|Born||Leonor Varela Pilme
December 29, 1972
|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.
Varela was born in Santiago, Chile, the daughter of Leonor Pilme-Keller, a massage therapist, and 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 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.
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.
In November 2012, Varela and producer Lucas Akoskin welcomed their first child together, a son named Matteo.
|1998||Man in the Iron Mask, TheThe Man in the Iron Mask||Ballroom Beauty||Film|
|1999||Parasites, LesLes Parasites||Fidelia||Film|
|1999||Infortunes de la Beauté, LesLes Infortunes de la Beauté||Annabella||Film|
|2001||Tailor of Panama, TheThe Tailor of Panama||Marta||Film|
|2002||Blade II||Nyssa Damaskinos||Film|
|2003||No Big Deal||Angela||Television 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||Sleep Dealer||Luz Martínez||Film|
|2008||Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach||Norma Sanchez||Film|
|2008||Love and Virtue||Morgana||Film|
|2009||Wrong Turn At Tahoe||Anna||Film|
|2010||Que Pena Tu Vida||Alma Subercaseaux||Film|
|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|
|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)|
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- "Billy Zane - Billy Zane Refers To Girlfriend As 'Wife'". Contactmusic.com. 6 April 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
- "Leonor Varela Welcomes Son Matteo". People. 20 November 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2012.
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- "Leonor varela aboga por las ballenas". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-01-30.