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Denise María Sanz Laurel (born September 30, 1987), better known as Denise Laurel, is a Filipina actress and singer. She is a granddaughter of former vice president Salvador Laurel and great-granddaughter of former president José P. Laurel on her father's side; while on her mother's side, she is the great-granddaughter of Don Francisco "Paco" Sanz, former governor of Romblon and Palawan and the great grand niece of former president Manuel Roxas. She is best known for playing roles in various ABS-CBN dramas, such as Precious Hearts Romances series' Midnight Phantom and Kristine, Dahil Sa Pag-ibig, Annaliza and most recently Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita. She is also the Grand Winner of the second season of the Philippine edition of Your Face Sounds Familiar. Laurel is a member of Star Magic and is a former GMA Network artist.
Denise María Sanz Laurel
September 30, 1987
|Agent||Star Magic |
ABS-CBN Entertainment Groups
Laurel is the granddaughter of former Vice President, the late Salvador Laurel and her grandmother Celia Díaz, and the great-granddaughter of former Philippine President, the late Jose P. Laurel. She is the youngest daughter of David Laurel and Ruby Sanz. She has a son named Alejandro born in 2011.
Laurel became engaged to professional basketball player Sol Mercado in March 2014. However, on October 20, 2016, Laurel announced through her Instagram account that they have ended their relationship.
Laurel was discovered by Johnny Manahan in a play produced by Repertory Philippines. Luckily, she was given a break to be part of Ang TV 2, then she played as Ina Raymundo's daughter in Pangako Sa ‘Yo.
She then made a name in Singapore when she was part of MTV Asia's Rouge, which was shown all over Asia. Among the many who auditioned, she stood out and got the role of a smart lead vocalist named Pat. At the age of 16, her experience in working with other nationalities has taught her things that helped her improve her craft. After a season in Rouge, Denise decided to concentrate on her local showbiz career.
After her return to the Philippines, she was part of the teen-oriented show Click, TAPE Inc.'s Walang Hanggan and Leya, and two telefantasyas Mulawin and Encantadia. | She went back to ABS-CBN. Laurel starred on Abt Ur Luv, and in the fifth season of Komiks, where she plays an Engkantao. In 2008, ABS-CBN started the Precious Hearts Romances Presents series in which Laurel is prominently featured. Thus far, she has starred in four of the series' adaptation: Bud Brothers, You're Mine, Only Mine, Midnight Phantom and Kristine. She started getting recognition when she did the series, most notably in Midnight Phantom and Kristine opposite her good friend Rafael Rosell. Her team-up with Rosell has been a hit with the viewers, thus they were teamed up again in Dahil Sa Pag-ibig. After Dahil Sa Pag-ibig, Laurel starred on her fifth PHR series entitled Pintada, where she played a teacher with a mysterious past. cl In 2013, Laurel played an antagonist role in the last PHR series Paraiso, and later became part of the pre-primetime family drama series Annaliza that was aired until March 2014 who portrays Isabel. She starred in the afternoon melodrama series Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita in 2015. The said series was set to replace Faith in the first quarter of the year on primetime, but it instead was an afternoon program. On the same year after NKNKK, Laurel auditioned to an ABS-CBN show Your Face Sounds Familiar (Philippines season 2) which was titled as the second YFSF KaFace/Grand Winner.
|2006||First Day High||Tuesday||Star Cinema|
|2008||For the First Time||Billie|
|Shake, Rattle & Roll X||Emily||Regal Films|
|2009||Ang Darling Kong Aswang||Beta||M-Zet Productions, APT Entertainment, OctoArts Films|
|2010||My Amnesia Girl||Cameo Appearance (as Perfectionist)||Star Cinema|
|2012||Si Agimat, si Enteng Kabisote at si Ako||Lakasta||M-Zet Productions, APT Entertainment, OctoArts Films, Imus Productions, GMA Films|
|2014||Third Eye||Janet||Regal Films|
|2016||Magtanggol||Atty. Susan Del Rosario|
|The Unmarried Wife||Louise||Star Cinema|
|2019||Man and Wife||Mimi||Cineko Productions|
- "Rafael Rosell and Denise Laurel Love Team Returns in 'Dahil Sa Pag-Ibig!'". March 4, 2012. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
- "Sol Mercado Opens Up Engagement with Denise Laurel". Philnews.ph. March 16, 2014. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
- "Actress Denise Laurel, PBA player fiancé Sol Mercado break up". Philippine Daily Inquirer. October 20, 2016. Retrieved October 20, 2016.
- Two Filipinas Cast In MTV Asia's Rouge, MTVAsia website