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Amy Sandimés Garcia López de Ordóñez

(1978-11-28) November 28, 1978 (age 45)
Alma mater Northwestern University (BA)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1996–present

Aimee Sandimés Garcia López de Ordóñez (born November 28, 1978) is an American actress and writer. She is known for her television roles as Veronica Palmero on the ABC sitcom George Lopez, Yvonne Sanchez on the CBS period drama Vegas, Jamie Batista on the Showtime drama Dexter and Ella Lopez on the Fox/Netflix drama Lucifer.

Early life

Aimee Garcia was born on November 28, 1978, in Chicago, Illinois. Her mother, Eloisa, is from Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico, and graduated from Northwestern University's dental school; her father, Hector, is from San Juan, Puerto Rico, and was in the U.S. Armed Forces. Garcia started acting in commercials as a child, and participated in theater at seven years old. She grew up in Oak Park, Illinois, where she attended Fenwick High School graduating in 1996. While in school, she took acting classes at Piven Theatre Workshop. She appeared in local plays and musicals during her time at Northwestern University, where she triple majored in economics, journalism, and French. After graduating, she quit acting for a year and did finance work for a mutual fund analyst in Brooklyn, New York. Unsatisfied with the job, she moved to Los Angeles, California, around 2002 to pursue acting as her career.


She portrayed Maria on The WB's Greetings from Tucson, and appeared in the unaired pilot episode of Global Frequency. She had a role in the Disney Channel original movie Cadet Kelly (2002), and co-starred, as Lydia, alongside Anthony Anderson in The WB sitcom All About the Andersons. In 2006, she began appearing on the series George Lopez, playing Lopez's niece.

Garcia starred alongside Jessica Simpson in the comedy-drama Major Movie Star (2008). She also played a supporting role in the movie D-War (2007) and narrated the Adam Sandler film Spanglish (2004).

From 2009 to 2010, she was in the cast of the Peter Berg NBC medical drama Trauma, as EMT helicopter pilot Marisa Benez.

Garcia spent three years on Showtime's Dexter as Jamie Batista, for which she was nominated for a SAG Award for Best Ensemble in Dramatic Television Series.

She played Dr. Jae Kim in MGM's reboot film, RoboCop (2014).

In 2016, Garcia was added to the main cast for the second season of the Fox television series Lucifer, playing LAPD forensic scientist Ella Lopez. In 2019, Garcia starred in the independent film El Chicano, receiving praise from The Hollywood Reporter for her performance's "vivid impression".

In 2019, Garcia formed a writing partnership with former professional wrestler AJ Mendez. Their first project was the comic book series GLOW vs. The Babyface, based on the television series GLOW; the first of four issues was published by IDW Publishing in November 2019. In 2020, they created the production company Scrappy Heart Productions, dedicated to elevating diverse voices through storytelling. They went on to co-write the Dungeons & Dragons four-issue limited series At the Spine of the World; the first issue was published by IDW in November 2020. Alongside John Swetman, they co-wrote the screenplay for the 2022 Netflix film Blade of the 47 Ronin.

Personal life

Garcia resides in Los Angeles, California.

On May 4, 2021, the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women's Soccer League announced that Garcia had joined the women's soccer team's ownership group.


Aimee Garcia 2014 (cropped)
Garcia in 2014


Year Title Role Notes
1996 The Homecoming Jodi
2001 Betaville Ruby Derain (young)
2002 The Good Girl Nurse
2003 Boys Life 4: Four Play Caitlan Segment: "L.T.R."
2004 D.E.B.S. Maria
Chicago Boricua Lola
Spanglish Cristina Moreno / Narrator Voice role
2005 A Lot Like Love Nicole
Cruel World Gina
Dirty Rita
2006 The Alibi Operator #1
Mercy Street Alicia Johnson
2007 Graduation Suzy Winters
D-War Brandy
Dead Tone Jody Walters
2008 Universal Signs Trish
Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous Private Vicky Castillo
2009 Shrink Check out Girl
B-Girl Rosie
2011 Convincing Clooney Amy
Go for It! Carmen Salgado
2014 RoboCop Jae Kim
2016 Sister Cities Sarah
2018 What They Had Dr. Zoe
Saint Judy Celi
2019 El Chicano Vanessa
The Addams Family Denise Voice role
2021 Dear Evan Hansen Librarian
2022 Murder at Yellowstone City Isabel Santos
Blade of the 47 Ronin N/A Co-written with John Swetman and AJ Mendez
Christmas With You Angelina
2023 The Cases of Mystery Lane Birdie Case


Year Title Role Notes
1999 ER Leanne Lawler Episode: "Truth & Consequences"
2001 Resurrection Blvd. Sylvia Episode: "La Partida"
The Agency Motel Housekeeper 2 episodes
V.I.P. Receptionist Episode: "The Uncle from V.A.L."
2002 Cadet Kelly Gloria Disney Channel Original Movie
Angel Cynthia York Episode: "Birthday"
American Family Young Nina Recurring role, 5 episodes
2002 MDs Gina Willis Episode: "Time of Death"
2002–2003 Greetings from Tucson Maria Tiant Main role
2003–2004 All About the Andersons Lydia Serrano Main role
2004 Las Vegas Lizzie Posner Episode: "Nevada State"
2005 CSI: NY Rhonda Chavez Episode: "City of the Dolls"
2006 Lovespring International Sparkles Episode: "Homeless Rockstar"
2006–2007 George Lopez Veronica Palmero Recurring role (season 5); main role (season 6)
2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Melissa Gentry Episode: "Big Shots"
Standoff Tina Markovich Episode: "Severance"
2008 Supernatural Nancy Fitzgerald Episode: "Jus in Bello"
My Boys Amy Episode: "Take My Work Wife... Please"
CSI: Miami Andrea Rinell Episode: "Won't Get Fueled Again"
2009 Gary Unmarried Anna Episode: "Gary and Dennis' Sister"
Bones Jennifer Keating Episode: "The Science in the Physicist"
Family Guy Nicole Episode: "Brian's Got a Brand New Bag"
2009–2010 Trauma Marisa Benez Main role
2010 Beach Lane Holly
2011 Off the Map Alma Recurring role, 5 episodes
Love Bites Steffi Episode: "Boys to Men"
Hawaii Five-0 Karla Episode: "Pahele"
2011–2013 Dexter Jamie Batista Recurring role (seasons 6–7); main role (season 8)
2012–2013 Vegas Yvonne Sanchez Recurring role, 14 episodes
Motorcity Tennie Voice role; 3 episodes
2014 About a Boy Stacy Episode: "About an Angry Ex"
2015 Impastor Leeane 2 episodes
2016 Rush Hour Didi Diaz Main role
2016–2021 Lucifer Ella Lopez Main role (seasons 2–6)
2017 Family Guy Isabella Episode: "Dearly Deported"
2021 M.O.D.O.K. Jodie Main role
2021 Holiday in Santa Fe Magdalena Ortega
2021–present DreamWorks Dragons: The Nine Realms Alex Main role
2022 Woke Laura Recurring role (season 2)


Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2007 ALMA Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress – Television Series, Mini-Series, or TV Movie George Lopez Nominated
2007 Imagen Awards Best Supporting Actress – Television George Lopez Nominated
2012 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Dexter Nominated
2013 ALMA Awards Special Achievement in Television (shared with Lauren Vélez and David Zayas) Dexter Won

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