Ofelia Medina

María Ofelia Medina Torres is a Mexican actress, singer and screenwriter of Mexican films. 

Date of birth

She was born on 4 April 1950.


She was born in Mérida and has four brothers: Arturo, Leo, Ernesto and Beatriz.

Early life & Education

At the age of eight she moved with her family to Mexico City where she studied elementary, middle and high school as well as dance at the Academia de Danza Mexicana where she graduated as a performer and teacher of contemporary and regional classical dance. In 1961, at the age of eleven, she belonged to the children's pantomime group created by Alejandro Jodorowski. In 1968 she was a student at the National Preparatory School of UNAM. In 1977 she studied acting with Lee Strasberg in Los Angeles and later emigrated to Europe with the aim of continuing her training at the Odin Theater in Denmark.

Love life

He has been married twice and has two children. The first marriage that lasted five years was to film director of photography Alex Phillips Jr, fifteen years her senior. After two years of marriage, in 1972, David was born. Her second marriage was with the Mexican actor Pedro Armendáriz Jr with whom, in 1982 she had Nicolás and from whom she also divorced after five years of living together.

Net worth

Not yet established.


 Her debut in the artistic medium as a professional was with "H3O", where he worked with Alejandro Jodorowsky. Later she participated with Julio Castillo, where she was seen by Ofelia Guilmáin.

Guilmáin took her with Emilio Azcárraga Vidaurreta, who sent her with Luis de Llano, who gave her the opportunity to work in "Lucía Sombras", where she had the leading role.

She made her film debut in Mexico in 1968 with the film La paz and in Hollywood with The Big Fix ten years later.

In 1977 she played a hunchback in the telenovela Rina. She portrayed Frida Kahlo in Paul Leduc's film about the artist in 1984. In Canada, Medina was nominated for the Genie Award for her work in Diplomatic Immunity in 1991.

That year she was called by producer Ernesto Alonso to make her first television appearance in the series “Landrú”, which was followed by the melodrama “Lucía Sombra” (1971), where she had the main role and became a “romantic heroine ”.

Later she participated in “La hiena” (1973), along with Amparo Rivelles, and “Paloma” (1975), alongside Andrés García. Both productions also by Ernesto Alonso.

In 1977, due to her work on the telenovela "Rina" (1977), she gained public and critical acclaim. It was at this time that he underwent an operation to correct some problems he had in his back.

In 1983 she released the award-winning film about Frida, Paul Leduc's Living Nature on the Life of Frida Kahlo.[4]

On television, in addition to Lucía Sombra, he worked in La Señora Joven, Paloma, Rina with Enrique Álvarez Félix, La gloria y el infierno and Toda una vida Desam, directed by Héctor Mendoza, based on the life of María Conesa and other actresses from the late 19th century. and early XX.

She participated in the telenovela For a lifetime, a part recorded in Peru and part in Mexico and it was a new version of the famous "Vivir un Poco". She made a special participation in A Corazón Abierto.

In theater it has been directed by the most important directors in Mexico. Among her most outstanding works are Betrayal by Harold Pinter, La conspiración de la Cucaña, El DeseoDesam by Víctor Hugo Rascón Banda, Each person her Frida and Intimately Rosario de Chiapas, the latter two written, directed and performed by herself. She directed and acted in the play "The night that never existed", by Humberto Robles, winner of the 2014 Emilio Carballido National Dramaturgy Prize.

She participated in the shows Mujeres sin Fear: We are all Atenco on the repression of San Salvador Atenco in May 2006 and belongs to the group of the same name along with Begoña Lecumberri, Julieta Egurrola, Carmen Huete, Francesca Guillén and Humberto Robles, among other actors and guest musicians.

In 2006, she took part in the movie "I love Miami" (2006), by Alejandro González Padilla, and participated in the dubbing of the animated film "The legend of Nahuala" (2007).

In 2008 she reappeared on the small screen in the chapter "Mónica, cornered", from the series "Mujeres Asesinas", in which she played "Beatriz", mother of the character played by actress Iran Castillo.

The following year, she premiered in Rome, Italy, the show entitled "Mexican Voices", in which she gave life to female characters from the history of Mexico, such as Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Rosario Castellanos and Frida Kahlo.

In 2008, she was part of the series Mujeres Asesinas in the Monica chapter, cornered with Iran Castillo.

In 2013 she was part of the telenovelas Los Rey and Secretos de familia on TV Azteca

In 2015 she worked on the soap opera Tanto amor playing Silvia Iturbide Vda. by Lombardo. She also participated in the music video for María, the theme of the Mexican band Café Tacvba.

In July 2016, she announced that at the end of the year she would begin shooting her first film as a director, a story about a boy from the Mayan community inspired by the reality that she herself has scripted.

Ofelia Madine has also played in various theatres worldwide. Since 2000 Ofelia played Frida Kahlo in the play Cada quien su Frida. In 2007 she came to Denmark, playing in Århus, Copenhagen and Odense at the gallery of Jens Galschiøt.

In 2021, she appeared among the cast of The Mosquito Coast, a drama television series developed by Neil Cross and Tom Bissell based on the book of the same name by Paul Theroux. It premiered on Apple TV+ on April 30, 2021. 

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Ofelia Medina
First Name Ofelia
Surname Medina
Born 4th March, 1950
Home City Mérida, Yucatán
Current City