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Leonor Varela



With her exotic, alluring good looks, fluid multilingual abilities, and genre-hopping sensibilities, it would seem that there is little holding comely Chilean actress Leonor Varela from conquering cinema screens worldwide; and with memorable turns in such features as The Tailor of Panama (2001) and Blade II (2002), she seems poised to do just that. Born in Santiago, Chile, in 1972, Varela's family fled to Costa Rica in her early childhood when her homeland was overtaken by the military regime. Subsequently residing in Germany, the U.S.A., and France, the worldly youngster received the majority of her later education in France. Though her family returned to Santiago following the occupation, Varela developed a passion for French culture and continued her studies abroad. Refered to a French filmmaker by her dentist (who, enamored by her exotic beauty created a role specifically designed for the burgeoning actress in The Shooting Stars [1997]), Varela found her popularity on the rise when she was cast in the Chilean TV series Tic Tac. After appearing in a few more television productions in the late '90s, the actress was cast in a small role in The Man in the Iron Mask before being ideally cast opposite future fiancé Billy Zane. Though the couple's relationship floundered, they remained on good terms and Varela's career continued to thrive. Roles in The Tailor of Panama and Texas Rangers (both 2001) followed shortly thereafter, though it wasn't until 2002 that Varela received enough screen time to truly ignite the silver screen. As the fanged love interest of Wesley Snipes in the exhausting vampire/action extravaganza Blade II, Varela showed her sensitive side between scenes of blasting Reapers to ash, and showed further proof of her versatility by tackling an extremely physical role head-on.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Soultrean
  • Shaman
2017
26% Captive
  • Det. Sanchez
2015
No Score Yet Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach
  • Norma
2015
48% Ride
  • Danielle
2015
34% Odd Thomas
  • Odd's Mother
2014
No Score Yet Deseo
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet El Callejón (Blind Alley)
  • Madre
2011
No Score Yet Que pena tu vida
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Monsterwolf
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Wrong Turn at Tahoe
  • Anna
2009
70% Sleep Dealer
  • Luz Martinez
2009
10% Hell Ride
  • Nada
2008
64% Where God Left His Shoes
  • Angela Diaz
2007
39% Goal II: Living the Dream
  • Jordana
2007
No Score Yet Jennifer Lopez Presents: Como Ama una Mujer
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
  • Dr. Azelia Barakat
2006
71% Voces inocentes
  • Kella
2005
63% Americano
  • Adela
2005
No Score Yet Tais-Toi
  • Katia/Sandra
2004
No Score Yet Paraiso B
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Pas si grave (No Big Deal)
  • Actor
2003
57% Blade II
  • Nyssa
2002
No Score Yet Paraiso B
  • Actor
2002
2% Texas Rangers
  • Perdita
2001
77% The Tailor of Panama
  • Marta
2001
No Score Yet Cleopatra
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Jeremiah
  • Judith
1998
33% The Man in the Iron Mask
  • Ballroom Beauty
1998

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Arrested Development
2003-2016
  • Marta
79% Human Target
2010-2011
  • Maria Gallego Maria Gellego
95% Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
2013
  • Camilla Reyes

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