Eduardo Noriega (Spanish actor)
|Born||Eduardo Noriega Gómez
1 August 1973
Santander, Cantabria, Spain
|Spouse(s)||Trinidad Oteros (2011–present)|
Eduardo Noriega Gómez (born 1 August 1973) is a Spanish film actor. He is perhaps best known for his roles in two of Alejandro Amenábar's films: the multiple Goya Award-winning Tesis (English: Thesis) (1996) and Open Your Eyes (Spanish: Abre los Ojos) (1997). He also starred in The Wolf (Spanish: El Lobo) (2004). In the United States, Noriega is probably best known for his role as Enrique in the political thriller Vantage Point (2008).
Early life and education
Noriega was born in Santander, Spain, to a Mexican father and a Spanish mother. He is the youngest of seven siblings and the only one who decided to become an actor. While he was a child, he devoted himself to music. When he grew up he decided to leave his law degree and his love for music, and move to Madrid to become an actor.
He acted in several short films by directors Amenábar, Mateo Gil and Carlos Montero and he appeared in a short role in the well-known Spanish film Stories from the Kronen (Spanish: Historias del Kronen). But it was not until Tesis that he had his first starring role in a film that became one of most-important successes in the history of Spanish films. Amenábar confessed in a T.T[clarification needed] interview that at first he did not want Noriega in Tesis, thinking he was just a "pretty face", although his collaborators thought otherwise. In the end he called him again because he preferred him over the other actors in the casting. They became close friends and later worked on different projects together, including Open Your Eyes.
With Leonardo Sbaraglia, he appeared in Plata Quemada (English: Burnt Money) (2000), an Argentine film directed by Marcelo Piñeyro. Noriega went on to star in another Piñeyro film, The Method (Spanish: El Método (2005), reuniting with Plata Quemada co-star Pablo Echarri. He appeared as Jacinto in The Devil's Backbone (2001), a film directed by Guillermo del Toro and produced by Agustín Almodóvar and Pedro Almodóvar, about life in an orphanage in the last months of the Spanish Civil War. The film also stars Marisa Paredes and Federico Luppi.
He starred as the main actor in Novo (2002), a French film directed by Jean-Pierre Limosin, where he appeared completely nude.
Noriega appeared as Conde de Guadalmedina in Alatriste (2006). Agustín Díaz Yanes directed the film, starring Viggo Mortensen, Elena Anaya, Javier Cámara, Ariadna Gil, Blanca Portillo, and Juan Echanove. Alatriste is based on five novels written by Arturo Pérez-Reverte.
He starred in Vantage Point (2008), playing Enrique, a Spanish police officer assigned to protect the local mayor, and who plays an unintended central role in the investigation of the assassination of the American president. He recently portrayed an escaped drug lord in The Last Stand, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
- Eduardo Noriega Biography (1973-)
- Diez Minutos - Eduardo Noriega: “Mi novia me ayuda a no dejarme cegar”
- "Eduardo Noriega se casa con su novia en secreto en una Junta Municipal de Madrid". 20Minutos.Es. 8 March 2011.
- "Eduardo Noriega se casa en secreto". Fotogramas.es. 16 March 2011.