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Yara Martinez (born August 31, 1979) is an American television actress who is best known for her roles as Kelly in Hollywood Heights and as Dr. Luisa Alver on The CW series Jane the Virgin.

Yara Martinez
Born (1979-08-31) August 31, 1979 (age 39)
Years active2006-present


Early lifeEdit

Martinez is Cuban-American but she was born in Puerto Rico. She was raised in Miami. Prior to acting, Martinez practiced ballet for ten years.[1][2] She is the grandniece of prima ballerina Alicia Alonso.[3]


She began her career on television with guest-starring roles.[4] In 2007, she had supporting role in film The Hitcher.[5] She later returned to television and had number of guest and recurring roles on dramatic series. She played Mariella Moretta in the TNT crime drama, Southland from 2009 to 2011, and Theresa Lopez on the ABC Family drama, The Lying Game (2012–2013). She also had recurring roles on Vanished, The Unit, Breakout Kings, and Nashville.

Martinez was regular cast member on the short-lived primetime soap opera, Hollywood Heights in 2012. In 2013 she began starring in the Amazon comedy series, Alpha House.[6] In 2014, Martinez also was cast as recurring in The CW comedy-drama Jane the Virgin, and HBO crime drama True Detective.[7][8]

Martinez portrays Ms. Lint in the Amazon series, The Tick.[9]


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Sex and the City Woman in Restaurant Episode: "Anchors Away"
2006 Faceless Mari Reynosa Television film
2006 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Kelly Episode: "Dennis and Dee Get a New Dad"
2006 Vanished Ava Herrera Recurring role, 4 episodes
2007 The Hitcher Beth
2007 The Unit Annie Recurring role, 7 episodes
2008 ER Mia Episode: "Owner of a Broken Heart"
2008 The Apostles Erin McBride Television pilot
2008 Spaced Vivienne Television pilot
2009 Boldly Going Nowhere Ruby Television pilot
2010 CSI: NY Lisa Brigosa Episode: "Sangre por Sangre"
2010 Chase Karen Nelson Episode: "Under the Radar"
2010 A Walk in My Shoes Molly Television film
2009–11 Southland Mariella Moretta Recurring role, 7 episodes
2011 Law & Order: LA Soledad Alvarado Episode: "El Sereno"
2011–12 Breakout Kings Marisol Recurring role, 3 episodes
2012 Hollywood Heights Kelly Series regular, 56 episodes
2013 Nashville Carmen Gonzalez Episodes: "Be Careful of the Stones You Throw" and "I'm Sorry for You, My Friend"
2012–13 The Lying Game Theresa Lopez Recurring role, 10 episodes
2013 Criminal Minds Tara Rios Episode: "Nanny Dearest"
2013–2014 Alpha House Adriana de Portago Series regular
2013 Hawaii Five-0 Lyla Simmons Episode: "Aloha. Malama Pono"
2013 Necessary Roughness Episode: "Sympathy for the Devil"
2014–2019 Jane the Virgin Dr. Luisa Alver Recurring role[7]
2015 True Detective Felicia Recurring role[7][8]
2016 Rosewood Julia Delgado Episode: "Silkworms y Silencio"
2016, 2018, 2019 Bull Isabella "Izzy" Colón 5 episodes
2017 The Tick Ms. Lint Series regular
2018 This Is Us Amber Rivas Episode: "Six Thanksgivings"
2020 Deputy Dr. Paula Reyes Upcoming series


  1. ^ Stout, Chris (March 17, 2011). "Yara Martinez Interview". Retrieved February 22, 2015.
  2. ^ "Hungry for Work: Yara Martinez of 'Alpha House' Holds Up a Mirror to Herself and to Today's Politics".
  3. ^ "Actress Yara Martinez Discusses Her Career and Latina Heritage". Modern Wellness Guide. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  4. ^ "Yara Martinez - Biography - Movies & TV -". Retrieved 2 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Yara Martinez". Yahoo Movies. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
  6. ^ Trivino, Jesus (November 27, 2013). "Exclusive: Yara Martinez Talks Alpha House, Mark Consuelos, & Being a Cubarican". Latina. Retrieved December 2, 2014.
  7. ^ a b c Andreeva, Nellie (November 19, 2014). "True Detective Adds Michael Hyatt and Yara Martinez For Season 2". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  8. ^ a b Porter, Rick (June 29, 2015). "True Detective Episode 2: That Really Was Rick Springfield". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2017-02-08). "'The Tick': Yara Martinez Upped To Regular On New Amazon Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2017-08-29.

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