Leonor Varela

Actor
A sultry, dark-haired beauty, Leonor Varela was a virtual unknown in the USA when she was tapped for the lead in the lavish ABC miniseries "Cleopatra" (1999). The Chilean-born actress had a peripatetic childhood; her ... Read more »
Born: 12/29/1972 in Santiago, , CL

Filmography

Actor (31)

Captive 2015 (Movie)

Detective Sanchez (Actor)

Ride 2015 (Movie)

Danielle (Actor)

Joey One-Way 2014 (Movie)

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The Call of the Sea 2014 (Movie)

Isabel Millalobos (Actor)

El Callejón 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Love and Virtue 2013 (Movie)

Morgana (Actor)

Dallas 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Odd Thomas 2012 (Movie)

Odd's Mother (Actor)

Fuck my life 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hindsight 2009 (Movie)

Maria (Actor)

The Sleep Dealer 2009 (Movie)

Luz Martinez (Actor)

Todo Incluido 2009 (Movie)

Miranda (Actor)

Como Ama Una Mujer 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Goal! 2 2008 (Movie)

Jordana (Actor)

Hell Ride 2008 (Movie)

Nada (Actor)

Where God Left His Shoes 2008 (Movie)

Angela Diaz (Actor)

Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach 2007 (Movie)

Norma Sanchez (Actor)

Americano 2006 (Movie)

Adella (Actor)

Innocent Voices 2005 (Movie)

Kella (Actor)

No Big Deal 2003 (Movie)

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Tais-Toi 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Blade II 2002 (Movie)

Nyssa (Actor)

Texas Rangers 2001 (Movie)

Perdita (Actor)

The Tailor of Panama 2001 (Movie)

Marta (Actor)

Jeremiah 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Cleopatra 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Les Parasites 1999 (Movie)

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The Man in the Iron Mask 1998 (Movie)

Ballroom Beauty (Actor)

Blind Alley (Movie)

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Biography

A sultry, dark-haired beauty, Leonor Varela was a virtual unknown in the USA when she was tapped for the lead in the lavish ABC miniseries "Cleopatra" (1999). The Chilean-born actress had a peripatetic childhood; her parents fled the military regime in her native country when she was a baby and settled first in Costa Rica, before moving to Germany, the USA (Colorado) and France. Varela opted to remain in Paris to pursue an education when her parents returned to Santiago in the early 1990s. Her dentist recommended her to a French filmmaker, who was about to shoot a film in Chile. After meeting him, he specifically created a role for the stunningly attractive performer which in turn led to her casting in the Chilean TV series "Tic Tac", opposite Latin heartthrob Enrique Cintolesi. Varela then was tapped for a tiny role in the remake of "The Man in the Iron Mask" (1998), starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Continuing her quick ascent, she then landed the part of Cleopatra. While most critics found the production visually stunning, they were divided over Varela's contributions; some felt she was too limited an actress to pull off the role while others found her perfectly cast. The one constant was that all were impressed by her exotic looks and sexy screen presence. She returned to the big screen in her largest role to date in the revisionist Western "Texas Rangers" (2001). That film's release, however, was delayed nearly two years and in the interim, Varela graced the small screen as Judith in the biblical drama "Jeremiah" (PAX, 2000) and was seen on the big screen supporting Pierce Brosnan and Geoffrey Rush in "The Tailor of Panama" (2000).

Relationships

Matteo Akoskin

Son
Announced birth Nov. 20, 2012; father, Lucas Akoskin

Lucas Akoskin

Companion
Couple announced birth of son Matteo Nov. 20, 2012

Francesco Varela

Father

Billy Zane Actor

Companion
Met in 1998 during filming of "Cleopatra" (1999) No longer together

EDUCATION

Paris Conservatoire

Paris

studied acting with Niels Arestrup

Milestones

2005

Starred in Luis Mandoki's "Voces inocentes/Innocent Voices" set in El Salvador during the years of civil war in the '80s

2002

Cast oppposite Wesley Snipes in "Blade II"

2001

Cast in the revisionist Western "Texas Rangers" (filmed in 1999)

2000

Was featured in the PAX-TV biblical drama "Jeremiah"

2000

Co-starred in "The Tailor of Panama"

1999

Received glowing reviews for her portrayal of the titular Queen of the Nile in the lavish ABC miniseries "Cleopatra"

1998

Feature debut, small role in "The Man in the Iron Mask"

1973

Family fled Chile when Varela was two-months old when Agusto Pinochet came to power in a military coup

Returned to Chile; starred in TV series "Tic Tac"

Recommended by her dentist to a French filmmaker

Lived in Costa Rica, Germany, Boulder, Colorado and Paris, France

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