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Toni Cantó
El diputado de Ciudadanos, Toni Cantó (cropped).jpg
Member of the Corts Valencianes
In office
16 May 2019 – 15 March 2021
Member of the Congress of Deputies
In office
13 January 2016 – 5 March 2019
In office
13 December 2011 – 7 April 2015
Personal details
Antonio Cantó García del Moral

(1965-01-14) 14 January 1965 (age 56)
Valencia, Spain
Political party

Antonio Cantó García del Moral, known as Toni Cantó (born 14 January 1965) is a Spanish actor, current People's Party politician and former Citizens deputy and spokesman, who represented Valencia Province in the Congress of Deputies from 2011 to April 2015 and again from December 2015 until 2021.[1]


Early life

Antonio Cantó García del Moral was born on 14 January 1965 in Valencia,[2] son to a physician.[3] He worked as model.[4] He received training in drama at the Centro Dramático Nacional and, in 1986, he landed a job as TV presenter in La 1 show La tarde. [2] [4]

Acting career and other appearances

His debut in a feature film came with a performance in Carlos Romero Marchent's Oficio de muchachos [es],[3] released in 1986. Some of his credits included performances in films such as Pilar Miró's Tu nombre envenena mis sueños (1996) and Pedro Almodóvar's Todo sobre mi madre (1999).[3] A performer in a number of television series in the 1990s (including El destino en sus manos, Entre naranjos and Querido maestro), the breakthrough role bringing him widespread public recognition in Spain was his performance as David Pérez in the sitcom 7 vidas.[4][5]

Cantó came third on the first season of Mask Singer: Adivina quién canta in December 2020.[6]

Spell in politics

Cantó joined Ciudadanos in 2006 and ran as candidate of the local list Vecinos por Torrelodones in the 2007 municipal elections.[4] He later joined Union Progress and Democracy (UPyD) in 2008.[7]

In 2011, Cantó was selected to head the UPyD list in Valencia Province[8] for the 2011 general election, where he gained a seat. In 2014, he was selected as UPyD candidate for President of the Valencian Government in the 2015 regional elections.[9] He resigned his seat in Congress in April 2015 and announced that he would also not be standing for President in the Valencian regional elections.[10] In his resignation announcement he stated that he would consider whether to remain in UPyD after the party's congress in June 2015.[10]

Cantó had been one of the UPyD figures most critical of the leadership of Rosa Díez.[11] Following poor local and regional election results,[12] Díez resigned and Cantó supported Irene Lozano in the subsequent leadership election on 12 July 2015, in which Lozano lost to Andrés Herzog. 4 days later, Cantó announced that he would sit as an independent and would seek the number two position on the Citizens' list for the 2015 Spanish general election.[13] He was chosen as the second candidate[14] and was elected to Congress in the 2015 election.[15]

He ran as Cs' candidate for the 2019 Valencian regional election, and was elected to the Corts Valencianes, becoming the leader of his parliamentary group and one of the most conspicuous legislators.[16] Some of his speeches went viral.[16] He hired a cyberactivist and adherent of the so-called alt-right as aid, who helped him to nurture further popularity.[16] Following an ephemeral rapprochement with the Valencian government majority during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cantó returned to an all-out style of opposition, going further than Vox and the PP in some stances.[16]

Following the announcement of the motion of no confidence in the PP regional government in Murcia in March 2021 (and ensuing crisis in Cs as party regional legislators who had initially backed the motion crossed the floor within hours to accept government posts offered by the PP), PP's Secretary General Teodoro García Egea contacted Cantó.[17] Cs' leader Inés Arrimadas proposed including Cantó in the executive board of Cs, yet Cantó announced he was leaving the party and his seat on 15 March 2021.[18]

9 days later, on 24 March 2021, PP announced Cantó would be on their list for the 2021 Madrilenian regional election.[19] However, Cantó was registered in the Valencian Community (so he could run as candidate in the Valencian regional election) and the electoral body is set by the national electoral law (LOREG) at two months before elections are called, so doubts were cast about Cantó's passive suffrage availability, as it requires active suffrage.[19] He claimed he had registered in the Madrid region "some days ago".[19] In April 2021, the Administrative Court number 5 of Madrid resolved that Cantó, along with fellow intended candidate Agustín Conde, was "ineligible" for the PP list due to not having registered in the Madrid region in due time and form.[20]


  1. ^ Gracia, Ana (12 April 2014). "62 diputados con vivienda en Madrid siguen cobrando 1.800 € al mes para "alojamiento"". El Confidencial (in Spanish). Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b Gutiérrez, Jaime (11 April 2019). "Elecciones valencianas 2019 Toni Cantó, el candidato dispuesto a expulsar al nacionalismo y el populismo del Consell". RTVE.
  3. ^ a b c Hernández, Nuria (15 March 2021). "El lado personal de Toni Cantó: hijo de un médico, chico Almodóvar y el golpe de una tragedia familiar". Vanity Fair.
  4. ^ a b c d Gallardo, Lucía F. "Toni Cantó: la trágica muerte de su hija, el motivo de su veto en televisión y el día que salvó tres vidas". Cadena COPE.
  5. ^ Vilches, Isabel (13 March 2011). "La 'Vida loca' de Toni Cantó, Esther Arroyo y Lolita". El Mundo (in Spanish). Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  6. ^ "¡Toni Cantó estaba debajo del Camaleón! Lo descubrimos en 'Mask Singer'" (in Spanish). Antena 3. 24 December 2020. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  7. ^ "Toni Cantó, el político polémico que fue 'chica Almodóvar'". 27 February 2013.
  8. ^ Pi, Vanessa (2 September 2011). "Toni Cantó encabezará la lista electoral de UPyD en Valencia". El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  9. ^ Vázquez, Cristina (18 October 2014). "Toni Cantó será el candidato de UPyD a la presidencia de la Generalitat". El País (in Spanish). Valencia. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  10. ^ a b Beltran, Adolf (7 April 2015). "Cantó renuncia a su acta de diputado y a ser candidato de UPyD por Valencia". El País (in Spanish). Valencia. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  11. ^ Sanjuan, Hector (24 March 2015). "Toni Cantó lidera la facción crítica y pide acercarse a Ciudadanos". El Mundo (in Spanish). Valencia. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  12. ^ García De Blas, Elsa (25 May 2015). "IU y UPyD son las principales víctimas del cambio político". El País (in Spanish). Valencia. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  13. ^ Mateo, Juan (16 July 2015). "Rivera apuesta por Cantó, que se alista a las primarias de Ciudadanos". El País (in Spanish). Valencia. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  14. ^ "Toni Cantó será el número dos de la lista de Ciudadanos por Valencia". Público (in Spanish). Madrid. 17 July 2015. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  15. ^ "Elecciones Generales: Los nuevos diputados valencianos". Levante-EMV (in Spanish). Valencia. 21 December 2015. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  16. ^ a b c d Martínez, Laura; Beltran, Adolf (15 March 2021). "Toni Cantó, un actor de sigla en sigla".
  17. ^ Caparrós, Alberto (15 March 2021). "Toni Cantó, entre los guiños del PP y el fantasma de UPyD". ABC.
  18. ^ "Arrimadas amplía el núcleo duro de Cs para salvar la crisis interna e incluye a los aragoneses Daniel Pérez y Sara Giménez". Heraldo de Aragón. 15 March 2021.
  19. ^ a b c Caballero, Fátima (25 March 2021). "Toni Cantó asegura que se empadronó en Madrid "hace unos días para buscar trabajo" y la Junta Electoral decidirá si puede ser candidato".
  20. ^ Caballero, Fátima (11 April 2021). "La Justicia expulsa de las listas del PP a Toni Cantó y Agustín Conde".
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