Jaime Camil

Jaime Camil
Born Jaime Federico Said Camil Saldaña da Gama
(1973-07-22) 22 July 1973
Mexico City, México
Nationality Mexican
Occupation Actor, singer, and host
Years active 1994–current
Spouse(s) Heidi Balvanera (m. 2013)
Children 2
Website jaimecamil.com

Jaime Federico Said Camil Saldaña da Gama (born 22 July 1973),[1] known professionally as Jaime Camil, is a Mexican actor, singer and host. He is best known for his roles as Fernando Mendiola in La Fea Mas Bella and Rogelio de la Vega in The CW's Jane the Virgin.

Life and career

Camil was born on July 22, 1973 Mexico City,[2] the son of Jaime Camil Garza, a successful Mexican businessman of Egyptian descent, and Cecilia Saldanha da Gama, a Brazilian singer. He earned a license in business administration from Universidad Anáhuac; studied acting in New York, Los Angeles, and Mexico; and took classical opera training in Italy.

He started his career in 1993 as a radio commentator on Radioactivo 98.5. In 1995, he made his small-screen debut as a host in El show de Jaime Camil. He continued as a host in TV Azteca's Qué nochecita con Jaime Camil (1996) and Televisa's Operación triunfo (2002). In 2009, he co-hosted Aventura por México with Javier Poza, and in 2010 he hosted the Mexican edition of the game show, El Gran Show.

In 1999, he released his first album Para estar contigo, which took him to major cities in Mexico, South America, and the United States. After participating in El Ultimo Adios (The Last Goodbye), a tribute to victims of 9/11, Camil released his second disc, Una vez más, in 2002. The singles Dime and Muriendo por ti rose to #17 and #24 Billboard's charts.[3] In 2014 he stood on the other side of the microphone for the first time, directing the music video Perdon for the group Barston.[4]

His work in the telenovela industry began with Mi destino eres tú (2000), followed by Mujer de madera (2004). The role which finally brought Jaime Camil universal renown was in the romantic comedy telenovela La fea más bella (2006–2007). His interpretation of "Don Fernando Mendiola" earned him a nomination for a well-deserved Best Actor award in the Premios TVyNovelas. After Las tontas no van al cielo (2009) with Jacqueline Bracamontes, his next telenovela took him to South America for the Argentine/Mexican co-production of Los Exitosos Pérez (2009–2010) in which he played twins. 2012 brought Por Ella Soy Eva with Camil's most technically challenging role, and one of his most memorable. His character Juan Carlos disguised himself as an outspoken older woman reminiscent of Tootsie. La fea más bella and Por Ella Soy Eva comprised two of the three highest-rated telenovelas since Mexico started keeping records. A year later, his guest appearance on an episode of Devious Maids helped propel it to the third-highest-rated show of the series.[5]

His film debut was in Delfines in 1997, but it wasn't until 2003 when film producers noticed his talent in acting. He co-starred in three different movies filmed in just a year; Puños rosas (rel. 2004), Zapata (rel. 2004) and 7 Días (rel. 2005). For his interpretation of "Tony" in 7 Días, Camil was awarded the 2006 Diosa de plata as Best Supporting Actor. 2007 saw the release of I Love Miami. He participated in the Chilean movie All Inclusive. He went on to play the lead in two romantic comedies, Recien cazado filmed in Baja California and Paris, and Regresa, both released in the winter of 2008-09. Camil voiced the role of Barry in the Spanish-language edition of the animated movie Bee Movie. In the Spanish version of Open Season he dubbed the voice of Elliot, the Mule Deer. He is cofounder and spokesman of the Short Shorts Film Festival Mexico, as of 2006 .[6] and has starred in shorts Mariana made in Tepito and Volver, volver.

Camil has often said that his favorite venue is the stage. In 2005, he played Nestor Castillo in the Broadway-bound musical The Mambo Kings. Later in 2005 he performed in Latinologues on Broadway. His work in Mexican theater includes the role of Bernardo in a revival of West Side Story (2004), for which he won the Palmas de Oro award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical.[7] In 2007 he played the lead, Father Silvestre, in El diluvio que viene, which won the APT and ACPT awards for Best Actor in a Musical. He has played colorful characters such as Captain Hook in the musical Peter Pan (2007), and the Genie in the musical Aladdin (2008).

In the fall of 2014, he began acting in the role of Rogelio De La Vega, the biological father of Jane Villanueva, and, a telenovela star, in the CW network comedy, Jane the Virgin.

Camil divides his time between Los Angeles and Mexico City with his wife, model Heidi Balvanera, and their children. He has two half-siblings and three step-siblings. He speaks four languages: Spanish, English, Portuguese, and French.



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Puños rosas Randy Garza
2004 Zapata: El sueño de un héroe Eufemio Zapata
2005 Volver, volver Jorge Short film
2005 7 días Tony Zamacona
2006 I Love Miami Alberto
2008 Todo incluido (All inclusive) Baldi
2009 El Agente 00-P2 Tambo Macaw
2009 Recién cazado Sebastián
2010 Regresa Ernesto del Valle
2011 Salvando al Soldado Pérez Eladio
2012 El cielo en tu mirada Mateo Robles
2012 Chiapas, el corazón del café Géronimo
2013 Zero Hour Lorenzo Short film
2013 200 Cartas Juan
2013 Pulling Strings Alejandro
2014 Elsa & Fred Waiter #1
2015 Maurice, modisto de Señoras Maurice
2015 Los árboles mueren de pie Director Post-production
2016 The Secret Life of Pets Fernando (Voice)


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Mi destino eres tú Mauricio Rodríguez Calderón Series regular
2004 Mujer de Madera César Linares Lead role
2006-2007 La fea más bella Fernando Mendiola Lead role
2006 La familia P. Luche Jaime Camiluche 1 episode
2007 Una familia de diez Jaime
  • "Confusión de novio" (Season 1, Episode 17)
  • "Recordar lo vivido" (Season 1, Episode 18)
2008 Las tontas no van al cielo Santiago López Carmona Lead role
2010 Los exitosos Pérez Martín Pérez / Gonzalo González Lead role
2012 Por ella soy Eva Juan Carlos Caballero Mistral / Eva León Jaramillo viuda de Zuloaga Lead role
2013 Devious Maids Oscar Valdez "Taking Out the Trash" (Season 1, Episode 5)
2013-2014 Qué pobres tan ricos Miguel Ángel Ruizpalacios Romagnoli Lead role
2014–present Jane the Virgin Rogelio De La Vega Series Regular

Television programs

Year Title Role Notes
1996 El show de Jaime Camil Himself Host
1996 Qué nochecita con Jaime Camil Himself Host
2001 Diseñador de ambos sexos Himself Guest
2002 Operación triunfo: México Himself Host
2004 Otro rollo con: Adal Ramones Himself 1 episode
2004-2005 El Show de Cristina Himself Episode "Cirugía sin Tabú" (Archive footage)
1 episode
2004 La parodia Himself 1 episode
2009 Aventura por México, rumbo al bicentenario Himself
2010 The 11th Annual Latin Grammy Awards Himself Presenter
2014 The Noite com Danilo Gentili Himself 1 episode
2014 The Talk Himself "The Cast of "Jane the Virgin"/iJustine/Jamie Krell" (Season 5, Episode 26)
2015 The 5th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards Himself Television special
2016 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Himself Provided Spanish-language translation on Oliver's segment on multi-level marketing

As producer

Year Title Notes
2012 Chiapas, el corazón del café Co-producer

Awards and nominations


  1. "Jaime Camil Actor". TV Guide. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  2. "1973: Llega al mundo el popular actor mexicano Jaime Camil". El Siglo de Torreon. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  3. "Una Vez Mas - Jaime Camil - Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  4. Profile, informador.com.mx; accessed November 8, 2014.
  5. "Devious Maids: latest ratings - canceled + renewed TV shows - TV Series Finale". tvseriesfinale.com. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  6. Shortshorts Mexico (Spanish) last retrieved March 16, 2007.
  7. Profile, elsiglodetorreon.com.mx; accessed 8 November 2014.

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