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.
Rafael Rosell IV

(1982-11-10) 10 November 1982 (age 37)
Other namesRaffy, Paeng
Years active2000-present
AgentStar Magic (2000–2012; 2019–present)
GMA Artist Center (2012–2019)
Partner(s)Malaya Lewandowski (2006–2009)[1][2]
Olivia Medina (2013–2016)[3][4]
Valerie G. Chia (2016–present)[5]

Rafael Rosell IV (born November 10, 1982) is a Filipino actor and model.

Early life[edit]

Rafael 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 Amelia Quimpo, 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.


During a vacation with his family in 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 as one of the leading men of Jolina Magdangal, in Star Cinema's Kung Ikaw ay Isang Panaginip.[6] 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.[6]

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

Rosell also became a part of projects like Rounin, Prinsesa ng Banyera and Maligno. He starred in Status: Single under Viva Films.[6]

Rosell started getting recognition in 2010 when he played Brandon Brazil in the ABS-CBN afternoon drama Midnight Phantom opposite his good and close friend Denise Laurel.[7] After the success of Midnight Phantom (TV series)|Midnight Phantom and his team-up with Laurel, ABS-CBN paired them up again in Kristine.[8] 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.[9] 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 he decided to move to GMA Network. He starred on Temptation of Wife with Marian Rivera.[10]

He returned to ABS-CBN after seven years with GMA Network. His resurgence in the said network was in an Ipaglaban Mo! episode.

Personal life[edit]

In 2009, Rosell confirmed that he and girlfriend Malaya Lewandowski had 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.[1][2]



Year Title Role Notes Source
2002 Kung Ikaw Ay Isang Panaginip Paolo [6]
2003 Pinay Pie Artie [6]
2005 Dreamboy Cameo appearance [6]
2005 Bikini Open Sonny
2006 Matakot Ka Sa Karma Victor Segment: "Tokador"
2008 When Love Begins Alger [6]
2009 Status: Single Hans [11]
2009 In My Life Vince [6]
2009 Ang Darling Kong Aswang Joaquin
2010 Fling
2010 Working Girls Rodney Camacho
2010 Ang Tanging Ina Mo (Last na 'To!) Troy
2013 Gaydar Nick
2014 Dilim Quinito Castaneda
2017 All of You Gino
2018 Adam's Apples Juan Bautista


Year Title Role Notes Source
2000 Tabing Ilog Oliver McFuller
2002 Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay Tiborce [6]
2004 Marina Rodge [6]
2005 Ang Panday Calyptus [6]
2006–12 ASAP Himself — Host / Performer Segment: "Cover Boys"
2006 Star Magic Presents: Love Chop Roy
2006 Komiks Edwin Episode: " Inday Bote"
2006 Komiks Presents: Da Adventures of Pedro Penduko Tony / Antonio Episode: "Santelmo"
2007 Rounin Creon [6][12]
2007 Prinsesa ng Banyera Charles Perrei
2008 Your Song Presents: Superstar Ng Buhay Ko Alex
2008 Sineserye Presents: Maligno Lucas Satander [6]
2008 Kahit Isang Saglit Young Anthony Mondragon Special participation
2008 I Love Betty La Fea Jeremy [6]
2009 Your Song Presents: First Be a Woman Professor David
2009 Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Bud Brothers Wayne Alban Book 2: "My Gulay, Wow Betchay" [6]
2010 Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Substitute Bride Brent Guttierez [13]
2010 Maalaala Mo Kaya Nico Episode: "Bag" [14][6]
2010 Your Song Presents: Love Me, Love You
2010 Precious Hearts Romances: Midnight Phantom Brandon / Midnight Phantom [14][6]
2010 Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Kristine Marco De Silva [6][15]
2011 Your Song Presents: Kim Robert [6][16]
2011 100 Days to Heaven Bartolome "Bart" Ramirez Jr. [6]
2011 Wansapanataym Roy Estocapio Episode: "Ningning Kuting"
2012 Dahil Sa Pag-ibig Edison Zaguirre
2012 Aso ni San Roque Anton
2012 Temptation of Wife Nigel Armada [10][17]
2013 Vampire Ang Daddy Ko Borgy Special participation
2013 Little Champ Salazar / Ulupong
2013 Indio António
2013 Party Pilipinas Himself — Host / Performer
2013–15 Sunday All Stars Himself — Host / Performer
2013 Maghihintay Pa Rin Francisco "Kiko" Sebastian [18][19]
2013 Genesis Julio Macalintal
2013 Wagas Joey Episode: "Joey & Malou Love Story"
2014 The Borrowed Wife Ricardo "Rico" Santos [20]
2014 Magpakailanman Ben Episode: "Asawa Mo, Hiniram Ko"
2015 Second Chances Jerome Padilla/Michael [21]
2015 Magpakailanman Mark Episode: "Paano Na Ang Ating Anak"
2015 Karelasyon Alvin Episode: "Martir"
2015 Dangwa Leo
2015 Magpakailanman Anthony Episode: "Husband for Sale"
2015 Karelasyon Paolo Episode: "Pamana"
2015 Because of You Oliver Dictado [22]
2016 Magpakailanman Wendel Episode: "When Love Becomes Obsession"
2016 Magpakailanman Willy Episode: "Higanti ng Barang"
2016 Karelasyon Celio Episode: "Madam Z"
2016 Karelasyon Xavier Episode: "Nagmumurang Kamatis"
2016 Wagas Ramon Episode: "The Haunted House"
2016 Sinungaling Mong Puso Roman Labangon Aguirre [23]
2017 Dear Uge Marlon Episode: "Ex Ex Ex"
2017 Magpakailanman James Aguilar Episode: "Hanggang sa Iyong Paggising, Daddy"
2017 Wagas Zandro Episode: "First Love "
2017 Wagas Alex Episode: "My Love from Baler "
2017 Impostora Homer Saavedra
2018 Sherlock Jr. Gregor Jackson Guest Cast/ Villain
2018 Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko Hans Episode: "Katy Fairy"
2018 Dear Uge David Episode: "Beki Boyfie"
2018 Magpakailanman Benjie Episode: "Ang Asawang Naging Kabit"
2018 Cain at Abel Young Antonio Guest Cast
2019 Dragon Lady Matthew Chan Guest Cast
2019 Eat Bulaga Lenten Special "Byaheng Broken Hearted" Tourist guide
2019 Ipaglaban Mo Markus Valdez Episode: "Impostor"
2019 Maalaala Mo Kaya Vincent Episode: "Dyip"
2019 Parasite Island Jessie Salvacion
2021 Kahit Minsan Lang

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Work Award Category Result Source
2007 Rome & Juliet Gawad Urian Award Best Supporting Actor Won
2014 Gaydar Golden Screen TV Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Musical or Comedy) Nominated


  1. ^ a b "'Koolchx' Member Admits Romance with Rafael Rosell".
  2. ^ a b "Rafael Rosell Reveals Details of Breakup with Malaya Lewandowski". Philippine Entertainment Portal.
  3. ^ "Rafael Rosell on relationship with Olivia Medina: "I wanna keep it as a never-ending date."". Philippine Entertainment Portal.
  4. ^ "Rafael Rosell admits he's not on good terms with ex-girlfriend Olivia Medina". Philippine Entertainment Portal.
  5. ^ "Rafael Rosell considers girlfriend's family as his extended family". Philippine Entertainment Portal.
  6. ^ 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". Philippine Entertainment Portal.
  7. ^ "Denise Laurel and Rafael Rosell shoot passionate love scene for Midnight Phantom". Philippine Entertainment Portal.
  8. ^ "Rafael Rosell names Denise Laurel as his favorite leading lady".
  9. ^ "Rafael Rosell is not changing his sexy image because of '100 Days to Heaven'".
  10. ^ a b "Rafael Rosell clarifies issues about leaving ABS-CBN and moving to GMA-7: "I don't think I burned any bridges."". Philippine Entertainment Portal.
  11. ^ "Status: Single Leading Men List Down Their Sexiest Women". Philippine Entertainment Portal. January 24, 2009. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  12. ^ "ABS-CBN Launches Biggest TV Project". Khaleej Times. March 28, 2007.
  13. ^ Quintos, Napoleon (February 12, 2010). "Rafael Rosell is happy to be busy on TV". Showbuzz. ABS-CBN. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  14. ^ a b "Rafael Rosell earns respect of reluctant Midnight Phantom director". Philippine Entertainment Portal.
  15. ^ "Martha Cecilia's Kristine Depicts Forbidden Love Affairs Among Warring Families". Philippine Entertainment Portal. December 28, 2012. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  16. ^ "Kim Chiu Works with Vice Ganda and Rafael Rosell for Your Song". Philippine Entertainment Portal. March 18, 2011. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  17. ^ "Pinoy Version of Temptation of Wife Begins October 29". GMA Network. October 22, 2012. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  18. ^ Manila Standard. June 12, 2013 Rafael Rosell and Bianca King new dramatic pair on Kapuso afternoon block http://manilastandard.net/showbitz/simply-red-by-isah-v-red/105170/rafael-rosell-and-bianca-king-new-dramatic-pair-on-kapuso-afternoon-block.html Rafael Rosell and Bianca King new dramatic pair on Kapuso afternoon block Check |url= value (help). Retrieved July 27, 2017. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  19. ^ "Maghihintay Pa Rin's pilot episode rates high".
  20. ^ "Camille Prats Happy 'to try something new' in The Borrowed Wife". GMA News.
  21. ^ "PHOTO: New Kapuso Series 'Second Chances'". GMA News.
  22. ^ Multimedia NMI (October 28, 2015). "Carla Abellana and Gabby Concepcion start taping for 'Because of You'". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved October 28, 2015.
  23. ^ "GMA remake ng 'Sinungaling Mong Puso' at cast nito, kasado na!". GMA Network. June 21, 2016. Retrieved July 27, 2017.

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