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Aaron Diaz

Leon Velez
Actor Biography

Aaron Diaz Spencer, was born March 7, 1982 in Puerto Vallarta, México. His father is Mexican and his mother American. While still very young, he moved with his family to the city of San Miguel de Allende, where he spent much of his childhood. He later moved to California to attend high school, he also started working as a model during this period. His idea was to study Hospitality Management and Tourism in Las Vegas, but he was invited to audition for the Centro de Educación Artística (CEA) of Televisa, an opportunity he did not hesitate to take, which was when he realized that acting was his passion.

His first opportunity in a soap opera came while still a student of CEA. He became known in 2002 while playing the role of 'Kike' in the teen soap opera Clase 406. This hit soap opera broke records for running uninterrupted on air one year and seven months.

The second soap opera he landed was Corazones al Límite, in 2004, alongside Sara Maldonado and Sherlyn. That same year, he ventured into the world of voice-over, lending his voice to the main character in the film Thunderbirds.

In 2005, he starred in the soap opera Barrera de Amor, by producer Ernesto Alonso and ,in 2006, he ventured into musical theater, with a staging of Grease, where he played 'Danny'.

2007 brought new surprises for him, starring in the new production of Pedro Damian, Lola, érase una vez, where he played the coveted 'Alexander Von Ferdinand'. Also, in this same year, he received his first 'Diosa de Plata' award in the category of new revelation actor for the film Amor Xtremo. He also launched his clothing line 'Perra,' debuting as a designer and businessman alongside Kate del Castillo.

Aside from acting, one of Aaron's other passions is singing. In 2009 he released Enamorate de mi, his first solo album and music production in the rhythm of big band.

In 2010 he returned to television in the soap opera Teresa, where he starred alongside Angelique Boyer. This soap opera broke historic ratings throughout Mexico and aired with the same success in the U.S. and several Latin American countries as well as European countries. That same year he released his second album self titled Aaron Diaz of which three singles have been released: "Mi Religión", "Teresa" & "No Puedo Dejar de Amarte", these last two singles he composed for the soap opera Teresa.

In 2011 he released his first calendar featuring very artistic and exclusive photos, capturing his good taste and creativity as the director of the project. Later that year he relocated to Miami to begin recording another successful soap opera with Univision Networks, called El Talisman where he played his first antagonist role, 'Antonio Negrete.' That same year, he made an important guest appearance, for the ABC Network series Pan Am, where he received great reviews.

He decided to release his second Calendar in 2012 following the same success he had on his previous one, at the hands of renowned photographer Uriel Santana. That same year he also shot the lead role in the internationally awarded Movie Marcelo, premiered in Film Festivals in Italy (Film & Music Ischia Global Festival, July 2013) and Mexico (FIG. Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara, March 2013) Tijuana (Cineteca), Monterrey and in San Diego, USA. In 2012/2013 he starred in the leading role in the soap opera Rosario, produced by Venevision International in collaboration with Univision Networks.

In 2013, Aaron becomes a father for the first time and welcomed his baby girl, Erin, to the world alongside his partner Lola Ponce, a renowned singer and actress. 2013 was also a very successful year full of TV and publicity campaigns both in the USA and Mexico (Pepsi, Honey Bunches of Oats, Sabritas, Colgate). He landed the lead role of 'Santiago Cano' in the new production Santa Diabla which aired in primetime in August 2013 alongside Carlos Ponce and Gaby Espino. Ponce and himself co-wrote and recorded the theme song for the soap opera. The year ended with the great news that he would become a father for the second time as well.

In June of 2014 he moved to Mexico to shoot a special appearance as 'Cesar Mondragon' in the soap opera Los Miserables alongside Aracely Arambula. In October he lands the lead as 'Arturo Gallardo' in the newest primetime production for Telemundo/NBC called Tierra de Reyes that finalized in July of 2015.

In 2015 he also landed a two-year DirecTV Campaign for the Hispanic US market.

In 2016 he was confirmed for the role of Leon Velez in season two of ABC's primetime Sunday series Quantico, created and executive produced by Josh Safran. 

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Character Biography

Leon Velez is Ryan Booth's roommate at The Farm. According to Ryan he's "hard to reach" and "plays by his own rules," but he has a background as a skilled photographer and Ryan believes he's spent some time in prison. For his part, Leon is pretty sure that Ryan and Alex Parrish are more than just former co-workers.

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