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Ugly Betty - the TV show

Updated on August 15, 2011
America Ferrera plays Betty Suarez
America Ferrera plays Betty Suarez
The unassuming "Ugly" Betty Suarez
The unassuming "Ugly" Betty Suarez
The Cast of Ugly Betty
The Cast of Ugly Betty

Did you know?

  • Eric Mabius appeared in the first season of The L Word?
  • Vanessa Williams spent years building her acting chops on Broadway?
  • While the fictional family Suarez comes from Mexico, none of the actors are Mexican? (America Ferrera is Honduran, Ana Ortiz is Puerto Rican, Tony Plana is Cuban, and Mark Indelicato is half-Puerto Rican and half-Italian)
  • Christopher Gorham appeared in the late 1990s show, Popular?
  • Judith Light played Angela Bower on the 1980s show, Who's the Boss?
  • Former model Rebecca Romijn appeared as Mystique, the shape-changing mutant, in all three X-Men movies?
  • Ugly Betty is a remake of a Colombian soap opera, called Yo Soy Betty, La Fea (I am Ugly Betty)?

Ugly Betty

Playing the sweet but clever "fish out of water", America Ferrera (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Real Women Have Curves) brings the irresistible charm of Betty Suarez to the small screen every week on ABC.

Living with her father, sister and nephew in Jackson Heights, Queens, Betty Suarez graduated at the top of her class in high school and college, and sought her first job at Meade Publications to launch her career in writing. Through a series of serendipitous events, Betty lands a job as the personal assistant of the editor-in-chief, Daniel Meade. Betty, intensely loyal to her boss and genuinely honest, paints a striking contrast to the backbiting bitchiness of vain, superficial would-be models and gold diggers at Meade. But her ability to think quickly on her feet and put brains before beauty are also the keys to her indefatigable success. - Cast of Ugly Betty


America Ferrera - Betty Suarez

Eric Mabius - Daniel Meade

Vanessa Williams - Wilhelmina Slater

Rebecca Romijn - Alexis Meade

Alan Dale - Bradford Meade

Michael Urie - Marc St Clair

Ana Ortiz - Hilda Suarez

Tony Plana - Ignacio Suarez

Becki Newton - Amanda Tanen

Ashley Jensen - Christina McKinney

Mark Indelicato - Justin Suarez

Christopher Gorham - Henry Grubstick

Judith Light - Claire Meade


Ugly Betty, true to its telenovela (Latin American soap opera) roots, is known for unexpected plot twists. There are many questions that remain unresolved at the time of this posting:

  • Will Betty and Henry become a couple?
  • Who is Amanda's father?
  • Will Wilhelmina assume control of Meade Publications and Mode Magazine?
  • Will Marc ever find love?
  • Will an amnesiac Alexis find out about the bad blood she had with her father?
  • Will Daniel ever "grow up" and settle down?

Fan sites and blogs report the latest information on cliffhangers like these - stay posted!

Mark and Amanda explain the inner workings of Mode Magazine


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      Grace Marguerite Williams 5 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      Great hub, I knew about the careers of Eric Mabius and Vanessa Williams and the other cast members. It's a shame that the show was cancelled. I loved Ugly Betty. The show was a realistic portrayal of the fashion world. Don't let me forget, loved Michael Urie as Marc, Wilhelmina's assistant. The world of fashion can be such a jungle, ouch!

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      bomza 6 years ago

      when is season 5 coming out? can't wait ti see it

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      TheLANDLADY 6 years ago from Detroit

      I really enjoyed reading this. And as far as, wiil Daniel Meade ever "grow up" and settle down? I don't think so at all!!! Lol. I love this hub,and Claire Meade my fave character, judith light,vanessa,and michael urie are the only reasons i watch this. but mostly judith light!

      ~Tabby Kat -_-

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      day 7 years ago

      eu amo muito muito muito...a betty e o daniel.nao quero que acaba acretito que e so uma fase.ave pelo amor nao termina sem antes os dois ficarem juntos.

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      jackie 7 years ago

      WOW!!!!!! Your show is splendidly spectacular, and bettty always saving the day, u are quite an inspiration.

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      Ronald Cantley 7 years ago

      The thing is, you are really, really ugly in real life and to dress up like that for money is disgraceful

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      bunny 8 years ago

      does anyone know if Ugly Betty is going to be on tv again this fall?

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      Alex Gapper 8 years ago

      thought i was going to hate ugly betty, but started watching a few week ago and now I'm addicted.

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      olga-greece 8 years ago

      betty is amazing and i love her like my sister!!!the series is at least great!and i cant wait for the greek channel to put ugly betty on tv again!

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      sabrina 8 years ago

      ugly betty is not ugly in real life though

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      sabrina 8 years ago

      ugly betty is ugly that's what i think.

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      jove 9 years ago

      i love betty

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      Betty Suarez 9 years ago

      Hi everyone!

      I'm so happy to have so many fans!

      Let me let you in on some gossip from Mode:

      1. Wilhelmina is seeing Connor, but she will begin having an affair with Mark. (yes, her assistant)

      2. I will start seeing both Gio and Nick Pepper.

      3. Amanda will start seeing Claire Meade (yes, she's going lesbo for the woman who killed her mother! OMG OMG OMG!!!)

      4. I will temporarily leave Mode to help my sister Hilda with her salon, and to sell knives door to door.

      5. Justin will (finally!!!!!!!!) come out of the closet, and start seeing a rich, elderly gentleman (can we say sugar daddy?!)

      6. I will get pregnant and give birth to twins. One, sadly, will be horribly disfigured.

      7. Daniel will be written out of the script (contract negotiations with Eric Mabius fell apart, apparently).

      8. The writers are trying to decide whether or not to bring Bradford Meade back from the dead - maybe as a flesh-eating zombie, if we've hit that jump-the-shark point of the series.

      9. I might join an all-girls school and hang out with my friends Blair, Natalie, Tootie and Mrs Garrett.

      10. We are toying around with an episode where I get involved in drugs and get caught south of the border trying to smuggle a cocaine-filled condom in my rectum.



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      miley cyrus 9 years ago

      hey yall. its miley i like ugly betty it's nice. catch me at xoxannaxox11 at aim! i love talking to my fans! bye yall! :] peace

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      Lana 9 years ago

      I Have been watching your show for awhile and it's great.I do have a request since it's Christmas have Venassa Wiliams sing her Christmas song --DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR on one of the shows during the Holiday season she has a beautiful voice.

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      jenny 9 years ago

      will Daniel and Gio stay in series 3

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      Sarah 9 years ago

      Hello,I am the biggest fan in your show.I can not belive it.:D

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      hamad 9 years ago

      helo im yor begest fan of your show

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      mohammed 9 years ago

      why you lift henry so he never will com agine or he will

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      mohammed 9 years ago

      hiiiii amirca im the bigist fan of you and your show

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      Betty Suarez 9 years ago

      Hi Lola, I think you are so so cool, too! Thanks for watching my show!

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      Angel  9 years ago

      Ugly Betty my real name is Betty but I decided to put my name as Angel. And I think you are super cool.


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      Brenda & Betty 9 years ago

      We think that your show is really cool. And we are your #1 fans.


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      Brenda & Betty 9 years ago

      We think that your show is really cool. And we are your #1 fans.


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      denis acosta 9 years ago

      this is the best show i ever seen.

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      valeeeeeee 9 years ago

      I like mark indelicato... mark i love you

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      jeff 10 years ago

      Ugly Betty intially brought an education to the public with humor and entertainment. The series delivered a relatively unattractive minority individal into the fast and furious world of the fashion industry and some of the frustrations, barriors. and insecurities that she would be encountering. Now it has turned stupid, trite, and embarrassing. Why not give the writers and producers the freedom of creating an intellectually stimulating script that would bring up the level of the program, and stimulate the masses. It would be a much more effective and intelligent approach. Insulting the viewers with "single syllable plots" and garbage and trash scripts is an easy, short sighted financial "gimme." You have an important core concept... rise above the swamp mentality and deliver messages that stimulate society.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 10 years ago from France

      i have seen the original "Betty la fea" many, many years ago now. It is amazing how so many countries have copied the idea and made their own versions.

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      Mr Nice 10 years ago from North America

      Ugly Betty is actually so beautiful. I love the show and waiting to see what's next tonight. Great hub.

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      teresa 10 years ago

      yes I seen ugly betty on a talk show a while back and she was talking about a charity she was apart of for women who had bad teeth and if was effecting them getting a job there self esteem ect. Could you please give me her website for that. I am in Very bad need of it.

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 10 years ago from Chennai

      I always believe that nobody is really ugly. How can they be? Thank you, great hub!

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      Earth Angel 10 years ago

      I LOVE the show UGLY BETTY; I sooooooooooooo relate!! Blessings, Earth Angel

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      maricarbo 10 years ago

      Yes, I saw several of the original Betty La Fea episodes. They started out with a homely-looking girl, but by the end of the telenovela, she was anything but ugly, which goes to show what a little bit of make-up will do to an otherwise regular-looking face. The girl in the Spanish version (it was an entirely different cast) was actually very attractive.

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      teeray 10 years ago from Canada

      Thank you for the information on this popular show. This is a great hub!