Francesc Orella

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Francesc Orella
Born Francesc Orella i Pinell
(1957-06-11) June 11, 1957 (age 61)
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Residence Sant Cugat del Vallès
Nationality Spain
Alma mater Institut del Teatre
Herbert Berghoff Studio
Occupation Actor
Years active 1990-today
Known for The interpretation of "Merlí" in the series of TVC Merlí.

Francesc Orella i Pinell (born June 11, 1957) is a Spanish actor of cinema, television, theater and dubbing mainly known for his title role in the series Merlí on TVC.

In 2008, Orella won a Max award for Best Actor for his role in An Enemy of the People. In June 2009, he was awarded the National Theatre performance "strong, unique, compelling, moving and flawless" in theater productions of all records.[1]

Biography[edit]

Born in Barcelona in 1957, he graduated from the Institut del Teatre in his hometown, and later moved to the United States to study at the Herbert Berghoff Studio (HB Studio) in New York City where he studied with actors such as John Strasberg, Carol Rosenfeld, Carlos Gandolfo, Genadi Karatkov and Bob McAndrew.

In the world of the cinema made debut in several films and series produced by TV3, until in the year 2000 made debut in the Commissary, of Telecinco.

He later appeared in series and mini-series as Ventdelplà (2009) or Infieles (2009), and debuted as co-star in Las veus del Pamano (2009), Ermessenda (2010) and Prim, l'assassinat del carrer del Turco (2014). In 2015 he joined the cast of the new series Carlos, Rey Emperador where he gave life to Cardinal Adrian of Utrecht.

In the middle of 2015 he got the starring role of "Merlí" in TVC's TV series Merlí, which made him famous both nationally and internationally.[2][3] He plays a professor of Philosophy who encourages his students to think freely through unorthodox methods, a man who has a seductive and intense sex life.[4]

Private life[edit]

He currently resides in Valldoreix, in the municipality of Sant Cugat del Vallès (Catalonia). He is single without children.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Cinema[edit]

Year Title Character
1983 Asalto al Banco Central Atracado
1988 Luces y sombras
1989 Pont de Varsòvia Professor
1990 Boom Boom Ramón
La teranyina Obrer
1992 Los mares del sur Ladillas
1994 Roig Padre
1995 Ábreme la puerta Juan
El perquè de tot plegat Egotista (segment "Ego")
La conversió
Land and Freedom Casado
1997 La Moños Ricardo
1998 Tan lejos, tan cerca
A tiro limpio Fito
Subjúdice Martí
El pianista Quintana
Déjeme que le cuente Borracho
1999 La ciudad de los prodigios
2000 Morir Víctima
Yoyes Hombre mechero
El viaje de Arián
2001 Mi dulce Antonio
Clara y Elena Eddy
2002 Smoking Room Martínez
2003 Nudos Mario
Utopía Padre Ochoa
La suerte dormida Miguel Ángel
2004 El año del diluvio Cabo Lastre
2005 Segundo asalto Mendiri
Disonancia
2006 Remake Guarda Jurado Mayor
La silla Artista
Capitaine Alatriste Capitán Bragado
2008 Shiver (Eskalofrío) Dimas
2009 Tres dies amb la família Toni
2010 Los ojos de Julia Inspector Dimas
2011 Mil cretins Brotto
Silencio en la nieve Reyes Zarauza
2012 Els nens salvatges Àngel
2014 Stella cadente El Bisbe
Lasa y Zabala Galindo
Interior. Família.
2015 Truman Actor Restaurante
2016 Brava (in production)
Contratiempo Félix Leiva

Television[edit]

Year Title Character
2000 Andorra, entre el torb i la Gestapo
2015 Carlos, rey emperador Adrian VI
2015 Merlí Merlí

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jordi Savall, Núria Font, Francesc Orella i l'Associació de Professionals del Circ, Premis Nacionals de Cultura [Jordi Savall, Núria Font, Francesc Orella and the Association of Circus Professionals, National Culture Awards]. VilaWeb (in Catalan). Partal, Maresma i Associats sl. 29 June 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  2. ^ Atresmedia compra els drets de 'Merlí' [Atresmedia buys the rights to 'Merlí']. ara.cat (in Catalan). Department de la Presidència. 5 November 2015. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  3. ^ Juanico, Núria (22 November 2016). Netflix compra els drets de 'Merlí' [Netflix buys the rights to 'Merlí']. ara.cat (in Catalan). Department de la Presidència. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Els professors" [The professors]. ccma.cat/tv3/merli (in Catalan). Corporació Catalana de Mitjans Audiovisuals. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  5. ^ Amela, Víctor M. (16 October 2014). "Francesc Orella: "Los personajes oscuros son los más emocionantes"" ["Dark characters are the most exciting"]. La Vanguardia (in Catalan). Retrieved 5 August 2017.

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