Christina Ochoa stars as Warrant Officer Nora Madani, one of the first female helicopter pilots in the U.S. Army’s elite helicopter unit called the Shadow Raiders, in The CW’s new military conspiracy thriller Valor.
Ochoa is known for recurring roles on Robert Rodriguez’s Matador and TNT’s Animal Kingdom, and can currently be seen starring as the female lead in the grindhouse-cinema-inspired series Blood Drive.
She is the grandniece of the 1959 Nobel Prize winner Servero Ochoa and is the daughter of acclaimed Spanish sculptor Victor Ochoa. Having spent her childhood between Madrid, Barcelona and Miami, she ultimately graduated from Santa Isabel Las Asuncion (Madrid). Prior to acting, she studied 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 the performing 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 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 that won awards (including Best Actress) at film festivals both in Europe and the United States.
Ochoa is fluent in both English and Spanish and currently resides in Los Angeles.