Rafael Amaya

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Rafael Amaya
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Born José Rafael Amaya Nuñez
(1977-02-28) February 28, 1977 (age 40)
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]

2010–2012 (La Reina Del Sur)[edit]

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 2012, he participated in the television movie Meddling Mom.

2013–Present: El Señor De Los Cielos, El Chema, and more[edit]

In 2013, Amaya began filming in what has become a very successful production; El Señor de los Cielos. The television series which was produced by Telemundo, went out to have 4 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]


Films performances[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Desnudos Pablo
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
2010 Rock Marí Pablo
2010 Sin memoria Raúl
2010 Adiós mundo cruel Luis Armando
2010 Atrocious Psiquiatra Voice role
2014 Kiss of Vengeance Aldo Short film
2014 Cantinflas Frank Sinatra
2015 Oro y Polvo Daniel

Television performances[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 La casa en la playa Romualdo Reyes
2001 Sin pecado concebido Cástulo Campos Ortiz
2001 Mujer, casos de la vida real Various roles 2 episodes
2001 Salomé José Julián
2002 Las vías del amor Paco / Pablo Rivera
2004 Amar otra vez Fernando Castañeda Eslava
2006 Las dos caras de Ana Rafael Bustamante / Gustavo Galván
2007–09 Ugly Betty Lorenzo 4 episodes
2008 Los simuladores Rubalcaba Episode: "El pacto copernico"
2008 Mujeres asesinas Óscar Episode: "Claudia, cuchillera"
2008 Sexo y otros secretos Martín
2009 La ruleta de los sueños Dan Television film
2010 La piel azul Fernando 2 episodes
2010–11 Alguien te mira Julián García Correa Lead role
2011 Hospital Central Dr. Enrique Guerrero 9 episodes
2011 La Reina del Sur Raimundo Dávila Parra "El Güero"
2011 Doctor Mateo Roberto
2013 Meddling Mom Pablo Television film
2013–present El Señor de los Cielos Aurelio Casillas Lead role
2014–15 Señora Acero Aurelio Casillas 3 episodes
2016 Queen of the South Aurelio Casillas Episode: "Cicatriz"
2016 El Chema Aurelio Casillas 2 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Works Result
2002 TVyNovelas Award Best Male Revelation Salomé Nominated
2007 Best Actor Las dos caras de Ana Nominated
2011 People en Español Awards Best Supporting Actor La Reina del Sur Nominated
Best Villain Alguien te mira Nominated
2013 Premios Tu Mundo Favorite Lead Actor El Señor de los Cielos Nominated
The Perfect Couples (with Ximena Herrera) Nominated
People en Español Awards Best Actor Nominated
The Perfect Couples (with Ximena Herrera) Nominated
2014 Miami Life Awards Best Male Lead in a Telenovela Nominated
People en Español Awards[7] Best Male Lead in a Telenovela Nominated[7]
Best on-screen chemistry (with (Fernanda Castillo) Nominated[7]
Premios Tu Mundo[8][9][10] Favorite Lead Actor Won[10]
The Perfect Couples (with (Fernanda Castillo) Nominated[10]
Qué Papacito Nominated[10]
2015 Premios Tu Mundo[11][12] The Best Actor with Bad Luck Won[11][12]
Favorite Lead Actor: Series Won[11][12]
The Perfect Couple (with Carmen Villalobos) Nominated[11][12]
2016 Miami Life Awards[13] Best Male Lead in a Telenovela Nominated[14]
Premios Tu Mundo[15] Favorite Lead Actor: Series Won[15]
The Best Actor with Bad Luck Won[15]
The Perfect Couple (with Fernanda Castillo) Won[15]


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  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. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ "Anuncian nominados a Premios Tu Mundo" (in Spanish). El Especial. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  9. ^ Ale Rodríguez (July 15, 2014). "Lista de nominados de los Premios Tu Mundo 2014" (in Spanish). Notimex. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c d "Lista de finalistas a los Premios Tu Mundo 2014" (in Spanish). Entretenimiento Terra. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b c d Telemundo Network. "Lista completa de los nominados a Premios Tu Mundo 2015". Telemundo (in Spanish). Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b c d "Conoce a los ganadores de "Premios Tu Mundo 2015" de Telemundo". tvboricuausa.com (in Spanish). Retrieved August 21, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Nominaciones Miami Life Awards 2016". miamilifeawards.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 9 April 2016. 
  14. ^ "Ganadores Miami Life Awards 2016". miamilifeawards.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 9 April 2016. 
  15. ^ a b c d Oyola, Michelle. "Premios Tu Mundo 2016: Lista de Nominados y Ganadores". ahoramismo.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 5 December 2016.