group, Garibaldi. Amaya split with Garibaldi, to do some acting work on his own. It began with the novella "The House on the Beach" with the character of Romualdo, and then continuing with the novel "Conceived Without Sin" in the role of Castulo.


2000–09: Early work[edit]

In January 2002, he began his third and most exciting project, He starred in the soap opera "Salome" with the role of one of the main characters, Julian Joseph, the hero and the son of Salome, the main protagonist. It was in this soap opera, that Rafael become Well known as an actor. Next, he starred in "The rails of Love" with the dual role of Paco who was the catalyst for a good and important fabric of the soap opera, and after a while made the character of Paul (a brother of Paco). Still on the list of soap operas, we have "to love again" that was launched in the U.S. and originally known as "bouquet of Illusions," Amaya did the role of Fernando.

His most recent involvement is currently in "Two Sides of Ana" (Las Dos Caras de Ana) where Amaya takes the leading role of the same character that bears his name, Rafael. It is currently filming in Miami, Florida in the United States. In February 2002, Amaya won the nomination for "Men's revelation" in the delivery of "the Herald" and in June the same year was re-nominated at the Awards for TVyNovelas in the same category.

Amaya has also ventured into the big screen. His first experience was in the film "Naked" (Desnudos), a romantic comedy based on the play known as "Four X", he performs a frontal nudity. The second film he is set to do is "So the precipice," where he acts as a gay man, performing a masturbation scene.[2]


Amaya in the 2010 dabbled in short films, and has participated in several films such as Rock Marí, Sin memoria, Adiós mundo cruel, Atrocious and La ruleta de los sueños. Later it was the co-prtoagonist of the soap opera La piel azul where played Fernando, and he was the antagonist of the telenovela Alguien te mira where played Julián García and shared credit with Christian Meier and Danna García.

In 2011, it had a participation in the telenovela La Reina del Sur, and shared credit with Kate del Castillo, while the soap opera was in production, the actor traveled to Spain, to participate in two Spanish series, such as Hospital Central and Doctor Mateo, where he took part in several episodes as main cast of both series.

In 2013, he participated in the television movie Meddling Mom, which was recorded in 2012. In January 2013, the actor began production the television series El Señor de los Cielos, which he had 2 seasons and interpreted to Aurelio Casillas "El Señor de los Cielos". The series has won an International Emmys in 2014.[3][4] Amaya was also a winner as best actor in the Premios Tu Mundo 2014.[5]

On September 23, 2014 he appeared in the television series Señora Acero, where played Aurelio Casillas, Amaya only participated in 2 episodes with Blanca Soto and Damián Alcázar.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Desnudos Pablo Film debut
2006 Así del precipicio Gerardo
2008 Amor letra por letra Julián
2008 Fotonovela Ángel
2008 24 cuadros de terror Lady Killer
2009 El descubrimiento Barman Short film
2009 Se jodió la Navidad Hombre en la fiesta Short film
2009 The Fighter Leone
2009 Pepe & Santo vs. America Julio
2009 Me importas tú, y tú
2009 Días extraños Short film
2010 Rock Marí Pablo
2010 Sin memoria Raúl
2010 Adiós mundo cruel Luis Armando
2010 Atrocious Psiquiatra Voice only
2014 Kiss of Vengeance Aldo Short film
2014 Cantinflas Frank Sinatra
2015 Oro y polvo Daniel Post-production[7]


Year Title Role Notes
2000 La casa en la playa Romualdo Reyes Television debut
2001 Mujer, casos de la vida real "Linea de fuego" (Season 18, Episode 90)
2001 Sin pecado concebido Cástulo Campos Ortiz Recurring role
2001 Salomé José Julián Recurring role
2002 Las vías del amor Paco / Pablo Rivera Recurring role
2004 Amar otra vez Fernando Castañeda Eslava Co-lead role
2006 Las dos caras de Ana Rafael Bustamante / Gustavo Galván Lead role
2007-2009 Ugly Betty Lorenzo Uncredited
2008 Los simuladores Rubalcaba "El pacto copernico" (Season 1, Episode 8)
2008 Mujeres asesinas Óscar "Claudia, cuchillera" (Season 1, Episode 6)
2008 Sexo y otros secretos Martín 12 episodes
2009 La ruleta de los sueños Dan Television film
2010 La piel azul Fernando
2010-2011 Alguien te mira Julián García Correa Co-lead role
2011 Hospital Central Dr. Enrique Guerrero 9 episodes
2011 La Reina del Sur Raimundo Dávila Parra "El Güero" 22 episodes
2011 Doctor Mateo Roberto 12 episodes
2013 Meddling Mom Pablo Television film
2013–present El Señor de los Cielos Aurelio Casillas Lead role
2014–present Señora Acero Aurelio Casillas 3 episodes
2016 Queen of the South Aurelio Casillas

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Nominated works Category Result
2002 TVyNovelas Awards Salomé Best Male Revelation Nominated
2007 Las Dos Caras de Ana Best Lead Actor Nominated
2011 Premios People en Español[8] La Reina del Sur Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Alguien te mira Best Villain Nominated
2013 Premios Tu Mundo 2013[9][10][11] El Señor de los Cielos Favorite Lead Actor Nominated
The Perfect Couples (with Ximena Herrera) Nominated
Premios People en Español[12][13] Best Actor Nominated
The Perfect Couples (with Ximena Herrera) Nominated
2014 Miami Life Awards Best Leading Male Nominated
People en Español[14] Best Leading Male Nominated[14]
Best on-screen chemistry (with (Fernanda Castillo) Nominated[14]
Premios Tu Mundo[15][16][17] Favorite Lead Actor Won
The Perfect Couple (with Fernanda Castillo) Nominated
Qué Papacito Nominated
2015 Premios Tu Mundo[18][19] The Best Actor with Bad Luck Won[18][19]
Favorite Lead Actor: Series Won[18][19]
The Perfect Couple (with Carmen Villalobos) Nominated[18][19]


  1. ^ The Hollywood reporter. Wilkerson Daily Corp. 2002. pp. 32, 47. 
  2. ^ "Biography on Esmas". Televisa. 2007-05-01. Retrieved 2010-01-03. 
  3. ^ Marie Palma F. "Lista de nominados a los premios Emmy Internacional 2014" (in Spanish). starMedia. Retrieved October 15, 2014. 
  4. ^ "'El Señor de los Cielos' gana el Emmy Internacional al mejor programa en lengua no inglesa" (in Spanish). 20minutos.es. Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
  5. ^ "¡Conoce a los ganadores de "Premios Tu Mundo 2014"!" (in Spanish). TVBoricuausa. Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  6. ^ Armando Tinoco. "Watch 'El Señor De Los Cielos' Rafael Amaya Cameo On 'Señora Acero' Episode 1 Premiere! [VIDEO]" (in Spanish). Latintimes.com. Retrieved November 27, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Rafael Amaya protagoniza película "Oro y Polvo" que se rodará en Dominicana" (in Spanish). Arecoa. Retrieved November 6, 2014. 
  8. ^ Premios People En Español 2011
  9. ^ Lista de nominados a los Premios Tu Mundo 2013
  10. ^ Premios Tu Mundo 2013: Lista de estrellas nominadas
  11. ^ "Premios Tu Mundo 2013: lista de ganadores (FOTOS)". Huffington Post. 2013-08-16. 
  12. ^ ESTRELLAS DEL AÑO 2013
  13. ^ Categoría Telenovelas: los nominados
  14. ^ a b c "People En Español Las Estrellas Del Año 2014: Angelique Boyer, Sebastián Rulli, William Levy y Enrique Iglesias Entre Los Ganadores [LISTA COMPLETA]". Spanish Latinos Post (in Spanish). November 14, 2014. Retrieved August 2, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Anuncian nominados a Premios Tu Mundo" (in Spanish). El Especial. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  16. ^ Ale Rodríguez (July 15, 2014). "Lista de nominados de los Premios Tu Mundo 2014" (in Spanish). Notimex. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Lista de finalistas a los Premios Tu Mundo 2014" (in Spanish). Entretenimiento Terra. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  18. ^ a b c d Telemundo Network. "Lista completa de los nominados a Premios Tu Mundo 2015". Telemundo (in Spanish). Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  19. ^ a b c d "Conoce a los ganadores de "Premios Tu Mundo 2015" de Telemundo". tvboricuausa.com (in Spanish). Retrieved August 21, 2015.