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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Soto and the second or maternal family name is Benavides.
Blanca Soto
Born Blanca Delfina Soto Benavides
(1979-01-05) January 5, 1979 (age 36)
Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
Occupation Actress, model, former beauty queen
Years active 1997-present
Title Nuestra Belleza Morelos 1997
Miss Verano Viña del Mar 1997
Nuestra Belleza Mundo México 1997
Corona al Mérito 2005
Spouse(s) Bill (2003–2004, died from melanoma)
Jack Hartnett (2006–2012)
Relatives Daniela Soto (sister)

Blanca Soto (born Blanca Delfina Soto Benavides on January 5, 1979) is a Mexican actress, model, and former beauty queen.

Career[edit]

Soto competed in the national beauty pageant Nuestra Belleza Mexico in 1997, representing her home state of Nuevo Leon. That same year, Soto became Miss Mexico World and represented her country in the international beauty contest Vina Del Mar in Chile.

Soto's first role as an actress was in the short film La Vida Blanca, which she co-produced with then-ex-husband Jack Hartnett, who wrote and directed as well. For the role, she received her first award for Best Actress.[1] Soto then had supporting roles in films such as: "Divina Confusion", Deep In The Valley and Dinner for Schmucks. She starred in Venevisión's telenovelas in collaboration with Univision; Eva Luna (2010–2011) as Eva Gonzalez and El Talismán (2012) as Camila Nájera.[2] Soto starred with Fernando Colunga in Juan Osorio's telenovela; Porque el amor manda which was broadcast in Mexico from 2012-2013.[3]

She appeared in Billy Currington's music video "Must Be Doin' Somethin' Right" (winner of sexiest video of the year at the CMA).[4] As a model, Soto has been featured in advertisements for GAP, Lens Crafters, Venus Swimwear, Avon, Andrea, Charriol, Foley's, Yellowbook, Zara, Garnier and Budweiser,[5]

Personal life[edit]

In 2003, she was married to Bill for 8 months. He died of cancer in 2004. Soto married American actor, Jack Hartnett in 2006. She announced their separation on November 17, 2011 via her Twitter account.[6]

Filmography[edit]

As producer[edit]

Year Title Notes
2012 I Won't Be Your Mirror co-producer
2015 Sovereign Executive producer

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Tampa Jai Alai Lissette Arriaga Short film
2007 La vida blanca Blanca Erraruiz Short film
Executive producer
2008 Divina confusión Afrodita
2009 Deep In The Valley Suzi Diablo
2010 Regresa María González
2010 La cena Catherine Uncredited
2014 Un reino sin fronteras Herself Television film

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Eva Luna Eva González Lead role
2012 El Talismán Camila Nájera Lead role
2012-2013 Porque el amor manda Alma Montemayor Lead role; 182 episodes
2014-present Señora Acero Sara Aguilar Bermúdez Lead role

Theater[edit]

Year Title Role
2011 The Vagina Monologues / Los Monólogos de la Vagina Various monologues ("Hair", "My vagina was my village", "Because he liked to look at it")
2013-2014 Obscuro Total Sofia

Credits as a Dubbing Actress[edit]

Year Title Original title Character Language
2012 Sí, Virginia: Un cuento para creer

en la Navidad

Yes, Virginia Mrs. Laura O'Hanlon English -> Spanish
2014 Hijo de Dios Son of God Mary Magdalene English -> Spanish

Appearances in Music Videos[edit]

Year Artist Title Notes
1997 Donato y Estefano Entre la linea del bien y la linea del mal
1998 Enrique Iglesias Nunca Te Olvidaré
2002 Shalim Ortiz Nadie Como Tú
2005 Billy Currington Must Be Doin' Somethin' Right CMT Music Awards 2006 - Hottest Video of the Year
2009 Noel Schajris Regresar

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Title Result
2007 Feature Film Award Best Actress La Vida Blanca Won
2011 Premios Juventud She Steals the Show Regresa Won
2011 Premios Juventud Girl of my Dreams Eva Luna Nominated
2011 Premios People en Español Best Actress Eva Luna Nominated
2011 Premios People en Español Best Female Revelation Eva Luna Nominated
2011 Premios People en Español Best Host (& William Levy) Premios Juventud 2012 Nominated
2012 Premios Juventud Girl of my Dreams El Talismán Nominated
2012 Premios Actrices Latinas Best Couple (& Fernando Colunga) Porque el amor manda Nominated
2013 Premios Juventud Girl of my Dreams Porque el amor manda Won
2013 Premios People en Español Best Couple (& Fernando Colunga) Porque el amor manda Won
2013 Premios People en Español Best Actress Porque el amor manda Won
2014 Premios TVyNovelas Best Actress Porque el amor manda Nominated
2014 Premios TVyNovelas Best Kiss (& Fernando Colunga) Porque el amor manda Nominated
2014 Premios TVyNovelas Best Couple (& Fernando Colunga) Porque el amor manda Nominated
2014 Premios TVyNovelas The Most Beautiful Women Porque el amor manda Nominated

Other Awards and recognitions[edit]

Year Title Notes
1997 Nuestra Belleza Mundo Mexico Beauty contest ( + Special Award "Skin Solar Hinds")
1997 Miss Verano Viña del Mar Beauty contest
2005 Corona al Merito Recognition is given each year to a queen or ex-queen of Nuestra Belleza México, for their work and/or trajectory dignify human

values and the image of Mexican women in beauty contests, hoping to motivate them to excel day.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ana Paula Castañares de los Cobos
Nuestra Belleza Morelos
1997
Succeeded by
Arlette Natera Martínez
Preceded by
Yessica Salazar
Nuestra Belleza Mundo México
1997
Succeeded by
Vilma Zamora
Preceded by
Vanessa Guzmán
Corona al Mérito
2005
Succeeded by
Dafne Molina


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