Isabella Castillo Díaz (born 23 December 1994) is a singer and actress born in Havana, Cuba. Her best known role is that of Graciela "Grachi" Alonso, main character of the Nickelodeon Latin America's series Grachi, for which has released several songs.
Isabella Castillo Díaz
23 December 1994
Biography and careerEdit
Isabella Castillo was born on 23 December 1994, daughter of the singer Delia Díaz de Villegas and the percussionist José Castillo. She has an elder sister, Giselle, a pianist and music teacher. In 1997, at the age of three, she emigrated to Belize, moving to Miami, Florida, some months later. At the age of five she debuted as a singer in one of her mother's concerts: from that moment, she took dancing, singing and acting lessons, studying music at Musical Procenter and winning four times the Grand Prize at the Youth Fair of the Florida International University. On 26 March 2005 she won the first prize as Most Promising in the Children Singing Division at the USA World Showcase and on 15 July she took the stage on the Manuel Artime Theater in Miami in the musical Fantasia en Disney; she also participated in the contest Best New Talent in Los Angeles and in the concert offered by the Israeli Embassy for Cuban people living in the USA. In 2007 she gained the Magnet Outstanding Performance recognition at the South Miami Middle Community School and she was invited to honor the neo-elected president of Israel Shimon Peres. Again in 2007, persuaded by the producer Óscar Gómez, she started an intensive course of acting with the Cuban actress Lili Rentería, preparing for the audition in Madrid for the musical El diario de Ana Frank – Un canto a la vida; moving in Spain with her family, after three rounds of auditions she was given the main role. The musical, which opened on 28 February 2008, won her the Gran Via Award as Best Revelation in a Musical.
Back in the United States in 2009, she began her acting career in the telenovela produced by Telemundo El Fantasma de Elena, in which she played the seventeen-year-old girl Andrea Girón; at the end of the series, she got the role of Grachi, the main character of the homonymous telenovela of Nickelodeon Latinoamérica. During the broadcast, in February 2012, of the second of three seasons, Castillo participated in the musical Grachi: El show en vivo. Thanks to Grachi, between 2011 and 2012 Castillo won the Favorite Actress award at Kids' Choice Awards México, Kids' Choice Awards Argentina and Meus Prêmios Nick, becoming also the first to win the Favorite Latin Artist award at Kids' Choice Awards 2012.
On 21 February 2013 she signed with Warner Music Latina for her first album, Soñar no Cuesta Nada, released on 23 April. In March she won the Favorite Latin Artist Award at Kids' Choice Awards for the second time. In September 2014, singer Patricio Arellano published his third album, featuring a duet with Castillo titled "Que duermas conmigo", and on 21 October, she was announced in the cast of the new telenovela Tierra de reyes with the dual role of Alma Gallardo and Verónica Saldívar. She then starred in another telenovela, ¿Quién es quién?; meanwhile, she acted in Araceli Álvarez de Sotomayor's Tacones enanos, a Spanish theater play, from 9 December 2015 to 10 January 2016.
|2010–2011||El fantasma de Elena||Andrea Girón||Recurring role|
|2011–2013||Grachi||Graciela "Grachi" Alonso / Evil Grachi / Gracia||Main role (seasons 1–3); 205 episodes|
|2014–2015||Tierra de reyes||Verónica Saldívar / Alma Gallardo||Recurring role; 135 episodes|
|2015–2016||¿Quién es quién?||Tania Sierra||Recurring role; 86 episodes|
|2016||Yo soy Franky||Luz||Recurring role (season 2); 41 episodes|
|2017||Vikki RPM||Roxana "Rox" Cruz||Main role; 59 episodes|
|2017||Milagros de Navidad||Marina||Episode: "Un milagro en la cocina"|
|2018–2020||El Señor de los Cielos||Diana Ahumada||Main role (season 6)|
|2018||El Recluso||Linda Morris||Recurring role|
|2019||Club 57||Amelia||Main role|
|2021||Malverde: El Santo Patrón||TBA||Main role|
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|Soñar no Cuesta Nada||4||11||1||7||10||9||13||4||7|
|"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2005||USA World Showcase||Most Promising - Children Singing Division||Won|
|2007||South Miami Middle Community School||Magnet Outstanding Performance||Won|
|2008||Gran Via Award||Best Revelation in a Musical||El diario de Ana Frank - Un canto a la vida||Won|
|2011||Kids' Choice Awards México||Favorite Character Female in a TV Series||Grachi||Won|
|Kids' Choice Awards Argentina||TV Revelation||Nominated|
|2012||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Latin Artist||Won|
|Kids' Choice Awards México||Favorite Actress||Nominated|
|Kids' Choice Awards Argentina||Won|
|Meus Prêmios Nick||Won|
|Favorite TV Character||Won|
|2013||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Latin Artist||Won|
|Kids' Choice Awards México||Favorite Actress||Nominated|
|Favorite Latin Soloist||Nominated|
|Kids' Choice Awards Argentina||Favorite Latin Group or Soloist||Won|
|Premios TKM||Female Singer TKM||Nominated|
|CD TKM||Soñar no Cuesta Nada||Nominated|
|Song TKM||Esta canción||Nominated|
|2015||Premios Tu Mundo||Favorite TV Series||Won|
|2017||Kids' Choice Awards Colombia||Favorite Villain||Won|
- "Isabella Castillo: con sólo 15 años hace fenomenal debut en 'El Fantasma de Elena'" [Isabella Castillo: only 15, phenomenal debut in 'El Fantasma de Elena' (Elena's ghost)] (in Spanish). Retrieved 4 May 2012.
- "Isabella Castillo hizo Baby Shower sorpresa para su hermana" [Isabella Castillo did a Baby Shower surprise for her sister] (in Spanish). 13 April 2011. Retrieved 4 May 2012.
- "About Isabella". Archived from the original on 28 December 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2012.
- "XL Semanal Magazine – Así fue el día mas largo" [XL Semanal Magazine - That was the longest day] (PDF) (in Spanish). 6 April 2008. Retrieved 4 May 2012.[permanent dead link]
- "Entrevista a Isabella Castillo, la voz de Ana Frank" [Interview with Isabella Castillo, Anne Frank's voice] (in Spanish). 1 August 2008. Retrieved 4 May 2012.
- "Grachi: Isabella Castillo es Grachi (Fotos y Videos)" [Grachi: Isabella Castillo is Grachi (photos and videos)] (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 7 May 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2012.
- "Isabella Castillo protagonizará "Grachi"" [Isabella Castillo will star in "Grachi"] (in Spanish). 30 December 2010. Archived from the original on 13 August 2011. Retrieved 4 May 2012.
- "GRACHI nueva serie de Nickelodeon" [GRACHI new Nickelodeon series] (in Spanish). 26 April 2011. Archived from the original on 21 June 2013. Retrieved 4 May 2012.
- "Estreno de Grachi Segunda temporada 27 de febrero" [Grachi second season premiere on 27 February] (in Spanish). 24 February 2012. Archived from the original on 28 April 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
- "Isabella Castillo gana un Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award México (VIDEO) (FOTOS)" [Isabella Castillo wins a Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award México (VIDEOS) (PHOTOS)] (in Spanish). 7 September 2011. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
- "Isabella Castillo Wins Nobel Kids' Choice Award for Nickelodeon Latin America's "Grachi"". 16 April 2012. Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
- "Isabella Castillo Firma Contrato Con Warner Music" [Isabella Castillo signs contract with Warner Music] (in Spanish). 21 February 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
- "ISABELLA CASTILLO DE "GRACHI", LANZA SU PRIMER ALBUM "SOÑAR NO CUESTA NADA"" [Isabella Castillo from "Grachi" launches her first album "Soñar no cuesta nada"] (in Spanish). 1 April 2013. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
- "Tiempo de votar y esperar el show" [Time to vote and wait for the show] (in Spanish). 23 February 2013. Retrieved 23 February 2013.
- "PATO ARELLANO EN EL VELMA - ADELANTO" (in Spanish). 26 August 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
- "Micro Theater Miami - Portfolio". Retrieved 24 December 2015.
- "Calendario de Artes Escénicas". 16 December 2015. Archived from the original on 24 December 2015. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
- "Ninel Conde y otras 5 actrices que se integran a la sexta temporada de El señor de los cielos" [Ninel Conde and other 5 actresses whom join El Senor de los Cielos sixth season] (in Spanish). 30 April 2018. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
- "Conoce a los nominados para los Kids' Choice Awards México 2013" [Know the nominees for Kids' Choice Awards México 2013] (in Spanish). 8 July 2013. Archived from the original on 9 July 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
- "Lista de ganadores de los Kids' Choice Awards México 2013" [List of winners of Kids' Choice Awards México 2013] (in Spanish). 31 August 2013. Archived from the original on 3 September 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
- "Dieron a conocer los nominados a los "Kids' Choice Awards Argentina 2013"" [Get to know the nominees for "Kids` Choice Awards Argentina 2013"] (in Spanish). 6 September 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
- "Conocé los nominados finales de los #PremiosTKM" [Know the final nominees for #PremiosTKM] (in Spanish). 21 December 2013. Archived from the original on 24 December 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
- "Conocé los ganadores de los #PremiosTKM" [Know the winner of #PremiosTKM] (in Spanish). 30 December 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
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