Eduardo Noriega (Spanish actor)

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Eduardo Noriega
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Born Eduardo Noriega Gómez
(1973-08-01) 1 August 1973 (age 43)
Santander, Cantabria, Spain
Occupation Actor
Years active 1993–present
Height 1.80
Spouse(s) Trinidad Oteros (2011-present)

Eduardo Noriega Gómez[1] (Spanish pronunciation: [eˈðwarðo noˈɾjeɣa]; 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[edit]

Noriega was born in Santander, Spain, to a Mexican[2] father and a Spanish mother. He is the youngest of seven siblings and the only one who became an actor. As a child, he devoted himself to music. When he grew up he left his law degree and his love for music and moved 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.[citation needed] 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.

In 2005, he played the lead role in the independent film Che Guevara produced and directed by Josh Evans.

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.

Noriega came under spotlight with Vicente Aranda's drama Lolita's Club (2007) where he portrayed Raúl Fuentes and Valentín Fuentes, twin brothers of opposite characters.

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.

Personal life[edit]

Noriega married his girlfriend of six years, Trinidad Oteros, on February 8, 2011.[3][4]


[clarification needed]

Year Film Role Director
1993 En Casa de Diego Carlos Montero
1994 Soñé Que te Mataba Mateo Gil
Una Historia Más Domenico Ciolfi
1995 David Carlos Montero
Luna Alberto Alejandro Amenábar
Historias del Kronen (also known as Stories from the Kronen) Montxo Armendáriz
1996 Cita Alberto Luis López Varona
Tesis Bosco Alejandro Amenábar
Más Allá del Jardín Pedro Olea
1997 Cuestión de Suerte Julio Rafael Moleón
Abre los Ojos (also known as Open Your Eyes) César Alejandro Amenábar
1998 Allamiento de Morada Simón Romero Mateo Gil
Cha Cha Cha Antonio Antonio del Real
1999 La Fuente Amarilla Sergio Miguel Santesmases
Nadie Conoce a Nadie (also known as Nobody Knows Anybody) Simón Cárdenas Mateo Gil
2000 Carretera y Manta Luis Alfonso Arandia
El Invierno de las Anjanas Eusebio Pedro Telechea
Plata Quemada (also known as Burnt Money) Angel Marcelo Piñeyro
2001 El Espinazo del Diablo (also known as The Devil's Backbone) Jacinto Guillermo del Toro
Visionarios Joshe Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón
2002 Guerreros (also known as Warriors) Teniente Alonso Daniel Calparsoro
2003 Novo Graham Jean-Pierre Limosin
Les mains vides (also known as Where Is Madame Catherine?) Gerard Marc Recha
2004 El Lobo (also known as The Wolf) Txema Miguel Courtois
2005 Mon ange Romain Serge Frydman
El Método (also known as The Method) Carlos Marcelo Piñeyro
2006 Souli Carlos Alexander Abela
Alatriste Conde de Guadalmedina Agustín Díaz Yanes
2007 Canciones de Amor en Lolita's Club (also known as Lolita's Club) Raúl Fuentes/Valentín Fuentes Vicente Aranda
2008 Che Guevara Ernesto 'Che' Guevara Josh Evans
Vantage Point Enrique Peter Travis
Transsiberian Carlos Brad Anderson
2009 Petit Indi (also known as Little Indi) Sergi Marc Recha
2010 El mal ajeno (also known as For the Good of Others) Diego Oskar Santos
Agnosia Carles Eugenio Mira
2011 Gigola Tony Laure Charpentier
Blackthorn Eduardo Mateo Gil
2013 The Last Stand Gabriel Cortez Kim Jee-woon
Sweet Vengeance Miguel Logan Miller
2014 Beauty and the Beast Perducas Christophe Gans


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