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Leonor Varela

Leonor Varela

Leonor Varela starred in the title role of the epic mini-series CLEOPATRA, produced by Robert Halmi Sr., which aired to critical acclaim on ABC during the May 1999 sweeps. The mini-series garnered the network's highest movie-of-the-week ratings in young adults that season. As the ambitious Queen of Egypt, Cleopatra used her wit and her sensual allure to bend the fortunes of men and countries to her unwavering will. Variety called Varela "a true find, inhabiting the role with a smoldering gusto borne of defiant confidence."

Next, Varela will be seen in Dimension Films' TEXAS RANGERS, directed by Steve Miner. The role is part of a two-picture deal the actress has with Miramax/Dimension. She portrays the central role of Perdita, a circus acrobat who is kidnapped by a band of outlaws. Quick-witted and daring, Varela's Perdita proves herself a resilient and worthy opponent to both the outlaws and the Texas Rangers who attempt to rescue her. James Van Der Beek and Dylan McDermott star as members of the Texas Rangers.

Varela studied acting at Neils Arestrup's school, the Ecole de Passage and at the Conservatoire Superieur de Paris. In the recent past, Varela has demonstrated her versatility on the big screen in THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, LA BEAUTE, in which she stars as a young beauty who becomes an artist's muse, and the French comedy THE PARASITES for which she received a Best New Actress nomination at the Bezier Film Festival in France.

She has also had prominent roles in numerous European television features, including INCA DE ORO for well-known French director Patrick Grandperret, LE JUSTE, and SOUS LE SOLEIL. South American audiences are very familiar with Varela for her starring role in the popular Chilean television series, TIC TAC.

Varela is half-French, half-Chilean and spent much of her formative years in the U.S., Chile, Costa Rica, Germany and Paris. Fluent in English, French, Spanish and Italian, Varela's career has sparked a passion in audiences around the world. Varela currently resides in Los Angeles.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Leonor Varela Facts

BirthdayDecember 9, 1972 (48)
BirthplaceSantiago, Chile
Height5' 7" (1m70)  How tall is Leonor Varela compared to you?

Selected Filmography

The Man In The Iron Mask
Blade 2
Balls Out: Gary The Tennis Coach
Goal II: Living the Dream
Hell Ride
Innocent Voices
Blade II
The Tailor Of Panama
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