Actress-model Bárbara Mori Ochoa was born on 2 February 1978. She is of Uruguayan-Japanese and Mexican heritage; her Japanese ancestry is from her paternal grandfather. She has two siblings; actress Kenya Mori and Kintaró Mori. Her father is Yuyi Mori and her mother is Rosario Ochoa. At the age of 3, her parents divorced and she later moved to Mexico.
One day, while working as a waitress at the age of fourteen, fashion designer Marcos Toledo invited her to work as a model. She became independent by the age of 17 and went to live with her cousins. At 19 she met actor Sergio Mayer, who would later become father to their son Sergio, born in 1998. They never married.
She later studied acting in El Centro de Estudios de Formación Actoral. Mori first acted in the Mexican telenovela Al norte del corazón. She then participated in the comedy series Tric Tac and Mirada de mujer the following year. She obtained her first TVyNovelas Award for her role in Mirada de mujer for Best New Actress.
In 1998, Bárbara Mori got her first leading role as "Azul" in the series Azul Tequila, co-starring with Mauricio Ochmann. A year later she filmed the series Me muero por tí in Miami, with Peruvian actor Christian Meier. She participated in her first film in 2000, in the Mexican comedy Inspiración. Later, she acted in various other telenovelas including, Amor descarado and the highly–rated Mexican soap opera Rubí, which earned her another TVyNovelas Award. By then she had gone through a surgical procedure to increase her breast size, along with some other lesser operations.
In 2005 she obtained the starring role in the blockbuster film La mujer de mi hermano as Zoe, and her husband was portrayed by Christian Meier, with whom she had previously co-starred in Me muero por tí. After breaking up with Mayer, Mori dated Manolo Cardona. She also won the leading role in "Pretendiendo", a Chilean/Mexican-backed movie which was critically panned.
Indian film director Rakesh Roshan has recently signed her as the leading lady for his upcoming movie Kites opposite Indian actor Hrithik Roshan. To be shot in New Mexico, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, Kites is scheduled to go into production by the end of July 2008, and likely to be released in 2009.
Mori is currently dating actor and fashion designer José María Torre