Ana Brenda Contreras (sometimes credited simply as Ana Brenda) is a Mexican-American actress and singer.
Contreras was born in McAllen, Texas on December 24, 1986. She moved to Mexico City in 2002 at age 15 to join the reality show Pop Stars, in which she was a finalist and member of a group, T'detila, who released an album with the same name. In 2003, she joined Televisa's Centro de Educación Artística (CEA) to study acting. In 2005, Contreras portrayed Juanita Sánchez in her debut telenovela, Barrera de amor (Barrier of Love). In 2006, she participated in a production of Grease. That same year, Contreras played Claudia in the telenovela Duelo de Pasiones (Duel of Passions). From 2008 to 2009, Contreras also starred as Violeta Madrigal in the telenovela Juro Que Te Amo. In 2009, she played Maura Albarrán in the telenovela Sortilegio (literally "Sortilege", "Love Spell" in English-speaking markets). That same year, she appeared as Marcela Garrido in an episode of the Mexican TV series Mujeres Asesinas (Killer Women) . From 2010 to 2011, Contreras played the lead role of Aurora Alcázar on Teresa . She also played Carol in the musical Timbiriche.
Contreras later starred in the telenovela La Que No Podía Amar (The One Who Couldn't Love) as Ana Paula Carmona from 2011 to 2012. In 2013, she portrayed Maricruz Olivarez in the telenovelaCorazón Indomable (Wild at Heart) , a remake of Marimar . Two years later, she played the lead role of Verónica Prado Castelo in the telenovela Lo Imperdonable (Unforgivable). Contreras next starred as Gregoria Vera AKA Goyita Vera in Blue Demon from 2016 to 2017, and as Alejandra Ponce in Por Amar Sin Ley(To Love Without Laws) in 2018.
In August of 2018, The CW announced that Contreras had been cast in her first English language role, which turned out to be recast Cristal Flores in the second season of the network's prime time soap opera reboot, Dynasty. 
Contreras married Alejandro Amaya in a civil ceremony in Las Vegas on April 4, 2013. On May 14, 2014, she sent a press release informing the permanent separation with her spouse. In February 2016, it was confirmed by her Lo Imperdonable co-star, Iván Sánchez, that the two are in a relationship. 
|2009||Cabeza de Buda||Invitada 2||Uncredited|
|2014||Volando Bajo||Mariana Arredondo|
|2017||El Que Busca Encuentra||Esperanza (Penny)|
|2005||Barrera de Amor||Juana "Juanita" Sánchez||Supporting role|
|2006||Duelo de Pasiones||Claudia||Supporting role|
|2008–2009||Juro Que Te Amo||Violeta Madrigal|
|2009||Mujeres Asesinas (Mexican TV series)||Marcela Garrido||Season 2, Episode 2: "Las Garrido, Codiciosas"|
|2010–2011||Teresa (2010 TV series)||Aurora Alcázar|
|2011–2012||La Que No Podía Amar||Ana Paula Carmona|
|2013||Corazón indomable||Maricruz Olivarez / Maria Alejandra Mendoza Olivarez|
|2015||Lo Imperdonable (2015 TV series)||Verónica Prado Castelo|
|2016–2017||Blue Demon (TV series)'||Goyita Vera|
|2018- 2019||Por Amar Sin Ley||Alejandra Ponce||Season 1-Season 2|
|2018–2019||Dynasty||Cristal Jennings||Season 2|
Awards and recognition
Premios Diosas de Plata
|2009||Female Revelation||Divina Confusión||won |
|2015||Special Performance by an Actress||Volando bajo||nominated|
|2017||Best Musical Actress||El Hombre De La Mancha||nominated|
- Being Mexican American, she is fluent in English and Spanish.
- After news broke of her getting cast on Dynasty, both Ana Brenda and Rafael de La Fuente revealed they have grown close to each other and called themselves the Latin Mafia. 
- She's Nathalie Kelley's successor as announced officially by The CW in August of 2018.
- She is Daniella's predecessor for the role of Cristal Jennings.
- On Sunday, September 23, 2018 Ana Brenda hosted a dinner where mole, a traditional Mexican dish and homemade tortillas were cooked and invited the Dynasty cast.