Gael García Bernal Biography

Actor, Television Actor, Film Actor, Filmmaker (1978–)
Mexican actor and director Gael García Bernal starred as Che Guevara in 'The Motorcycle Diaries' (2004) and as Stéphane Miroux in 'The Science of Sleep' (2006). He has since earned further accolades for his role as a conductor in 'Mozart in the Jungle.'


Actor and director Gael García Bernal was born on November 30, 1978, in Guadalajara, Mexico. The son of actors, Bernal starred in a soap opera as a teenager and became a heartthrob in Mexico. He moved to London to study acting but returned to Mexico to make films, including Amores Perros and The Motorcycle Diaries. He has also appeared in English-speaking features, such as The Science of Sleep and Babel, and made his directorial debut in 2007 with Déficit. Beginning in 2014, Bernal earned strong reviews for his performance in the Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle, later winning a Golden Globe.

Early Life

Born on November 30, 1978, in Guadalajara, Mexico, Gael García Bernal was raised by actors. He began acting himself at a very young age and starred in soap operas as a teenager, quickly becoming a heartthrob in his native Mexico. At age 19, Bernal moved to London to study acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama.

Actor and Filmmaker

Bernal returned to Mexico to take the lead in some of the country's most acclaimed films, including 2000's Academy Award-nominated Amores Perros, 2001's Y Tu Mamá También and 2002's El Crimen del Padre Amaro. In 2004, he starred as Che Guevara in The Motorcycle Diaries, a celebrated adaptation of the Cuban revolutionary's chronicle of his early travels across South America.

In 2006, Bernal took on his first English-language film, The King. That same year, he appeared in The Science of Sleep as the character Stéphane Miroux, and played Santiago in Babel, co-starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett among an international cast. The following year, Bernal added filmmaking to his resume, producing and directing the dramatic film Déficit (2007).

Bernal continued to appear in an array of films, including Blindness (2008), Even the Rain (2010) and the Will Ferrell comedy Casa de Mi Padre (2012). Bernal also portrayed detained Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari in Rosewater, which marked comedian Jon Stewart's directorial debut. Returning to the small screen, Bernal has earned strong reviews for his performance as conductor Rodrigo De Souza in the Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle, with both the actor and the show itself earning Golden Globes in early 2016. 

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