Demián Bichir was born in Mexico City in a family dedicated to the theater. His father, Alejandro Bichir, is a theater director and his mother, Maricúz Najera, and brothers Odiseo and Bruno are actors. The first time Bichir stepped on stage was at the age of 3 at the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City. He belonged to the National Theatre Company for seven years and starred in a dozen works such as Valle Inclan's Luces de bohemia, Shakespeare's Richard III and A Midsummer Night's Dream; and Eugene O'Neill's Ah, Wilderness! was his first starring role.
His film work brings together more than 20 titles shot in Mexico and in countries such as Spain, Ireland, Argentina, Colombia, Bolivia, New Zealand and Australia, starring in Jorge Fons' Rojo Amanecer; Fernando Sariñana's Hasta morir, for which he won the Ariel Award for Best Actor; Todo el poder, Javier Patrón's Fuera del cielo, Juan Carlos Valdivia's American Visa, Agustin Diaz Yanes' Don't Tempt Me, Ian Power's The Runway, Antonio Serrano's Sex, Shame and Tears, Hidalgo and The Untold Story. His most recent film in Mexico is Jorge Michel Grau's 7:19.
In the United States, he is known for the Showtime series Weeds, FX's The Bridge, Steven Soderbergh's Che: Part One, Oliver Stone's Savages and Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight. Bichir was recognized for his acclaimed performance as Carlos Galindo in the 2011 drama A Better Life, which garnered him nominations for the Independent Spirit Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and the Academy Award® for Best Actor.
He can most recently be seen in Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant. Un Cuento de Circo & A Love Song is his first film serving as the writer and director, which premiered at the Morelia International Film Festival, the Denver Film Festival and was the opening film at the Huelva Ibero-American Film Festival.
Bichir recently wrapped production as the lead in Corin Hardy's The Nun for Warner Bros. and Doug Liman's Chaos Walking for Lionsgate, starring opposite Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland.