Luis Merlo

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Luis Merlo
Luis María Larrañaga Merlo

(1966-06-13) June 13, 1966 (age 53)
Years active1985–present

Luis María Larrañaga Merlo (born June 13, 1966), known as Luis Merlo, is a Spanish actor.


Early years[edit]

Luis Merlo was born on June 13, 1966, in Madrid.[1] As a child, he frequently traveled with his parents, Carlos Larrañaga and María Luisa Merlo, who were also actors,[2] and he became accustomed to see them on their theatrical tours, both performing and backstage, along with his three siblings: Amparo Larrañaga, Kako Larrañaga, and Pedro Larrañaga, who is married to the actress Maribel Verdú.

Thus, as a child, Merlo regarded the art of acting as something natural. The influence of his maternal grandfather, Ismael Merlo, who took care of him after the divorce of his parents, reinforced this idea. The fact that, in his early years, he released an album for young children, confirmed his interest in the arts.

As a young man, Merlo took dance classes for a year, after which he studied a degree in Drama. When Merlo had finished his studies, Mario Gas gave him his very first acting role in a version of Salomé, produced by the Núria Espert company in 1985.


In 1986 he made his cinema debut with Hay que deshacer la casa,[2] in which he played a young boy who sexually molested an old woman, a role played by Merlo's aunt, Amparo Rivelles. He finished that year touring with La última luna menguante, directed by Manuel Collado, with whom he also did the play Séneca, o el beneficio de la duda in 1987, starring José Luis Pellicena. Soon afterwards, he had his first starring role in a movie, La señora, in which he played a bellboy in a hotel.

Away from cinema, he has been a regular face on Spanish television, with notable roles in Aquí no hay quien viva, Hospital Central and El Internado. In 2016, he made his debut in La que se avecina, reuniting with many of his former colleagues from Aquí no hay quien viva.



Series de Televisión
Year Title Role Episodes Channel
1986 Turno de oficio Esteban 1 Episodio La 2
1989 El olivar de Atocha Ramón 2 episodes La 1
1994 Compuesta y sin novio Juanjo 13 episodes Antena 3
1994-1997 Canguros Micky 3 episodes Antena 3
1994 Los ladrones van a la oficina Señor 1 Episodio Antena 3
1996 Función de noche Canigula 1 Episodio
1997 La casa de los líos Nacho 3 episodes Antena 3
1998 Señor alcalde Dani Herrera 18 episodes Telecinco
1998-1999 Una de dos Guillermo III 19 episodes Telefe
2000-2001 Abierto 24 horas Polo 32 episodes Antena 3
2001 7 vidas Mateo 1 Episodio Telecinco
2001 Hospital Central Anibal González de Lando 1 Episodio Telecinco
2003-2006 Aquí no hay quien viva Mauricio "Mauri" Hidalgo Torres 91 episodes Antena 3
2003 London Street Adolfo 4 episodes Antena 3
2008-2009 Lo que surja Sr. Gimeno 2 episodes Internet
2007-2010 El internado Héctor de la Vega 52 episodes Antena 3
2016- La que se avecina Bruno Quiroga 7 episodes Telecinco


  1. ^ Morales, Fernando (24 April 2005). "La sociedad española es más liberal de lo que aparenta". El Pais (in Spanish). Madrid: Prisa. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b Europa Press (7 September 2004). "Luis Merlo recibe el premio 'Luis Parreño a la Calidad en el Teatro'". El Mundo (in Spanish). Madrid: Mundinteractivos, S.A. Retrieved 3 March 2019.