Africa Zavala is a well-known Mexican actress best known for her performances in the television serials ‘Corona de Iagrimas’ and ‘La Maiquerida’ for which she was nominated for the TVyNovelas, Best Co-star Actress Award in 2013 and 2015 respectively. Coming from a middle class family in Mexico, Africa worked herself up the ladder to fame by sheer hard work and dedication. She took personality development and dancing classes at a young age to groom herself to become an actress and a public personality. Even at 30 plus, she is known for her stunning looks and shapely body that are her biggest assets. She has mainly worked in Mexican television but has also a few films to her credit. Today, she is one of the most popular Mexican actresses and has a net worth of around one million US dollars. Though she has lived an active life of a star and has many admirers, currently she is single and prefers to stay that way for a while in order to further her career. Africa Zavala is known to be ambitious and there is nothing stopping this beauty from achieving her aim.
Africa Zavala started her career just after graduation, at the age of 21, when she was selected for a role in the telenovela, ‘Peregrina’ alongside Eduardo Capetillo. Later in 2006, she appeared in the telenovela ‘Codigo Postal’ with Jose Ron and Jessica Coch.
She proved her talent in her initial performances which received positive reviews, as a result of which she became known as the ‘Peregrina’ girl in show business circles.
She was fresh out of CEA Televisa with her degree in acting and the world of glamour was unfolding in front of her. She went on to obtain a starring role in the telenovela ‘Cuidado con el angel’ as Elsa Maldonado San Roman, cousin of the protagonist of the telenovela, in 2008. By then her performance had matured and she had become a name to reckon with.
Her next role in the telenovela ‘Los Exitosos Perez’, alongside Ludwika Paleta and Jaime Camil was shot in Argentina in 2009. Africa’s performances kept improving with each of her appearances and she was a celebrity in her own right by now. In 2010, she was selected to be one of the six protagonists in the telenovela ‘Para Volver a amar’ co- starring with Rebecca Jones, Neilea Norvind, Alejandra Barros, Sophie Alexander and Zaide Silvia Gutierrez. The next year saw her star in the telenovela ‘Amorcito Corazon’ next to Elizabeth Alvarez, Diego Olivera and Daniel Arenas.
Her big break came in 2012 when producer Jose Alberto Castro confirmed that she would play the lead role in his telenovela ‘Corona de lagrimas’ with Victoria Ruffo. The telenovela was released in 2014 and was a grand success, earning her a nomination for ‘Best Co-star Actress for Africa Zavala.
Her very next performance in the telenovela ‘ Amores con trampa’ alongside Itati Cantoral, Eduardo Yanez and Ernesto Laguardia was another big hit.
Besides her television appearances, Africa acted in the film ‘No se si cortarme las venas a dejarmelas’ in 2013. Starting from an ordinary background, today she has secured a place for herself in the Mexican television industry and we can be sure to see more of her on the big screen in days to come.
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Personal Life & Family
Africa Zavala was born Africa Ivonne Lechuga Zavala on August 12, 1985 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico. She is of mixed South-American origin and comes from a middle class Mexican family of three children. There is very little mention of her parents and early childhood with her two siblings.
As she grew up, she was influenced by the glamour of celebrities and wanted to become a model in order to be able to dress well and live a comfortable high society life. To achieve her aim she enrolled for English classes and learnt dancing from an instructor. She went on to do her graduation from the CEA of Televisa, where she learnt the nuances of acting and show business.
Among other things, she took extra lessons in personality development in order to groom herself to face the world. She has kept herself in excellent shape and looks much younger than her actual age. Besides her looks, she has matured and carries herself with grace.
She has a large following on Twitter and Instagram and has been able to reach out worldwide to her fans through social networking.
She is known to have been in a relationship with Alejandro Ibarra from 2006 to 2009, but they later broke up due to some personal reasons. Later on she began dating Jorge Coch for a while but the relationship did not go far. As per social media her current status is single and she has no plans to get into a long term relationship at the moment, as it is likely to interfere with her career.
Her other interests include reading, travel, swimming, squash and horse riding in addition to a lot of working out at the gym in order to keep herself in shape.