Gabriela Spanic and Bernie Paz in Emperatriz
Created by Jose Ignacio Cabrujas
Hector Forero
Mauricio Somuano
Developed by Azteca
Azteca Novelas:
Alberto Santini Lara
Elisa Salinas
Directed by Javier Patron Fox
Carlos Angel Guerra
Martin Barraza
Luis Sernado Reyes
Starring Gabriela Spanic
Bernie Paz
Adriana Louvier
Sergio de Bustamante
Rafael Sanchez Navarro
Marimar Vega
Miriam Higareda
Julieta Egurrola
Theme music composer Jorge Avendaño Lührs
Opening theme "Emperatriz de mis sueños"
by Mónica Naranjo
Country of origin Mexico
Original language(s) Spanish
No. of episodes 155
Executive producer(s) Fides Velasco
Producer(s) Jacky Castro
Location(s) Mexico City, Mexico
Los Angeles
Editor(s) Rigel Sosa Andrade
Reyna Estudillo
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 40-45 minutes
Production company(s) TV Azteca
Distributor Azteca Novelas
Original network Azteca 13/Azteca America
Picture format HDTV, 1080i on Azteca 13 HD
SDTV, 480i on Azteca 13
Original release 5 April – 8 November 2011
Preceded by Prófugas del Destino
Followed by A Corazón Abierto
Related shows Emperatriz (Venezuela, 1990)
External links
Emperatriz official website

Emperatriz is a Mexican telenovela produced by Fides Velasco for Azteca. It stars Gabriela Spanic as the title character, while Bernie Paz as the male lead. Other casts include Sergio de Bustamante, Julieta Egurrola, Adriana Louvier, Marimar Vega, Miriam Higareda, Alberto Guerra, Rafael Sanchez Navarro and Carmen Delgado. Omar Fierro made special appearance in the first five episodes, and later returns in the final part of the series.[1] The filming process took place between 17 March 2011 - 30 September 2011. The series premiered on 5 April 2011, 19 days after filming the first scene, at 8:30pm, occupying Prófugas del Destino's slot, and ended on 8 November 2011. Emperatriz is also known as most selling telenovela of 2011.


Emperatriz (Gabriela Spanic) is an ex-con that has a relationship with Armando (Omar Fierro) who's a married man. Under false pretenses Emperatriz believed he truly love her but later discovered he was married. They had a daughter together but her mother persuaded to leave it with Armando and his wife while she is still in prison. Years later, after Armando's latest visit Emperatriz got pregnant, but have an abortion provoked by a discussion over the phone with Armando. While in the hospital she discovers that Armando betrayed her, he only manipulated her and he developed an scheme where Emperatriz will go to jail for the bank fraud he committed. Manuel (Rafael Sanchez Navarro) tells her to marry him in exchange of evidence he has against Armando.

At her mother's advice, Emperatriz gave her daughter away to Armando and his wife Alma Rosa, the daughter of Justo del Real (Sergio de Bustamante), the owner of the company del Real. Armando has 2 more daughters with Alma Rosa: Elisa and Elena. Emperatriz confronts Alma Rosa to find out who of the 3 girls is her daughter but during the confrontation Alma Rosa dies. Justo wants to take revenge on Emperatriz because of this.

Emperatriz's best friend Angela "Quimera" Galvan (Niurka Marcos) and Manuel set her up and Emperatriz spends 7 years in prison for a fraud she didn't commit. Both Emperatriz and Quimera fell in love with Armando during their youth. Quimera had a miscarriage because she fell down the stairs and she blames her son Nico for the accident. Quimera owns a nightclub.

Emperatriz returns from prison. She divorced Manuel. She searches for her daughter with Armando: she turns out to be Esther (Adriana Louvier). Both Emperatriz and Esther fall in love with Alejandro Miranda (Bernie Paz). Armando is presumed dead.

Justo turns out to be Emperatriz's father. Justo shoots Alejandro in the head and he suffers from memory loss.

It turns out that Armando is alive and that he had been kept hidden and imprisoned by Justo in cell, in a warehouse. Armando escapes. Alejandro and Emperatriz discover Justo but they keep him locked in the same warehouse. Manuel buries Justo alive and then goes away. Armando witnesses it but he doesn't save Justo. Perfecta dies.

After a turn of events Esther falls in love with Nico, Quimera and Manuel's son. Emperatriz witnesses Alejandro and Quimera kissing. She has a car accident and gets blind. Afterwards she recovers.

Quimera wants to shoot Emperatriz but Esther protects her and is shot in the back. Afterwards, at her club, she and some bodyguards fire towards Emperatriz, Alejandro and some cops, while trying to escape. Quimera reveals Emperatriz that it was Manuel and she who set her up for fraud and that they sent her in prison years before. She also tells her she did it because she always took everything away from her, for example Armando. Quimera asks Manuel on the phone to release her from prison otherwise she will testify against him to the police. A man shoots Quimera as she was testifying against Manuel at his order. Armando testifies against Manuel. Nico also wants to send into prison.

Emperatriz becomes the main shareholder of del Real Company. She tells Manuel to get out of the company. Afterwards, at del Real Company, Manuel threatens Emperatriz with a knife but Alejandro saves her. The police arrives to capture Manuel. He sets the basement on fire and escapes with the help of an ambulance.

At his house, Manuel drugs Emperatriz and then buries her alive, saying she did everything for her, that he loves her. Alejandro and a detective save her. The police arrives. Manuel jumps off his house.

Alejandro and Emperatriz get married. 3 years later, the main characters are shown at a party: Alejandro and Emperatriz have twins (a boy and a girl), Nico and Esther are waiting for a baby, Elisa and her husband, Estela and her husband Gonzalo have a boy.


Main cast

Actor Character Description
Gabriela Spanic Emperatriz Jurado Protagonist. In search of her daughter with Armando (Esther). In love with Alejandro. Perfecta and Justo's daughter.
Bernie Paz Alejandro Miranda Protagonist. In love with Emperatriz. Justo's son-in-law.
Sergio de Bustamante Justo Del Real Main Villain. Father of Alma Rosa, Margarita and Emperatriz. Grandfather of Elena, Elisa and Esther. Perfecta's ex-lover. Separates Emperatriz from her daughter (Esther) as a revenge for Alma Rosa's death. Faked Leonor's death. After he was buried alive by Manuel, Armando dug him up but chose to leave him to die. Dies buried alive by order of Manuel. [2]
Adriana Louvier Esther Mendoza Del Real Co-protagonist. Daughter of Emperatriz and Armando. In love with Alejandro,then love with Nicolas.
Marimar Vega Elisa Mendoza Del Real / Luna Co-protagonist. Daughter of Alma Rosa and Armando. In love with Mauricio. Juan Pablo's mother. Raised by La Gata after her parents' death. Wants revenge on Emperatriz.
Miriam Higareda Elena Mendoza Del Real Co-protagonist. Daughter of Alma Rosa and Armando. Raised by Justo after her parents' death. In love with Gonzalo.
Julieta Egurrola Perfecta Jurado Emperatriz's mother, Roberto's wife. Gave Esther to Armando 20 years ago. During her youth, she was raped by Justo. Later, she helped Leonor.
Rafael Sanchez Navarro Manuel Leon (fictional character) Villain. Emperatriz's ex-husband. Nico's father. Together with Quimera, they blamed Armando and Emperatriz for a fraud they committed. Buried Justo alive. Commits suicide by jumping off his house.
Carmen Delgado Graciela "Gata" Mendoza Armando's sister. Benito's ex-wife. In love with Benito and Manuel. Aunt of Esther, Elisa and Elena
Alberto Guerra Mauricio Gomez A medical doctor. In love with Elisa. Juan Pablo's father
Jorge Alberti Nicolas "Nico" Galvan Castillo A chef. Esther's colleague. In love with Esther. Quimera and Manuel's son. Special Participation
Erick Chapa David In love with Elisa. Mauricio's love rival. Special Participation
Carlos Martinez Gonzalo Montalvan A young director from Spain. In love with Elena
René Campero Roberto Paredes Perfecta's husband. Emperatriz's stepfather. Dies after being hit by a car while drunk.
Concepción Márquez Agustina Morales Del Real's housekeeper. Nanny of Alma Rosa, Esther, Elisa and Elena. Shot herself and dies.
Dora Montero Lola Alejandro's maid
Ana Karina Guevara Coco Alvarez Emperatriz's secretary and friend.
Fabian Peña Beto "Benito" Ramirez Gata's ex-husband, Manuel's right-hand man / driver, killed by Manuel's order
Alma Rosa Añorve Consuelo Quimera's sister. Special Participation
Niurka Marcos Angela "Quimera" Galvan Villain. Has a son with Manuel, named Nico. Was Emperatriz's best friend. She and Emperatriz fell in love with Armando during their youth. One of the real culprit behind Armando and Emperatriz's fraud charges. She owns a nightclub named "Quimera Cristal". Long time ago, she was pregnant with Armando's son but had a miscarriage after she fell from stairs. Blames Nico for the incident. Wants to shoot Emperatriz but Esther covers her and is injured in the back. Shot to death in prison by order of Manuel.[3][4]
Omar Fierro Armando Mendoza Emperatriz's ex-lover, still in love with Emperatriz. Alma Rosa's husband, father of Esther, Elisa and Elena. Committed suicide in the fifth episode, but in episode 93, it was revealed that he had been abducted by Justo since his supposed death and never committed any fraud. He returns to seek revenge.[5]

Special guest stars

Actor Character Description
Mercedes Pascual Leonor Bustamante Perfecta's former employer. Justo's ex-wife, Mother of Alma Rosa and Margarita. Killed by orders of Justo
Marcela Pezet Isabel Cristina Andueza de Miranda Villain. Alejandro's wife. Was a prostitute in Switzerland. A con.
Cristina Michaus[6] Gina Medina "La Caimana" Emperatriz's cell mate.
Martin Navarrete Fernando Casillas A public prosecutor.
Mar Carrera Alma Rosa Del Real de Mendoza Justo and Leonor's daughter, Armando's wife. Mother of Elisa and Elena. Dies of heart attack
Marcela Guirado Esther Mendoza (young) Daughter of Emperatriz and Armando.
Alicia Jaziz Elisa Mendoza (young) Daughter of Alma Rosa and Armando.
Alejandra Zaid Elena Mendoza (young) Daughter of Alma Rosa and Armando.
Irma Infante Antonieta Mother of Isabel Cristina.
Larisa Mendizabal Doris Justo's fiancée.
Daniela Garmendia Cinthia Benito's lover. Pregnant with his child.
Guillermo Larrea Jorge Isabel's husband
Erika de la Rosa Dr. Ximena A nutritionist with unstable mental condition. Inlove with Mauricio, but he doesn`t love her and she goes mad.
Paloma Woolrich Josefa Gonzalo's mother. Elena's mother-in-law
Sandra Destenave Marlene Martinez Alejandro and Federico's ex-classmate. Alejandro's ex-girlfriend and still in love with him. Married Manuel for his wealth but during their honeymoon, she was poisoned to death by Manuel.

Supporting cast

Actor Character Description
David Muri Federico Alejandro's friend. Emperatriz's lawyer
Aurora Gil Lulu A prisoner. Was Elisa's cell mate, later became the friend of Emperatriz
Estela Cano Barbara Elena's rival in the acting academy.
Citlali Galindo Lorena Saldivar Justo's personal assistant.
Alfonso Bravo Jaime Roberto's nephew. An inspector.
Carlos Ceja Cinthia's brother
Carlos Hernan Romo Cinthia's brother
Luis Rene Aguirre Leopoldo Benito's friend, raped Elisa, killed by Justo
Matilde Miranda Norma Emperatriz's maid
Marco Zetina Gustavo Esther's colleague
Julio Casado Freddy Carreño Emperatriz's friend and make-up artist.
Elia Domenzain Mariana Ramirez Prison coordinator
Arturo Echeverría
Blas Garcia Judge
Sandra Benitez Estefania



Shortly after the grand final epidode ended, "Emperatriz" quickly became a trending topic (Mexico) in Twitter. In 30 minutes time, it reached the forth spot, from the eighth.

The final rating was 15.1

"Emperatriz de mis sueños"

Copyright Azteca Musica 2011

Other songs

The solo version of Franco De Vita's "Tan Sólo Tú" was used as the love theme for Elisa and Mauricio.

International broadcast

Country Alternate title/Translation TV network(s) Series premiere Series finale Weekly schedule TimeslotOfficial Website
 Brazil Imperatriz SBT 2016 or 2017 Monday to Friday 17:15 or 18:15
 Lithuania Meilė ir kančia / Love and Passion LNK
Episode 74 onwards: TV1
16 June 2011 Monday to Friday 2:30pm
 Chile Emperatriz TVN 28 June 2011 Monday to Friday 3:15pm
 Puerto Rico Emperatriz Telemundo Puerto Rico 1 August 2011 Monday to Friday 8:00pm/11pm (rerun 1pm) [8]
 Dominican Republic Emperatriz Antena Latina 1 August 2011 Monday to Friday 1:00pm [9]
 Panama Emperatriz TVO (RCM) September, 2011 Monday to Friday [10]
 Hungary A császárnő Cool TV 12 September 2011 24 April 2012 Monday to Friday 5:40pm [11]
 Croatia Emperatriz RTL Televizija 10 October 2011 25 January 2012 Monday to Friday 11:00am [12]
 Colombia Emperatriz Caracol TV 2012 Monday to Friday 10:30am [13]
 USA Emperatriz Azteca America 2012 1:00pm
 Venezuela Emperatriz Venevision August 7, 2012 Monday to Saturday 3:00pm
 Israel משולש גורלי Viva Plus / Viva December 25, 2011 Sunday to Wednesday8:10pm [14]
 Honduras Emperatriz Canal 11[15] January 24, 2012 Monday to Friday 7:00pm [16]
 Malaysia Emperatriz Astro Bella
Mustika HD (In HD)
March 5, 2012 Monday to Friday 4:00pm/9:00pm [17]
 Brunei Emperatriz Astro Bella March 5, 2012 Monday to Friday 4:00pm/9:00pm [18]
 Georgia შურისძიების სახელით Imedi Media Holding March 19, 2012 Monday to Saturday 6:50pm
 Romania Emperatriz Acasă TV May 29, 2012 August 26, 2012 Monday to Sunday 8:30pm [19]
 Singapore - 2012
 Cyprus αυτοκράτειρα ANT 2012 Monday to Saturday
United Arab Emirates Arab World كيد إمرأة OSN Ya Hala! Arabella HD January 1, 2013 Monday to Wednesday 21:00 KSA
 Indonesia Emperatriz Vision 2 Drama April 2012 November 2012 Monday To Friday 20.15 WIB
Lebanon Lebanon كيد إمرأة Hasnna January 1, 2013 Monday to Wednesday 20:00 KSA [20]
 Nicaragua Emperatriz Televicentro January 7, 2013 Monday to Friday 11:00am
 Russia императрица Zone romantica November 10, 2012 Monday to Friday 22:00h
 Peru Emperatriz ATV March 31, 2014 Monday to Friday 3:00pm [21]
 Paraguay Emperatriz SNT 2013-2014 Monday to Friday 2:30 pm
 Spain Emperatriz NOVA Lunes 30 de Marzo 2015 Monday to Friday 16:30 pm[22]


  1. http://kikewunis.com/blog2/2011/03/16/emperatriz-se-estrena-el-4-abril-azteca-13/
  2. http://www.oem.com.mx/esto/notas/n2192020.htm De Bustamante left, Niurka enters, Fierro returns.
  3. http://www.oem.com.mx/esto/notas/n2192020.htm De Bustamante left, Niurka enters, Fierro returns.
  4. http://www.debate.com.mx/eldebate/Articulos/ArticuloGeneral.asp?IdArt=11255677&IdCat=6087 Niurka as Quimera
  5. http://www.yucatanhoy.com/espectaculos/omar-fierro-regresa-a-emperatriz-con-cabellera-larga.html Armando Mendoza returns.
  6. http://impreso.milenio.com/node/8976 484 Arriesga Gabriela Spanic todo por una escena
  7. http://www.esmas.com/espectaculos/farandula/434994.html
  8. http://www.telemundopr.com/emperatriz/ Emperatriz official page on TelemundoPR
  9. http://www.antenalatina7.com/Showdetail.asp?programa_id=314 Emperatriz on Antena Latina
  10. es:TVO (Panamá)
  11. http://www.cooltv.hu/Emperatriz official page on Cool TV
  12. http://www.rtl.hr/televizija/programi/serije/emperatriz/ Emperatriz official page on RTL
  13. http://www.caracoltv.com/emperatriz Emperatriz official page on Caracol
  14. http://viva.walla.co.il/?w=/4607/1883545 Emperatriz official page on Viva
  15. http://losespectaculos.tv/blog25/2012/02/04/cielo-rojo-se-estrena-en-honduras/
  16. http://www.canal11.hn/canal.php?id=18
  17. http://www.astro.com.my/epg/event.php?id=6225884 Emperatriz official page on Astro
  18. http://www.astro.com.my/epg/event.php?id=6225884 Emperatriz official page on Astro
  19. http://www.acasatv.ro/productii-tv/emperatriz.html Emperatriz official page on Acasa
  20. http://hasnaa.d1g.com/video/show/5060800 Emperatriz official page on Hasnna
  21. http://www.tuteve.tv/noticia/espectaculos/210848/2014/03/20/tu-podras-compartir-gratos-momentos-con-bernie-paz
  22. http://www.antena3.com/nova/emperatriz_2015032400142.html Emperatriz official page on Nova

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