Actress Christina Ochoa (born Cristina Ochoa Lopez, in Barcelona) is known for her recurring roles in US television shows such as Robert Rodriguez’s Matador and TNT’s Animal Kingdom. She most recently starred as the lead in SyFy’s grindhouse-cinema-inspired series, Blood Drive and The CW’s serialized military conspiracy thriller, Valor. Next up, she will star in ABC’s highly-anticipated dramedy series, A Million Little Things.
Ochoa is the grandniece of 1959 Nobel Prize winner, Severo Ochoa and daughter of acclaimed Spanish sculptor, Victor Ochoa. Having spent her childhood between Madrid, Barcelona, and Miami, she ultimately graduated from Santa Isabel La Asuncion (Madrid). Prior to acting, she went on to study oceanographic engineering at Las Palmas University in the Canary Islands and advanced marine biology at James Cook University in Australia.
Ochoa began acting as a hobby, starring in theatrical plays in Washington, D.C. at the Little Theatre of Alexandria and quickly decided to pursue a career in performance arts by moving to Madrid where she attended the Cristina Rota Conservatory and Film Institute. Additional work in theatre and TV soon followed including roles in I Hate My Teenage Daughter, Modern Family, The Neighbors and Spain’s La Que Se Avecina, as well as in films, including Cats Dancing on Jupiter. She is also the founder and owner of QE (Quantum Entanglement) Productions, responsible for the 2011 short film Stay with Me, which won awards (including Best Actress) at film festivals both in Europe and the United States.
Ochoa’s special skills include scuba diving, dance, fight and stunt-driving. She is also fluent in the English and Spanish languages. She currently resides in Los Angeles.