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SpouseLucas Akoskin
FactDaughter of Leonor Palma, a massage therapist, and Francisco Varela (1946-2001), a famous biologist, neuroscientist, and philosopher.

Leonor Varela is a Chilean actress and model. She played the title character in the 1999 television film Cleopatra, and also starred in the films The Manchurian Candidate, Blade II, and Goal!. Varela was born in Santiago, Chile, the daughter of Leonor Palma-Keller, a massage therapist, and Francisco Varela (1946–2001), a biologist, neuroscientist, and philosopher. She has a sister, Alejandra, and two brothers, Javier and Gabriel. Varela’s parents divorced when she was three years old, and she was raised by her mother. Varela’s mother died of cancer when Varela was 14 years old. Varela has said that her father’s death also had a profound effect on her.

Varela was educated at the Catholic girls’ school Santiago College in Santiago. At the age of 17, she moved to New York City to study acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. Varela’s first acting role was in the 1997 film The Man in the Iron Mask, in which she played Louise de la Valliere. She subsequently appeared in the television films Cleopatra (1999) and Frankenstein (2004). In 2002, Varela starred in the film Blade II as Nyssa, daughter of the vampire overlord Damaskinos. In 2005, she starred in the film Goal! as Santiago Munez’s girlfriend, Roz Harmison.

Varela has also appeared in episodes of the television series CSI: Miami and Nip/Tuck. In 2009, she starred in the film The Last Stand as Sarah Torrance. Varela is fluent in Spanish, English, and French.

General Info

Full NameLeonor Varela
Height1.69 m
ProfessionModel, Spokesperson


SpouseLucas Akoskin
ChildrenMatteo V. Akoskin, Luna Mae Akoskin
ParentsFrancisco Varela, Leonor Palma-Keller
SiblingsGabriel Varela, Javier Varela, Alejandra Varela


NominationsAriel Award for Best Actress
MoviesBlade II, Hell Ride, Innocent Voices, The Tailor of Panama, Goal II: Living the Dream, Sleep Dealer, The Man in the Iron Mask, Ruby & Quentin, Where God Left His Shoes, Captive, The Curse of King Tut's Tomb, Wrong Turn at Tahoe, Balls Out: Gary The Tennis Coach, Texas Rangers, A Fine Step, Fuck My L...
TV ShowsDallas, The Curse of King Tut's Tomb, Cleopatra, Tic Tac

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1I don't believe in nudity for nudity's sake, but it's really beautiful when it's done well, when it's within a story. I'm very comfortable with my body. I grew up mostly in France, where nudity is not taboo. It's not this hypocritical thing where we go, "No!" and then it's "Oh, yes!" When we strip away the clothes, the jewelry, that's who we really are. I walk around naked in my house.
2I'm not good with limitations. I tend to like to find my own. It hurts sometimes, but it's good. I'm little extreme in that sense-the middle ground is not my forte.
3I don't need jewels and cars. It's about the delicacy of the way I'm handled.
4In this business, if you don't have the capacity to step back and have some sort of relativity about things, you're screwed.


1Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 42, a daughter named Luna Mae Akoskin on February 25, 2015 5 days overdue. Child's father is her boyfriend, Lucas Akoskin.
2Gave birth to her 1st child at age 39, a son named Matteo V. Akoskin in November 2012. Child's father is her boyfriend, Lucas Akoskin.
3Has been in a relationship with Lucas Akoskin since 2011. They have 2 children together.
4Filming a documentary about Aysén and its natural beauty in Chile. [January 2009]
5Led huge Anti-whaling Rally on the Eve of the 2008 Meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Santiago, Chile. [June 2008]
6Her maternal grandfather Daniel Palma Robledo (born in the north of Chile in October 1915), a former Communist Party member until 1951, was kidnapped by DINA, Pinochet's political police, on August 4, 1976, and to this day is a missing person.
7One of her favorite writers is Milan Kundera.
8Support the candidate's campaign of Chilean president Michelle Bachelet.
9Member of NGOs for the conservation of the environment like WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature), Global Green USA, Oceana (Osean Conservation Group) and Centro Ballena Azúl (Chile).
10Her favorite place in California is Carbon Beach, Malibu.
11Friend of the Mexican director Guillermo del Toro.
12Ranked #69 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" special supplement (2006).
13Has a French bulldog called Monroe, or simply Mo.
14Her favorite actresses are Meryl Streep and Cate Blanchett.
15Has been a vegetarian since the age of 12.
16Has actively participated in various ecological causes like "Save the Whales Again!".
17Was featured as #11 in Maxim Magazine's "Hot 100 of 2002" supplement. (2002)
18Has 3 siblings, Alejandra, Javier and Gabriel.
19She lived in Paris from the age of 14.
20She is of Chilean (including Galician Spanish) ancestry. On her mother's side, she is also said to have some French, Hungarian, Syrian, and German roots.
21Her stay in Chile was brief, and she soon found herself in Germany, then back in Chile, and finally in France in her late teens.
22As a child, she got to see her homeland another time when her family returned to Chile.
23Her family fled to Costa Rica, leaving behind the brutal dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.
24After graduating from the Ecole du Passage and the Conservatoire Superieur de Paris, she was ready for the big screen.
25Daughter of Leonor Palma, a massage therapist, and Francisco Varela (1946-2001), a famous biologist, neuroscientist, and philosopher.
26Appeared on the cover of thirteen separate editions of the Maxim magazine, each naming a different North American city as the greatest on Earth.
27Beat out 35 other actresses to play the title role in Cleopatra (1999).
28Formerly engaged to Billy Zane, her co-star from the miniseries Cleopatra (1999).
29She is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Italian.




The Solutrean2017post-productionShaman
A Little Something for Your Birthday2017post-production
Murder in Mexico: The Bruce Beresford-Redman Story2015TV MovieMonica
Captive2015/IISgt. Carmen Sandoval
Murder in Mexico2015Monica
A Fine Step2014Liliana Bolívar
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.2013TV SeriesCamilla Reyes
Odd Thomas2013Odd's Mother
Inland Empire2012TV MoviePoopy
Dallas2012TV SeriesMarta Del Sol
El callejón2011La Madre
Human Target2010-2011TV SeriesMaria Gallego
Que pena tu vida2010Alma Subercaseaux
Monsterwolf2010TV MovieMaria
Feroz2010TV SeriesLaura Palma
Wrong Turn at Tahoe2009Anna
Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach2009Norma Sanchez
All Inclusive2008Miranda
Hell Ride2008Nada
Sleep Dealer2008Luz Martínez
Como ama una mujer2007TV Mini-SeriesSofia Marquez
Where God Left His Shoes2007Angela Diaz
Goal II: Living the Dream2007Jordana Garcia
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb2006TV MovieDr. Azelia Barakat
E-Ring2005TV SeriesLt. Col. Cat Rodriguez
Stargate: Atlantis2004TV SeriesChaya Sar
Innocent Voices2004Kella
Arrested Development2003TV SeriesMarta Estrella
Ruby & Quentin2003Katia / Sandra
Pas si grave2003Angela
Paraíso B2002Gloria
Blade II2002Nyssa
Texas Rangers2001Perdita
The Tailor of Panama2001Marta
Les infortunes de la beauté1999Annabella
Les parasites1999Fidelia
Cleopatra1999TV Mini-SeriesCleopatra
Jeremiah1998TV MovieJudith
The Man in the Iron Mask1998/IBallroom Beauty
A Legend to Ride1997TV SeriesAnette
Inca de Oro1997TV MovieFlor de l'Inca
Tic Tac1997TV SeriesPola Santa María
Bouge!1997La danseuse
Shooting Stars1997Vanessa
Le juste1997TV SeriesPregnant Girl
Sous le soleil1996TV SeriesJeanne
Pony Trek1995TV MovieAnette
Extrême limite1995TV SeriesMarie


Words with Gods2014very special thanks
Baby Shower2011thanks


Noches Con Platanito2014-2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
De la A a la Z2010TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Many Faces of Cleopatra2009Video documentaryHerself
The 2009 Independent Spirit Awards2009TV SpecialHerself
Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan2008TV SeriesHerself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2008TV SeriesHerself
Buenos días a todos2007-2008TV SeriesHerself
Primer plano2008TV SeriesHerself
Premios Altazor 20082008TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Dancing with the Stars2008TV SeriesHerself
MTV Video Music Awards 20062006TV SpecialHerself
Shooting 'Egypt' in India2006Video shortHerself
2006 ALMA Awards2006TV SpecialHerself
Acoso textual2004TV SeriesHerself
The 5th Annual Latin Grammy Awards2004TV SpecialHerself
Monte Grande: What Is Life?2004DocumentaryHerself
Tout le monde en parle2003TV SeriesHerself
The Blood Pact: The Making of 'Blade II'2002Video documentaryHerself (extended version)
The 2002 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards2002TV Special documentaryHerself
The 2002 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards Nomination Show2002TV Special shortHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2001TV SeriesHerself
The 5th Annual GQ Men of the Year Awards2000TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Entertainment Tonight2000TV SeriesHerself
The Vision Awards1999TV SpecialHerself

Archive Footage

Dallas2012TV SeriesMarta Del Sol
Buenos días a todos2007TV SeriesHerself
S.Q.P.2007TV SeriesHerself


Won Awards

2008Imagen AwardImagen Foundation AwardsBest Supporting Actress
2008Imagen AwardImagen Foundation AwardsBest Supporting ActressWhere God Left His Shoes (2007)
2003APES AwardArts and Entertainment Critics Awards, ChileBest Actress (Mejor actriz)

Nominated Awards

2008Imagen AwardImagen Foundation AwardsBest Supporting ActressWhere God Left His Shoes (2007)
2005Silver ArielAriel Awards, MexicoBest Actress (Mejor Actriz)Voces inocentes (2004)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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