Ana Leza’s Husband, Dharma Villareal: His Life From The Beginning

By Anuja Uprety | Published on: January 24, 2024 | Updated on: January 24, 2024
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Dharma Villareal is the husband of a former Spanish actress Ana Leza who is known for her role in Women Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, and Of Love and Shadows. She is equally recognized as the ex-wife of famous Spanish actor Antonio Banderas.

It’s true that Dharma rose to fame for his marriage to an actress but he has also had quite a career in the entertainment industry. In that case, what does he do? Is he an actor like his wife?

Get to know everything about the celebrity husband in detail.

Key Takeaways

  • Villareal is an editor and documentary filmmaker by profession.
  • He is in the limelight as the husband of the former Spanish actress Ana Leza. She is popularly known for being the ex-wife of renowned actor and director Antonio Banderas.
  • His real name is Christopher Lee Villareal.
  • Dharma’s whole family is a follower of the deceased Hindu saint, Swami Muktananda.
  • He now lives in South Fallsburg, New York with his family.

Is Of Mexican Origin; Where Was He Born?

Dharma was born Christopher Lee Villareal in Ojai, California to his Mexican immigrant parents. On the other hand, his famous wife Ana is a Madrid native born in 1962. She is currently in her 60s at present.

Is Also An Actor?

No, Dharma is not an actor, however, he is in the entertainment sector. He works mostly behind the camera. The celebrity husband, in fact, is an editor and documentary filmmaker for the company named Xerox.

Further, Villareal also worked as an assistant editor for the 1993 American superpower TV series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers which starred Amy Jo Johnson, Jason David Frank, David Yost, and many others.

His Other Works

Besides, he also has worked for some time in a technological company. Ana & Dharma also opened a fusion food restaurant called Dossa Grill Café in the Chueca neighborhood, Madrid, but unfortunately, the business endured heavy losses.

And His Wife Ana Leza Married In 2000

Dharma is happily married to his wife Ana. The couple tied the knot on November 26, 2000, in a small wedding ceremony held in Santa Barbara, California. The witnesses of their union include renowned Spanish actress Carmen Maura.

Dharma Villareal is married to an actress Ana
Dharma and his wife are in two different frames. Source: Dharma’s picture from Elmundo.es

The couple’s first meeting is believed to have happened while attending a meditation at Siddha Yoga Meditation Center. Following their common interest, they felt connected to each other and then started dating and eventually tied the knot.

As of now, it has already been a complete 22 years since the couple started their marital relationship. Both the duo are currently enjoying their marriage in a quiet space out of the spotlight.

His Wife Ana Was Previously Married To Antonio Banderas

Before Dharma, his wife Ana was married to her first spouse Antonio for almost a decade. From the very initial phase of Antonio’s career, Ana served him as his English tutor and translator helping him to enter Hollywood. Later, they shared a screen several times as well. Turned from professional partner to life partner on July 27, 1987, and their marriage lasted until 1996.

Ana Leza with her first husband Antonio
Dharma’s wife with her first husband

As for their divorce, the now ex-couple had a very messy phase during their legal separation. It has been reported that Ana took the couple’s shared Madrid home worth 3.4 million euros as a part of alimony.

Also, Antonio was ordered to pay half of the earnings that he made from his movies to his ex-wife while they were married. After their divorce was finalized Leza completely left the acting profession and started living a private life with her second husband Dharma.

Is A Father Of Two

Dharma and Ana became parents of two from their union. They have an eldest daughter named Clara María, 19, and a younger one Sofía Macarena, 15.

The family of four migrated to many places including Madrid, Los Angeles, and Abu Dhabi. So, we believe that while growing up, his two children got familiarized with the culture and lifestyle of the people of places they lived so far which must have broadened their minds.

As per the article published in Vanity Fair, they now reside in South Fallsburg, New York.

Dharma’s Family Is Highly Involved With A Hindu Organization, Siddha Yoga

Since the late 90s, Dharma has been a regular attendee of the yoga center, Siddha Yoga founded by Hindu saint Swami Muktananda. Later, his wife joined the meditation center and they together continued their passion for meditation. Like them, their daughters too are highly influenced by its teaching. They also regularly visit the Hindu Mystic organization.

As per Siddha Yoga’s website, Dharma’s eldest one Clara is identified with the name ‘Clara Priya’, and Sophia with ‘Sophia Sindhu’.

Short Look At Dharma’s Spouse, Ana’s Career

Being born to an actress Concha Leza, Dharma’s beloved wife, Ana too grew up with an aspiration to become an actress. She first started with some television appearances in series like Teresa de Jesus (1984), Fragmento de Interior (1984), and Lorca, muerte de un Poeta (1987).

Later, Ana played some prominent roles in movies like,

  • Hay que zurrar a los pobres (1991)
  • Le reina anomina (1992)
  • Philadelphia (1993)

The 1994 movie Of Love and Shadows was her last acting credit in her name as per IMDb.

His Net Worth

Since Dharma earned a decent amount of money as an editor, we speculate that he has an estimated net worth of $500,000 in 2024.