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2013-08-11 14:00

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Brace yourselves for passionate, toxic, hot spicy nights of telenovelas as Telemundo launches on DStv on Monday. ­Lesley Mofokeng and Percy Mabandu go in search of the international stars who made their name on this channel

Salma Hayek

1 Salma Hayek

She was born and raised in Mexico before hitting the big time. The now world-famous actress, director and producer launched her career with a 1989 telenovela called Teresa. In 1991, Hayek moved to Hollywood, where she found success with roles in blockbuster films such as Desperado in 1995, Dogma and Wild Wild West in 1999. Her breakthrough role only came in 2002 in the biopic titled Frida, in which she played the iconic Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo, which earned her an Oscar nomination for best actress.

Roselyn Sanchez

2 Roselyn Sánchez

Sánchez stars in Devious Maids, the telenovela inspired by Marc Cherry’s Desperate Housewives. She was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. After turning 18, she moved to New York, where she took classes in dancing, acting and singing. She returned to Puerto Rico, and in 1992 made her movie debut in the film, Captain Ron, alongside Kurt Russell. Sánchez won the beauty title of Miss American Petite and found international fame. Her subsequent involvement with Hollywood landed her roles in hit movies like Rush Hour 2 and TV series Without A Trace.

Catherine Siachoque

3 Catherine Siachoque

The sassy actress starring in Behind Closed Doors was born in Bogotá, Colombia, and has starred in numerous telenovelas such as The Witches of South Beach, Land of Passions and I’ll Teach You To Love. She is known for playing bad girls and her career defining performance came as Marcia, a mistress in Land of Passions where she leads a man to bankruptcy and suicide. Already typecast as a villian, she departed from the script when she starred as Doña Hilda de Santana in Without Breasts There is no Paradise. She stars in Behind Closed Doors.

Eva Longoria

4 Eva Longoria

Longoria stars in this year’s English-language remake of megahit telenovela Soy Tu Dueña, which literally means I’m Your Owner, but is translated into English “A Woman Of Steel”. It is a remake of the 1995 telenovela La Dueña. Longoria was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, as the youngest of four daughters born to Mexican-American parents. She is best known for her roles as Isabella Braña in the soap opera The Young and the Restless from 2001 to 2003, and as Gabrielle Solis on the hit series Desperate Housewives.

Mónica Spear

5 Mónica Spear

She became known to the world as Miss Venezuela in the 2005 Miss Universe contest, where she clinched the fourth runner-up spot and the world of telenovelas saw a winner in her. Her 2007 role as a protagonist in My Cousin Ciela, where she played a high school pupil suffering from leukaemia set her on the path to success. The telenovela gained popularity in other parts of South America and aired in the US. Spear has since starred in El Desprecio and this year she was seen in Pasión Prohibida. She is ranked as one of the most successful actresses from Venezuela.

Rafael Amaya

6 Rafael Amaya

Sporting the quintessential movie-star jawline, Amaya has spent years as a sportsman, model, singer and actor. He was born in Hermosillo, Mexico, but was raised in California. His break came in 2000 in the telenovela La Casa en la Playa, where he played Romualdo.

He became famous for his full-frontal nudity in the 2004 romantic comedy Desnudos. This year, Amaya stars in the lead role in the action novela El señor de los Cielos as Aurelio Casillas, one of Mexico’s 90s drug lords. He is romantically linked with his colleague and cast partner Angélica Celaya. He will be seen in the forthcoming Someone’s Watching You.

David Chocarro

7 David Chocarro

The 33-year-old Argentinian is one of Telemundo’s most talked about studs. He stars in Behind Closed Doors as twin brothers Adolfo and Leonardo Acosta. He is married to fellow Telemundo actress Carolina Laursen. Chocarro started off as a model and baseball player in Buenos Aires. His first role was in the soap opera Floricienta in his home nation. He broke into the Mexican telenovela market with Los Exitosos Perez. Chocarro was in the celebrity version of Top Chef on Telemundo.

Jorge Luis Pila

8 Jorge Luis Pila

The Cuban-born actor started his career as a model in his home nation before moving to Mexico, where he continued working as a model. He also joined a group of dancers accompanying the famous singer Yuri in her concert tours. In 1997, Pila starred in his first soap opera Al Norte del Corazón. He joined Telemundo in 2006 in the telenovela Decisiones. In 2009, he was voted by the public for the best supporting actor award of Telemundo for his role as Jimmy in Más Sabe el Diablo. He can be seen in Aurora.

Angélica Celaya

9 Angélica Celaya

She started her career in Telemundo’s reality show, Protagonistas de Novela. Her classic beauty earned her a spot in several productions. Her first role was as Ximena Campuzano in Los Plateados. She also featured in a few Mexican soap operas and has had leading roles in Telemundo productions such as Decisiones. She remains one of the most loved Latin actresses in the US. This year, Celaya returns with El Señor de los Cielos, where she portrays Eugenia Casas, a devoted journalist who specialises in drug trafficking and corruption. She will be seen in the forthcoming Someone’s Watching You.

Aylín Mújica

10 Aylín Mújica

Mujica started her artistic career in her home nation of Cuba, where she studied ballet and acting. She moved to Mexico in 1994. She dominated the soap opera scene there and got international acclaim from starring in Señora and Yacaranday. Mujica has been a model since she was 13 and is a great singer. In 2004, she released her debut album titled Aylin, aimed at Latin American women. She has also been on the cover of many magazines, including nude photos for the Spanish men’s magazine Interviú. She has been married three times and has three children. She stars in Aurora.

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