Alfonso Herrera Rodríguez (Spanish pronunciation: [alˈfonso eˈreɾa], born 28 August 1983) is a Mexican actor and singer.[2]

Alfonso Herrera
Herrera in 2017
Alfonso Herrera Rodríguez

(1983-08-28) 28 August 1983 (age 40)
Mexico City, Mexico
Other namesPoncho
  • Actor
  • singer
  • producer
Years active2001–present
  • Diana Vázquez
    (m. 2016; div. 2021)
Musical career
Formerly ofRBD

Born in Mexico City, Herrera made his television debut in Clase 406 in 2002.[3] In the same year, he made his film debut in Amar te duele and won a MTV Movie Awards Mexico.[2] In 2004, he achieved international stardom playing the protagonist Miguel Arango in the Mexican telenovela Rebelde, which spanned the pop musical group RBD (2004–09). Herrera was one of the six lead singers in the group, which was successful in Latin America, USA and Europe, was nominated twice to the Latin Grammy Award and sold more than 15 million albums worldwide.[4][2] In 2009, he starred in the Venezuelan film Venezzia, the Mexican series Mujeres Asesinas and the Mexican telenovela Camaleones.[2]

In 2014, Herrera played the lead role in the political satire comedy film The Perfect Dictatorship.[5] From 2015 to 2018, he sensitively portrayed art lecturer, Hernando Fuentes, secret boyfriend of actor Lito Rodriguez, in the American drama series Sense8 on Netflix. He played Father Tomas on the American horror series The Exorcist (2016–17).[5][6] He co-starred in the American drama series Queen of the South (2018–19). Herrera portrayed Ignacio de la Torre y Mier in Dance of the 41 (2020) and received acclaim for his performance, winning the Ariel Award for Best Actor.[2][7] In 2022, he co-starred as cartel lieutenant Javi Elizondro in the final season of the Netflix crime drama series Ozark.

Early life


Alfonso Herrera Rodríguez was born in Mexico City.[8] He has an older brother, Alejandro and a younger brother, Oscar. He attended the Edron Academy, alongside Gael García Bernal and Ximena Sariñana and graduated in 2002. Herrera originally wanted to become a pilot and was going to move to San Antonio, Texas, to enroll in an aviation school. He changed his mind and decided to enroll at the Centro de Educación Artística run by Latin American media giant Televisa.[8]


Herrera in 2006 during a press conference of the Mexican band RBD in Brazil.

Following his completion at the Centro de Educación Artística, Herrera began working professionally in theater. He performed in Las Brujas de Salem (2001), Como matar a un ruiseñor (2001) and Antigona (2001).

In 2002, he was cast in the film Amar te duele, directed by Fernando Sariñana, and from there moved into television, working in the telenovela Clase 406, alongside Dulce María, Anahí, and Christian Chávez, who later became his bandmates in RBD. When he starred in the soap opera Clase 406, Herrera participated in the soundtrack together with the cast in the songs "De Donde Vienes... A Donde Vas...?", "Corazón de Ángel", "Por Ti", "Shala La La" and "Grito" from the album Clase 406 - El Siguiente Paso ...! (2003).

In 2004, he participated in the episode "Tres Lágrimas" of the Mexican series Mujer, Casos de la Vida Real and he was cast as one of the main characters in Rebelde, a Mexican remake of the hit Argentine novela Rebelde Way. Herrera played Miguel Arango, a teenager who moves to Mexico City to avenge his father's death. Rebelde was a hit worldwide and had over 400 episodes, lasting from 2004 to 2006.

Following the success of Rebelde, in 2007, Televisa released RBD: La Familia, which starred the members of RBD. The characters of the sitcom were not based on the band's characters in Rebelde, but intended to be similar to the actors' real personalities. RBD: La Familia was the first Mexican show shot entirely in high definition. The show ran from March 14, 2007, to June 13, 2007, and only lasted 13 episodes.

Herrera at the 2017 Fénix Award.

In 2007, Herrera began filming Volverte a Ver with Ximena Herrera. It was released in December 2008. The movie was filmed in Mexico and Argentina.[9] In 2008, he also starred in the play The Pillowman, replacing actor Kuno Becker.[10][11] To date, RBD has made 9 studio albums, including albums in Spanish, Portuguese and English. They have sold over 15 million albums worldwide, and have toured across Mexico, South America, Serbia, Romania, the United States, and Spain.

Poncho wrote the song "Si No Estas Aqui" on the fifth studio album by the Mexican band RBD, Empezar Desde Cero (2007).[12][13] On August 15, 2008, RBD released a message telling fans that they had decided to split up. They went on one final tour, Gira del Adiós World Tour, which ended in early 2009. In a November 2008 interview with Open magazine, Herrera said he has no intention of having a solo singing career after RBD and that he does not see himself as a singer.[14] Herrera gave voice to the main character in the animated film Igor (2008). From September to December 2008, Poncho starred in the Mexican series Terminales, playing a man who was diagnosed with a terminal illness.

In 2009, he began filming Venezzia in Venezuela, alongside Ruddy Rodríguez.[15] On May 21, 2009, it was announced that Herrera would star alongside Spanish Mexican singer/actress Belinda Peregrín in Televisa's latest novela, Camaleones.[16] Herrera played Sebastián, a man who pretends to be a professor and steals expensive art work in order to protect his jailed father.[17] On August 6, 2009, he also guest-starred in an episode of Mujeres Asesinas, "Soledad, Cautiva", alongside his Rebelde co-star Angelique Boyer.

Herrera during the play La sociedad de los poetas muertos (2018).

Poncho was part of the cast of the third season of the series Tiempo Final in the episode "El Billete" in 2009.[2] Herrera also worked alongside actors Plutaco Haza, Paola Núñez, Sergio Klainer, Guillermo Larrea, Jana Raluy, and Raúl Vallejo on the Spanish version of Rain Man, known in Spanish as Cuando los hermanos se encuentran.

Besides Rain Man, 2011 has brought up new projects for Herrera. He worked on a television series called El Equipo produced by Pedro Torres where he played a federal policeman named Fermín Pérez. This series has been compared to the television series CSI and was aired in Mexico as well as the United States. Alfonso is currently filming a television series called El Diez where he will play a soccer player named 'Chava Espinoza'. This series will be aired soon on ESPN Deportes; which is available on the United States as well as some Latin American countries. On August 19, 2011, Así es la Suerte was premiered. He played the revolutionary Aquiles Serdán in the Mexican series El Encanto del Águila (2011).

In 2013, Herrera starred with Paz Vega in the Mexican horror film Espectro. He entered the third season of the Colombian series El Capo (2014) as Niño Malo, for this character, he was nominated for the TVyNovelas Award for best supporting actor in the series and starred in the Mexican film Perfect Obedience. Still in 2014, he was the protagonist of the controversial Mexican film The Perfect Dictatorship.[5]

He also was in the Netflix original series Sense8 (2015–18), where he starred as Hernando Fuentes the boyfriend of Lito Rodriguez, played by Miguel Ángel Silvestre.[18] They are a gay couple who are not open about their relationship due to the fact that Lito is a big Mexican movie star. Once his secret is out Hernando and Lito struggle to persevere through it. In 2015, he starred in the Mexican series El Dandy.[19] In 2016, Herrera gave life to Ramón Mercader in the film The Chosen.[20]

He played Ramón Mercader in the Mexican-Spanish drama The Chosen (2016). Between 2016 and 2017, Herrera participated in two episodes of the Mexican series Drunk History, played Che Guevara and again reprised the role of Aquiles Serdán. Herrera starred Father Tomas in Fox's American horror series The Exorcist (2016–2017).[21] He joined the recurring cast of the third season of the American series Queen of the South (2018) and in the fourth became part of the main cast along with the Brazilian actress Alice Braga.[22] He played Leon in the Mexican series Sitiados: México in 2019.[23]

In 2020, he participated as himself in the episode "Romcom" in the Mexican series How to Survive Being Single by Amazon Prime Video.[24] Also in 2020, Herrera starred in David Pablos's movie Dance of the 41, playing Ignacio de la Torre y Mier, the gay son-in-law of the President of Mexico. For his performance Dance of the 41, he won the Ariel Award for Best Actor.[25]

Personal life


In 2002, Herrera started dating actress and singer Dulce María; they met during the filming of the soap opera Clase 406, and the relationship ended in 2005.[26]

In 2016, he married journalist Diana Vázquez.[27] They have two sons.[28][29] The couple divorced in 2021.[30] Herrera later had a brief relationship with actress Ana de la Reguera.[31]


Denotes projects that have not yet been released


Title Year Role Notes
Amar te Duele 2002 Francisco
Volverte a Ver 2008 Pablo Murillo
Igor 2008 Igor Voice role[a]
Venezzia 2009 Frank Moore
Así es la Suerte 2011 Guillermo
The Lorax 2012 Theodore "Ted" Wiggins Voice role[a]
Espectro 2013 Mario
The Croods 2013 Guy Voice role[a]
Museo Memoria y Tolerancia 2013 Man Short film
Metegol 2013 Amadeo Voice role[a]
Perfect Obedience 2014 Julián Santos
Gonzalo 2014 Gonzalo Short film
The Perfect Dictatorship 2014 Carlos Rojo
Minions 2015 Walter Nelson Voice role[a]
The Chosen 2016 Ramón Mercader
Dance of the 41 2020 Ignacio de la Torre y Mier Also executive producer
DC League of Super-Pets 2022 Krypto the Superdog Voice role[a]
Me Casé Con Un Idiota 2022 Iñaki Palacios
¡Qué viva México! 2023 Pancho Reyes “El Fifí”
Rebel Moon – Part One: A Child of Fire 2023 Cassius
The Boy and the Heron 2023 The Grey Heron Voice role[a]
Migration 2023 Mack Mallard Voice role[a]
Rebel Moon – Part Two: The Scargiver 2024 Cassius
Tesis Sobre una Domesticación 2024 TDA Filming


Title Year Role Notes
Clase 406 2002–03 Juan David Rodríguez Pineda Main role
Mujer, Casos de la Vida Real 2004 Miguel Episode: "Tres Lágrimas"
Rebelde 2004–06 Miguel Arango Cervera Main role
La Energía de Sonric'slandia 2005 Miguel Arango Cervera Episodes: "Calor en la Central" and "Viceversa"
RBD: La Familia 2007 Poncho Main role
Lola, Érase Una Vez 2007 Himself 1 episode
Terminales 2008 Leonardo Carral Main role
Mujeres Asesinas 2009 Esteban Episode: "Soledad, cautiva"
Camaleones 2009–10 Sebastián Jaramillo Main role
Tiempo Final 2009 Arturo Episode: "El Billete"
El Equipo 2011 Fermín Pérez Main role
El Diez 2011 Salvador "Chava" Espinoza Main role
El Encanto del Águila 2011 Aquiles Serdán Episode: "Los Mártires de Puebla"
La Ciencia de lo Absurdo 2014–21 Himself Host
El Capo 2014 Juan Vicente Blanco "Niño Malo" Main role (season 3)
Sense8 2015–18 Hernando Fuentes Regular role
El Dandy 2015–16 Daniel "El Dandy" Brach / José "Pepe" Montaño Main role
Drunk History 2016
Ernesto "Che" Guevara
Aquiles Serdán
Episode: "La Coronela, La revolución del Che, El Florero de Llorente"
Episode: "La locura de Carlota, Hermanos Serdán, WWII"
The Exorcist 2016–17 Father Tomas Ortega Main role
Queen of the South 2018–19 Javier Jiménez Regular role (season 3), Main role (season 4)
Sitiados: México 2019 Léon / Lorenzo Main role
Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya 2019–20 Cygnus Hyoga Main role (voice)
Cómo Sobrevivir Soltero 2020 Himself Episode 7: "Romcom"
Ozark 2022 Javier "Javi" Elizondro Main role (season 4)


Title Year Role Notes
Batman Desenterrado 2022 Batman / Bruno Díaz Main role (voice)[32][33][34][35][36]




Production Year Role Theater
The Pillowman 2008 Michal Scotiabank Theater
Rain Man 2010 Charlie Babbitt Diego Rivera Theater
Nadando con Tiburones 2012 Gus Teatro de los Insurgentes
La Sociedad De Los Poetas Muertos 2018 John Keating Libanés Theater
El Paraíso de la Invención 2020–21 Father Milan Theater[b]

Awards and nominations

Award Year[c] Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref.
Ariel Award 2021 Best Actor El Baile de los 41 Won [37]
Bloody Disgusting Reader's Choice Awards 2017 Best Actor – Television The Exorcist Won [38]
Canada International Film Festival 2010 Best Actor Venezzia Won [39]
Diosas de Plata 2009 Best Male Revelation Volverte A Ver Nominated [40]
2015 Best Actor La Dictadura Perfecta Nominated [41]
Imagen Awards 2017 Best Actor – Television The Exorcist Nominated [42]
2018 Best Actor – Television Nominated [43]
2022 Best Supporting Actor – Drama (Television) Ozark Nominated [44]
Kids Choice Awards 2012 Best Latin Artist Alfonso Herrera Nominated [45]
Kids Choice Awards Mexico 2010 Favorite Male Character Camaleones Nominated [46]
2012 Favorite Voice in a Movie The Lorax Nominated [47]
MTV Millennial Awards 2014 Change Agent Alfonso Herrera Won [48]
MTV Movie Awards México 2003 Favorite Villain Amar te duele Won [49][50]
Premios Juventud 2005 Torrid Romance Alfonso Herrera and Dulce María Won [51][52]
2006 He's Got Style Alfonso Herrera Won [53]
What a Hottie! Alfonso Herrera Won
2007 He's Got Style Alfonso Herrera Nominated [54]
What a Hottie! Alfonso Herrera Won
2008 He's Got Style Alfonso Herrera Nominated [55]
What a Hottie! Alfonso Herrera Nominated
2009 He's Got Style Alfonso Herrera Nominated [56]
What a Hottie! Alfonso Herrera Nominated
2010 Can He Act or What? Venezzia Won [57]
2011 What a Hottie! Camaleones Nominated [58]
Premios Agrupación de Periodistas Teatrales 2019 Best Actor La Sociedad De Los Poetas Muertos Nominated [59]
TVyNovelas Awards Mexico 2006 Best Young Lead Actor Rebelde Nominated
TVyNovelas Awards Colombia 2015 Best Supporting Actor – Series El Capo Nominated


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h For the version released in Latin America.
  2. ^ Streaming only
  3. ^ Indicates the year of ceremony. Each year is linked to the article about the awards held that year, wherever possible.


  1. ^
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Entrevista: la travesía de Alfonso Herrera". Expansión. 17 November 2020. Retrieved 2 December 2020.
  3. ^ "¡Clase 406 regresa¡ La icónica telenovela regresa a la televisión con retransmisión por TLNovelas". Las Estrellas. 3 November 2020. Retrieved 2 December 2020.
  4. ^ "'Rebelde' 16th Anniversary: Where the Cast of the Fan-Favorite Mexican Telenovela Is Now". Entertainment Tonight. 4 October 2020. Retrieved 2 December 2020.
  5. ^ a b c "Alfonso Herrera on Finding Your Character's Intention". Backstage. 8 December 2016. Retrieved 2 December 2020.
  6. ^ "'Exorcist': Alfonso Herrera & Ben Daniels To Star In Fox Drama Pilot". Deadline. 2 March 2016. Retrieved 2 December 2020.
  7. ^ ""El baile de los 41", sobre el yerno de Porfirio Díaz". Proceso. 28 November 2020. Retrieved 2 December 2020.
  8. ^ a b "Biografía de Alfonso Herrera". Archived from the original on 14 May 2009. Retrieved 24 May 2009. Esmas Official Biography
  9. ^ "Volverte Aver". Archived from the original on 7 December 2007. Retrieved 14 January 2022.
  10. ^ "Alfonso Herrera Es Michal en the Pillowman "El Hombre Almohada"". Archived from the original on 5 January 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2009.
  11. ^ [1] Archived 2008-12-06 at the Wayback Machine People En Español
  12. ^ "Empezar Desde Cero - RBD". MSN Music. Archived from the original on 28 September 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
  13. ^ "RBD lanza nuevo disco "Empezar desde cero"". El Nuevo Diario (in Spanish). 22 November 2007. Archived from the original on 26 September 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2013.
  14. ^ [2] Open Magazine Interview
  15. ^ "Tv Chismes .:: Version Digital ::". Archived from the original on 10 May 2009. Retrieved 24 May 2009.
  16. ^ [3] El Universal
  17. ^ "Entretenimiento".
  18. ^ Stacy Lambe (16 July 2015). "Alfonso Herrera Puts Ego Aside for Love on Sense8". Out. Here Media. Archived from the original on 10 January 2017. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  19. ^ "Fotos de Alfonso Herrera en la serie El Dandy". (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  20. ^ Huerta, César. "Alfonso Herrera encabeza reparto de El elegido". (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  21. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2 March 2016). "'Exorcist': Alfonso Herrera & Ben Daniels To Star In Fox Drama Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  22. ^ Cordero, Rosy (31 May 2018). "'The Exorcist' Star Alfonso Herrera Joins USA Network's 'Queen of the South' (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  23. ^ Romero, Iván. "'Sitiados: México': El nuevo proyecto televisivo de Alfonso Herrera". MSN Entertainment (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 November 2019.
  24. ^ "'Cómo sobrevivir soltero': Fans de 'RBD' piden reencuentro tras cameos de 3 de sus integrantes en la serie de Amazon Prime Video". Sensacine. 26 June 2020. Retrieved 3 December 2020.
  25. ^ ""El baile de los 41": una película sobre Ignacio de la Torre y Mier, el yerno homosexual de Porfirio Díaz" (in Spanish). México Desconocido. 7 January 2020. Retrieved 23 February 2020.
  26. ^ Alfonso Herrera y Dulce María protagonizan un hashtag en Twitter
  27. ^ Tv, Redacción (18 June 2020). ""Rebelde": ¿Qué pasó con Alfonso Herrera, el recordado Miguel de "RBD"?". El Comercio (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 June 2020.
  28. ^ Lazo, Alberto. "Alfonso Herrera llenó de ternura Instagram con una fotografía muy navideña de su hijo". (in Spanish). Retrieved 30 December 2019.
  29. ^ "Poncho Herrera se convierte en padre por segunda vez". El Imparcial (in Spanish). 5 December 2020. Retrieved 6 December 2020.
  30. ^ "Alfonso Herrera: quién es Diana Vázquez, la exesposa del actor mexicano". El Comercio (in Spanish). Lima. 9 December 2021. Retrieved 9 January 2022.
  31. ^ "Poncho Herrera y Ana de la Reguera son captados derramando miel" (in Spanish). 11 April 2023.
  32. ^ "Alfonso Herrera dará vida a una nueva versión de Batman para Latinoamérica" (in Spanish). Publimetro. 5 April 2022. Retrieved 5 April 2022.
  33. ^ "Spotify, Warner Bros. y DC crean el pódcast "Batman Desenterrado"" (in Spanish). Diari De Tarragona. 5 April 2022. Retrieved 5 April 2022.
  34. ^ "Alfonso Herrera dará vida a Batman en Desenterrado, con Zuria Vega" (in Spanish). Smash Mexico. 5 April 2022. Retrieved 5 April 2022.
  35. ^ "Alfonso Herrera se convertirá en Batman" (in Spanish). Spoiler Time. 5 April 2022. Retrieved 5 April 2022.
  36. ^ "Spotify y DC se unen para serie de audio "Batman Desenterrado"" (in Spanish). Cooperativa. 5 April 2022. Retrieved 5 April 2022.
  37. ^ "Ariel 2021: la lista completa de nominados a lo mejor del cine mexicano". InfoBae. 19 August 2021. Retrieved 19 August 2021.
  38. ^ "Alfonso Herrera Won Bloody Disgusting Reader's Choice Award". Twitter. 8 January 2018. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  40. ^ Lista de Nominados a las Diosas de Plata 2009
  41. ^ "Revelan nominados de Las Diosas de Plata". Archived from the original on 9 April 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2020.
  42. ^ "Nominations Announced for 32nd Annual Imagen Awards". 6 July 2017. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  43. ^ "Nominations Announced for 33rd Annual Imagen Awards". 28 June 2018. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  44. ^ "Imagen Awards Film & Television Nominees Announced Celebrating Latino Excellence for 37 Years!". The Imagen Foundation. 15 August 2022. Retrieved 16 August 2022.
  46. ^ Conoce a los ganadores de los 'Kid's Choice Awards'
  47. ^ Lista de ganadores de los Kids' Choice Awards México 2012 Archived 1 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine Star Media
  48. ^ "Poncho Herrera será premiado en los MTV Millennial Awards". Quién. 11 August 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2021.
  49. ^ "MTV Movie Awards, Mexico". IMDb.
  50. ^ "'Amar te duele' arrasa los MTV Movie Awards". 29 May 2003.
  51. ^ "Daddy Yankee, Shakira, Juanes, Chayanne, Thalía, David Bisbal y Alex Rodríguez entre los nominados para la selección final" (pdf) (in Spanish). Hispanicprwire. 21 July 2005. Retrieved 27 December 2009.[permanent dead link]
  52. ^ "2nd Annual "Premios Juventud" Awards: A Night of Stars and Premier Performances". Univision. 22 September 2005. Archived from the original on 5 December 2008. Retrieved 25 December 2009.
  53. ^ "Premiosjuventud winners from". Archived from the original on 11 June 2008. Retrieved 30 May 2008.
  54. ^ "" "Premiosjuventud". Archived from the original on 27 March 2008. Retrieved 1 May 2008.
  55. ^ ""From "Premiosjuventud". Archived from the original on 5 May 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2008.
  56. ^ "2009 Premios Juventud" (in Spanish). Univision. Archived from the original on 5 February 2010. Retrieved 27 December 2009.
  57. ^ "Nominations For Univision's 'Premios Juventud'". Retrieved 9 May 2010.
  58. ^ "Lista de nominados a Premios Juventud 2011". Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 4 July 2011.
  59. ^ Los Premios APT, Agrupación de Periodistas Teatrales 2018 esta noche