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Know the Cast: ‘Grumpy Christmas’

Grumpy Christmas Cast - Every Performer and Character in the 2021 Netflix Movie

The Grumpy Christmas cast features Héctor Bonilla, Angélica María and Renata Notni. This info article contains minor spoilers for Raúl Martínez’s 2021 Netflix movie. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.

Grumpy Christmas follows the protagonist of the 2016 film The Patriarch. Five years after being kicked out of a retirement community, Servando continues to live with his son, Fran, and spends the Christmas season at a beach home. When the family patriarch clashes with his daughter-in-law’s mother, Alicia, he’s forced to grapple with unresolved issues from the past. Here’s every main performer and character in Grumpy Christmas.

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Grumpy Christmas Cast: Héctor Bonilla as Servando

Grumpy Christmas Cast - Héctor Bonilla as Servando

Character Profile: The family patriarch who lives with his son. He steadily complains during the Christmas season. Servando reflects about past holidays with his late wife while developing a romance with a woman named Alicia.

Bonilla’s Resume: Aquiles in Matinée (1977), Humberto in Red Dawn (1989), Don Servando in The Patriarch (2016), Hombre del Cigarro in El Cesar (2017), Arturo López “El Rayo” in El Señor de los Cielos (2018)

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Grumpy Christmas Cast: Angélica María as Alicia

Grumpy Christmas Cast - Angélica María as Alicia

Character Profile: Alma’s aunt who hosts a Christmas gathering at the beach. She has an aneurysm and seemingly doesn’t enjoy the holiday season. Alicia initially clashes with Servando but then forms a bond with him.

María’s Resume: Carmelita in Mi esposa y la otra (1952), Mané in Romeo contra Julieta (1968), Rina in Sea of Dreams (2006), Isabel “Chabela” Volcán in My Heart Beats for Lola Volcán (2011), Esperanza in The House of Flowers: The Movie (2021)

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Grumpy Christmas Cast: Benny Ibarra as Fran

Grumpy Christmas Cast - Benny Ibarra as Fran

Character Profile: Servando’s son. He’s a plant specialist who hopes to “disconnect” while spending time with his wife. Fran takes a road trip with his disgruntled father.

Ibarra’s Resume: Lucio in City of the Blind (1991), El Ilustre in On the Air (1995), Gabriel in Sexo y otros secretos (2007-08), Fran in The Patriarch (2016), Vicarro De La Noche in Lords of the Bowery (2018)

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Grumpy Christmas Cast: Jacqueline Bracamontes as Alma

Grumpy Christmas Cast - Jacqueline Bracamontes as Alma

Character Profile: Fran’s wife and Alicia’s niece. She urges her husband to forget about work for a few days. Alma gets upset when Fran takes off and seemingly doesn’t understand the importance of bonding with his extended family during Christmas.

Bracamontes’ Resume: Maribel de la Fuente in Rubí (2004), Miranda San Llorente de Aragón in Heridas de amor (2006), María José Samaniego/Sandra Betancourt in Sortilegio (2009), Alma in The Patriarch (2016), Mariana Torres in Loli’s Luck (2021)

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Grumpy Christmas Cast: Renata Notni as Gala

Grumpy Christmas Cast - Renata Notni as Gala

Character Profile: A permaculture student. She’s a hippie-type character who forms a relationship with a male guest.

Notni’s Resume: María Soledad “Marisol” Lobo Ballesteros in Amorcito corazón (2011-12), Mariana in Quiero amarte (2013-14), Julieta in Grandma’s Wedding (2019), Adela Cruz in El Dragón: Return of a Warrior (2019-20), Juana Valentina in The Five Juanas (2021-)

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The Grumpy Christmas cast also includes Juan Pablo de Santiago (Club de Cuervos, La Doña), Eduardo Tanus (The Patriarch, Lo más sencillo es complicarlo todo), Tina Romero (Alucarda, Missing), Natália Subtil (Right On, The Patriarch) and Yulian Diaz (The Patriarch).

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.