Born in Mexico City, Mexico, Camil is the son of Jaime Camil Garza, a very successful Mexican businessman, and Cecilia Saldaña Da Gama, a Brazilian singer. He earned a license in business administration from Universidad Anáhuac; studied acting in New York, Los Angeles, and Mexico; and took classical opera training in Italy. Camil enjoys extreme sports and has crossed both South Africa and Mexico by motorcycle.
He started his career in 1993 as a radio commentator on Radioactivo 98.5. In 2007 he played the lead, Father Silvestre, in the Mexican favorite, El eiluvio que viene, which won the APT and ACPT awards for Best Actor in a Musical.
Camil divides his time between Los Angeles and Mexico City with his wife, model Heidi Balvanera, and their daughter Elena Camil born in 2011. He has two half-siblings and three step-siblings. His stepsister Issabela is married to actor Sergio Mayer.