Rafael Rosell

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Rafael Rosell
Dilim Movie in the Making - Rafael Rosell.jpg
Born Rafael Q. Rosell IV[fn 1]
(1982-11-10) November 10, 1982 (age 34)
Stavanger, Norway
Nationality Filipino
Occupation Actor, Model
Years active 2000–present
Agent Star Magic (2000–2012)
GMA Artist Center (2012–present)
Known for Playing as Brandon Brazil on Midnight Phantom [1]
Partner(s) Malaya Lewandowski (2006–2009)[2]
Olivia Medina (2013–present)[3]

Rafael Rosell IV[fn 1] (born November 10, 1982)[4] is a Filipino actor and model. Rosell is best known for playing Brandon Brazil on the ABS-CBN romance drama Midnight Phantom,[1] 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.


Rafael ″Raf″ Rosell IV was born and raised in Norway to Filipino parents, his dad Rafael Rosell III is being a geologist from Cebu and his mom, a nurse from Bicol. His grandfather Rafael Rosell, Jr. and his great-grandfather Rafael Rosell, Sr. were raised from Cebu. The eldest in a brood of three, Rosell is living alone in the Philippines. He took acting workshops with ABS-CBN in 2002 before he did VTRs for prospective commercials until his Close-Up endorsement came along. It wasn't until 2000 when a life changing vacation to the Philippines brought Rosell into the world of show business. His mom found auditions at ABS-CBN with the help of the Internet. Rosell auditioned and got a TV Commercial job for Close Up Toothpaste and which later brought him to TV acting and movies as well. He joined Star Magic (formerly Talent Center) in 2000.[5][6]


Rosell at the Star Magic Concert Tour in Ontario, June 2009

He was introduced by Aimee Quimpo as one of the leading men of Jolina Magdangal, in Star Cinema's Kung Ikaw Ay Isang Panaginip.[4] Rosell's big break came in 2004 when he was paired with Claudine Barretto on the ABS-CBN fantaserye Marina.[7] In 2006, he was launched as a member of the all-male group Coverboys with Zanjoe Marudo, Jon Avila, Victor Basa and Jake Cuenca. In 2007, he earned an URIAN Best Supporting Actor award for his portrayal in the indie film Rome & Juliet. Rosell, however, started getting recognition in 2010 when he played Brandon Brazil in the highly successful ABS-CBN afternoon drama Midnight Phantom opposite her good and close friend Denise Laurel.[8] After the success of Midnight Phantom and his team-up with Laurel, ABS-CBN paired them up again in Kristine.[9] 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.[10] In 2012, Rosell was reunited with Laurel in another ABS-CBN drama Dahil Sa Pag-ibig.[11] In August 2012 his contract with Star Magic expired, and has decided to move to GMA Network. He starred on Temptation of Wife (2012 TV series) with Marian Rivera and currently he is doing Maghihintay Pa Rin.

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.[12]

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.[2]

A known advocate for the environment, Rosell took part in the shore clean-up activity in Boracay on Apr 2012 and stated that every effort—great and small—is needed to save Mother Nature.[13]



Year Title Role Network
2016 Karelasyon: Nagmumurang Kamatis Lover Boy GMA Network
Sinungaling Mong Puso Roman Aguirre
Wagas Kapre GMA News TV
Lip Sync Battle Philippines Himself GMA Network
2015 Because Of You Oliver Dictado
Dangwa Leo
Second Chances Jerome Padilla
2014 Magpakailanman: Asawa Mo, Hiniram Ko Ben
The Borrowed Wife Ricardo "Rico" Santos
2013 Wagas Joey GMA News TV
Genesis Julio Macalintal (Isaak's Brother) GMA Network
Sunday All Stars Himself / Performer
Maghihintay Pa Rin Francisco "Kiko" Sebastian
Indio Antonio
Little Champ Salazar / Ulupong ABS-CBN
Vampire Ang Daddy Ko Borgy GMA Network
2012–2013 Temptation Of Wife Nigel Armada
Party Pilipinas Co-host / Performer
2012 Extra Challenge Challenger / Himself
Aso Ni San Roque Anton
Dahil Sa Pag-Ibig Edson Zaguirre ABS-CBN
2011 Happy Yipee Yehey! Guest co-host
Wansapanataym: Ningning Kuting Roy Estocapio
100 Days to Heaven Bartolome "Bart" Ramirez Jr.
Showtime Substitute Guest Judge (took place of Guest Judge, Jake Cuenca)
Happy Yipee Yehey appearance with his castmates, "100 Days to Heaven"
Your Song Presents: Kim Robert[14]
2010–2011 Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Kristine Marco De Silva
2010 Precious Hearts Romance Presents: Midnight Phantom Brandon Brazil / Midnight Phantom
Your Song: Love Me, Love You Staff Advertiser (Cameo)
Maalaala Mo Kaya Presents: Bag Nico
Precious Hearts Romance Presents: The Substitute Bride Brent Guttierez
2009 Precious Hearts Romances Presents: The Bud Brothers Wayne Alban
Your Song Presents: Underage Professor David
2008 I Love Betty La Fea Jeremy
Kahit Isang Saglit Young Anthony Mondragon
Sineserye Presents: Maligno Lucas Santander
Your Song Presents: Superstar Ng Buhay Ko Alex
Miss Philippines Earth 2008 Co-Host
2007 Prinsesa ng Banyera Charles Perrei
Rounin Creon
2006 Komiks Presents: Da Adventures of Pedro Penduko Tony / Antonio
Star Magic Presents: Love Chop Roy
Komiks Presents: Inday Bote Edwin
Star Magic Presents: Abt Ur Luv Cameo / Martin
2006–2012 ASAP Host / Himself
2005 Ang Panday Calyptus
2004 Marina Rodge
2002 Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay Tiborce
2000 Tabing Ilog Oliver MacFuller


Year Title Role Studio
2014 Dilim Quinito Castaneda Regal Entertainment
2013 Gaydar Nick Quantum Films
2010 Ang Tanging Ina Mo (Last na 'To!) Troy Star Cinema
2010 Working Girls Rodney GMA Films, Viva Films and Unitel Pictures
2009 Ang Darling Kong Aswang Joaquin OctoArts Films, APT Entertainment and M-Zet Productions
2009 In My Life Vince Star Cinema
2009 Status: Single Hans Viva Films
2008 When Love Begins Alger Star Cinema, Viva Films
2006 Matakot Ka Sa Karma Victor OctoArts Films and Canary Films
2005 Bikini Open Sonny Seiko films
2005 Dreamboy Cameo Role Star Cinema
2003 Pinay Pie Artie Star Cinema
2002 Kung Ikaw Ay Isang Panaginip Paolo Star Cinema


  1. ^ a b Rafael Rosell was born in Norway. Thus, he does not possess his mother's maiden name.