Daniela Castro (born Danielle Stefani Castro Arellano; 17 August 1969) is a Mexican actress and singer.[1][2]

Daniela Castro
Danielle Stefani Castro Arellano

(1969-08-17) 17 August 1969 (age 54)
Mexico City, Mexico
Occupation(s)Actress, singer
Years active1988–present
SpouseGustavo Díaz Ordaz Borja



She felt an attraction for music at a very young age, and this is why she entered the Centro de Estudios Artísticos de Televisa (CEA), which took her in another direction. She ended up performing in plays at some theaters in Mexico, which she continued doing occasionally. She was offered a role in a telenovela because of her success in the theatre. She has starred in 13 telenovelas to date. After a long absence from television, she returned to play Lizabeta in Pasión in 2007. She also played the main role (as Rosa) in one of the episodes of Mujeres Asesinas.[citation needed]

Also, she acted in Mi Pecado where she played Rosario, her greatest antagonist to date. She considers Cadenas de Amargura the telenovela that brought her the success and recognition that made her the actress she is today. This novela was not a big production and did not have a big cast, but the story and episodes were already written; and the characters were perfectly defined which is considered the main reason for the success of Cadenas de Amargura. Diana Bracho (who is considered one of the best actresses in Mexico) was part of the cast. Raul Araiza who played her boyfriend in the story was also her boyfriend in real life. Cynthia Klitbo, Delia Casanova, Fernando Luján, Alexis Ayala, and Raymundo Capetillo also participated in this story.[citation needed]

Daniela plays Cecila Vizcaino, a young girl whose parents die in a tragic accident. Cecila is sent to her aunt's house after her parents' death. Evangelina who is a very possessive, moral, and religious person who wants to control her life, prevents her from committing sin and living her life on her own terms. On the other hand, her aunt Natalia (Delia Casanova) is good to her and is the one that protects her. Daniela plays a very timid, quiet girl, who tries to fight for her right to live her life her way, trusts her aunts without knowing all the pain one of them is causing her.[citation needed]

Cañaveral de Pasiones is a novel written by Caridad Bravo Adams. The story was produced by Humberto Zurita and Christian Bach who have only delivered well- made stories. Daniela plays Julia Santos, a very sensual role compared to Cadenas de Amargura. Juan Soler is the lead actor and plays Pablo Montero.[citation needed]

The story is about two families: the Santos and the Monteros. Because of some misunderstandings, Pablo's mother Joséfina, played by Angelica Aragón, believes Julia's mother Margarita (Felicia Mercado), who happened to be one of the most beautiful woman in town, is the lover of her husband Amador (César Évora). However, she is mistaken, the one that is her husband's lover is Dinorah (Azela Robinson), Margarita's sister and Julia's aunt. In order to prevent her sister from running away with Amador, Margarita goes to meet him, and they end up having an accident during a rain storm, and subsequently dying, reason enough for Josefina to think she is right; and she tries to make Julia's life miserable. She prevents Pablo from seeing her and sends him to the Capital to study. As an adult and engaged to be married, Pablo returns home. Although engaged, he sees Julia again and falls in love with her all over again. They will have to fight for their love against Josefina, Dinorah, and Julia's Father Fausto (Leonardo Daniel).[citation needed]

After a long absence she returned in the telenovela Pasión, which is situated around 1780 in the New Spain. She plays blind Lizabeta de Salamanca; the difference here is that she plays the antagonist. At first, she was afraid to play this role, but she subsequently earned positive reviews. She also starred in a horror movie called Viaje directo al infierno in 1989.[citation needed]

In addition, she recorded an album called Junto a ti. She has mentioned that her biggest dream was to perform a song with her father (Jorge) for her mother. She planned to record a second album with her uncles and her dad; but her uncle suddenly died. Because of the respect and love she had for her father, the project has been delayed.[citation needed]


  • Desencuentro (1998)
  • Junto A Ti (1999)




Year Title Role Notes
1986 Navidad con cachunes Documentary short
1989 Viaje directo al infierno María
1991 Infamia
1993 Sueño y Realidad Alejandra


Year Title Role Notes
1981 Cachún cachún ra ra! Debbie
1988 Un nuevo amanecer Patricia Lead role
1989 Mi segunda madre Mónica Lead role
1989 Balada por un amor Simona Portugal Lead role
1990 Días sin luna Lorena Lead role
1991 Cadenas de amargura Cecilia Vizcaíno Lead role
1992 Triángulo Sara Lead role
1996 Mujer, casos de la vida real Various roles Episode: "El amor, siempre es el amor"
1996 Cañaveral de pasiones Julia Santos Lead role
1997-1998 Desencuentro Victoria Lead role
2001 El noveno mandamiento Isabel Durán / Ana Jiménez Lead role
2007-2008 Pasión Lisabeta de Salamanca Main cast
2009 Mujeres asesinas Rosa Domínguez "Rosa, heredera" (Season 2, Episode 5)
2009 Mi pecado Rosario Pedraza de Córdoba Main cast; 110 episodes
2011-2012 Una familia con suerte Josefina Arteaga de Irabién Main cast
2013-2014 Lo que la vida me robó Graciela Giacinti de Mendoza / Gaudencia Jimenez Main cast
2017-2018 Me declaro culpable Roberta Monroy de Urzúa Main cast
2024 Top Chef VIP Herself Contestant; season 3[3]
TBA Cautiva por amor Isabel Fuentes Mansilla Main role[4]

Awards and nominations

Year Category Telenovela Result
1989 Mejor actriz debutante Nuevo Amanecer Won
1990 Best Young Lead Actress Mi Segunda Madre Nominated
1991 Dias sin Luna
1992 Cadenas de Amargura Won
1997 Best Lead Actress Cañaveral de Pasiones
2008 Best Female Antagonist Pasión Nominated
2010 Best First Actress Mi Pecado
2015 Best Female Antagonist Lo que la vida me robó Won
2018 Best Female Antagonist Me declaro culpable Won

Premios Bravo

Year Category Series/Telenovela Result
2007 Best Female Performance Mujer, casos de la vida real Won[5]
2010 Best Female Antagonist Mi Pecado

Premios ACE (Argentina)

Year Category Telenovela Result
2011 Best Female Co-acting Mi Pecado Won

Premios People en Español

Year Category Telenovela Result
2011 Best Female Antagonist Mi Pecado Won[6]
2012 Una Familia Con Suerte Nominated


  1. ^ Maza, Luis Reyes de la; Terán, Luis (2000). Lágrimas de exportación: una aproximación al fenómeno de la telenovela (in Spanish). Clío. p. 23. ISBN 9789706630797. Retrieved 7 April 2011.
  2. ^ Gudinni, Alfredo (1996-01-01). Castillo de las estrellas. Grijalbo. p. 336. ISBN 978-970-05-0686-9. Retrieved 7 April 2011.
  3. ^ González, Moisés (March 14, 2024). "Celebridades confirmadas para Top Chef VIP 3". People en Español (in Spanish). Retrieved March 14, 2024.
  4. ^ Cruz Jiménez, Lizbeth (19 June 2024). "Cautiva por amor conquistó a Daniela Castro en Tv Azteca". Milenio (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 June 2024.
  5. ^ "Premios Bravo 2007". Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2014-04-06.
  6. ^ People en español al mejorvillano - consultado 20 de Octubre de 2010