Teresa de Jesús Buenfil López (Spanish pronunciation: [teˈɾesa ðe xeˈsus βweɱˈfil ˈlopes]; born November 23, 1964),[1] commonly known as Erika Buenfil, is a Mexican actress, TV host and singer. She is best known for her lead roles in several successful telenovelas including Amor en Silencio (1988), Marisol (1996), Tres Mujeres (1999–2000) and Amores Verdaderos (2012–2013). Since September 2019, Buenfil has run a YouTube channel named as 'Sazonando con la Buenfil'.

Erika Buenfil
Teresa de Jesús Buenfil López

(1964-11-23) 23 November 1964 (age 59)
Occupation(s)Actress, singer
Years active1974–present
Children1 [2]



Early career


Buenfil started her career in show business at the age of 11. Her first telenovela appearance was in 1977 in Acompañame. More roles followed in Ambicion, alongside Edith Gonzalez; Conflictos de un Medico alongside Victoria Ruffo; and Aprendiendo a Amar alongside Susana Dosamantes. An outstanding role was Cristina del Junco in the telenovela El derecho de nacer in 1981, which gave Buenfil international exposure as an upcoming young actress. In 1983 she played the role of Vicky de Martino in El Maleficio. The success of the novela gave Buenfil her first starring role in 1985 in Angelica, where she played the title character. At this point, she became recognizable in Latin America thanks to her success in novelas and hosting the Mexican show XETU. The following year, in 1986, Buenfil starred in El Engaño, alongside Frank Moro, Guillermo Garcia Cantu, and Luz Maria Jerez.[citation needed]

Amor en silencio


Two years later, in 1988, Buenfil appeared in Amor en silencio. This was her third starring role and the most memorable. She played two characters; Marisela in the first half, and Ana in the second half of the telenovela. Her leading men were Arturo Peniche and Omar Fierro. Amor en silencio, produced by Carla Estrada, became an instant hit due to the cast and the well-written storyline. However, her character was killed in a surprise twist during one episode. The story continued with the plot progressing 12 years, and emerged with Buenfil reappearing in the story, now playing the teenage daughter of her former murdered character.[citation needed]

Amor en silencio was the most awarded telenovela of the year, winning Best Telenovela and Best Actress for Erika Buenfil in 1989's TVyNovela awards. During this time, Buenfil's popularity had grown and her status as telenovela actress was at its highest. She made appearances in many entertainment magazines and on TV shows.[citation needed]



After her success with Amor en silencio, Buenfil took a few years off from telenovelas before returning in 1991 in Vida Robada alongside Sergio Goyri and Cynthia Klitbo. The telenovela had some success, but after it ended Buenfil disappeared from the spotlight once again. In 1993, she was being considered for the lead role of Monica in the epic novela Corazón salvaje, but the role went to Edith González.[citation needed] Buenfil was offered the part of the antagonist, "Aimee," but she initially refused it. In 1996, Buenfil admitted on El Show de Cristina that she had refused the role because she wanted to be the star and did not want to accept a secondary role. She said that she changed her mind over the weekend, but when she called the producer Jose Rendón, she was told that the role had already been given to actress Ana Colchero.[citation needed]


The family tree of Marisol, who is one of the most famous characters played by Buenfil

By the end of 1995, Buenfil had been absent from the TV screen for over four years. However, her fortune changed when she went to Televisa to ask for better treatment at the company.[citation needed] Her voice was heard and producer Juan Osorio wanted her to star in his upcoming production of Marisol alongside Eduardo Santamarina, in his first starring role. To the surprise of many, Marisol was a great hit with audiences, thanks to the great chemistry between the lead actors. It was a typical Cinderella-type story, criticized by many, but that brought much success. The success of the telenovela was such that Buenfil and Santamarina went on a promotional tour of various Latin American countries.[citation needed]

Tres Mujeres


After the success of Marisol, Buenfil did some theater, made a special appearance in her friend Laura Flores' vehicle El Alma No Tiene Color, and was offered various scripts, including starring in 1998's La Usurpadora. She declined and the role went to Venezuelan Gabriela Spanic.[citation needed]

The next year, in 1999, Buenfil found herself headlining the cast of the novela Tres Mujeres, where she shared the lead with Karyme Lozano and Jorge Salinas, in their first starring roles. Even though Televisa placed the novela in a non-prime time slot, Tres Mujeres delivered better than the network's other primetime soaps. The show covered previous taboo issues in Latin American TV, such as homosexuality and adultery. The role of Barbara was also the first time Buenfil played a mature woman who committed infidelity. Due to the success of the novela, the cast of Tres Mujeres was asked to continue working on the novela, even though filming had ended. Eventually the novela lasted over eight months (most last a little over four months).[citation needed]



In 2000 Buenfil had a special participation in the children's novela Carita De Angel. In 2001 she started working on a new novela, Asi Son Ellas. Originally, Victoria Ruffo was also tapped to work on the novela, but controversy started regarding who would carry the first billing and eventually Ruffo withdrew from the project. The novela was not very successful in part because of the difficult afternoon schedule and because Televisa did not promote it well, delaying over a year to air it in Mexico.[citation needed]

In 2004, Buenfil starred in Corazones Al Limite. This telenovela was memorable because it reunited the Amor en silencio stars as lovers for the first time in 16 years. That same year Buenfil also had a small role as a villain in Amarte Es Mi Pecado. In 2006, she had an important role as the mother of the heroine in Duelo De Pasiones, produced by Marisol's producer Juan Osorio, and starring Ludwika Paleta and Pablo Montero. In 2008. she joined the cast of another Osorio telenovela, Tormenta en el Paraiso. In 2010, she had a secondary role in El Triunfo del Amor. This role was Buenfil's last before she returned to starring roles.[citation needed]



In June 2012, after an exhausting casting battle over the lead role in the telenovela Amores Verdaderos, Erika Buenfil was selected as the heroine. This marked her comeback as the lead star of a telenovela after eight years of not having a lead role. Her last one had been in Corazones al Limite in 2004. Other actresses who fought for the role were Rebecca Jones, Victoria Ruffo, Maribel Guardia, and Olivia Collins.[citation needed]

Amores Verdaderos debuted in prime time to high ratings in Mexico. Because of its success, the network extended its run until May 2013. For the role of Victoria Balvanera Gil de Brizz, Buenfil won the TVyNovelas award for best lead actress.[citation needed]

In 2014, Buenfil returned to television with a starring role in La Gata. On August 22, 2015 she performed in the Symphony Broadway Theater, acting as Fabiola in Infidelidades alongside Laura Flores, Alfredo Adame, Natasha Dupeyron, and Omar Fierro.[citation needed]

dIn 2015, Buenfil returned to television with a starring role in A que no me dejas, a remake of the telenovela she had led 26 years before; Amor en silencio. She was reunited with Arturo Peniche who was her partner in the successful telenovela they starred in during 1989.[citation needed]

Personal life


In 2005, Buenfil became a mother, having given birth to Nicolás de Jesús. Controversy followed when the press pressured her to mention the name of the child's father, which she refused to do. She later revealed that the father of her child is the son of Mexican ex-president Ernesto Zedillo. When asked how her relationship with the father of her child is, she said in 2011 that "it does not exist. Doesn't know where he is, he knows nothing."[3]

She appeared on many TV shows such as Cristina and Don Francisco Presenta, where she talked about the hardships on being a single mother in the TV industry, but said she was going through the happiest time of her life being a mother to her child. On July 10, 2007, Erika Buenfil's mother Maria Martha died after complications from a rare disease that affected her heart.[4]




Year Title Role Notes
1981 El sexo de los ricos Motorcicle Girl Uncredited
1982 Cosa fácil Amiga de Elena Uncredited
1985 Cementerio del terror Lena
1987 Noche de terrock y brujas Chelo Derecho TV film
1989 Cita con la muerte Julieta
1989 Ladrones de tumbas Rebeca de la Huerta
1989 El prófugo Karla
2014 Of Boys and Planes Mom Short film


Year Title Role Notes
1978 Acompáñame
1979 La llama de tu amor
1979 Lágrimas negras Verónica
1979 El amor llegó más tarde
1979 Aprendiendo a amar Natalia Peñaranda
1979 Añoranza
1980 Conflictos de un médico
1980 Ambición Iris
1981-1982 El derecho de nacer Cristina del Junco Main cast
1982 XE-TU Host Main cast
1983-1984 El maleficio Vicky de Martino Lead role
1985 Angélica Angélica Lead role
1986 El engaño Marcela Estévez Lead role
1988 Amor en silencio Marisela Ocampo / Ana Silva Lead role
1991-1992 Vida robada Gabriela Durán / Leticia Avelar Lead role
1995-2003 Mujer, casos de la vida real Patricia Ramírez / Martha Carolina 3 episodes
1996 Marisol Marisol Garcés del Valle / Verónica Soriano Lead role
1997 El alma no tiene color Diana Alcántara Guest role
1999-2000 Tres mujeres Bárbara Uriarte Espinoza Lead role
2000 Carita de ángel Policarpia Zambrano Guest role
2002-2003 Así son ellas Dalia Marcelín Lead role
2004 Amarte es mi pecado Gisela López Monfort Recurring role
2004 Corazones al límite Pilar De La Reguera Main cast
2006 Duelo de pasiones Soledad Montellano Main cast
2007 Amor sin maquillaje Laura Guest role
2007-2008 Tormenta en el paraíso Patsy Sandoval Guest role
2008 La rosa de Guadalupe Cielo Episode: "Jamás secuestrarán tu alma"
2008 Mañana es para siempre Monserrat Rivera de Elizalde Guest role
2009 Los simuladores Sra. Valdéz Episode: "El baquetón"
2009-2010 Mar de amor Casilda Main cast
2010-2011 Triunfo del amor Antonieta Orozco Main cast
2012-2013 Amores verdaderos Victoria Balvanera Main cast
2014 La Gata Blanca de la Santacruz / "Fela la loca" Main cast
2015–2016 A que no me dejas Angélica Medina Main cast
2017 La doble vida de Estela Carrillo Mercy Cabrera Main cast
2019 Por amar sin ley Camila Balcázar Guest role
2020 Te doy la vida Andrea Espinoza Main cast
2020 Selena: The Series Cristina Saralegui Guest role
2021 la mexicana y el güero Dr. Mónica Traven Guest role
2021 Vencer el pasado Carmen Lead role
2023 Perdona nuestros pecados Estela Cáceres[5] Main cast
2024 Fugitivas, en busca de la libertad Martha Pineda "La Superiora"[6]



Se Busca un Corazón (1986)

  1. "Ya no te Amo más"
  2. "El Amor es un niño pequeño"
  3. "Esa Balada de Amor"
  4. "Se busca un Corazón"
  5. "El Engaño"
  6. "Perdóname"
  7. "Tras de Ti"
  8. "Jamas"
  9. "Es como un Sueño"
  10. "Llorando por El"

Soy Mujer (1987)

  1. "Tu Amor a medias no me Interesa"
  2. "La Noche no es para Mí"
  3. "Crucero Mediterráneo"
  4. "Amarte"
  5. "Ramito de Violetas"
  6. "Pon Otra vez ese Disco"
  7. "La Moda Juvenil"
  8. "Groenlandia"
  9. "Soy Mujer"
  10. "Sin Amor"

Cerca de Ti (1990)

  1. "Vuelve Pronto"
  2. "Mi Rey"
  3. "Cerca de Ti"
  4. "Rayo de Luna"
Bonus tracks:
  1. "Despertar al Amor"
  2. "Despertar al Amor"

Awards and nominations

Year Awards Category Program/telenovela Result
1983 TVyNovelas Awards Best Presenter Xe-Tú Won
1984 Best Female Revelation El maleficio Nominated
1989 Best Young Lead Actress Amor en silencio Won
1992 Best Lead Actress Vida robada Nominated
1997 Marisol
2000 Tres mujeres
2013 Premios People en Español Best Actress Amores Verdaderos
2014 TVyNovelas Awards Best Lead Actress Won
Los favoritos del publico Favorite Slap in Marjorie de Sousa
Favorite Couple with Eduardo Yáñez
Favorite Kiss with Eduardo Yáñez Nominated


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  2. ^ "Erika Buenfil cuenta detalles desconocidos de su relación con Ernesto Zedillo Jr". Quien (in Spanish). 6 July 2021. Retrieved 18 April 2022.
  3. ^ Univision.com (2 May 2011). "Erika Buenfil en Sal y Pimienta". Univision. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  4. ^ Muere la madre de Erika Buenfil Archived 2014-08-08 at the Wayback Machine. eluniversal.com.mx (10 July 2007)
  5. ^ González, Moisés (3 October 2022). "Erika Buenfil y Jorge Salinas ¡serán pareja en nueva telenovela!". People en Español (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 October 2022.
  6. ^ González, Moisés (27 February 2024). "Fugitivas en busca de la libertad: así es la nueva telenovela de TelevisaUnivision". People en Español (in Spanish). Retrieved 6 March 2024.