Rocío Banquells

This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Banquells and the second or maternal family name is Nuñez.
Rocío Banquells
Born María del Rocío Banquells Núñez
(1958-06-22) 22 June 1958
Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
Occupation Singer, actress
Years active 1970-present
Spouse(s) Pedro Méndez (1979-1984)
Jorge Berlanga (1985-2005)
Children Pamela Méndez Banquells
Jorge Berlanga Banquells Jr.
Parent(s) Rafael Banquells (deceased)
Dina de Marco (deceased)
Relatives Sylvia Pasquel (half-sister)
Jose Manuel Banquells (brother)
Mary Paz Banquells (sister)
Ariadne Banquells (sister)
Rafael Banquells Jr. (brother)
Alfredo Adame (brother-in-law)

Musical career


Rocío Banquells (Spanish pronunciation: [roˈsi.o βaŋˈkels]; born María del Rocío Banquells Nuñez, 22 June 1958 in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico) is a Mexican pop singer and actress, best known for her work on television, the stage and cinema of Mexico and Latin America. Her mezzo voice is one of the most versatile voices from Mexico. She sings operetta, ranchera, rock, and ballads.

Early life and career

Born in Monterrey, Mexico in 1958, Rocío is the daughter of Cuban actor and director Rafael Banquells and the actress Dina de Marco. She is half-sister of the actress Sylvia Pasquel (daughter of Rafael Banquells and the well-known actress Silvia Pinal). Her other siblings are Jose Manuel, Mary Paz, Ariadne and Rafael Jr.[1]

Rocio began her career as a special guest in the 1968 Banquells's telenovela Gutierritoz. She moved to the stage in the early 1970s. In 1978 she starred in the musical Sound of Music along with the Mexican singer Lupita D'Alessio. Other notable stage performances of Rocío are in the Mexican versions of Grease, Evita, and Jesus Christ Superstar.

In 1979, Rocio starred in the Mexican telenovelas's international success Los ricos tambien lloran, alongside Verónica Castro. Other memorable Banquells TV performances are Bianca Vidal (1983) and La fiera (1984). She realized memorable interpretations especially in playing evil characters. In 1985 she began her musical career with the album Rocío Banquells, that includes the 1980s superhits Este hombre no se toca, Luna Mágica and Abrazame.

Banquells continued her musical career during the late 1980s and early 1990s. In 1997 a legal conflict caused the Banquells retirement for over 10 years. In 2006, Banquells returned in the Televisa's reality show Cantando por un sueño, and in 2007 returned with a new album named Nací para tí, recorded live in the Teatro de la Ciudad in Mexico City. In the same year, she returned to TV in the telenovela Pasión. In 2009-2010 Banquells starred in the Mexican version of the successful musical Mamma Mia! as Donna.

In 2012, Banquells returned with the show Noches de Cabaret, along with the Mexican singers Lucía Méndez and Manoella Torres.[2] For her work in the recording industry, stage and television Banquells' handprints and star have been embedded onto the Paseo de las Luminarias in Mexico City, alongside her half-sister Sylvia Pasquel.

Personal life

Banquells was married twice. The first time to Pedro Mendez from 1979 to 1984, father of her daughter Pamela, and the second the producer Jorge Berlanga from 1985 to 2005, father of her son Rodrigo.[3]




Year Title RoleNotes
1973 Los que ayudan a Dios ValeriaSupporting Role
Adorables MujercitasRoberta Ojeda CastroFilm
1974 Ha llegado una intrusa Special Appearance
1975 Barata de primaveraPatricia Supporting Role
1976 Mi hermana la Nena Mónica Co-Protagonist
1978 LadronzuelaGilda Main Antagonist
1979-1980 Los ricos tambien lloran Esther Izaguirre de SalvatierraMain Antagonist
1980Querer volar ErikaProtagonist
1981-1982 Juegos del Destino SofíaProtagonist
1982-1983 Bianca Vidal Mónica Rondán/Sandra Main Antagonist
1983-1984 La Fiera Brenda del Villar Main Antagonist
1996-1997 Te dejare de AmarRegina Sandor Protagonist / Antagonist
2006 Cantando por un sueño HerselfTV Show, Winner
Cantando por un sueño:Reyes De La Canción TV Show, 5th Place
2007-2008 PasiónOfelia de Márquez Co-Protagonist
2008-2009 Cuidado con el AngelIsabella Rojas Antagonist
2010 Mujeres Asesinas 3 Elena Episode:"Elena, protectora"
2010-2011 Cuando me enamoroJosefina "Fina" Álvarez de MonterrubioMain Antagonist
2013 Corazón Indomable Carola Canseco Antagonist
2016 Un camino hacia el destinoLupe Gonzalo Supporting Role


Year Title Role
1970 Cosas de mamá y papá
Los años imposibles
1972 El día que secuestraron al Papa
1973-74 Vaselina (Grease) Licha
1975 La novicia rebelde (The Sound of Music) Maria Von Trapp/Liesl
Ciao Valentino
1977 Lili Lili
1978 El país de las sonrisas
1979 Anita la huerfanita (Annie)
1980 Aló!... Aló!... número equivocado
1981-82 Evita Evita Perón
1982 Un gran final (A Chorus Line)
1983 Jesuscristo Superestrella (Jesus Christ Superstar) Mary Magdalene
1984 Todo se vale (Anything Goes)
1997-98 Evita Evita Perón
2007 Los monólogos de la vagina
2008 La Bella y la Bestia, el musical de Broadway (Beauty and the Beast) Mrs. Potss
2009-10 Mamma Mia! Donna Sheridan

Awards and nominations

Premios ACE

Year Category Result
1988 Rhythm artist most outstanding regional Won
1991 Best album of the year
1993 Best music video
1993 Artist of ranchera music

Premios TVyNovelas

Year Category TelenovelaResult
1984 Best Female Antagonist Bianca Vidal Won
1988 Best Female TV-Singer
2011 Best Female Antagonist Cuando me enamoro


  1. Rocío Banquells
  2. Lucía Méndez acompañada de Rocío Banquells y Manoella Torres, presenta sus Noches de Cabaret
  3. Rocío Banquells
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