More Gael García Bernal Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for The Science of Sleep)Gael García Bernal first came to the attention of world audiences for his role in Alejandro González Iñárritu's acclaimed Amores Perros, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film. Bernal also won a Silver Ariel Award (Mexico's equivalent of the Oscar) and a Silver Hugo Award at the Chicago International Film Festival, both as Best Actor. Bernal followed with Alfonso Cuáron's sexy road film, Y Tu Mamá También, co-starring with his lifelong friend Diego Luna. For their performances, the two actors jointly received the Marcello Mastroianni Award at the Venice International Film Festival. He later starred in another film nominated for the Foreign Language Film Oscar, Carlos Carrera's The Crime of Father Amaro. Bernal's performance earned him the Silver Goddess Award for Best Actor from the Mexican Cinema Journalists, as well as a nomination from the Chicago Film Critics Association for Most Promising Performer. In 2004, Bernal starred as the young Che Guevara in Walter Salles' The Motorcycle Diaries, for which Bernal earned a BAFTA nomination as Best Actor and was named The Male Star of Tomorrow by the Motion Picture Club. Later that year, he played a transvestite (among other characters) in Pedro Almodovar's Bad Education.
Bernal was born in Guadalajara, Mexico in 1978, the son of actors Patricia Bernal and Jose Angel García. He began his acting career as a child, and appeared in a number of shorts, including De Tripas, corazon, which was nominated for the Academy Award. At seventeen, he traveled to Europe and two years later he was the first Mexican to be accepted at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. In 2005, he made his London stage debut as the principal character in Federico Garcia Lorca's Blood Wedding.
Biography #3 (for Bad Education)Born in Mexico of actor parents, Gael became familiar with the world of acting from a very early age. Since beginning his career in television in the series Teresa, he has participated in many productions in various countries: Mexico, Spain, England...
He studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. His most remarkable films include Amores Perros (Alejandro Gonzalez-Inarritu), No News From God (Agustin Diaz Yanes), Y Tu Mama Tambien (Alfonso Cuarbn), Vidas privadas (Fito Paez) and El Crimen del Padre Amaro (Carlos Carrera). This year, as well as Bad Education, will see the opening of The Motorcycle Diaries, directed by Walter Salles.
Biography #4 (for Y Tu Mama Tambien)Gael Garcia Bernal's first major feature role was in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's critically acclaimed Amores Perros, which was nominated for the 2001 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and won the 2000 Canal Plus Award at the Cannes Film Festival. Most recently, Bernal has been cast as Winona Ryder's love interest in the soon-to-be-released Lily andthe Secret Planting. He has also appeared in Sin Noticias de Dios, starring Penelope Cruz, Dreaming of Julia, starring Harvey Keitel, and in the role of Che Guevara in the Showtime mini-series Fidel. Bernal has had parts in several short films, notably a leading role in Antonio Urrutia's 1998 De Tripas Coprazon, which earned an Oscar nomination for Best Live Action Short Film. Like Diego Luna, Bernal began his acting career in Alejandro Reyes and Teresa Suarez's play, El Rapio de las Estrellas, and was later cast in the TV soap opera El Abuelo y Yo at the age of 12. Bernal lives in London where he is currently studying acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama.
Bio courtesy IFC Films for "Y Tu Mama Tambien" (01-Nov-2003)