Actress Christina Ochoa (born Cristina Ochoa Lopez in Barcelona) is known for her recurring roles in U.S. television shows such as Robert Rodriguez's Matador and TNT's Animal Kingdom. She most recently starred as the lead in both SyFy's grindhouse cinema-inspired series Blood Drive and The CW's serialized military conspiracy thriller, Valor.
Ochoa is the grandniece of 1959 Nobel Prize winner Severo Ochoa and daughter of acclaimed Spanish sculptor Victor Ochoa. Having spent her childhood between Madrid, Barcelona and Miami, she ultimately graduated from Santa Isabel la Asuncion (Madrid). Prior to acting, she went on to study 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 performance arts by moving to Madrid where she attended the Cristina Rota Conservatory and Film Institute. Additional work in theater 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 in the film Cats Dancing on Jupiter. She is also the founder and owner of Quantum Entanglement Productions, responsible for the 2011 short film Stay with Me, which won awards including Best Actress at film festivals both in Europe and the United States.