Ivonne Coll

as Alba Villanueva

In The CW’s Golden Globe nominated comedy series Jane The Virgin,  Ivonne Coll stars as Alba, Jane’s (Gina Rodriguez) tough as nails, but loving grandmother.

People’s Choice Award winner and Golden Globe nominee Ivonne Coll is a theater, television, and film actress from Fajardo, Puerto Rico. Her film debut as Redheaded Yolanda in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather II  helped her discover her passion for acting, becoming one of the first Latin actresses to cross over and work consistently in Hollywood.

Her award-winning variety show in Puerto Rico, Una Chica Llamada Ivonne Coll,  provided the perfect opportunity to showcase her many talents which included singing, dancing and acting. She represented Puerto Rico in the Miss Universe Pageant in 1967. In 1972 she was the star of the USO Tour Puerto Rico Sings for the troops stationed in Vietnam. In 1988, Coll had the stellar role in  Cuqui a Woman Like You  produced by WAPA TV.

Coll had the fortune of training in drama with Lee Strasberg, comedy with Lucille Ball and musical theater with David Craig.

On Broadway, Coll’s credits include Tony Award Nominated Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Joseph Papp’s Shakespeare on Broadway: Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, As You Like It,  and  Goodbye Fidel.

Coll’s regional theater performances include playing the title role in Mother Courage  at Berkley Repertory Theater and La Jolla Playhouse. Other regional theater work includes Chicago’s Goodman Theater, Princenton’s McCarter Theater, Mark Tapper Forum, San Diego Rep, Arizona Theater Company and San Jose Rep Theater.

Awards received include: the People’s Choice Award for Jane The Virgin, TCA’sOutstanding Achievement in Youth Programming for Switched at Birth, Eternity Award Los Angeles Women’s Theater Festival, ACE Award New York Hispanic Media for Orinoco, Puerto Rico International Short Film Festival Best Actress for De Pura Cepa,  Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Performance, San Diego Critics Circle for Adoration of the Old Woman, Agueybana de Oro Best Supporting Actress for  Coralito.

Her award nominations include: Golden Globe for Jane The Virgin, Jefferson Award as Best Supporting Actress in Electricidad, Actors’ Equity Association and Best Actress in Mother Courage by the San Francisco Bay Area Critics Circle.

Coll’s film credits, among others, include:  Waking the Dead, Lean on Me, Instinct, In Too Deep,  The Pest,  A Rainy Day  and Hemingway & Gelhorn.

Television credits include Switched at Birth, Teen Wolf, Glee, Nip Tuck, An American Family, Six Feet Under, NYPD Blue, The Practice, Heroes, Crossing Jordan, Judging Amy, Saturday Night Live, Cold Case, Joan of Arcadia, LA LAW, Wings, Without a Trace, CSI  and the award-winning series East Los High,  in the role of Fabiola.

Hometown: Fajardo, Puerto Rico
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