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Megan Lynne Young
Megan Young.jpg
Young in 2013
Megan Lynne Talde Young

(1990-02-27) February 27, 1990 (age 30)
EducationTrinity University of Asia
De La Salle–College of Saint Benilde
Years active2004–present
Height170 cm (5 ft 7 in)[1]
(m. 2020)
Beauty pageant titleholder
Hair colorDark Brown
Eye colorBrown

Megan Lynne Young (born February 27, 1990) is a Filipino-American actress, model, television presenter, and beauty queen who won the Miss World Philippines 2013[3] title and was later crowned as Miss World 2013.[4][5][6][7] She is the first Filipina to win the title of Miss World.[7]

Young started as a contestant of the reality television show StarStruck and later became a member of ABS-CBN's Star Magic talent management, but later on returned as an exclusive artist under GMA Network.[8]

Early life and education[edit]

Young was born in Alexandria, Virginia[9] to Victoria Talde, a Filipina from Pandan, Antique, and American Calvin Cole Young III.[10]

Young's family moved to Castillejos, Zambales, Philippines when she was ten. She received secondary education in Regional Science High School III within the Subic Bay Freeport Zone from 2002 to 2005 before moving to Metro Manila to pursue her acting career. In 2011, she began studying filmmaking at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde.


2004–07: Early acting career in GMA[edit]

Young's first showbiz break was through the second season of the talent reality search, StarStruck,[11] wherein she placed in the top six. Her first acting job in GMA was in Love to Love Presents: Love Ko Urok wherein she played the role of Meg. She then played the role of Anna in Asian Treasures and the role of a fairy in Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang.

2007–14: Transfer to ABS-CBN and TV5[edit]

After more than two years with GMA Artist Center, she moved to ABS-CBN following her sister, Lauren Young. She is the first StarStruck alumna to transfer to GMA's rival station, ABS-CBN.

Young first appeared in ABS-CBN in the youth oriented show "Star Magic Presents" Astigs and Abt Ur Luv. She also played the role of Shane in Kokey, opposite Zanjoe Marudo. She became well known when she appeared as one of the celebrity housemates in Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition 2, dubbed as "The Princess of Charm".[12][13] After PBB, she portrayed the villain Marcela in ABS-CBN's remake of I Love Betty La Fea opposite John Lloyd Cruz. In 2009, she was one of four personalities introduced as video jockeys for the relaunching of Channel [V] Philippines.[14] Young also became an occasional host in several shows in Studio 23. In 2012, Young had her big break as a lead actress in Hiyas, reuniting with Zanjoe Marudo as her love interest. In 2013, she switched to TV5 but still made appearances in the Kapamilya network.

Megan Young (right) with sister Lauren (left), at the 2013 Candy Style awards.

Aside from television, Young has also starred in a few films, one of which was The Reunion, where she played Toyang, opposite Xian Lim.[14] Young was nominated as Outstanding Guest Star on Dahsyatnya Awards 2014.[15]

2015–present: Return to GMA Network[edit]

In March 2015, Megan Young returned to GMA Network after four years of exclusive contract with ABS-CBN.[16] Her comeback project in the Kapuso Network is the most anticipated second adaptation of the hit Mexicanovela MariMar[17][18] where she plays the title role. She is paired with Tom Rodriguez who plays the role of her love interest Sergio.[19][20] Her sister Lauren Young is also part of the show and plays the role of MariMar's main antagonist Antonia. This marks their second project together after Star Magic Presents: Abt Ur Luv Ur Lyf 2.

Megan is also one of the hosts in the sixth edition of the reality talent search Starstruck which launched her career as an artist.[21] She's working alongside Dingdong Dantes as main host, and her co-Starstruck alumni Mark Herras, Rocco Nacino, Miguel Tanfelix, and Kris Bernal, who serve as journey hosts. The show premiered on September 7, 2015.


Miss World Philippines 2013[edit]

Megan Young on a 2014 stamp of the Philippines

She was named Miss World Philippines 2013 during the pageant coronation night on August 18, 2013.[22]

Miss World 2013[edit]

Young was crowned as Miss World 2013 in Bali, Indonesia, making her the first Filipina to win the title of Miss World since its creation in 1951.[7] During the preliminaries, she also won the "Top Model" competition, placed second in the "People's Champion," placed fourth in the "Multimedia Challenge" and fifth in the "Beach Beauty" contest.[7]

In the final question and answer portion, the contestants in the Top 6 were asked the same question: "Why should you be the next Miss World?" and Young replied:

I treasure a core value of humanity and that guides people why they act the way they do. I will use this to show other people how they can understand each other. … as one, we can help society.

Young also received the Continental Queen of Beauty title as Miss World Asia 2013, the highest ranked contestant in the Asian region and was featured in the Dances of the World segment of the final show.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Young is the elder sister of actress Lauren Young.

In February 2017, Mikael Daez confirmed that he had been dating Young for six years, and the revelation was made after so long due to work commitments.[24] On 25 January 2020, they announced their marriage.[25]



Year Title Role Notes Source
2004-05 StarStruck Herself — Contestant [11]
2005 Love to Love: Love Ko Urok Meg
2005-06 Fans Kita Herself — Host
2007 Mga Kwento ni Lola Basyang Fairy Episode: "Ang Binibining Tumalo sa Hari"
2007 Asian Treasures Anna
2007 Kokey Shane
2007 Star Magic Presents: Astigs Janine
2007 Star Magic Presents: Abt Ur Luv, Ur Lyf 2 Honey
2008-09 I Love Betty La Fea Marcella Valencia Main antagonist [8]
2008 Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition Herself — Contestant [12][13]
2009 Maalaala Mo Kaya Ermie Episode: "Bench"
2009 Maalaala Mo Kaya Young Etrona Episode: "Singsing"
2009-12 Channel V Philippines VJ / Herself [14]
2010 5 Star Specials Various
2010 ASAP XV Herself — Host
2010 Rubi Sophia Cardenas Supporting antagonist [8]
2010 M3: Malay Mo Ma-develop Bea Cornejo
2010 Girlista Herself — Host
2011 Us Girls Herself — Host
2011 It's Showtime Herself — Judge
2011 Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Mana Po Winnie
2011 ASAP Rocks Herself — Host
2012 A Beautiful Affair Ava Pierro
2012 Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Hiyas Sapphire Salvador
2012 ASAP 2012 Herself — Host
2013 ASAP 18 Herself — Host
2013 Misibis Bay Lara Borromeo [8]
2013 Never Say Goodbye Vera Maglungsod / Vera Pendleton Supporting antagonist
2013 Miss World 2013 Herself — Contestant [2][7][23]
2014 Miss World 2014 Herself — Host
2014 Mister World 2014 Herself — Host [21]
2015 Dangwa Jane Imperial
2015 Vampire Ang Daddy Ko MariMar Pérez-Santibañez [16][18]
2015 StarStruck VI Herself — Host [21]
2015-16 MariMar MariMar Pérez-Santibañez / Bella Aldama Lead role / Anti-hero [17][19][20]
2015 24 Oras Herself — Guest News Anchor [21]
2015 Miss World 2015 Herself — Host
2016 Conan, My Beautician Ava
2016 Alyas Robin Hood Sarita "Sarri" Acosta Main role / Protagonist [26]
2016 Mister World 2016 Herself — Host
2016 Miss World 2016 Herself — Host
2017 Magpakailanman Sel
2017 Daig Kayo Ng Lola Ko Drizella Episode: "Cinderella" [16]
2017 Miss World 2017 Herself — Host [2]
2018 The Stepdaughters Mayumi Dela Rosa-Almeda Lead role / Protagonist
2019 Hanggang sa Dulo ng Buhay Ko Yvette "Yvie" Cardenas-Divinagracia Lead role / Protagonist
2019 Mister World 2019 Herself — Host
2019 SEA Games 2019 Opening Ceremony Herself — Muse Indonesia Delegation [27][28]


Year Title Role Notes Source
2005 Say That You Love Me Anna [11]
2009 Pangarap Kong Jackpot Eula
2009 Shake, Rattle & Roll XI Lucia Castiliano Segment: "Ukay-Ukay" [12][13]
2010 Astro Mayabang
2010 White House Mikey Trinidad
2010 Sigwa Dolly Cameo
2010 Babe, I Love You Gaita Borromeo [29]
2011 Enteng Ng Ina Mo Ina Azul
2011 Won't Last A Day Without You Melissa
2012 The Reunion Antonia "Tonyang" Castro [14]
2013 Bang Bang Alley Abbey [2][16]
2017 Our Mighty Yaya Monique

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Title Artist
2007 "Nagmamahal ng Tunay" Piolo Pascual
2012 "AMATS" Rico Blanco


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  4. ^ "Miss Philippines Megan Young crowned as Miss World 2013". BIHARPRABHA. September 28, 2013. Retrieved September 28, 2013.
  5. ^ "Miss Philippines crowned the new Miss World". CNN. Retrieved September 28, 2013.
  6. ^ "Megan Young crowned Miss World 2013". GMA News. GMA Network. September 28, 2013. Retrieved September 28, 2013.
  7. ^ a b c d e "Megan Young crowned Miss World 2013". Philippine Daily Inquirer. September 28, 2013. Retrieved September 28, 2013.
  8. ^ a b c d "MEGAN YOUNG". Star Magic. Archived from the original on September 18, 2013. Retrieved September 28, 2013.
  9. ^ Chelo Aestrid (September 29, 2013). "Miss World Megan Young – Get To Know Her [Video]". Las Vegas Guardian Express. Retrieved September 29, 2013.
  10. ^ Ira Agting (September 29, 2013). "8 fun facts about Megan Young". Rappler. Retrieved October 10, 2013.
  11. ^ a b c Ed Uy (August 24, 2013). "Her time, her throne". The Manila Times. Retrieved October 27, 2013.
  12. ^ a b c Tinna S. Bonifacio (January 2009). "Young, but not restless". Archived from the original on October 14, 2013. Retrieved October 10, 2013.
  13. ^ a b c "Megan Young enjoys playing Kontrabida roles". ABS-CBN News. December 23, 2011.
  14. ^ a b c d Vittorio Hernandez (September 29, 2013). "Miss World 2013: A Look Back at Megan Young from Starstruck to Most Beautiful Woman in the World (VIDEOS & PHOTOS)". International Business Times. Archived from the original on December 2, 2013. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  15. ^ id:Dahsyatnya-Awards-2014
  16. ^ a b c d "Megan Young returns to GMA; signs exclusive contract". February 3, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2016.
  17. ^ a b "Tom Rodriguez on Being Chosen to Play Sergio in New Mari Mar: "It Felt so Unreal"". Philippine Entertainment Portal. June 24, 2015. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  18. ^ a b Rula, Gorgy (June 24, 2015). "Megan Young and Tom Rodriguez Star in Marimar Remake; Expect Comparison with Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  19. ^ a b "It's official: Megan Young is 'Marimar'". GMA News. February 3, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2016.
  20. ^ a b "Megan Young as Marimar". GMA News. August 5, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2016.
  21. ^ a b c d "Megan Young back with GMA 7 to host 'Starstruck'". Philippine Daily Inquirer. March 31, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2016.
  22. ^ "Actress Megan Young is 2013 Ms World Philippines". The Philippine Star. August 19, 2013. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
  23. ^ a b Joyce Burton-Titular (October 1, 2013). "From Vivien to Megan: The PH in Miss World history". Rappler. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
  24. ^ "Mikael Daez confirms relationship with Megan Young". Rappler. Retrieved January 25, 2020.
  25. ^ "Megan Young ties the knot with Mikael Daez". cnn. Retrieved January 25, 2020.
  26. ^ Chapman, Michael W. (October 21, 2013). "Miss World: 'I'm Against Abortion,' 'Against Divorce' and 'Sex is For Marriage'". Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  27. ^ "Pia Wurtzbach, Megan Young as muses for SEA Games opening ceremony". ABS-CBN News. December 1, 2019. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  28. ^ "IN PHOTOS: Pia Wurtzbach, Megan Young lead PH beauty queens as SEA Games 'muses'". Rappler. December 1, 2019. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  29. ^ Orosa, Rosalinda L. (March 29, 2010). "Sam, Anne Team up in Babe, I Love You". The Philippine Star. Retrieved September 22, 2018.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
China Yu Wenxia
Miss World
Succeeded by
South Africa Rolene Strauss
Preceded by
China Yu Wenxia
Miss World Asia
Succeeded by
India Koyal Rana
Preceded by
South Sudan Atong Demach
Miss World Top Model
Succeeded by
Bosnia and Herzegovina Isidora Borovčanin
Preceded by
Queneerich Rehman
Miss World Philippines
Succeeded by
Valerie Weigmann