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Adriana Barraza

Adriana Barraza
Adriana Barraza, March 2009
Born (1956-03-05) March 5, 1956
Toluca, Estado de Mexico, Mexico
Occupation Actress, acting coach, director
Years active 1985–present
Spouse(s) Carlos Valsagna (m. 1978; div. 1985)
Arnaldo Pipke (m. 2005)
Children 1

Adriana Barraza (born March 5, 1956)[1] is a Mexican film and television actress and director. She has been nominated for a Golden Globe, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Broadcast Film Critics Association and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She is also a veteran actress of Televisa telenovelas. Barraza is the third Mexican actress to be nominated for an Academy Award, in a year when ten Mexicans were nominated at the 79th Academy Awards.

Early life

Barraza was born in Toluca, Estado de Mexico in Central Mexico, and has lived since 1974 with her Argentine husband in Chihuahua. While her spouse taught on the philosophy faculty of the Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua, she studied acting at the fine arts school, worked and raised her daughter.


In 1985, Barraza moved to Mexico City, to work as a theatre director. Since 1985, Barraza has guest starred and directed the Mexican television show Mujer, Casos de la Vida Real, alongside host Silvia Pinal. She has also been a part of the telenovela ensembles of Bajo un Mismo Rostro playing Elvira, La Paloma as Madre Clara and Imperio de Cristal as Flora. In 1997 she took on the role of Nurse Clara Dominguez in Alguna Vez Tendremos Alas.

Her two most recognizable films are Amores Perros and Babel; the latter garnered her nominations for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, an Online Film Critics Award, and a Chicago Film Critics Circle Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture. She won in this category at the San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards. This role has earned her wide acclaim and she was nominated for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, losing to Jennifer Hudson for her performance in Dreamgirls.

Barraza directed Locura de Amor (in which she also starred), Nunca Te Olvidare and El Manantial. She is also a professional acting coach and has worked with actors for a number of films and television shows, including the American film Spanglish.

She currently works for Telemundo as an acting instructor to smooth out the accents of actors and actresses from all over Latin America, giving them a more Mexican lilt and sound.[2] In 2007, Barraza was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[3]

Barraza appeared in the films Henry Poole Is Here, Drag Me to Hell, And Soon the Darkness. As 2011, Barraza's latest films include From Prada to Nada and Thor. She currently recurs as Guadalupe Elizalde, on the FX television series The Strain.


List of film and television credits
Year Title Role Notes
1993 Los cosas simples (TV Movie)
1994 Imperio de Cristal Flora Pilot episode
1995 Bajo un mismo rostro Elvira
La paloma Madre Clara
1996 La culpa Trabajadora Social
1997 Alguna vez tendremos alas Clara Domínguez
1998 Vivo por Elena Hilda 'La Machin'
The First Night Mamá de Bruno
1999 La paloma de Marsella
2000 Locura de amor Soledad Retana
Amores perros Mama Octavio
2001 La segunda noche Mama Lulu y Laura
1985–2003 Mujer, Casos de la Vida Real Lupe Appeared in 8 episodes from 1985–2006
2003 Clase 406 Mabel
2006 Babel Amelia
2007 ...Y solo humo Toña short film
ER Dolores Salazar episode: "Skye's the Limit
2008 Henry Poole Is Here Esperanza Martinez
Tiempo Final episode: "Reality Show
CSI: Miami Carmen Delko episode: The DeLuca Motel
2009 Rage Anita de Los Angeles
Drag Me to Hell Shaun San Dena
Tres piezas de amor en un fin de semana Sofía
2010 Revolución Chayo
And Soon the Darkness Rosamaria
Sucedió en un día Madre
Burning Palms Louisa Alvarez
Cerro Bayo Marta
Te presento a Laura Conchita
2011 From Prada to Nada Aurelia Jimenez
Thor Isabella Alvarez
2012 El Cartel Delos Sapos La abuela
Mariachi Gringo Magdalena
2014 The Strain Guadalupe Elizalde Recurring Role
2015 Cake Silvana

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2006 Best Supporting Actress In A Motion Picture Babel Won
Academy Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress In A Motion Picture Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress In A Motion Picture Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Nominated
Gotham Awards Best Ensemble Cast Won
Imagen Awards Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Online Film Critics Best Supporting Actress In A Motion Picture Nominated
Palm Springs International Film Festival Palm Springs International Film Festival Award for Best Ensemble Cast Won
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actress In A Motion Picture Won
Screen Actors Guild Award Best Supporting Actress In A Motion Picture Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
2007 ALMA Award Outstanding Actress In A Motion Picture Won
2011 Imagen Awards Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actress From Prada to Nada Nominated


  1. ^ FACTBOX-Facts on best-supporting-actress nominees | U.S. | Reuters
  2. ^ Miami Opens for Pouting, Scheming, Trembling Business
  3. ^ Film Academy Invites 115 New Members 6/19/07

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