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ADRIANNA BARRAZA, a native of Mexico, known internationally for her Academy Award@ nomination (Actress in a Supporting Role, 2006) in 2007 for the movie Babel, has at fifty-four, laid the foundation for her career as an actress in the United States. Her upcoming feature film credits include Thor, directed by Kenneth Branagh and co-starring Anthony Hopkins and Natalie Portman. She previously starred in Drag Me to Hell, directed by Sam Raimi co-starring with Alison Lohman and Justin Long, and Henry Poole is Here, co-starring Luke Wilson and George Lopez, directed by Sam Pellington. She also starred with Jude Law, Judy Dench and John Leguizamo in Rage directed by Sally Potter; Burning Palms directed by Christopher B. Landon; in addition to And Soon the Darkness.

Along with her Academy Award® nomination, she was also nominated for a Golden Globe, a SAG Award, Critics Choice Awards and others for her critically acclaimed work in Babel.

Her television work in the United States includes appearances in "CSI: Miami” and "ER”.

Born in Mexico in 1956, Adriana began her career in 1972 at Mexico State University. She has acted in more than seventy productions that include Greek Theater, Shakespeare, Theater of the Golden Age of Spain and Contemporary authors. She has played a broad spectrum of characters in all genres of theater. She was narrator and adapter of the university radio program "El Cuento” for five years, during which more than five hundred programs were aired. She entered television work in 1986 with the Televisa Company, where she worked for sixteen years as an actress, director, scriptwriter, associate producer, and as an acting and neutral accent coach, which is why she was sought out by director James L. Brooks to be an accent coach for actress Paz Vega in the movie Spanglish. Later she had a three-year contract with the American TV broadcasting company Telemundo as Vice-president of the actors division. At present she is the Artistic Director of the Venevisión Productions Company in the city of Miami and is preparing the first Univisión-Venevisión production of "Eva Luna”.

Her work as an actress in the Film Industry has led her to portray characters of different nationalities and in different countries besides Mexico, such as Colombia, Argentina and Venezuela, and this has given her the opportunity to participate in international film festivals such as Cannes, Toronto and San Sebastian, among many others. She is a renowned Acting Teacher in Theater Arts and she has taught thousands of across Latin America. She has also been the producer of various made-for-TV films, authored more than ten plays and been the director of several multimedia programs.

Adriana resides in Miami.

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