Ellen Adarna

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Ellen Adarna
BornEllen Meriam Go Adarna
(1988-04-02) April 2, 1988 (age 30)
Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
Other namesMaria Elena
OccupationActress, model
Years active2010–2017 (currently on hiatus situation)
AgentGMA Artist Center (2010–2013)
Star Magic (2013-present)

Ellen Meriam Go Adarna (born April 2, 1988) is a Filipino actress, the eldest child and only daughter of a Filipina-Chinese mother and Spanish father. Her family owns various hotels, resorts, condominiums and Queensland, a chain of motels in Cebu, Manila and Davao. They also own a Temple in honor of her late grandmother. She is a model who started as an internet celebrity.[1] She is under contract with ABS-CBN's Star Magic since 2013. A Gravure model, Adarna has appeared in various magazine covers in the Philippines, such as Candy, FHM, Esquire, UNO, Preview, Speed and Women's Health.[2]


Career beginnings and GMA Network: 2010–2013[edit]

Adarna made her debut appearance in the film industry when she became part of the cast of the gag-comedy sketch TV series Bubble Gang in 2010. She was a series regular on the series until 2013. The series was well received from the public and garnered several awards, including Best Gag Television series.[3] Meanwhile, in the film industry, she made her first appearance by starring in Si Agimat at si Eteng Kabisote (2010), playing only a minor role. Her career then went into expansion after she became part of the cast of Captain Barbell (2011) opposite Richard Gutierrez and Jillian Ward.[4] Shortly after Captain Barbell, Adarna became part of Survivor Philippines: Celebrity Doubles Showdown (2011). She starred as herself and one of the Castaways of the series. She also made a cameo in the teen-oriented comedy drama film, Tween Academy: Class of 2012 (2011). The film was produced by GMA Films, and Adarna starred alongside Barbie Forteza, Bea Binene, Jake Vargas, Joshua Dionisio, Kristofer Martin, Joyce Ching, Louise delos Reyes, Alden Richards, Derrick Monasterio, Lexi Fernandez, and Yassi Pressman.

She soon became part of the fantasy television series Alice Bungisngis and her Wonder Walis (2012), reuniting with her Tween Academy: Class of 2012 co-stars Derrick Monasterio and Lexi Fernandez. Adarna once again played a minor role in the film Boy Pick-Up: The Movie (2012), as one of the Bombshells. After Alice Bungisngis and her Wonder Walis, she then became a part of the prime time epic drama television series Indio (2013), playing a supporting character named Dalikmata, a woman who can tell the past, present or future.[5][6] After portraying several supporting and minor roles in movies, Adarna then played the title role of a film entitled Ang Tag-araw ni Twinkle, and played the role of Twinkle. She then played a supporting role in the horror-themed movie Basement (2014), a film starring Betong Sumaya.

Transfer to ABS-CBN: 2013–14[edit]

After being a GMA contract artist for 3 years, Adarna officially became a Kapamilya star after signing a contract with Star Magic in 2013. For her first ABS-CBN appearance, she became a contestant of the singing competition game show The Singing Bee (2014), and started appearing of ASAP (2014–present). Being a new transferee, Adarna guested on several interview series including The Buzz (2014). She later on guested on Vice Ganda's talk show Gandang Gabi, Vice! (2014).

Adarna got her first Kapamilya teleserye while starring in the science fiction romance television series Moon of Desire (2014).[7][8][9][10] Adarna played the role of Tamara Herrera, the main antagonist. The series premiered on ABS-CBN's Kapamilya Gold afternoon block on March 31, 2014, and concluded on August 15, 2014, with a total of 97 episodes. In the series, Adarna starred alongside Meg Imperial, JC de Vera, and Dominic Roque. After Moon of Desire, Adarna made her leading role in the comedy romantic movie My Illegal Wife. The film was produced by Star Cinema.[11] Adarna then starred in Beauty in a Bottle (2014) with Angelica Panganiban and Angeline Quinto.

2015–present: Breakthrough with Pasión de Amor[edit]

In June 2015, she became part of the critically acclaimed prime time drama Pasión de Amor, a Philippine remake and adaptation of the 2003 drama Pasión de Gavilanes, a series also produced by Telemundo. She starred opposite leading men, Jake Cuenca, Ejay Falcon, and Joseph Marco. Adarna was paired up with Ejay Falcon and the two made headlines as Sari (Adarna) and Oscar (Falcon).[12][13][14][15] The series ended in February 2016. While doing Pasión de Amor, Adarna was part of You're Still the One, playing the role of Racquel, the woman who Jojo (Dennis Trillo) is engaged to.[16][17][18]

She then reunited with Sam maruhom for a second series together, while starring in The Greatest Love (2016). She played the role of young Gloria who appears in flashbacks when adult Gloria (Sylvia Sanchez) remembers her past with Peter (Ejay Falcon), because of the effects of her Alzheimer's disease.[19][20] Adarna then became part of Langit Lupa, playing the role of Isa Sobrevista, the main antagonist.



Year Title Role Network (Philippines) Type of role
2010 Asar Talo Lahat Panalo! Herself GMA Network Main role / Protagonist
2010–13 Bubble Gang Herself Herself
2011 Mars Ravelo's Captain Barbell Katrina "Kat" Lazatin / Fuega Supporting role / Anti-hero
2011 Survivor Philippines: Celebrity Doubles Showdown Herself/"Castaway" Lead role / Protagonist
2012 Alice Bungisngis and her Wonder Walis Carla
2013 Indio Dalikmata Special participation Cast
2013 It's Showtime Herself/Guest judge ABS-CBN Guest Appearance
2014 The Singing Bee Herself/Contestant
2014–present ASAP Herself/Occasional performer
2014 The Buzz Herself/Guest
2014/15 Gandang Gabi, Vice! Herself/Occasional guest
2014 Moon of Desire Dra. Tamara "Tammy" Herrera † Main role / Antagonist / Villain
2014 Banana Extra Scoop Herself/Guest performer Guest role
2014 Aquino & Abunda Tonight Herself/Guest
2015 Pasión De Amor Sarita "Sari" Elizondo-Samonte Main role / Antagonist-Protagonist
2016 The Greatest Love young Gloria Guerrero-Alegre Special participation / Protagonist
2016-17 Langit Lupa Isadora "Issa" Sobrevista Main role / Antagonist
2016–present Home Sweetie Home Tanya Main role / Protagonist / Primary Antagonist


Year Title Role Producer
2010 Si Agimat at si Enteng Kabisote Engkantada #2 GMA Films, APT Entertainment
2011 Tween Academy: Class of 2012 Cameo GMA Films
2012 Boy Pick-Up: The Movie Bombshell 2 GMA Films, Regal Entertainment
2013 Ang Tag-Araw ni Twinkle Twinkle
2014 Basement The Victim GMA Films
2014 My Illegal Wife Clariz Star Cinema, Skylight Films
2014 Beauty in a Bottle Tanya Jacinto Quantum Films, Skylight Films
2015 You're Still The One Racquel Star Cinema, Regal Entertainment

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist
2014 "Ikot" The Oktaves

FHM rankings[edit]

FHM Philippines
Year Rank Note
2011 10 [21]
2012 6 [22]
2013 8 [23]
2014 7 [24]
2015 3 [25]
2016 11 [26]
2017 5


  1. ^ "NEWBIE: From cyberspace to showbiz, meet the real Ellen Adarna". Philippine Entertainment Portal. 13 September 2010. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  2. ^ Jacinda Lopez (July 22, 2015). "What We Learned About Ellen Adarna In 7 Magazine Covers". Cosmopolitan Philippines. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
  3. ^ Faustino, Pia (July 3, 2010). "Bubble Gang director shares passion for film photography". GMA News. Retrieved August 18, 2013.
  4. ^ "GMA Telebabad, powerhouse in 2010". www.igma.tv.
  5. ^ http://mb.com.ph/articles/389436/indio-premieres-tonight-on-gma-network#.UQIccB3Oksc
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
  7. ^ "AFTERNOON TV'S MOST DESIRABLE SERIES "MOON OF DESIRE" PREEMS ON ABS-CBN". abscbnpr.com. Retrieved April 18, 2014.
  8. ^ "First look: Ellen Adarna, Meg Imperial in 'Moon of Desire'". ABS-CBN News. 2014-01-31. Retrieved 2014-06-04.
  9. ^ "MOON OF DESIRE Teaser". youtube.com. Retrieved April 18, 2014.
  10. ^ "Meg Imperial on MOON OF DESIRE". youtube.com. Retrieved April 18, 2014.
  11. ^ "My Illegal Wife". Star Cinema. Retrieved 2014-06-10.
  12. ^ ABSCBN Entertainment (May 18, 2015). "PASION DE AMOR Full Trailer: Soon on ABS-CBN!". ABSCBN Entertainment. YouTube. Retrieved May 23, 2015.
  13. ^ "ABS-CBN Social Media Newsroom – "PASION DE AMOR" HEATS UP PRIMETIME TV BEGINNING MONDAY". Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  14. ^ ABSCBN Entertainment (May 22, 2015). "PASION DE AMOR: Samonte Brothers". ABSCBN Entertainment. YouTube. Retrieved May 25, 2015.
  15. ^ ABSCBN Entertainment (May 22, 2015). "PASION DE AMOR: Elizondo Sisters". ABSCBN Entertainment. YouTube. Retrieved May 25, 2015.
  16. ^ "Film review:You're Still the One, what makes it tick". The Philippine Star. June 1, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  17. ^ "'You're Still the One' Review: Almost a love story". Rappler. May 29, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  18. ^ "MOVIE REVIEW: You're Still the One". Filmpolice. May 30, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  19. ^ "ABS-CBN shows unique story of mother's unconditional love in "The Greatest Love"". ABS-CBN. July 15, 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  20. ^ "'The Greatest Love' tackles dementia of parents and children". Malaya. July 18, 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  21. ^ "FHM 100 Sexiest Women of the World 2011". FHM Philippines. Archived from the original on 2013-04-15. Retrieved 2015-06-11.
  22. ^ "FHM 100 Sexiest Women of the World 2012". FHM Philippines. Archived from the original on 2012-07-16. Retrieved 2015-06-11.
  23. ^ "FHM 100 Sexiest Women of the World 2013". FHM Philippines. Archived from the original on 2015-06-11. Retrieved 2015-06-11.
  24. ^ "FHM 100 Sexiest Women of the World 2014". FHM Philippines. Retrieved 2015-06-11.
  25. ^ "FHM 100 Sexiest Women of the World 2015". FHM Philippines. Retrieved 2015-06-23.
  26. ^ "FHM 100 Sexiest Women of the World 2016". FHM Philippines. Retrieved 2017-06-08.

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