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Leonor Varela

Leonor Varela Leonor Varela was born on December 29, 1972 in Santiago, Chile and she is an actress from Chile. Leonor Varela height : 5'6.5''/169 cm.

Biography and Career :

Her parents are the famous Chilean biologist Francisco Varela and Leonor Palma (dancer), a French-Hungarian dancer. Leonor Varela has one sister Alejandra and two brothers, Javier and Gabriel.

International film star, Leonor Varela, first came to the attention of American audiences when she starred in ABC's critically-acclaimed mini-series Cleopatra. The mini-series garnered the network's highest movie-of-the-week rating that season. From her portrayal of Cleopatra, Daily Variety called Varela "a true find, inhabiting the role with a smoldering gusto borne of defiant confidence."

Leonor Varela's first job was in 1 995, playing Anette in Pony Trek, a children's film. Filming was in Iceland and Leonor was riding horses for three months. Then, referred to a French filmmaker by her dentist, she played in The Shooting Stars (1997). Leonor Varela found her popularity on the rise at home when she was cast in the Chilean TV series Tic Tac.

After appearing in a few more television productions in the late 1990s, Leonor Varela was cast in a small role in The Man in the Iron Mask. In 1999 she hit the screen as Cleopatra, the Egyptian queen. Leonor Varela fell in love with actor Billy Zane (Mark Antony) on the set, but they split up two years later.

Roles in The Tailor of Panama and Texas Rangers (both in 2001) followed shortly thereafter, and as the fanged vampire princess in the action film Blade II. After that came Paraiso B and Pas Si Grave.

Leonor Varela also had a short recurring role in the Fox Television series Arrested Development as the original Marta. Leonor Varela was nominated for the Ariel Award in 2005 in the category of Best Actress for Innocent Voices (2004).

Leonor Varela has received a Best Actress nomination from the Ariel Awards (Mexico) for her powerful performance in the heartbreaking film Innocent Voices. Directed by Luis Mandoki and produced by Lawrence Bender, Innocent Voices is set in El Salvador in the mid 1980s during the country's civil war. The film received 10 Ariel Award nominations. The awards will be held in Mexico City on Tuesday, March 29, 2005.

Leonor Varela also had a short recurring role in the Fox Television series Arrested Development as the original Marta. Leonor Varela was nominated for the Ariel Award in 2005 in the category of Best Actress for Innocent Voices (2004).

Leonor Varela's latest projects are Americano, Casas de Carton and Gigola where she plays feminist Laure Charpentier.

Leonor Varela currently resides in Los Angeles.

Quotes :

- "In this business, if you don't have the capacity to step back and have some sort of relativity about things, you're screwed."
- "I don't need jewels and cars. It's about the delicacy of the way I'm handled."
- "I'm not good with limitations. I tend to like to find my own. It hurts sometimes, but it's good. I'm little extreme in that sense-the middle ground is not my forte."
- "I don't believe in nudity for nudity's sake, but it's really beautiful when it's done well, when it's within a story. I'm very comfortable with my body. I grew up mostly in France, where nudity is not taboo. It's not this hypocritical thing where we go, "No!" and then it's "Oh, yes!" When we strip away the clothes, the jewelry, that's who we really are. I walk around naked in my house."

Trivia :

- Leonor Varela is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Italian.
- Formerly engaged to Billy Zane, her co-star from the miniseries Cleopatra (1999) (TV).
- Beat out 35 other actresses to play the title role in Cleopatra (1999) (TV).
- Appeared on the cover of thirteen separate editions of the Maxim magazine, each naming a different North American city as the greatest on Earth.
- Daughter of famous Chilean biologist and philosopher Francisco Varela (1946-2001).
- After graduating from the Ecole du Passage and the Conservatoire Superieur de Paris, she was ready for the big screen.
- Leonor Varela's family fled to Costa Rica, leaving behind the brutal dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.
- As a child, she got to see her homeland another time when her family returned to Chile.
- Her stay in Chile was brief, and she soon found herself in Germany, then back in Chile, and finally in France in her late teens.
- Leonor Varela is half Chilean on her father's side and French on her mother's side.
- She lived in Paris from the age of 14.
- Leonor Varela has 3 siblings, Alejandra, Javier and Gabriel.

Filmography :

1. Seed of Contention (2006) (in production) .... Mila
2. Pega Martin pega! (2007) (pre-production) .... Mireya
3. Caleuche: El llamado del mar (2006) (filming) .... Isabel Millalobos
4. Goal! 2: Living the Dream... (2006) (post-production) .... Jordana Garcia
5. The Sleep Dealer (2006) (post-production) .... Luz
6. Where God Left His Shoes (2006) (post-production)
7. The Curse of King Tut's Tomb (2006) (TV) .... Dr.Azelia Barakat
8. "Stargate: Atlantis"
... aka Porte d'Atlantis, La (Canada: French title: dubbed version)
... aka Stargate: Atlantis (USA: Spanish title)
- Sanctuary (2005) TV Episode .... Chaya Sar
9. Americano (2005) .... Adela
10. Voces inocentes (2004) .... Kella
... aka Innocent Voices (International: English title)
11. "Arrested Development"
- Key Decisions (2003) TV Episode .... Marta Estrella
- Bringing Up Buster (2003) TV Episode .... Marta Estrella
12. Tais-toi! (2003) .... Katia/Sandra
... aka Ruby & Quentin (France: working title) (USA)
13. Pas si grave (2003) .... Angela
... aka No Big Deal (International: English title)
14. Paraiso B (2002) .... Gloria
15. Blade II (2002) .... Nyssa
... aka Blade II (Germany)
16. Texas Rangers (2001) .... Perdita
17. The Tailor of Panama (2001) .... Marta
18. Infortunes de la beaute, Les (1999) .... Annabella
19. Cleopatra (1999) (TV) .... Cleopatra
20. Parasites, Les (1999) .... Fidelia
21. Jeremiah (1998) (TV) .... Judith
... aka Bibel: Jeremia, Die (Germany)
... aka Geremia il profeta (Italy)
22. The Man in the Iron Mask (1998/I) .... Ballroom Beauty
... aka Homme au masque de fer, L' (France)
23. Inca de Oro (1997) (TV) .... Flor de l'Inca
24. Bouge! (1997) .... La danseuse
25. Ciel est r nous, Le (1997) .... Vanessa
... aka Shooting Stars (USA)
26. "Tic Tac" (1997) TV Series .... Pola Santa Maria
27. "A Legend to Ride" (1997) TV Series .... Anette
... aka 13. ratsastaja (Finland)
... aka 13th Rider (International: English title)
... aka Pony Track (Europe: English title)
28. "Sous le soleil"
- Comportement modele (1996) TV Episode .... Jeanne
29. Pony Trek (1995) (TV) .... Anette

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Texas Rangers
The Tailor of Panama
Blade II
Voces inocentes
Where God Left His Shoes
Hell Ride
Sleep Dealer
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Wrong Turn at Tahoe
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2006 ALMA Awards
Innocent Voices
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Date Added: 23 January '11

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