María Clara Alonso (born 2 February 1990), known professionally as Clara Alonso, is an Argentine actress, singer, and television hostess. She debuted as an actress in the 2007 Argentine remake of High School Musical. Since 2007, she has acted in various Disney Channel programs in Latin America. Alonso is best known for her lead role as "Angie Carrara" in the Disney Channel Latin America Series, Violetta.
María Clara Alonso was born on 2 February 1990 in Rosario, Argentina. Her mother is a pediatrician and pulmonary specialist and her father is an engineer. She is the oldest child and has two younger brothers named Agustín and Ignacio. At age 2, she and her family moved to Capitán Bermúdez, a smaller city located outside of Rosario. The family later moved to Buenos Aires when she was eight years old. As a child, she practiced gymnastics, swimming, and dance. Alonso played field hockey and volleyball. She attended primary school at Cayetano Errico in Capitán Bermúdez and later graduated high school from Instituto Inmaculada de Castelar in Buenos Aires. At 8, she quit field hockey and asked her parents to enroll her in musical comedy classes at "Broadway Street", an acting school in Haedo, Buenos Aires. She received lessons in tap, acting, and clown while attending. In addition, she participated in several plays such as Alice in Wonderland at the Astral theater.
2007–2011: Career beginnings
After completing high school, Alonso decided to pursue acting full-time. One month later, she attended castings for High School Musical: La Selección. Alonso was one of the twenty people selected to participate in the musical reality competition. It was broadcast on Channel 13 and Disney Channel in Argentina. She was eliminated in the tenth week, but was later called back to be a member of a concert tour throughout Argentina. Subsequently, she was also cast in her first acting role as "Clari" in the Argentine film version of High School Musical.
During a tour stop in La Rioja, Argentina for the film's concert, she attracted the attention of Disney Channel Latin America producers who cast her as a hostess in "Zapping Zone", a youth-targeted celebrity entertainment show for Argentina. She hosted the program alongside Daniel Martins and Carolina Ibarra. Due to the show's success, it began airing in other countries throughout South America.
From April 27 to May 2, 2008, she traveled to Orlando, Florida to participate in the Disney Channel Games 2008. In Latin America, the program aired from September 5 to October 3. She was part of the green team called "The Cyclones", alongside several international Disney stars such as Jason Dolley, Jennifer Stone, Chelsea Staub, Joe Jonas, Brad Kavanagh, Dylan Sprouse and team captain David Henrie. Her team finished in third place with 55 points.
On October 21, 2008, during a taping of "Zapping Zone", Alonso premiered her debut single "A mi alrededor" with the collaboration of Sophie Oliver Sanchéz. A music video was also filmed and aired throughout Latin America on Disney Channel. This was her first solo single for Walt Disney Records' label.
In 2010, she starred in the Disney Channel mini-series Highway: Rodando la Aventura which is the fourth original production of Disney Channel Latin America. The series tells the story of a group of eight friends in a motorhome traveling throughout Latin America. Alonso played a young perfectionist, who was obsessed with cleanliness and order. That same year she began working as a voice-over actress on the Spanish-language version of the Disney Channel series Pecezuelos.
In August 2010, she traveled to São Paulo, Brazil to shoot a two-part episode for the Disney Channel series "Cuando toca la campana", which is based on the original US version, As the Bell Rings. She played Jennifer, a new student in the final days of the school year. The first part of the episode aired on Disney Channel on December 1, 2011, while the second part of the episode was aired on December 8, 2011. After spending more than four years on "Zapping Zone", Alonso announced her departure from the show on August 12, 2011.
2012–present: Violetta and international breakout
In March 2012, she appeared in an episode in the Disney XD series Latin America show, "Peter Punk", where she played "Piranha", a very determined teenage punk. In 2012, she was cast as "Angie", the estranged aunt and music teacher of the title character, in the tween musical Disney Channel series, Violetta. Alonso also lent her vocals to several recordings featured on the series first and second seasons. Filming for both seasons occurred in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The show was also filmed additional scenes in Madrid, Spain for the second season.
In February 2014, Alonso began rehearsals for the musical theatre production Groupie in Buenos Aires. The play is based on Beatles songs and their cultural and social impact in Buenos Aires in 1963. It premiered at The Cavern in Buenos Aires on June 4, 2014. Alonso played "Sandra" in the production. On March 21, 2014, Alonso confirmed with fans via her official Twitter account that she would continue playing "Angie" for the third season of Violetta.
During March and April 2014, she traveled to Milan, Italy, to film Angie e le ricette di Violetta ("Angie and Violetta's recipes" in English), a special cooking v-log mini-series based on Violetta. The role was Alonso's first Italian-speaking part, and the series' first season consisted of 20 episodes. After filming the mini-series, Alonso returned to Argentina to work on the third and final season of Violetta. Angie e le ricette di Violetta premiered on June 9, 2014, on the Disney Channel in Italy. In late November 2014, Violetta concluded production on its third and final season in Buenos Aires. The third season premiered in Argentina on July 28, 2014. The series finale aired on February 6, 2015 in Argentina.
For one week in mid-January 2015, Alonso filmed the second season of Angie e le ricette di Violetta in Milan, Italy. Following the conclusion of production on the series, she revealed to fans via her official Facebook page that the show marked her final project with Disney after an eight-year career with the network. On January 26, 2015, Alonso was announced as a contestant on third season of the reality competition Notti sul ghiaccio ("Nights on Ice" in English) for the Italian network Rai 1. The competition pairs celebrities with professional ice skaters. Alonso trained for the competition in Rome, performing a new routine each week. The season premiered on February 21, 2015, and aired Saturday evenings in Italy on Rai 1. The competition ended on March 21, 2015, where Alonso and her partner, Marco Garavaglia, finished in 3rd place out of 11 contestants.
In June 2015, she shot the Spanish-language short film, Jazmin de invierno ( "Jasmine's Winter" in English) in Buenos Aires. A trailer was released in July 2015 on her official YouTube channel. The project is her first post-Disney role. The film was later released on YouTube in late November 2015. In mid-July, she travelled to Rome, Italy to begin filming the web series, Lontana da me ("Far away from me" in English). The web mini series completed filming in early August 2015. On November 17, 2015, the series premiered for streaming on Rai 1's official website. In mid-September 2015, it was revealed that Alonso would take part in the film, Tini, el gran cambio de Violetta, a continuation of the TV series, Violetta. The movie began filming on location in Sicily on October 7, 2015. Additional scenes were filmed in Taormina, Italy, Rome, Madrid, Buenos Aires, and Cádiz, Spain. Filming concluded in mid-December 2015. The film was later released in Europe and Latin America during May 2016. It premiered in Argentina on June 2, 2016. 
At 19, she moved from Castelar to Buenos Aires. In November 2015, she moved to Madrid, Spain to continue her acting career.  She speaks English and Italian. In 2013, she began learning Italian in order to work in Italy. In 2014, she began dating Spanish actor Diego Domínguez, who she co-starred with in Violetta. She holds Argentine and Italian citizenship.
|2008||High School Musical: El Desafio||Clari||High School Musical Argentine version. Debut role.|
|Tinker Bell||Victoria||Spanish-language voiceover|
|2015||Jazmin de invierno||Carolina||Short film|
|Piuma||Italian-language film (Directed by Roan Johnson)|
|2016||Tini, el gran cambio de Violetta||Angie|
|2007||High School Musical: La Selección||Herself/Contestant||Reality music competition show|
|2007–2011||Zapping Zone||Herself||Hostess for Disney Channel Latin America|
|2008||Disney Channel Games||Herself||The Cyclones/Green Team|
|2010||Highway: Rodando la aventura||Clari||Lead role, Disney Channel Latin America|
|2010||XXIV Premios Anuales de la Academia||Herself||Television Hostess|
|2010–2014||Pecezuelos||Bea (voice)||Spanish-language voiceover|
|2011||Cuando toca la campana||Olga Jennifer González||1 episode, Disney Channel Latin America|
|2012||Peter Punk||Yamila ″Piraña″||1 episode, Disney XD Latin America|
|2012–2015||Violetta||Angie Carrará||Lead role, Disney Channel Latin America|
|2014–2015||Angie e le ricette di Violetta||Angie Carrará||Lead role, Debut Italian-speaking role. Violetta spin-off mini-series|
|2015||Notti sul ghiaccio||Herself/Contestant||Reality show competition; 3rd place|
|2015||Lontana da me||Valeria||Lead role, Italian-language web series for Rai 1|
Music video appearances
|2008||A mi alrededor||Herself (Zapping Zone promo single)|
|2016||Quello che rimane||Julico|
- ″A mi alrededor″
- Soundtracks albums
- 2010: Highway: Rodando la aventura
- Promotional singles
- ″¡Ven ya!″
- ″Amigas por siempre″
- ″La voz″
- 2007: "Actuar, Bailar, Cantar": "High School Musical: La Selección" (Featured singer/dancer)
- 2010: Jonas Brothers Live in Concert World Tour" (Highway: Rodando la aventura opening act for Colombia, Chile, and Argentina)
- 2011: "A Year Without Rain" (Highway: Rodando la aventura opening act for Argentina)