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Alfonso Herrera Rodríguez

(1983-08-28) 28 August 1983 (age 39)
Mexico City, Mexico
  • Actor
  • singer
  • producer
Years active 2001–present
  • Diana Vázquez
    (m. 2016; div. 2021)
Children 2
Musical career
Genres Latin pop
Instruments Vocals

Alfonso Herrera Rodríguez (Spanish pronunciation: [alˈfonso eˈreɾa], born 28 August 1983) is a Mexican actor and former singer.

Born in Mexico City, Herrera made his television debut in Clase 406 in 2002. In the same year, his made film debut in Amar te duele and won a MTV Movie Awards Mexico. In 2004, he achieved international stardom playing the protagonist Miguel Arango in the Mexican telenovela Rebelde, which spanned the pop musical group RBD (2004–09). Herrera was one of the six lead singers in the group, which was successful in Latin America, USA and Europe, was nominated twice to the Latin Grammy Award and sold more than 10 million albums worldwide. In 2009, he starred in the Venezuelan film Venezzia, the Mexican series Mujeres Asesinas and the Mexican telenovela Camaleones.

In 2014, Herrera played the lead role in the political satire comedy film The Perfect Dictatorship. From 2015 to 2018, he sensitively portrayed art lecturer, Hernando Fuentes, secret boyfriend of actor Lito Rodriguez, in the American drama series Sense8 on Netflix. He played Father Tomas on the American horror series The Exorcist (2016–17). He co-starred in the American drama series Queen of the South (2018–19). Herrera portrayed Ignacio de la Torre y Mier in Dance of the 41 (2020) and received acclaim for his performance, winning the Ariel Award for Best Actor. In 2022, he co-starred as cartel lieutenant Javi Elizondro in the final season of the Netflix crime drama series Ozark.

Early life

Alfonso Herrera Rodríguez was born in Mexico City. He has an older brother, Alejandro and a younger brother, Oscar. He attended the Edron Academy, alongside Gael García Bernal and Ximena Sariñana and graduated in 2002. Herrera originally wanted to become a pilot and was going to move to San Antonio, Texas, to enroll in an aviation school. He changed his mind and decided to enroll at the Centro de Educación Artística run by Latin American media giant Televisa.


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Herrera in 2006 during a press conference of the Mexican band RBD in Brazil.

Following his completion at the Centro de Educación Artística, Herrera began working professionally in theater. He performed in Las Brujas de Salem (2001), Como matar a un ruiseñor (2001) and Antigona (2001).

In 2002, he was cast in the film Amar te duele, directed by Fernando Sariñana, and from there moved into television, working in the telenovela Clase 406, alongside Dulce María, Anahí, and Christian Chávez, who later became his bandmates in RBD. When he starred in the soap opera Clase 406, Herrera participated in the soundtrack together with the cast in the songs "De Donde Vienes... A Donde Vas...?", "Corazón de Ángel", "Por Ti", "Shala La La" and "Grito" from the album Clase 406 - El Siguiente Paso ...! (2003).

In 2004, he participated in the episode "Tres Lágrimas" of the Mexican series Mujer, Casos de la Vida Real and he was cast as one of the main characters in Rebelde, a Mexican remake of the hit Argentine novela Rebelde Way. Herrera played Miguel Arango, a teenager who moves to Mexico City to avenge his father's death. Rebelde was a hit worldwide and had over 400 episodes, lasting from 2004 to 2006.

Following the success of Rebelde, in 2007, Televisa released RBD: La Familia, which starred the members of RBD. The characters of the sitcom were not based on the band's characters in Rebelde, but intended to be similar to the actors' real personalities. RBD: La Familia was the first Mexican show shot entirely in High Definition. The show ran from March 14, 2007 – June 13, 2007, and only lasted 13 episodes.

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Herrera at the 2017 Fénix Award.

In 2007, Herrera began filming Volverte a Ver with Ximena Herrera. It was released in December 2008. The movie was filmed in Mexico and Argentina. In 2008, he also starred in the play The Pillowman, replacing actor Kuno Becker. To date, RBD has made 9 studio albums, including albums in Spanish, Portuguese and English. They have sold over 15 million albums worldwide, and have toured across Mexico, South America, Serbia, Romania, the United States, and Spain.

Poncho wrote the song "Si No Estas Aqui" on the fifth studio album by the Mexican band RBD, Empezar Desde Cero (2007). On August 15, 2008, RBD released a message telling fans that they had decided to split up. They went on one final tour, Gira del Adiós World Tour, which ended in early 2009. In a November 2008 interview with Open magazine, Herrera said he has no intention of having a solo singing career after RBD and that he does not see himself as a singer. Herrera gave voice to the main character in the animated film Igor (2008). From September to December 2008, Poncho starred in the Mexican series Terminales, playing a man who was diagnosed with a terminal illness.

In 2009, he began filming Venezzia in Venezuela, alongside Ruddy Rodríguez. On May 21, 2009, it was announced that Herrera would star alongside Spanish Mexican singer/actress Belinda Peregrín in Televisa's latest novela, Camaleones. Herrera played Sebastián, a man who pretends to be a professor and steals expensive art work in order to protect his jailed father. On August 6, 2009, he also guest-starred in an episode of Mujeres Asesinas, "Soledad, Cautiva", alongside his Rebelde co-star Angelique Boyer.

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Herrera during the play La sociedad de los poetas muertos (2018).

Poncho was part of the cast of the third season of the series Tiempo Final in the episode "El Billete" in 2009. Herrera also worked alongside actors Plutaco Haza, Paola Núñez, Sergio Klainer, Guillermo Larrea, Jana Raluy, and Raúl Vallejo on the Spanish version of Rain Man, known in Spanish as Cuando los hermanos se encuentran.

Besides Rain Man, 2011 has brought up new projects for Herrera. He worked on a television series called El Equipo produced by Pedro Torres where he played a federal policeman named Fermín Pérez. This series has been compared to the television series CSI and was aired in Mexico as well as the United States. Alfonso is currently filming a television series called El Diez where he will play a soccer player named 'Chava Espinoza'. This series will be aired soon on ESPN Deportes; which is available on the United States as well as some Latin American countries. On August 19, 2011, Así es la Suerte was premiered. He played the revolutionary Aquiles Serdán in the Mexican series El Encanto del Águila (2011).

In 2013, Herrera starred with Paz Vega in the Mexican horror film Espectro. He entered the third season of the Colombian series El Capo (2014) as Niño Malo, for this character, he was nominated for the TVyNovelas Award for best supporting actor in the series and starred in the Mexican film Perfect Obedience. Still in 2014, he was the protagonist of the controversial Mexican film The Perfect Dictatorship.

He also was in the Netflix original series Sense8 (2015–18), where he starred as Hernando Fuentes the boyfriend of Lito Rodriguez, played by Miguel Ángel Silvestre. They are a gay couple who are not open about their relationship due to the fact that Lito is a big Mexican movie star. Once his secret is out Hernando and Lito struggle to persevere through it. In 2015, he starred in the Mexican series El Dandy. In 2016, Herrera gave life to Ramón Mercader in the film The Chosen.

He played Ramón Mercader in the Mexican-Spanish drama The Chosen (2016). ..... Herrera starred Father Tomas in Fox's American horror series The Exorcist (2016–2017). He joined the recurring cast of the third season of the American series Queen of the South (2018) and in the fourth became part of the main cast along with the Brazilian actress Alice Braga. He played Leon in the Mexican series Sitiados: México in 2019.

In 2020, he participated as himself in the episode "Romcom" in the Mexican series How to Survive Being Single by Amazon Prime Video. Also in 2020, Herrera starred in David Pablos's movie Dance of the 41, playing Ignacio de la Torre y Mier, the gay son-in-law of the President of Mexico. For his performance Dance of the 41, he won the Ariel Award for Best Actor.

Personal life

In 2002, Herrera started dating actress and singer Dulce María; they met during the filming of the soap opera Clase 406, and the relationship ended in 2005.

In 2016, he got married to journalist Diana Vázquez. They have two sons. The couple divorced in 2021.


Films that have not yet been released Denotes projects that have not yet been released


Title Year Role Notes
Amar te Duele 2002 Francisco
Volverte a Ver 2008 Pablo Murillo
Igor 2008 Igor Voice role
Venezzia 2009 Frank Moore
Así es la Suerte 2011 Guillermo
The Lorax 2012 Theodore "Ted" Wiggins Voice role
Espectro 2013 Mario
The Croods 2013 Guy Voice role
Museo Memoria y Tolerancia 2013 Man Short film
Metegol 2013 Amadeo Voice role
Perfect Obedience 2014 Julián Santos
Gonzalo 2014 Gonzalo Short film
The Perfect Dictatorship 2014 Carlos Rojo
Minions 2015 Walter Nelson Voice role
The Chosen 2016 Ramón Mercader
Dance of the 41 2020 Ignacio de la Torre y Mier Also executive producer
DC League of Super-Pets 2022 Krypto the Superdog Voice role
Me Casé Con Un ... 2022 Iñaki Palacios
¡Qué viva México! Film has yet to be released 2022 Pancho Post-Production
Dead Noon Film has yet to be released TDA TDA Filming
Rebel Moon Film has yet to be released TDA TDA Filming


Title Year Role Notes
Clase 406 2002–03 Juan David Rodríguez Pineda Main role
Mujer, Casos de la Vida Real 2004 Miguel Episode: "Tres Lágrimas"
Rebelde 2004–06 Miguel Arango Cervera Main role
La Energía de Sonric'slandia 2005 Miguel Arango Cervera Episodes: "Calor en la Central" and "Viceversa"
RBD: La Familia 2007 Poncho Main role
Lola, Érase Una Vez 2007 Himself 1 episode
Terminales 2008 Leonardo Carral Main role
Mujeres Asesinas 2009 Esteban Episode: "Soledad, cautiva"
Camaleones 2009–10 Sebastián Jaramillo Main role
Tiempo Final 2009 Arturo Episode: "El Billete"
El Equipo 2011 Fermín Pérez Main role
El Diez 2011 Salvador "Chava" Espinoza Main role
El Encanto del Águila 2011 Aquiles Serdán Episode: "Los Mártires de Puebla"
La Ciencia de lo Absurdo 2014–21 Himself Host
El Capo 2014 Juan Vicente Blanco "Niño Malo" Main role (season 3)
Sense8 2015–18 Hernando Fuentes Regular role
El Dandy 2015–16 Daniel "El Dandy" Brach / José "Pepe" Montaño Main role
... History 2016
Ernesto "Che" Guevara
Aquiles Serdán
Episode: "La Coronela, La revolución del Che, El Florero de Llorente"
Episode: "La locura de Carlota, Hermanos Serdán, WWII"
The Exorcist 2016–17 Father Tomas Ortega Main role
Queen of the South 2018–19 Javier Jimenez Regular role (season 3), Main role (season 4)
Sitiados: México 2019 Léon / Lorenzo Main role
Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya 2019–20 Cygnus Hyoga Main role (voice)
Cómo Sobrevivir Soltero 2020 Himself Episode 7: "Romcom"
Ozark 2022 Javier "Javi" Elizondro Main role (season 4)


Title Year Role Notes
Batman Desenterrado 2022 Batman / Bruno Díaz Main role (voice)


Production Year Role Theater
The Pillowman 2008 Michal Scotiabank Theater
Rain Man 2010 Charlie Babbitt Diego Rivera Theater
Nadando con Tiburones 2012 Gus Teatro de los Insurgentes
La Sociedad De Los Poetas Muertos 2018 John Keating Libanés Theater
El Paraíso de la Invención 2020–21 Father Milan Theater

Awards and nominations

Award Year Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref.
Ariel Award 2021 Best Actor El Baile de los 41 Won
Bloody Disgusting Reader's Choice Awards 2017 Best Actor – Television The Exorcist Won
Canada International Film Festival 2010 Best Actor Venezzia Won
Diosas de Plata 2009 Best Male Revelation Volverte A Ver Nominated
2015 Best Actor La Dictadura Perfecta Nominated
Imagen Awards 2017 Best Actor – Television The Exorcist Nominated
2018 Best Actor – Television Nominated
2022 Best Supporting Actor – Drama (Television) Ozark Nominated
Kids Choice Awards 2012 Best Latin Artist Alfonso Herrera Nominated
Kids Choice Awards Mexico 2010 Favorite Male Character Camaleones Nominated
2012 Favorite Voice in a Movie The Lorax Nominated
MTV Millennial Awards 2014 Change Agent Alfonso Herrera Won
MTV Movie Awards México 2003 Favorite Villain Amar te duele Won
Premios Juventud 2005 Torrid Romance Alfonso Herrera and Dulce María Won
2006 He's Got Style Alfonso Herrera Won
What a Hottie! Alfonso Herrera Won
2007 He's Got Style Alfonso Herrera Nominated
What a Hottie! Alfonso Herrera Won
2008 He's Got Style Alfonso Herrera Nominated
What a Hottie! Alfonso Herrera Nominated
2009 He's Got Style Alfonso Herrera Nominated
What a Hottie! Alfonso Herrera Nominated
2010 Can He Act or What? Venezzia Won
2011 What a Hottie! Camaleones Nominated
Premios Agrupación de Periodistas Teatrales 2019 Best Actor La Sociedad De Los Poetas Muertos Nominated
TVyNovelas Awards Mexico 2006 Best Young Lead Actor Rebelde Nominated
TVyNovelas Awards Colombia 2015 Best Supporting Actor – Series El Capo Nominated


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