Mercedes Olea studied acting in the UNAM (Mexico City public university) and also graduated from Bennington College in Vermont. She attended acting courses in England for a year and also studied in Circle-in-the-Square Theater School in New york City. She began her professional career in 1980 and has mainly participated in the Mexican Theater obtaining various awards. She has successfully produced 2 plays "Skirmishes" by Catherine Hayes and "The Road to Mecca" by Athol Fugard. Throughout her career she has participated in various mexican soap-operas, and tv series and also teaches acting. She speaks four languages: her native spanish, english, french and russian. She is the daughter of prominent Mexican actress Mercedes Pascual.