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|Born||Mark Angelo Santos Herras
December 14, 1986
Santa Rosa City, Laguna, Philippines
|Occupation||Actor, Dancer, Model|
Mark Angelo Santos Herras (born December 14, 1986) is a Filipino television and film actor. He won in the reality talent show StarStruck aired in GMA Network. He also appeared in Forever In My Heart, Encantadia, SOP, and I Luv NY, GMA Telebabad.
His family used to be well-off, but after his 16th birthday his dad invested a billion pesos in a pyramiding scheme that bankrupted them in the process. Thus began a major turn-about in Mark's life. He decided to join a reality-based talent-search show of GMA 7 network, and became fortunate enough to be included in the Final 14.
As Mark joined StarStruck, his talent in dancing was enhanced, earning him a nickname of "Ultimate Bad Boy of the Dance Floor". This talent was one of the reasons which got him through Rainier Castillo's (1st Runner-Up) and eventually landed him many votes (11 points) higher; crowning him as the 1st "Ultimate Male StarStruck Survivor". The other winner was Jennylyn Mercado, who became his loveteam and girlfriend afterwards.
Television and movie career
After winning in StarStruck in 2003, Mark enlisted Lolit Solis as his talent manager. Mark's dancing skills were showcased thru numerous out-of-town shows around the Philippines and in the Sunday musical variety show SOP Rules. He also ventured into acting where he and fellow StarStruck winner Jennylyn Mercado teamed up in various GMA shows. Regal Films also cashed in on their loveteam by having them cast in the movie "So Happy Together" which have them co-starred with fellow StarStruck alumni Yasmien Kurdi and Ranier Castillo; and lead stars Eric Quizon and Kris Aquino. The movie got tremendous results at the box-office as it landed third in the list behind "Enteng Kabisote" and "Exodus: Tales from the Enchanted Kingdom". Mark also was an effective endorser by appearing in advertisements of Smart (cellphone brand), Silverworks (jewelry) and Star Choconut (chocolate sandwich spread).
2005 was even fruitful for Mark as his loveteam with Jennylyn Mercado was launched on the big screen via the romantic movie "Say That You Love Me". They also appeared together in three other movies, including their biggest hit "Let the Love Begin", joining forces with the love team of Richard Gutierrez and Angel Locsin for GMA Films.
2007 became Mark's important year as he and Jennylyn went solo in their respective careers. He was immediately launched by GMA as a lead star via the remake of the Vic Sotto movie "Fantastic Man", which became a weekly action-comedy series. He later on became part of "Mga Mata ni Anghelita" on primetime before making a guest appearance in "La Vendetta" which was topbilled by his former love team Jennylyn Mercado.
In 2008, one of Mark's wishes came true when he was cast alongside his idol Robin Padilla in the action-drama series "Joaquin Bordado". Mark portrayed Robin's rebellious brother and was well received by the viewers. Despite this however, Mark was still very much identified with his beautiful loveteam with Jennylyn Mercado that later on, GMA gave in to public clamor to give them their own show, "Sine Novela Paano Ba Ang Mangarap?" shortly after Jennylyn's pregnancy and birth of her son. The said remake of the Vilma Santos-Christopher de Leon movie premiered in 2009 and became one of the top-raters on daytime.
In around March 2010, he will be seen in a drama series on GMA Telebabad, "(Diva)" partnering with Alynna Asistio (Nadia Montenegro's 2nd eldest child) as her love team. He is also working along with other stars like Regine Velasquez, Glaiza de Castro, Mark Anthony Fernandez and Jaya. The same year, he is now a host and performer a newest GMA Variety Show, Party Pilipinas which replaces the defunct SOP Rules. Herras became part of a GMA Telebabad Langit Sa Piling Mo with his new on-screen partner for the first time in Philippine TV history, Heart Evangelista. He is also hosted a reality talent show, Danz Showdown, with former Sex Bomb Dancer Izzy Trazona as his co-host. He is recently a challenger together with his co-love team Alynna Asistio in the GMA 7 Christmas Reality Show, Puso Ng Pasko: Artista Challenge, the very 1st Christmas Reality Show on Channel 7.
In 2010 Mark Herras is involved in a Photo Scandal showing his private parts to man using video calling. Mark took 1 week to answer the allegations. Mark denied the issue.
Later in 2011, Mark went back on Telebabad via his former 1st Dance Teleserye, Time of My Life, with his newest leading lady Kris Bernal. The show premiered last August on Channel 7 in GMA Primetime Drama Series in Telebabad block.
This 2012, Mark returns to afternoon drama series via Hiram Na Puso, with returning partner co-former Starstruck alumni Kris Bernal, and his current Telebabad, Luna Blanca Season 3, with the return of his on-screen partner Heart Evangelista, Mark and Heart reunited again for their work for the 2nd time since their last Telebabad was Langit Sa Piling Mo in 2010.
|2013||Coming Soon||Cameo||Indie film||Viva Films|
|2011||Tween Academy: Class of 2012||Cameo||GMA Films|
|2007||Bahay Kubo||Jake||Regal Entertainment|
|2006||Super Noypi||Lorenzo Valdez|
|2005||Blue Moon||Young Manuel||Special participation||Regal Entertainment|
|Say That You Love Me||Stephen||MAQ|
|Let The Love Begin||Luigi||GMA Films|
|2004||So Happy Together||Xander||Regal Entertainment|
Awards and nominations
|2004||StarStruck Original Male Ultimate Survivor|
|Ultimate Bad Boy Of The Dance Floor|
|18th PMPC Star Awards for TV||Best New Male TV Personality||Nominated|
|2005||Best Actor||Sunsilk Touch Flicks:Haplos|
|21st PMPC Star Awards for Movies||New Movie Actor Of The Year||Happy Together|
|31st Metro Manila Film Festival||Best Festival Supporting Actor||Blue Moon||Nominated|
|Kapuso Idol Loveteam w/ Jennylyn Mercado|
|2005||Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation Awards||Most Popular Loveteam w/ Jennylyn Mercado||Won|
|Double Platinum Record Award (Mark Herras Dance Hits)|
|2006–2007||Double Platinum Record Award (Mark Herras Dance Party)|
|2006||54th FAMAS Awards||German Moreno Youth Achievement Award||Won|
|2007||Gold Record Award (Mark Herras Dance Party)|
|Ang Pinaka Most Popular Teen Rank #1|
|2013||Stand Out Season Performer (Nominated)|