Leonor Varela

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: 12/28/1972 in Santiago, , CL


Actor (34)

Captive 2015 (Movie)

Detective Sanchez (Actor)

Ride 2015 (Movie)

Danielle (Actor)

Joey One-Way 2014 (Movie)


The Call of the Sea 2014 (Movie)

Isabel Millalobos (Actor)

El Callejón 2013 (Movie)


Love and Virtue 2013 (Movie)

Morgana (Actor)

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2013 (Tv Show)


Dallas 2012 (Tv Show)


Odd Thomas 2012 (Movie)

Odd's Mother (Actor)

Human Target 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)


Fuck my life 2010 (Movie)


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)


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)

E-Ring 2005 (Tv Show)


Innocent Voices 2005 (Movie)

Kella (Actor)

Stargate: Atlantis 2005 (Tv Show)


No Big Deal 2003 (Movie)


Tais-Toi 2003 (Movie)


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)


Cleopatra 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


Les Parasites 1999 (Movie)


The Man in the Iron Mask 1998 (Movie)

Ballroom Beauty (Actor)

Blind Alley (Movie)



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).


Matteo Akoskin

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

Lucas Akoskin

Couple announced birth of son Matteo Nov. 20, 2012

Francesco Varela


Billy Zane Actor

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


Paris Conservatoire


studied acting with Niels Arestrup



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


Cast oppposite Wesley Snipes in "Blade II"


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


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


Co-starred in "The Tailor of Panama"


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


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


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

Bonus Trivia


"I'm very comfortable with my sexuality. I use it in my acting. As long as people see me for my acting as well as my looks, it's fine." --Leonor Varela quoted in "New Jewel of the Nile" by Jefferson Graham (USA TODAY, May 21, 1999)