Date of Birth
19 May 1977, Montevideo, Uruguay
Natalia Marisa Oreiro Iglesias Poggio Bourié
5' 7¼" (1.71 m)
Natalia Marisa Oreiro Iglesias is an Uruguayan actress. She was born on in Montevideo, to Carlos Florencio and Mabel Cristina. She began studying theatre at the age of 8, and today her life passes between stage, cameras, premieres, recording studios, presentations and she is already a phenomenon. When she was 12 she presented herself for audition that needed child actors, and started a career in the commercial world. Between 12 and 16 years she recorded 37 commercials for O.B., Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson, Knorr, Pepsi, among others. At 14 she was picked out of 10,000 competitors to accompany Xuxa Meneghel on her tour in America, and representing her in programs (such as "El show de Xuxa" (1990)) and homages. But most of her earnings went on tickets to Buenos Aires to participate in film castings.
When she was 17 she relocated to Argentina alone. She participated in a small role in the television series called "Inconquistable corazón" (1994) (at first as an ordinary extra, later as Victoria, one of the schoolgirls of Mónica Sandoval, the protagonist). Then she renounced her part as an ambassadress (called "paquita") to Xuxa Meneghel and to be a host on MTV Latino. In 1995 she was called to play the role of Patricia Palmer's niece - Verónica Iturbe Montalbán in the telenovela "Dulce Ana" (1995). Afterwards she appeared in "90-60-90 fotomodele" (1996), and a year later in the role of Valeria García Méndez de Salerno in "Ricos y famosos" (1997), which got attention all over Argentina and abroad. Already in 1996 she participated in the theatre play "Las mariposas son libres". In 1998 she co-hosted with Fernando Bravo the gala of Premios Martín Fierro (an equivalent of Emmy Awards in Argentina). She also appeared in the film Un argentinian la New York (1998) with Guillermo Francella, as an ambitious teenage lady who dreams of being a triumph in the music world. The film beat all audience records with 1,634,702 spectators, and was the initial kick-off to her singing career.
In 1998 she launched her first record worldwide called "Natalia Oreiro", and performed the song "Cambio dolor" that opened the television series "Înger salbatic" (1998) which was the rating leader of afternoon television. Her songs ("Me muero de amor", between others) are heard all over the world. On January 27, 2000 she received the Celebrity of the Year prize in the chain by cable E! Entertainment Television Network in the television category for her outstanding career and for being the celebrity revelation of 1999. She was also nominated for a Martín Fierro Award in two consecutive years (in 1999 and 2000) as the best dramatic actress in a leading role for her part as Milagros 'Mili' Esposito-Di Carlo de Miranda (Cholito/Carlitos), a boyish and sensual orphan, who seduced the viewers in "Înger salbatic" (1998). This series was screened in 63 countries all over the world, among others in: the United States, Russia, Greece, Slovenia, Cyprus, Lithuania, Romania, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and the whole Latin America. In her musical career, she sang with Raffaella Carrà; in Italy (song "03, 03, 456"), was part of Gala de la Hispanidad, a classical Spanish show in Punta del Este. She was also in Festival de la Calle 8 in Miami and in Gala de Murcia in Spain. After making public her decision to dedicate her career to singing in 2000, she traveled to Los Angeles to put her voice to a second record titled "Tu veneno" ("Your Poison") this is a pop-rock style with an andaluz touch, for which she was nominated for a "Grammy Latino Award" as best female pop album. Natalia received various offers to film in Spain, Italy and United States of America. In 2000 and 2001 she did an extensive tour of recitals including countries like Romania, Philippines, Hungary, Greece, Poland, Czech Republic, Israel, Slovakia, Slovenia, Russia, Belarus, between others. In February 2001 she was elected as the Queen of the Viña del Mar Festival 2000, conquering all the Chilean public by singing and beauty. Next year she participated as a guest to sing in the Viña del Mar Festival 2001 for the second year running and was chosen to co-conduct one of the festival nights.
In March 2002 she continued her tour in Russia and Belarus and started to record her new album titled "Turmalina" ("Tourmaline"), which came on sale in June 2002. A month earlier, Natalia started recording "Kachorra" (2002), with Pablo Rago, finished in December of the same year and transmitted in various countries of Latin America, Philippines, the Middle East and Europe. For this part, another in 2003 she was nominated for a Martín Fierro Award as the best comedy actress in a leading role and for a Inte Award as the best actress. In March 2003 she started filming her second film Cleopatra (2003/I) with Norma Aleandro, Leonardo Sbaraglia and Héctor Alterio, under the direction of Eduardo Mignogna, a co-production with Spain. In the middle of 2003, she started a tour for Eastern Europe and Latin America. On March 1, 2004 she started filming "Dorinta" (2004). In 2006 she joined as the boxer Esperanza Muñoz in the cast of the telenovela "Sos mi vida" (2006) along with her "Înger salbatic" (1998) co-star Facundo Arana.
After that, Natalia made "Amanda O" (2008) and focused on her cinematographic career, shooting 3 films: Música en espera (2009), Francia (2009) and Miss Tacuarembó (2010).
In 2011, she has 4 new film projects: "Infancia Clandestina", "Mi primera boda", "Mala", and "Wakolda".
IMDb Mini Biography By: Matador
Ricardo Mollo (31 December 2001 - present)
Nominated for a Latin Grammy 2001. Best pop female performance. First Uruguayan nominated for a Grammy. First option for Latin soap opera "El sodero de mi vida" (2001). Married Ricardo Mollo, leader of Argentinan rock band Divididos. Godmother of Uruguayan soccer team, in Korea/Japan. 2002. She and her friend, Uruguayan singer Jaime Roos sang there, the song that represent "Las Americas".
Has a elder sister named Adriana, who is a fashion designer.
Daughter of Carlos Florencio (former employer, now owner of a company) and Mabel Cristina (former hairdresser, now housewife).
Since 2005 is a vegetarian.
Is a Greenpeace member.