"Leonor Varela"



Leonor Varela Pilme (born December 29, 1972) is a Chilean actress and model. She played the title role in the 1999 television film Cleopatra, and vampire princess Nyssa Damaskinos in the 2002 film Blade II.

Varela was born in Santiago, Chile, the daughter of Leonor Pilme-Keller, a massage therapist, and Chilean biologist and cognitive neuroscientist Francisco Varela García. She has a sister, Alejandra, and two brothers, Javier and Gabriel. Her mother was of French, Hungarian, and Syrian descent. When Varela was a child, her family fled Chile when it was overtaken by a military regime. In the early 1990s, her parents moved back to Chile while she remained in Paris where she studied acting at the Niels Arestrup School, L'École du Passage, and Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris.

Varela's first acting job was in 1995, 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 Shooting Stars (1997). Varela found her popularity on the rise at home when she was cast in the Chilean soap opera Tic Tac.


After appearing in a few more television productions in the late 1990s, Varela was cast in a small role in The Man in the Iron Mask. In 1999, she played the title character in the TV movie Cleopatra.

Roles in The Tailor of Panama and Texas Rangers (both in 2001) followed shortly thereafter, before playing vampire princess Nyssa in the 2002 blockbuster film Blade II. After that came Paraíso B and Pas Si Grave.

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

She appeared in Americano and played journalist Jordana Garcia in the film Goal II: Living the Dream.

In 2012, she appeared as Marta Del Sol on the TNT television series Dallas.

Varela was engaged to Billy Zane, her co-star in the 1999 television film Cleopatra.

In November 2012, Varela and producer Lucas Akoskin welcomed their first child together, a son named Matteo.

Varela, a vegetarian, is a marine life activist who is concerned with the welfare of whales, working with groups such as Save The Whales Again.


Filmography

YearTitleRoleOther notes
1997Bouge!La DanseuseFilm
1998The Man in the Iron MaskBallroom BeautyFilm
1998JeremiahJudithFilm
1999Les ParasitesFideliaFilm
1999CleopatraCleopatraFilm
1999Les Infortunes de la BeautéAnnabellaFilm
2001The Tailor of PanamaMartaFilm
2001Texas RangersPerditaFilm
2002Blade IINyssa DamaskinosFilm
2003No Big DealAngelaTelevision film
2003Tais-toiSandra/KatiaFilm
2004Innocent VoicesKellaFilm
2005AmericanoAdelaFilm
2006The Curse of King Tut's TombDr. Azelia BarakatFilm
2006Seed of ContentionMilaTelevision film
2007Goal II: Living the DreamJordana GarciaFilm
2007Where God Left His ShoesAngela DiazFilm
2008Hell RideNadaFilm
2008Sleep DealerLuz MartínezFilm
2008Balls Out: Gary the Tennis CoachNorma SanchezFilm
2008HindsightMariaFilm
2008Love and VirtueMorganaFilm
2009Wrong Turn At TahoeAnnaFilm
2010MonsterwolfMariaTelevision film
2010Que Pena Tu VidaAlma SubercaseauxFilm
2014RideFilming

Television

YearTitleRoleOther notes
1995Pony TreckAnetteSoap Opera
1996Sous le soleilJeanneSoap Opera
1997Tic TacPola Santa MaríaSoap Opera
1997A Legend to RideAnetteSoap Opera
1997Shooting StarsVanessaPanel Game
1997Inca de OroFlor Del IncaTV Series
2002Paraíso BGloriaTelevision series
2003Arrested DevelopmentMarta EstrellaTelevision series
2005Stargate AtlantisChaya SarTelevision series
2007Como ama una MujerSofiaTelevision series
2009DeseoGilrTelevision series
2010FerozLaura PalmaSoap Opera
2010Human TargetMariaTelevision series (2 Episodes)
2012DallasMarta Del SolRecurring role
2013Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Camilla ReyesTelevision series (1 episode)

Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/

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