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Gaby Espino
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Espino in 2014
María Gabriela Espino Rugero

(1976-11-15) November 15, 1976 (age 42)
Caracas, Venezuela
OccupationActress, model, presenter
Years active1996–present
Spouse(s)Cristóbal Lander (2007−2011)
Partner(s)Jencarlos Canela (2010−2014)

María Gabriela Espino Rugero (born November 15, 1976), better known as Gaby Espino, [1] is a Venezuelan actress, model and presenter. She is best known for her roles in telenovelas.


  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Personal life
  • 3 Filmography
    • 3.1 Films
    • 3.2 Television
  • 4 Awards and nominations
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links


Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Gaby Espino is the daughter of a chemical engineer and a publicist.[2] Her parents divorced when she was young. She is the oldest of five children, she has a sister, Andreina, two paternal half-brothers, Gustavo and Mariano and a maternal half-sister, Nelly.

Due to her fascination of animals, she originally planned to become a veterinarian. She later decided to study dentistry, but changed her mind and began studying public relations, before deciding to become an actress.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Gaby Espino married Venezuelan actor Cristobal Lander on June 14, 2007. On July 9, 2008, they welcomed their first child, a daughter named Oriana Lander.[4]

During the filming of Mas Sabe el Diablo in 2009, Espino was linked to her co-star, Jencarlos Canela. In early 2010, Espino and Lander separated and it was rumored that it was because of Canela and Espino's relationship. Canela and Espino denied this and stated they were just friends.[5]

Espino reconciled with Lander in November 2010, but they later divorced in March 2011 and once again rumors suggested that Canela and Espino were dating.[6][7]

In September 2011, Canela and Espino did a live chat over social networking site Twitter, where they confirmed they were in relationship and announced that they were expecting their first child together. The godparents are Cristina Saralegui and Pitbull. Espino gave birth to their son, Nickolas Canela Espino, on February 12, 2012. On August 26, 2014 both Canela and Espino confirmed on their official Facebook page that they have decided to put an end to their relationship.[8]



List of appearances and roles in feature films
Year Title Role Notes
2005 La mujer de mi hermano Laura / Lara Debut film
2006 Elipsis Leonora Duque
2010 Más sabe el diablo: El primer golpe Manuela Dávila Sequel to telenovela
2015 Desaparecer Herself
2015 Lusers, los amigos no se eligen Angie
2018 ¡He matado a mi marido! Viviana


List of appearances in television series and specials
Year Title Role Notes
1995–1996 Nubeluz Host / Dalina Venezuelan Season
1997 A todo corazón Natalia
1999 Enamorada Ivana Robles
2000 Amantes de Luna Llena Abril Cárdenas
2001 Guerra de mujeres Yubirí Gamboa
2002 Las González Alelí González
2003 Rebeca Princesa Izaguirre Zabaleta
2004 Luna, la heredera Luna Mendoza
2005 Se solicita príncipe azul María Carlota Rivas
2006–2007 Mundo de fieras Mariángela Cruz
2007 Sin vergüenza Renata Sepúlveda
2008–2009 El rostro de Analía Mariana Andrade / Ana Lucía "Analía" Moncada
2009–2010 Más sabe el diablo Manuela Dávila
2010 Ojo por ojo Alina Jericó de Monsalve
2011 Confesiones de novela Herself
2013–2014 Santa Diabla Amanda Braun / Santa Martínez Main role (season 1); 136 episodes
2016–2018 Señora Acero Indira Cárdenas Series regular (seasons 3–4); 118 episodes
2019 Jugar con fuego Camila

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Works Result
2012 Premios Tu Mundo #MostSocial Herself Won
2013 I’m Sexy and I Know It Won
Favorite Award of the Night Won
Premios People en Español Best Actress Santa Diabla Nominated
Couple of the Year (with Aarón Díaz) Nominated