Wrong choice
— Magda to Petra[src]
Magda is a recurring character on Jane the Virgin. She is portrayed by Priscilla Barnes.


Magda is introduced as a cold woman from Czech Republic. Magda, changing her name to Magda Andel, moved to USA along with her daughter, Nathalia (or rather Petra Andel), to escape Natalia's abusive ex-boyfriend, Miloš Dvořáček, who threw acid on Magda's face leaving a scar. From the Pilot onwards, she is shown telling Petra what to do, meddling with Petra's marriage troubles with Rafael, and suggesting trickery and schemes to solve problems.

She calls Petra a 'selfish girl', telling her that she 'whored herself out' to Roman and generally berates her. When she's revealed to not be paraplegic, it is the start of an ongoing theme that Magda keeps secrets from Petra.

As the series progresses, Magda only reveals an increasing ability to commit awful acts, culminating in her first murder (that we know of) of Ivan Rogachevsky. Following this event, she has taken to openly threatening her own daughter.



Magda in Olomouc in 2008

When the show starts Magda is staying The Marbella where her son-in-law is the owner. Her husband sent Petra and Magda to West Germany to escape the Iron Curtain. Unfortunately, he died one week before the wall fell, leaving Magda to raise Petra alone.

Five years before the show starts they are living in the Czech Republic where Petra is dating a man named Miloš. Things did not end well between them and Miloš eventually attacked Petra with acid, which missed and hit Magda instead. The attack led her to get hit by a car, leaving her with a horrible burn on her face. Miloš went to jail for his actions and Magda and Petra are on the run from him when the show starts.

Physical Appearance

Magda is in a wheelchair, with an acid burn along the side of her face. Her hair is blonde and she speaks with an accent. In Chapter 28 she loses her eye and her right hand after throwing all of Miloš' grenades into the ocean, except one without a pin which blew up in her hand. She now wears an eyepatch and has a hook for a hand.


What about the other man you whored yourself out to?
—Magda to Petra[src]
You're a selfish girl. After I sacrificed everything for you
—Berating Petra[src]


  • She's Czech.
  • Miloš threw acid on her face.
  • She speaks with a Russian (not Czech) accent.
    • It is possible that Magda is Russian, as her son, Pyotr, lives in Russia.
  • She's in a wheelchair, but was faking an injury and can actually walk.
  • She loves money.
  • She and Petra both adopted the surname 'Andel' when moving to Miami, but Petra changed her first name too.
  • She has both her right hand and her leg amputated.


SEASON 1 (12/22)

PilotChapter TwoChapter FiveChapter SixChapter SevenChapter EightChapter NineChapter TenChapter ElevenChapter NineteenChapter TwentyChapter Twenty-Two

SEASON 2 (11/22)

Chapter Twenty-ThreeChapter Twenty-FiveChapter Twenty-SevenChapter Twenty-EightChapter Twenty-NineChapter ThirtyChapter Thirty-OneChapter Thirty-ThreeChapter Thirty-EightChapter FortyChapter Forty-Three

SEASON 3 (2/20)

Chapter Forty-FiveChapter Forty-Six

SEASON 4 (9/17)

Chapter Sixty-SixChapter Sixty-SevenChapter Sixty-EightChapter Sixty-NineChapter SeventyChapter Seventy-OneChapter Seventy-NineChapter EightyChapter Eighty-One

SEASON 5 (4/19)

Chapter Ninety-FiveChapter Ninety-SixChapter Ninety-SevenChapter One-Hundred


Notes and references

Jane VillanuevaXiomara De La VegaPetraRafael Solano
Mateo Solano VillanuevaAlba VillanuevaMichael Cordero
Rogelio De La Vega
Rose SolanoJane RamosLina SantillanJorge Garcia
Darci FactorBruceEsteban SantiagoAdam Alvaro
Marlene DonaldsonNadine HansonChuck ChesserRoman Zazo
Luisa AlverBaby De La Vega FactorMateo Villanueva
Anna & EllieMagdaAnežka ArchulettaCatalina Mora
Liliana De La VegaManuel De La VegaMia AlverDerek Ruvelle
Elena Di NolaEmilio Solano
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