Rafael Rosell

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Rafael Rosell
Rafael Rosell at the Star Magic Concert Tour in Ontario, June 2009.jpg
Rosell at the Star Magic Concert Tour in Ontario, June 2009.
Born Rafael Quimpo Rosell IV[1]
(1982-11-10) 10 November 1982 (age 34)
Norway Stavanger, Norway
Residence Philippines Manila, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Years active 2000–present
Agent Star Magic (2000–2012)
GMAAC (2012–present)
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[2]
Partner(s) Malaya L. (2006–2009)[3][4]
Olivia Medina (2013–2016)[5][6]
Valerie G. Chia (2016–present)[7][8]
Website Rafael Rosell on Youtube

Rafael Rosell IV (born November 10, 1982)[1][2] is a Filipino actor and model. Rosell is best known for playing Brandon Brazil on the ABS-CBN romance drama Midnight Phantom,[9] Marco De Silva in Kristine, and as Mayor Edson Zaguirre in Dahil Sa Pag-ibig. A known talent of ABS-CBN for several years, Rosell is now under contract with GMA Network.

Early life[edit]

Rafael Quimpo Rosell IV was born in Stavanger, Norway on November 10, 1982 to Filipino parents, his dad Rafael Rosell III is a geologist from Cebu and his mom, a nurse from Bicol. He was raised in Norway, while his grandfather Rafael Rosell, Jr. and his great-grandfather Rafael Rosell, Sr. were both raised from Cebu. Rosell has two siblings and he is the eldest amongst them.[1]


During a vacation with his family on 2000, his mom found out about the auditions at ABS-CBN while surfing through web. Rosell auditioned and got a TV Commercial job for Close Up Toothpaste and signed a contract with Star Magic later that year.

In 2002, he was introduced by Aimee Quimpo as one of the leading men of Jolina Magdangal, in Star Cinema's Kung Ikaw Ay Isang Panaginip.[2][10] Rosell's big break came in 2004 when he was paired with Claudine Barretto on the ABS-CBN fantaserye Marina. In 2006, he was launched as a member of the all-male group Coverboys with Zanjoe Marudo, Jon Avila, Victor Basa and Jake Cuenca.[1][10]

In 2007, he won the Best Supporting Actor Award at the 30th Gawad Urian Awards for his work in the indie film Rome & Juliet.[1]

Rosell also became a part of projects like “Rounin”, “Prinsesa ng Banyera”, and “Maligno”. He starred in “Status: Single” under Viva Films.[1][10]

Rosell started getting recognition in 2010 when he played Brandon Brazil in the ABS-CBN afternoon drama Midnight Phantom opposite her good and close friend Denise Laurel.[11] After the success of Midnight Phantom and his team-up with Laurel, ABS-CBN paired them up again in Kristine.[12] The team-up came to an abrupt end when Laurel took a one-year hiatus due to pregnancy, leaving Rosell to be paired up with Jodi Sta. Maria in 100 Days to Heaven.[13] In 2012, Rosell was reunited with Laurel in another ABS-CBN drama Dahil Sa Pag-ibig.

In August 2012 his contract with Star Magic expired, and has decided to move to GMA Network. He starred on Temptation of Wife with Marian Rivera.[14]

Endorsements and other ventures[edit]

Rosell is currently endorsing Bench, Tide Detergent and Nestea Iced Tea. He is consistently featured in Cosmopolitan Philippines' Hottest Bachelor list and was recently named as one of the 15 Hottest Hunks Ever.

Personal life[edit]

In 2009, Rosell confirmed that he and girlfriend Malaya Lewandowski have broken up after being together for three years. At a press conference, Rosell said that he was shocked by his former girlfriend's decision to end their long relationship. He admitted that Lewandowski left him for another guy.[3][4]

A known advocate for the environment, Rosell took part in the shore clean-up activity in Boracay on April 2012 and stated that every effort—great and small—is needed to save Mother Nature.

Rosell is currently living alone in the Philippines.[1]



Year Title Role Studio Notes Ref.
2002 Kung Ikaw Ay Isang Panaginip Paolo Star Cinema [10]
2003 Pinay Pie Artie [10]
2005 Dreamboy N/A cameo [10]
Bikini Open Sonny Seiko Films
2006 Matakot Ka Sa Karma Victor OctoArts Films & Canary Films Segment 3: Tokador [15]
2008 When Love Begins Alger Star Cinema & Viva Films [10]
2009 Status: Single Hans Viva Films [16]
In My Life Vince Star Cinema [10]
Ang Darling Kong Aswang Joaquin OctoArts Films, APT Entertainment & M-Zet Productions
2010 Working Girls Rodney Camacho GMA Films, Viva Films & Unitel Pictures
Ang Tanging Ina Mo (Last na 'To!) Troy Star Cinema
2013 Gaydar Nick Quantum Films [17]
2014 Dilim Quinito Castaneda Regal Entertainment main cast

Drama series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref.
2000 Tabing Ilog Oliver McFuller ABS-CBN Extended cast, antagonist
2002 Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay Tiborce Supporting Role [10]
2004 Marina Rodge Male lead [10]
2005 Ang Panday Calyptus Part 2: World 3 [10]
2006 Star Magic Presents: Love Chop Roy Season 1: Episode 4, male lead
Komiks: Inday Bote Edwin Season 1: Episode 1
Komiks: Da Adventures of Pedro Penduko Tony/Antonio Episode 14: Santelmo, guest cast
2007 Rounin Creon Main cast [10][18]
Prinsesa ng Banyera Charles Perrei Main cast, antagonist
2008 Your Song Presents: Superstar Ng Buhay Ko Alex Year 2, Season 7: Episode 8
Sineserye Presents: Maligno Lucas Satander Main cast, antagonist [10]
Kahit Isang Saglit young Anthony Mondragon ABS-CBN
Double Vision
Special participation
I Love Betty La Fea Jeremy ABS-CBN Chapter 2, guest cast, remake of Yo soy Betty, la fea [10]
2009 Your Song Presents: First Be a Woman Professor David Year 3, Season 9: Episode 142-150
Bud Brothers: My Gulay, Wow Betchay Wayne Alban Book 2 of PHR Presents: The Bud Brothers, lead role [10]
2010 Substitute Bride Brent Guttierez 6th installment of PHR Presents, lead role [19]
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Bag Nico Season 18: Episode 19 [9][10]
Your Song Presents: Love Me, Love You N/A Cameo, as staff advertiser
Midnight Phantom Brandon/Midnight Phantom 10th installment of PHR Presents, lead role [9][10]
Kristine Marco De Silva 12th installment of PHR Presents, main cast [10][20]
2011 Your Song Presents: Kim Robert Lead role [10][21]
100 Days to Heaven Bartolome "Bart" Ramirez Jr. Supporting cast [10]
Wansapanataym: Ningning Kuting Roy Estocapio Season 2: Episode 50, lead role
2012 Dahil Sa Pag-ibig Edison Zaguirre Main cast
Aso ni San Roque Anton GMA Network Extended cast
Temptation of Wife Nigel Armada Main cast, remake of Temptation of Wife [14][22]
2013 Vampire Ang Daddy Ko Borgy Special participation
Little Champ Salazar/Ulupong ABS-CBN Guest cast
Indio António GMA Network Recurring character
Maghihintay Pa Rin Francisco "Kiko" Sebastian Male lead [23][24]
Genesis Julio Macalintal Guest cast
Wagas: Joey & Malou Love Story Joey GMA News TV Season 2: Episode 23, lead role
2014 The Borrowed Wife Ricardo "Rico" Santos GMA Network Main cast [25]
Magpakailanman: Asawa Mo, Hiniram Ko Ben
2015 Second Chances Jerome Padilla/Michael [26]
Magpakailanman: Paano Na Ang Ating Anak Mark
Karelasyon: Martir Alvin Episode 12, Lead role
Dangwa Leo Guest cast, male lead
Magpakailanman: Husband for Sale Anthony Main cast
Karelasyon: Pamana Paolo Episode 29, Lead role
Because of You Oliver Dictado Main cast [27]
2016 Magpakailanman
  • When Love Becomes Obsession
  • Higanti ng Barang


Season 1: Episode 157
Season 1: Episode 173
  • Madam Z
  • Nagmumurang Kamatis


Season 1: Episode 44
Season 1: Episode 82
Wagas: The Haunted House Ramon GMA News TV Season 2: Episode 154, lead role
Sinungaling Mong Puso Roman Labangon Aguirre GMA Network Main cast, remake of Sinungaling Mong Puso 1992 film
Villainous Protagonist
2017 Dear Uge: Ex Ex Ex Marlon Episode 48, lead role
Magpakailanman: Hanggang sa iyong paggising, Daddy James Aguilar Episode 214, lead role
  • First Love
  • My Love from Baler

Season 2: Episode 167
Season 2: Episode 179
Impostora Homer Saavedra GMA Network Male lead, remake of Impostora

TV series[edit]

Year Title Network Notes Ref.
2006 All-Star Sunday Afternoon Party ABS-CBN 2006–2012, co-host, performer, Cover Boys member
2008 Miss Philippines Earth 2008 Main host with Nikki Gil & Ginger Conejero
2011 Happy Yipee Yehey! Guest together with his co-stars from 100 Days to Heaven
It's Showtime Guest judge, substitute for Jake Cuenca
2012 Extra Challenge Extreme GMA Network Episodes 1-2, challenger with Kylie Padilla
2013 Party Pilipinas co-host, performer
Sunday All Stars 2013–2015, co-host, performer
2016 Lip Sync Battle Philippines Season 1: Episode 13, contestant


Year Award-giving Body Category Notable Works Result Ref.
2007 30th Gawad Urian Awards Best Supporting Actor Rome & Juliet Won
2014 Golden Screen Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Musical or Comedy) Gaydar Nominated


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Learn more about Rafael Rosell. Written by: Lester Villarama. Published on 2008-09-30.
  2. ^ a b c Rafael Rosell on IMDb.
  3. ^ a b 'Koolchx' member admits romance with Rafael Rosell. ABS-CBN News. Published on 2008-04-26. Retrieved 2017-07-26.
  4. ^ a b Rafael Rosell reveals details of breakup with Malaya Lewandowski. Pep.ph. Published on 2009-02-12. Retrieved 2017-07-26.
  5. ^ Rafael Rosell on relationship with Olivia Medina: "I wanna keep it as a never-ending date." Pep.ph. Published on 2014-02-11. Retrieved 2017-07-26.
  6. ^ Rafael Rosell admits he's not on good terms with ex-girlfriend Olivia Medina. Pep.ph. Published on 2016-07-12. Retrieved 2017-07-26.
  7. ^ Valerie to Rafael: "Happy birthday to the sweetest weirdest funniest craziest loving person i have ever met!". Valerie G. Chia on Instagram.
  8. ^ Rafael Rosell considers girlfriend's family as his extended family. Published on 2017-06-08. Retrieved 2017-07-26.
  9. ^ a b c Rafael Rosell earns respect of reluctant Midnight Phantom director. Pep.ph. Published on 2010-07-10. Retrieved 2017-07-26.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Rafael Rosell says his dream role would take him on a weird journey. Pep.ph. Published on 2011-07-06.
  11. ^ Denise Laurel and Rafael Rosell shoot passionate love scene for Midnight Phantom. Pep.ph. Published on 2010-07-18.
  12. ^ Rafael Rosell names Denise Laurel as his favorite leading lady. ABS-CBN. Published on 2010-08-12.
  13. ^ Rafael Rosell is not changing his sexy image because of '100 Days to Heaven'. Push. Published on 2011-05-24.
  14. ^ a b Rafael Rosell clarifies issues about leaving ABS-CBN and moving to GMA-7: “I don’t think I burned any bridges.” Pep.ph. Published on 2012-10-24.
  15. ^ Oggs' Movie Thoughts, Matakot Ka Sa Karma (2006). Published on 2006-12-06.
  16. ^ Status: Single leading men list down their sexiest women. Pep.ph. Published on 2009-01-24. Retrieved 2017-07-27.
  17. ^ Gaydar (2013) Official Trailer. Quantum Films on YouTube. Published on 2013-10-08.
  18. ^ ABS-CBN launches biggest TV project. Khaleej Times. Published on 2007-03-28.
  19. ^ Quintos, Napoleon (2010-02-12). "Rafael Rosell is happy to be busy on TV". Showbuzz. ABS-CBN. Retrieved 2017-07-27. 
  20. ^ Martha Cecilia’s Kristine depicts forbidden love affairs among warring families. Pep.ph. Published on 2010-08-12. Retrieved 2017-07-27.
  21. ^ Kim Chiu works with Vice Ganda and Rafael Rosell for Your Song. Pep.ph. Published on 2011-03-18. Retrieved 2017-07-27.
  22. ^ Pinoy version of Temptation of Wife begins October 29. GMA Network. Published on 2012-10-22. Retrieved 2017-07-27.
  23. ^ Rafael Rosell and Bianca King new dramatic pair on Kapuso afternoon block. Manila Standard. Published on 2013-06-12. Retrieved 2017-07-27.
  24. ^ Maghihintay Pa Rin’s pilot episode rates high. GMA Network. Published on 2013-06-13. Retrieved 2017-07-27.
  25. ^ Camille Prats happy ‘to try something new’ in The Borrowed Wife. GMA Network. Published on 2014-01-06. Retrieved 2017-07-27.
  26. ^ PHOTO: New Kapuso series 'Second Chances'. GMA Network. Published on 2014-08-06. Retrieved 2017-07-27.
  27. ^ Multimedia NMI (October 28, 2015). "Carla Abellana and Gabby Concepcion start taping for 'Because of You'". Retrieved October 28, 2015. 
  28. ^ "GMA remake ng 'Sinungaling Mong Puso' at cast nito, kasado na!". GMA Network. 21 June 2016. Retrieved 27 July 2017. 

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