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Born in Santander, Cantabria, Spain
Birth NameEduardo Noriega Gómez
Nickname Edu
Height 5' 10¾" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Eduardo Noriega Gómez was born in Santander, Cantabria, Spain. The youngest of 7 siblings, he had shown a very big talent for artistic activities since he was a child. He began taking piano lessons and got into the Santander Music Conservatory, where he studied for five years. His music professors discovered that he had many conditions for playing piano, so they would keep him practicing for hours until he got tired of it and quit. After finishing high school, he decided to become a lawyer and majored at University of Santander, one of the most prestigious universities in Europe.That wouldn't last long either, because he got the acting bug by chance when attended an acting class alongside a friend that wanted to be an actress, he was invited to participate and enjoyed it enough to do that for living. At 19, he relocated to Madrid to start his drama classes at the R.E.S.A.D. (Madrid Acting Conservatory) and tried to continue with Law School attending the U.N.E.D. (a college where people can study even if they live far away), but due to the time the acting classes demanded him, couldn't focus on his other career and quit after passing the first signature. Once at the Conservatory he met Mateo Gil and Alejandro Amenábar, who was searching for good average students to make his first short films. Noriega shot a few shorts with both of them until he landed one of the starring roles in Amenábar's opera prima Tesis (1996). This movie became the most successful movie of the year in Spain and Eduardo Noriega and Fele Martínez became huge stars. In 1996, Eduardo had a tiny part in Pedro Olea's Más allá del jardín (1996) and the main role in Question of Luck (1996), shot in San Sebastián. During the making of this movie, his mother passed away and he channeled his grief into work by making Open Your Eyes (1997), another Amenábar's movie that became one of the suspense classics worldwide. This part gave Noriega his first Goya Award nomination, but he lost to Fernando Fernán Gómez, although he was consecrated as a very promising actor. Soon after, he tried himself in comedy by taking part in the movie Cha-cha-chá (1998) where he showed his skills as a comedian and met who would be his girlfriend for two years: Ana Alvarez. The relationship ended in good terms and afterward, he arrived to Argentina to make another movie that would become a cult one: Burnt Money (2000). This flick won the Goya Award in 2001 and Eduardo met his now friend Leonardo Sbaraglia. Between 2001 and 2004, he made movies in France, Madagascar and Spain. 2004 was the year that gave him the chance to play a real life character for first time in the movie El Lobo (2004). He played Txema, an insider infiltrated in ETA who gave information to the government to dismantle the terrorist group. Critics and people loved his interpretation and earned him a second Goya nomination. Next year, he had the chance to play another controversial character: Che Guevara, becoming the first Spanish actor to play it. In 2006 Master Kowalski (2006) was released at the same time that the theater play and became a blockbuster in Spain and Argentina, Marcelo Piñeyro was the director and also had directed Burnt Money (2000). His most challenging role was yet to come, nevertheless: Vicente Aranda was preparing to direct Canciones de amor en Lolita's Club (2007)and also looking for an actor who dared play twins who where identical in the outside but totally different inside, because one was a violent smart cop and the other one a mentally retarded sweet man. On December 3, 2007 he won the GQ award as the "Actor of the Year". In 2008 he participated in two American movies: Vantage Point (2008) and Transsiberian (2008). In 2009 he re-teamed with Amenábar (this time as a producer, not director) in El mal ajeno (2010), where he had to look older to play an apparently cold-blooded doctor that used to deal with terminal patients, but his life is stricken when his teenage daughter becomes his patient. With this movie, Eduardo showed his maturity as an actor and next year he could fulfill a dream: making a western. Blackthorn (2011) told the story of Butch Cassidy in exile while staying in Bolivia. Sam Shepard and Stephen Rea were part of this superb cast as well. During the half of 2011 a new suspense TV series called Homicidios (2011) began to be promoted on channel Tele5. This thriller meant the return of Eduardo Noriega to television (he had only had a small part in the 1994-1996 show "Colegio Mayor"). "Homicidios" premiered on 20 September 2011 in prime-time with a very high rating. Although it was switched to different times until even midnight, it had the highest audience of his all time branches. In 2013 he will release the movie The Last Stand, alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Noelia Urdangaray

Spouse (1)

Trinidad Oteros (8 February 2011 - present)

Trade Mark (1)

Works with directors from different countries, in different countries and in different languages

Trivia (55)

Father Mexican, mother Spanish.
His father was from Puebla, Mexico, where he spend some time in a ranch at the age of 18.
His surname comes from Astoria, where his family on his father side comes from.
Spanish citizen.
Is the youngest of seven siblings.
Fluent in Spanish, English (American and British), French and Catalan.
Attended a private Catholic school for men.
When he was a child he wanted to be a priest.
Attended Santander Music School to become a professional piano player because his mother wanted him to be a musician. Had so much talent that his teachers encouraged him to become a concertist, but after five years of intense work, he grew tired of it and quit.
Decided to become a lawyer because enjoyed very much TV shows such as Perry Mason.
Majored in the prestigious Santander University Law School, but dropped out soon after to pursue an acting career.
Arrived to Madrid at 19 with his mother.
Decided to become actor almost by chance, because a friend of his was studying drama and convinced him to go to a class.
Discovered by movie director Alejandro Amenábar. Began his acting career by making short films with him.Studied drama at the Spanish National Conservatory.
His father died when he was age 14. His mother died when he was almost age 23. He took her to the Tesis (1996) premiere in Madrid.
Sang a fragment of Joan Manuel Serrat's song "Lucía" in the movie Cha-cha-chá (1998).
Named as one of European films 'Shooting Stars' by European Film Promotion. [1999]
Worked with also Cantabrian actor Antonio Resines in El invierno de las anjanas (2000). Resines is from Torrelavega and Noriega from Santander. The movie was shot in both cities. So they felt like home.
Named European Revelation of 2001 at Cannes Film Festival-Le Studio.
Learned Catalan for his part in Les mans buides (2003).
Before playing El Lobo (2004), he interviewed the real character.
Was cast to play Che Guevara in Josh Evans first movie, because Evan's mother Ali MacGraw saw Noriega's picture on a magazine and picked him herself. Later, he was interviewed by Evans and got the part.
First Spanish actor to play Che Guevara.
Was considered for the lead in La paz de tus ojos tristes. [2006]
Won the Golden Mic (Micrófono de Oro) in Santander. Granted by the Federación de Asociaciones de Radio y TV. [2009]
Considered one of the 10 hottest men by People en español magazine. [2009]
Chosen the second greatest actor of Spain and the second hottest one, according to a survey made by Glamour Magazine in Spain. [2010]
Often works in different countries and different languages.
Everytime he travels, takes a notebook with him where he writes. But doesn't share it with anyone.
Lived shortly in Los Angeles but didn't enjoy it.
Big fan of Luis Buñuel.
Loves Buenos Aires. Says that he always felt very well taken care of while staying there.
Honored in Buenos Aires Film Festival and in Nantes Film Festival.
Friend of Leonardo Sbaraglia.
Fan of Argentinian soccer player Lionel Messi.
When he was a child, loved watching Marilyn Monroe's films.
Is a philanthropist. In Spain, collaborates with foundation "Mundo Justo".
Lives in Madrid.
Usually works with Alejandro Amenábar and Mateo Gil.
Besides being a very accomplished piano player, he also sings.
Keeps on taking English classes to improve his English pronunciation.
Is the only member of his family that dedicated to show business.
Used to spend some time with his family in "El Puntal" beach, in Santander.
Is an avid photographer.
Practises yoga.
Supported a demonstration to defend the "Sahara Madrid" cause. [April 2012]
Was granted the "Florián Rey Award" in Zaragoza, Spain. [May 2012]
His favorite actor is Paul Newman.
Sang Bob Dylan's hit "Like a Rolling Stone" at the TV show "Buenafuente". [March 2010]
The first movie he ever saw on VCR was E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) in 1983.
Met his wife, Trinidad Oteros, while waiting for a delayed flight in Madrid-Barajas Airport.
Supporter of F.C. Barcelona.
Supports West Sahara cause and has attended its Film Festival many times.
Tudela, Navarra, Spain: Member of the jury at Tudela Film Festival [November 2011]

Personal Quotes (27)

I've always felt very well taken care of in Buenos Aires. Every time I went there. So, I'll probably go again on vacation or to promote a movie.
I wouldn't change Cantabria for any other place in the world.
[on other people using his name on twitter] I had to get out of the twitter closet due to impersonation problems.
When I was a little boy, I loved watching Marilyn Monroe's and Paul Newman's films, but today, I'm amazed by Javier Bardem's talent.
[when asked about his upcoming TV series "Homicidios"] If I had to be a serial killer, I'd be the one from A Clockwork Orange (1971)
I wanna keep on shooting in Argentina and the rest of Latin America, USA, France, Spain. I hope I can keep on doing what I've been doing so far: Movies in different languages and genres.
I'm so lucky because I've been in Africa, in Madagascar. I've been in Europe, in France, Spain. I've been in Switzerland. I've been in the United States shooting a movie in California. I've been in Mexico City shooting 'Vantage Point.' I've been in Argentina, Chile. I want to travel all around the world and visit different cultures. Hopefully, I can do different stories of different cultures. That's going to be rewarding for me personally, as a person, as a man, not only as an actor.
[regarding his part in El Lobo] I didn't want to play the hero. I wanted to play a simple guy who is manipulated, who didn't know how far he was going to go; a guy who is trapped as an animal between two dangerous worlds much bigger than him. His story's really tragic. He spent two years inside ETA feeling fear. He had to act all the time, control his behavior the whole time. And it's based on a subject really important to us in Spain.
[on playing Che Guevara] If I was nervous about playing el "Lobo", imagine how I felt to play Che Guevara. He is known worldwide. He's a myth. Many people think that they know a lot about him, but most times they don't. Many things about him were said, but many of them untrue. Only few people know the real story.
[when asked about his upcoming TV series "Homicidios"] If I had to be a serial killer, I'd be the one from A Clockwork Orange (1971).
[when asked about being referred to as the Spanish ambassador for Argentinian actors] I don't consider myself ambassador of anything, Leo (Sbaraglia) says that because he's my friend and loves me, but I'm just a Spanish actor who can recognize talent when I see it and here (Argentina) there's a lot of it. [La Nación magazine, March, 2006]
[on working with him in The Last Stand (2013)] One of the good things about working with Arnold Schwarzenegger is that I'll be able to pronounce and spell his name correctly at last.
[after being asked what he'd like to be asked] Exactly that! Thank you.
I'd love to make a biographical movie of Chopin. That would be a wonderful excuse to play piano again.
Every time it's said that Messi is in crisis, he lands four goals. (20 Feb. 2012)
It will be very difficult for Barcelona FC to win any cup this year, but Gosh! It's wonderful to see them play! (17 March, 2012)
Beauty sells, even if it's something subjective, and so does youth. But youth has not value alone.
Ethics set boundaries that must never be crossed. Ethics must be poured in everything we do in our life.
Actors always work with our memory, and it shows. That's why we must work it out very often.
I've got the feeling that we always remember that thing that shocked us. A memory always hides an emotion.
I'm very grateful for having started my career with Amenábar.
When the Open Your Eyes (1997) script got to my hands, I was shocked by its complexity, but I couldn't stop reading it.
[on Open Your Eyes (1997)] Someone told me once: If there weren't challenges, life would be boring", that's why I decided to take the chance and play this very important role.
[on Open Your Eyes (1997)] The movie shows how your looks can determinate a temper.
You have to be aware of what might happen, but sometimes you need to forget it because you have to live and things to do. When you're 20, you think that nothing bad can happen to you, until it happens to someone close to you, then you realize.
My character in Open Your Eyes (1997) is an egocentric guy whose life's gonna change and will end up signing a contract with the Devil.
When we made Tesis (1996) and Open Your Eyes (1997) guessed Amenábar's talent.

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