Jaime Camil

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Jaime Camil
BornJaime Federico Said Camil Saldaña da Gama
(1973-07-22) July 22, 1973 (age 41)
Mexico City, Mexico
Occupationactor, singer and host.
Years active1994 ─ present
Spouse(s)Heidi Balvanera (m. 2013)
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Jaime Camil
BornJaime Federico Said Camil Saldaña da Gama
(1973-07-22) July 22, 1973 (age 41)
Mexico City, Mexico
Occupationactor, singer and host.
Years active1994 ─ present
Spouse(s)Heidi Balvanera (m. 2013)

Jaime Federico Said Camil Saldaña da Gama (born July 22, 1973 in Mexico City) is a Mexican-Brazilian actor, singer and host.


Born in Mexico City, Mexico, Camil is the son of Jaime Camil Garza, a very successful Mexican businessman, and Cecilia Saldaña 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. Camil's acting is marked by high energy and an innate talent for comedy, both verbal and physical. He enjoys extreme sports and has crossed both South Africa and Mexicode by motorcycle.

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.[1] His next CD is Jaime Camil vol. 3 (2008), which he helped produce. 2012 saw the release of Por Ella Soy Eva with the music from the TV series. In 2014 he stood on the other side of the microphone for the first time, directing the music video Perdon for the group Barston.[2]

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,[3] 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.[4] 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.[6] 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 2008/2009. Jaime Camil performed the voice for 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 .[7] 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 2004 role of Bernardo in West Side Story, for which he won the Palmas de Oro award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical.[8] In 2007 he played the lead, Father Silvestre, in the Mexican favorite, 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).

Camil lives between Los Angeles and Mexico City with his wife, model Heidi Balvanera, and their children Elena born in 2011 and Jaime (III) born in October 2014. He has two half-siblings and three step-siblings. His stepsister Issabela is married to actor Sergio Mayer. Camil speaks four languages: Spanish, English, Portuguese, and French.

Since 2012 he is the spokesperson for the brand Pinalen.


1995El show de Jaime Camil [9]HostTalk / Variety Show
1996Qué nochecita con Jaime CamilHostTalk / Variety Show
2001Diseñador de ambos sexosFeatured guestSeason 1 episodes 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, and 24
2002Operación Triunfo (México)HostReality show
2006La familia P. LucheJaime CamilucheSeason 1, Episode 14
2000Mi Destino Eres TúMauricio Rodríguez CalderónMain antagonist
2004Mujer de MaderaCésar LinaresMain protagonist
2006La fea más bellaFernando Mendiola SáenzMain protagonist
2007Una familia de diezHimselfEpisode 17
2008Las Tontas No Van al CieloSantiago López CarmonaMain protagonist
2009Aventura por MexicoCo-hostTravelogue series
2010Los Exitosos PérezMartín Pérez / Gonzalo GonzálezMain protagonist
2010El Gran Mexicano [10]HostHistory Channel series
2013El Gran Show (Univision)HostGame show
2012Por Ella Soy EvaJuan Carlos Caballero Mistral / Eva León Jaramillo de ZuloagaMain protagonist
2013Devious MaidsOscar ValdezGuest role. Episode: Taking out the Trash
2013Qué Pobres Tan RicosMiguel Ángel Ruizpalacios RomagnoliMain protagonist
2014Jane the VirginRogelioCW Network; starts Oct. 2014
2004Mariana made in TepitoShort film
Puños rosasRandy Garza
Zapata: El sueño de un héroeEufemioHistorical drama
2005Volver, volver
7 días LightTony Zamacona
2007I Love Miami
Open SeasonElliotSpanish language
Bee MovieBarrySpanish language
2008El Agente 00-P2
2009Recien cazadoSebastián
All Inclusive
2010RegresaErnesto del Valle
2011Salvando al Soldado PérezBlack comedy, parody
2012Chiapas, Heart of CoffeeGeronimo
El cielo en tu miradaMateo
2013Pulling StringsAlejandroPrevious titles: The Mexican Singer, Lost and Found
Zero HourLorenzoShort
200 CartasJuanRomantic comedy
Elsa & FredWaiter #1Romantic comedy
2004West Side StoryBernardoSpanish: Amor sin barreras / Musical
2005LatinloguesBroadway Musical
2005Mambo KingsNestor CastilloBroadway-bound Musical
2007Peter PanCaptain HookMusical Comedy
2007El diluvio que vieneFather SilvestreMusical Comedy
2008AladinoEl GenioMusical Comedy

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