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America Ferrera

Emmy Award-Winning Actress & Activist


America Ferrera is best known for her fearless portrayal of “Betty Suarez” on ABC’s hit comedy Ugly Betty, a breakthrough role that earned her an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and a Screen Actors Guild Award, as well as ALMA and Imagen awards. Ferrera’s impressive debut in the Patricia Cardoso film Real Women Have Curves, which screened at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, garnered her a Special Jury Award for acting as well as Independent Spirit Award and Young Artist Award nominations. Read More >

She recently wrapped production on David Ayer’s End of Watch, opposite Jack Gyllenhaal, and Todd Berger’s It’s a Disaster, opposite Julia Stiles and David Cross. Ferrera currently stars as “Roxie Hart” in a West End production of the hit music “Chicago” for an eight-week run.

Ferrera was most recently seen in a recurring role on the second season of the CBS hit series The Good Wife, in which she played an illegal nanny and object of “Eli” (Alan Cumming)’s affection.

She was last seen in Ryan Piers Williams’s The Dry Land, opposite Michelle Leo and Jason Ritter. Ferrera also executive produced the film, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and won Best International Film at the 2010 Edinburgh Film Festival. The film was released by Maya Entertainment. Ferrera also recently signed on to executive produce Pedro & Maria, the first-ever interactive telenovela for MTV.

Other feature film work includes Fox Searchlight’s Our Family Wedding, Dreamworks’ How to Train Your Dragon, and Warner Brothers’ The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, the sequel to the 2005 original. She has also starred in the bilingual independent film Towards Darkness, which she executive produced, and Fox Searchlight’s independent film Under the Same Moon.

Additional credits include the Brian Jun film Steel City, Catherine Hardwicke’s Lords of Dogtown, and the 2005 Sundance Film Festival entry How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer. America Ferrera also appeared off-Broadway in “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead,” directed by Trip Cullman.

Ferrera served as an artist ambassador for the global humanitarian organization Save the Children and recently raised more than $44,000 to build a new elementary school in Mali. She was the 2010 recipient of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation's Inspira Award, and the recipient of the 2011 Global Action Award for Childhood Development and Education for her work with Save the Children in Mali. In March 2011, Ferrera was named the 2011 national recipient of the Cesar E. Chavez Legacy Award for her commitment to helping lead underprivileged families and youth to a better life and education. Read Less ^

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