Who is Iván Sánchez, contestant of 'MasterChef Celebrity 6'?

Like her contest partner Belén López, it is hard to think of a television fiction from the 2000s in which Ivan Sanchez have not put your talent. ‘MasterChef Celebrity 6’ is a totally different experience for the Madrilenian, since it will be the first time we see him in a ‘talent show’ in Spain and that we know its true qualities in the kitchen.

The actor was born in Móstoles on November 19, 1974. At 46 years old, he has more than thirty projects between series, musicals and films behind him. In recent years, he has made his way into the audiovisual landscape of Mexico, a country where he is becoming more and more known for his roles in renowned soap operas.

Beginnings as a model

Long before dedicating himself fully to acting, Ivan made his first steps as a model “by chance”. He finished his Baccalaureate studies without being clear about what he wanted to do and with the only certainty that he wanted to see the world. His spectacular physique did not take long to open the doors of important brands, of which he was the image between the ages of 18 and 27: Nino Cerruti, Dolce & Gabbana, Krizia, Levis, Bikkemberg …

Sánchez often remembers and defines this time as very enriching, since it allowed him to work between Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Paris, London and New York. “I made very good friends all over the world, I learned many languages, I have very good memories [..] I was born in a normal place, in a very normal family and I always had very good support “, revealed in front of the microphones of the Mexican chain TV star.

Iván Sánchez, during the recording of ‘MasterChef Celebrity 6’. (EFE Agency)

From ‘Central Hospital’ to ‘Hispania’

The busy life and the continuous trips ended up taking a toll on the contestant of the sixth edition of ‘MasterChef Celebrity’. The one from Móstoles opted for a more settled life, although not relaxed, and made his debut as an actor in ‘Periodistas’ (2002). The successful Globomedia series was followed by episodic works in ‘The swamp’, ‘Javier no longer lives alone’, ‘7 lives’,’ The commissioner ‘,’ There is no one alive here ‘,’ A step forward ‘or’ La silly soup ‘. He would have to wait until 2005 to get his first leading role, that of Rodrigo Leal in ‘The Authentic Rodrigo Leal’ (Antena 3). He also had a brief stage as a presenter with Eva González in ‘Dímelo al ears’ (La Sexta).

Perhaps the most remembered character of the ex-model was that of Raúl Lara in ‘Hospital central’, an attractive and womanizer SAMUR nurse who turned the plot upside down back in 2006. Iván was part of the cast of Telecinco’s medical fiction for five years and eight seasons, so he became one of the most stable performers. Before crossing the pond and beginning his journey in Latin America, Bambú Producciones counted on him to give life to Fabio in ‘Hispania, layenda’ and its sequel ‘Imperium’, both broadcast on Antena 3.

Iván Sánchez, in ‘Hispania’. (Atresmedia Television)

Your Mexican adventure

After a first approach to Mexico in the ‘talent’ ‘Dancing for a dream’ (Televisa, 2006), Iván Sánchez signed for ‘The queen of the south’ in 2011. Thanks to his role as’ El Gallego ‘(that is how he is affectionately known in the Aztec state), the actor made his way into more Mexican soap operas such as’ La tempestad’, ‘Señorita Pólvora’, ‘Lo imperdonable’ or ‘Yago ‘.

In this way, in the last five years, Iván has appeared more on the small screen of this country than that of Spain. “Let’s say there is more work and we have to take advantage of it. I am very grateful that America is giving me the opportunity to develop as a professional beyond Spain. In addition, I feel very loved and respected both by people and by the profession “, he commented in an interview for the newspaper ‘The world’ in 2015.

Iván Sánchez, in ‘The Queen of the South’. (Netflix)

Elia Galera’s ex-husband

From his Mexican experience, Iván took more than good job opportunities. He married Elia Galera (‘Central Hospital’, ‘Frágiles’, ‘Acacias 38’) on October 17, 2014 in Pozuelo de Alarcón (Madrid). The couple had two daughters and ended up divorcing in 2016 when it was confirmed that the artist was dating Mexican actress Ana Brenda Contreras.

The break occurred on the occasion of a scandal: The aspirant from the La 1 space was captured by a magazine during an intimate getaway with Contreras. To avoid speculation, Elia made a statement accepting the end of the marriage, asking for “respect” in those difficult moments and assuring that “as parents, they had a much longer and equally precious relationship left.” Currently, Iván shares his life with Camila Sodi, the singer Thalía’s niece.

Iván Sánchez and Elia Galera, in ‘Central Hospital’. (Mediaset Spain)

Aware of local consumption

Although it is no longer his main profession, Iván Sánchez frequently shares with his almost one million followers the poses he makes for different brands and fashion magazines. In addition, he uses his social accounts to show incredible photographs of paradisiacal places where he enjoys his vacation periods.

When his participation in ‘MasterChef Celebrity 6’ became official, the actor assured that the viewers of La 1 would have a great time during the cooked. However, he has not come to comment on how he operates in the kitchen. Of course, through various publications, We can discover that the Madrilenian is very aware of the acquisition of Spanish fruits and vegetables in support of farmers. A few months ago, he joined the European Union’s ‘Consume Local’ campaign.

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