Leonor Varela

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Leonor Varela
Leonor Varela(2).jpg
Born Leonor Varela Pilme
(1972-12-29) December 29, 1972 (age 42)
Santiago, Chile
Occupation actress, spokesperson, model
Years active 1995 — present
Children Matteo (b. 2012)

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.

Early life[edit]

Varela was born in Santiago, Chile, the daughter of Leonor Pilme-Keller, a massage therapist, and biologist and cognitive neuroscientist Francisco Varela García.[1][2] She has a sister, Alejandra, and two brothers, Javier and Gabriel. Her mother was of French, Hungarian, and Syrian descent.[3] When Varela was a child, her family fled Chile when it was overtaken by a military regime.[4] In the early 1980s, 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.[5]

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.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Varela was engaged to Billy Zane, her co-star in the 1999 television film Cleopatra.[7]

In November 2012, Varela and producer Lucas Akoskin welcomed their first child together, a son named Matteo.[8]

Varela, a vegetarian,[9] is a marine life activist who is concerned with the welfare of whales, working with groups such as Save The Whales Again.[10]


Year Title Role Other notes
1997 Bouge! La Danseuse Film
1998 Man in the Iron Mask, TheThe Man in the Iron Mask Ballroom Beauty Film
1998 Jeremiah Judith Film
1999 Parasites, LesLes Parasites Fidelia Film
1999 Cleopatra Cleopatra Film
1999 Infortunes de la Beauté, LesLes Infortunes de la Beauté Annabella Film
2001 Tailor of Panama, TheThe Tailor of Panama Marta Film
2001 Texas Rangers Perdita Film
2002 Blade II Nyssa Damaskinos Film
2003 No Big Deal Angela Television film
2003 Tais toi! Sandra/Katia Film
2004 Innocent Voices Kella Film
2005 Americano Adela Film
2006 Curse of King Tut's Tomb, TheThe Curse of King Tut's Tomb Dr. Azelia Barakat Film
2006 Seed of Contention Mila Television film
2007 Goal II: Living the Dream Jordana Garcia Film
2007 Where God Left His Shoes Angela Diaz Film
2008 Hell Ride Nada Film
2008 Sleep Dealer Luz Martínez Film
2008 Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach Norma Sanchez Film
2008 Hindsight Maria Film
2008 Love and Virtue Morgana Film
2009 Wrong Turn At Tahoe Anna Film
2010 Monsterwolf Maria Television film
2010 Que Pena Tu Vida Alma Subercaseaux Film
2014 Ride Filming
2015 Captive Completed


Year Title Role Other notes
1995 Pony Treck Anette Soap Opera
1996 Sous le soleil Jeanne Soap Opera
1997 Tic Tac Pola Santa María Soap Opera
1997 Legend to Ride, AA Legend to Ride Anette Soap Opera
1997 Shooting Stars Vanessa Panel Game
1997 Inca de Oro Flor Del Inca TV Series
2002 Paraíso B Gloria Television series
2003 Arrested Development Marta Estrella Television series
2005 Stargate Atlantis Chaya Sar Television series
2007 Como ama una Mujer Sofia Television series
2009 Deseo Gilr Television series
2010 Feroz Laura Palma Soap Opera
2010 Human Target Maria Television series (2 Episodes)
2012 Dallas Marta Del Sol Recurring role
2013 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Camilla Reyes Television series (1 episode)


  1. ^ "Film-Reference". Film-Reference. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  2. ^ http://www.revistapolis.cl/8/yen.htm
  3. ^ Leonor Varela
  4. ^ "Interview: Leonor Varela". San Antonio Current. 10 December 2010. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  5. ^ http://www.gateworld.net/wiki/Chaya_Sar
  6. ^ "Leonor Varela tras confirmación de "Dallas": "Tuve que pelear este papel"". El Mercurio (in Spanish). (El Mercurio SAP). July 12, 2011. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Billy Zane - Billy Zane Refers To Girlfriend As 'Wife'". Contactmusic.com. 6 April 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Leonor Varela Welcomes Son Matteo". People. 20 November 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  9. ^ [1][dead link]
  10. ^ "Leonor varela aboga por las ballenas". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 

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