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Date of birth 9 December 1972

Santiago, Chile

Leonor Varela exploded in America after her memorable portrayal of Cleopatra in the ABC miniseries of the same name. Since then, she's starred in Texas Rangers, Blade II, as well as a collection of French and Spanish films. Not surprisingly, she was voted Maxim's 11th hottest woman in the world in 2002.

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Leonor Varela (born December 29, 1972) is an actress from Chile.

She was born in Santiago, Chile. Her parents are the famous Chilean biologist Francisco Varela and Leonor Palma, a French-Hungarian dancer. She has one sister Alejandra and two brothers, Javier and Gabriel.

Varela's family fled to Costa Rica in her early childhood when her homeland was overtaken by a military regime. She subsequently resided in Germany, the U.S., and France. In the early 1990s her parents moved back to Chile, while she remained in Paris where she studied acting at the Neils Arestrup's School, The Ecole de Passage, and Conservatoire Superieur de Paris.

Her first job was in 1995, playing Anette in Pony Trek, a children's film. Filming was in Iceland and Leonor was riding horses for three months. Then, referred to a French filmmaker by her dentist, she played in The Shooting Stars (1997). Varela found her popularity on the rise at home when she was cast in the Chilean TV series Tic Tac.

After appearing in a few more television productions in the late 1990s, Varela was cast in a small role in The Man in the Iron Mask. In 1999, she hit the screen as Cleopatra, the Egyptian queen. She fell in love with actor Billy Zane (Mark Antony) on the set, but they split up two years later.

Roles in The Tailor of Panama and Texas Rangers (both in 2001) followed shortly thereafter, and as the fanged vampire princess in the action film Blade II. After that came Para

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