Victoria Ruffo

María Victoria Eugenia Guadalupe Martínez del Río Moreno-Ruffo (born May 31, 1962) is a Mexican actress notable for her roles in telenovelas.

Victoria Ruffo
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María Victoria Eugenia Guadalupe Martínez del Río Moreno-Ruffo

(1962-05-31) May 31, 1962 (age 60)[1]
Mexico City, Mexico
Other names
  • Vicky
  • Pecas
  • Reina de las Telenovelas
OccupationActress, voice actress
Years active1979–present
(m. 1992; div. 1997)

(m. 2001)
Children3, including José Eduardo Derbez



Ruffo began her acting career in 1980, starring in supporting roles in telenovela Conflictos de un Médico under the direction of Ernesto Alonso and continued her career acting in Al Rojo vivo.

In 1983, Valentín Pimsteín gave her the opportunity to star as the protagonist of La fiera as Natalia Ramirez along with Guillermo Capetillo.[2]

In 1985, she starred in Carlos Téllez's telenovela Juana Iris, alongside Valentín Trujillo and her sister, Gabriela Ruffo.

In 1987, she worked in Ernesto Alonso's telenovela Victoria.[3]

In 1989, Valentín Pimstein offered her the main role in telenovela Simplemente María.[4]


In 1993, she was the protagonist of "Capricho", a telenovela by Carlos Sotomayor as Cristina Aranda.

In 1995, she was the protagonist of Pobre Niña Rica, a telenovela by Enrique Segoviano as Consuelo Villagrán.[5]

In 1998, she starred in telenovela Vivo por Elena as Elena Carvajal.[6]


In 2000, she starred in Salvador Mejía's Abrazame muy fuerte alongside Aracely Arámbula.[7]

2005 marked her comeback in the critically acclaimed telenovela La madrastra, which she starred in with César Évora.[8]

After La madrastra, she performed duties as the First Lady of Pachuca, with her husband acting as mayor, while continuing to star in the telenovelas.

In 2007, Victoria starred in the Telemundo production Victoria alongside Arturo Peniche and Mauricio Ochmann.

In 2008, she played a leading role in Carlos Moreno's En nombre del amor together with Leticia Calderón, Allisson Lozz and Altaír Jarabo. She played Macarena sister to Leticia Calderón's character, Carlota.


In 2010, she was named one of Latin America's 50 Most Beautiful People.[citation needed]

In mid-2010, she was confirmed to lead in Salvador Mejía Alejandre's telenovela Triunfo del amor, where she played "Victoria", starring alongside Maite Perroni, William Levy, and Diego Oliveira.[9]

After Triunfo del amor, Ruffo focused on her family and doing theater plays—specifically Dulce Pajaro de Juventud. She also went to support the senatorial campaign of her husband Omar, who eventually won a seat in the senate.

In 2012, José Alberto Castro confirmed Ruffo to star in telenovela Corona de lágrimas, alongside José María Torre, Mané de la Parra, Alejandro Nones, and Adriana Louvier—she won the 31st TVyNovelas Awards for Best Lead Actress due to her performance in the latter.[10]

In 2014, she played a leading role in telenovela La malquerida, alongside Ariadne Díaz, Christian Meier, África Zavala, and Arturo Peniche.[11]

In 2016, Salvador Mejia called Ruffo to lead the cast of telenovela Las Amazonas.

In 2019, she was the protagonist of Cita a Ciegas, a comic telenovela where Ruffo made the crossover to the comedy genre. Her role as Maura was well received and was the first telenovela where she did not cry.

Personal lifeEdit

Ruffo is the sister of actress and radio host Gabriela Ruffo and producer Marcela Ruffo. She and Eugenio Derbez have one son José Eduardo Derbez (born 1992). On March 9, 2001, she married Mexican politician Omar Fayad,[12] who is the Governor of Hidalgo.

On August 11, 2004, she gave birth to her twins, daughter Victoria and son Anuar.

Television rolesEdit

Title Year Role Notes
Conflictos de un médico 1980 Rosario Reyes Antagonist
Al rojo vivo 1980 Pilar Álvarez
Quiéreme siempre 1981 Julia
XE-TU 1982 Presenter Main cast
En busca del paraíso 1982 Grisel
La fiera 1983 Natalie Ramírez "La fiera" Protagonist
Juana Iris 1985 Juana Iris Madrigal Martínez Protagonist
Victoria 1987–1988 Victoria Martínez Medina Protagonist
Simplemente María 1989–1990 María López Protagonist
Capricho 1993 Cristina Aranda Montaño Protagonist
Pobre niña rica 1995–1996 Consuelo Villagrán García-Mora Protagonist
Mujer, casos de la vida real 1997–2001 Unknown role 3 episodes
Vivo por Elena 1998 Elena Carvajal Protagonist
Abrázame muy fuerte 2000–2001 Cristina Álvarez Rivas de Rivero Protagonist
La madrastra 2005 María Fernández Acuña Protagonist
Victoria 2007 Victoria Santiesteban de Mendoza Protagonist
En nombre del amor 2008–2009 Macarena Espinoza de los Monteros Protagonist; 66 episodes
Triunfo del amor 2010–2011 Victoria Sandoval Protagonist; 176 episodes
Corona de lágrimas 2012–2013 Refugio Chavero Protagonist; 111 episodes
La malquerida 2014 Cristina Maldonado Reyes de Domínguez Protagonist; 116 episodes
Las amazonas 2016 Inés Huerta Lead role; 61 episodes
Cita a ciegas 2019 Maura Fuentes de Salazar Lead role

Awards and nominationsEdit

TVyNovelas AwardsEdit

Year Category Telenovela Result
1985 Best Young Lead Actress La fiera Won
1988 Best Musical Theme Victoria Nominated
Best Lead Actress Victoria
1990 Simplemente María
1994 Capricho
1999 Vivo por Elena
2006 La madrastra
2013 Corona de lágrimas Won

Premios BravoEdit

Year Category Telenovela Result
2006 Best First Actress La madrastra Won[13]

Premios People en EspañolEdit

Year Category Telenovela Result
2009 Best Actress En nombre del amor Nominated
2011 Best Supporting Actress Triunfo del amor


  1. ^ "Victoria Ruffo biografia" (in Spanish). Famosos Biografias. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  2. ^ "Victoria Ruffo en La fiera" (in Spanish). Telenovelas Mexico. January 3, 2014. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  3. ^ "Victoria Ruffo esta cumpleanos recuerda" (in Polish). May 31, 2015. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  4. ^ "Siplemente María por Victoria Ruffo" (in Spanish). Televisa telenovelas. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  5. ^ "'La cenicienta' inspiró a Victoria Ruffo en 'Pobre niña rica'" (in Spanish). Telegrapho. July 9, 2014. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  6. ^ ""Vivo por Elena" ... Qué edad tenía Victoria Ruffo?" (in Spanish). Univision. August 6, 2012. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  7. ^ "Victoria Ruffo sera protagonista en Abrazame muy fuerte" (in Spanish). Todotnv. November 28, 2008. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  8. ^ "Victoria Ruffo es La Madrastra" (in Spanish). Univision Tlnovelas. October 25, 2013. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  9. ^ "Victoria Ruffo sera protagonista en la nueva telenovela" (in Spanish). Film Affinity. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  10. ^ "Victoria Ruffo protagonizaria, Corona de lágrimas". Claro TV. August 29, 2015. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  11. ^ "Victoria Ruffo stars in new classic". Latin Post. December 11, 2014. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  12. ^ Esposo de Victoria Ruffo le obsequió residencia en Pachuca
  13. ^ Victoria Ruffo merecedora del premio Bravo por La madrastra

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