Karina Arroyave: biography, career, personal life



 Karina Arroyave was born on July 16, 1969 in Ibaga in Colombia. When the future actress was 1 years old, her family moved to New York City. Karina received her acting education while still at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School. She deepened her knowledge at The Groundlings in Los Angeles. There, Karina studied comedic acting. Her stage debut came at the Louisville Humana Festival in the play “Marisol”. That’s when the actress played the main character. In 1993, Karina played in a Broadway production based on Jane Bowles’s play “At the Dacha”.

The beginning of Karina’s career

in film began with the role of Bianca in the TV series “How the World Spins”, which went with 1956 to 2010. She then got an occasional role in the TV series “The Equalizer”. In 1989, Arrojave played Maria in the film “Hold on to Me”. The drama tells about the problems of students and teachers of the college. The painting was presented at the Amsterdam International Film Festival. She then went through casting for the role of Candy in the crime detective “Law & Order”. In 1992, the actress could be seen as Angie in the painting “I’ve had enough!”. The thriller is about an unlucky man. Eventually, his patience bursts. 1993 brought her the role of Ramona in the film “The Weak Place”. The drama was nominated for an Emmy. The actress went on to receive the role of Tanya Taylor in the series “NYPD”

1994 saw the release of the film “At Cowboys So Taken”, in which Karina played factory worker Rosa. The painting tells the story of the adventures of the cowboys in the big city, where they chose to live by their orders. She then got the role of Tiki Santiago in the TV series “Undercover Cops”. Karina’s next role came in the 1994 film “Trial by Jury”. She played Mercedes. The thriller tells the story of a mob chief who is accused of killing several people. She was later invited to the TV series “Touch of an Angel” for the role of Anni. In the drama “Hope Chicago”, the actress performed the role of Sally.


In 1995, Karinu could be seen as Ramona in the television picture “Finally Friends”. The drama tells the story of a family life in which the wife feels like a friend of the spouse. That same year, she starred as Josie in the film “Dangerous Thoughts”. The film was nominated for an MTV Channel Award. She was later invited to the TV series “The Practice”, which ran from 1997 to 2004. The heroine of Arroyave is Teresa Cortez. She later got the role of Rita Martinez in the thriller “187″. This is the story of a schoolteacher to whom difficult and abusive teenagers fall. At one point, he decides to take revenge on aspiring criminals. In the crime drama “South Brooklyn”, the actress played Lola. In 1998, she appeared as Lonnie in the film “TV Shock”. The director, screenwriter and producer of the thriller is Whitney Ransick. The following year, she starred in the painting “At the Bottom of the Abyss”.

In the TV series “Fair Amy”, Karina performed the role of Martina Romano. He then got the role of Sylvia Ramos in the crime detective “Law & Order. Special Corps.” The actress’s next work took place in “Family Law”. She played Sandra Ramirez. In 1999, the film “Without Fault” was released, in which Karina played Amber. The drama tells of neighbors who couldn’t find common ground. One of them, an exemplary citizen, condemns the free way of life of the other. The following year, she appeared as Maria in the television picture “Missing Links”. The protagonist investigates his son’s suicide and realizes that it was not a suicide. The actress could then be seen in the TV series “Strong Cure”. Her character is Alicia Perez. The next series in Arroijave filmography is “24 Hours”. In it, she reincarnated into Jamie Farrell. Next up was the role of Louise in “Without a Trace”. The series ran between 2002 and 2009.

2002 brought the actress a role in the film “Empire”. The Criminal Detective has been presented at the Sundance Film Festival, the Moscow International Film Festival and the Hamburg Film Festival. 2 years later, Karina could be seen as Elizabeth in the famous painting “The Clash”. The lead roles went to Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Ryan Philip and Terrence Howard. The film’s director, screenwriter and producer is Paul Haggis. The painting won 3 Oscars, 2 British Academy Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award and was nominated for a European Film Academy Award and a Golden Globe.

In 2007, she starred in the film tape “Lost in Manhattan”. Her heroine is Christina. The film weaves the fates of an oculist, an artist who loses his eyesight, and a photographer. The drama has been presented at the Sundance Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, Indianapolis International Film Festival, Austin Film Festival. After 2 years, the actress was invited for the role of a teacher’s assistant in the drama “Adam”. The drama about an autistic man has been shown at events such as Sundance Film Festival, Method Fest Independent Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, International Film Festival CineVegas, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Rio de Janeiro International Film Festivals, Warsaw, São Paulo, Stockholm and Oslo. 2010 brought her a small role in the film “Holy Rollers”.

In the TV series “Blue Blood”, Karina appeared as Carmen Thompson. She then starred in the crime drama “Orange is the Hit of the Season”. Her heroine is Carla. Next was the role in “Laura’s Mysteries”. 2014 brought her a role in the short picture “Family on Board”. She was then invited to play the role of Rosa Fernández in the TV series “Thinking Like a Criminal: Abroad”. In parallel, the actress played in the TV series “Mr. Bull”. One of Arroyave’s last works is the role of Lucia in the 2017 film “The Cat Missing in the Crown”.

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