Gladys Reyes-Sommereux (born June 23, 1977), is a Filipino actress, television presenter, entrepreneur, and comedian. She began a career as a child actress after joining Little Miss Philippines in 1984 and rose to fame after playing "Clara," the lead villainess from the classic television series Mara Clara.[1]

Gladys Reyes
Reyes in 2011
Gladys Reyes

(1977-06-23) June 23, 1977 (age 46)
Davao City, Philippines
Other namesGladys Reyes-Roxas
Gladys Reyes-Sommereux
EducationNew Era University (A.B.)
Years active1984–present
Height4 ft 11 in (1.50 m)
Christopher Roxas
(m. 2004)



Known by the alias Primera Kontrabida,[2] Gladys Reyes had her big break with the 1990s soap opera Mara Clara, as Clara, which was later portrayed by Julia Montes in the hit remake of the same name.

Reyes is recognized as one of the most celebrated actresses who plays antagonist roles in Philippine television.[3] Her acclaimed films and soap operas has earned her accolades including a Gawad Urian Award, PMPC Star Award for Television and a "Best Actress" trophy at the 1st Summer Metro Manila Film Festival.[4] In 2011, she was appointed as a board member of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).[5]

Personal life


She is married to Christopher Roxas (born as Jean-Christopher Sommereux in 1979), her co-star in the said soap opera.[6] They have four children.[7]

Reyes is a member of Iglesia ni Cristo,[8] and an alumna of New Era University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in Mass Communications.






Year Title Role
1984 Baby Tsina Elena's Baby
1985 Muling Buksan ang Puso Sandra
1986 Nakagapos na Puso Young Elisa
Boy Paltik Triggerman Nanette
Captain Barbell Kidnap Victim
1988 Afuang: Bounty Hunter Ablyn Afuang
1989 SuperMouse and the Robo-Rats Young Dambu
1996 Sana Naman Noreen
Mara Clara: The Movie Clara del Valle/Davis
Ang Titser Kong Pogi Auntie
Kung Alam Mo Lang Mechie
1997 Isinakdal Ko Ang Aking Ina Carol
Minsan Lamang Magmamahal Pinky
Sa Kabilugan ng Buwan Michelle
Anak ng Dilim Adela Miranda
1998 Ikaw na Sana Angela Rosales
I'm Sorry, My Love Sylvia
Kasal-kasalan (Sakalan) Angel
1999 Weder-Weder Lang 'Yan Girlie
Pepeng Agimat Viola
2001 Tabi-tabi Po! Minerva
2002 May Pag-ibig Pa Kaya? Pilar
Cass & Cary: Who Wants to Be a Billionaire? Attorney Juliet
Biyahera Lilia
2010 Petrang Kabayo Pregnant Kalesa Passenger
2012 This Guy's in Love with U Mare! Terry
2013 Barber's Tales Susan
2015 Felix Manalo Avelina Manalo
2016 Die Beautiful Beth
2018 Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes Betsy
2022 Apag Nita

Television / Digital Series

Year Title Role Notes Source
1984 Little Miss Philippines Herself Little Miss Metro Manila
1986 That's Entertainment Herself Co-Host / Performer
1992–1997 Mara Clara Clara del Valle / Clara Davis
1995–2003 ASAP Herself Co-Host / Performer
1997–1998 Ikaw na Sana Angela Rosales
1998 Ganyan Kita Kamahal Gwen
Wansapanataym Episode: "Tita-La, Tito-Lo, Niñang, at Niñong"
1999–2001 Saan Ka Man Naroroon Melissa
2000 Wansapanataym Episode: "Madyik Pinggan ATBP."
Episode: "Kusinero Kuno"
Episode: "Babe Damulag"
2001 Episode: "Magic Headband"
!Oka Tokat Veronica Episode: "Multo in the Mountain"
2001–2002 Recuerdo de Amor Maningning Muerto / Leila
2002 Wansapanataym Episode: "Swapped!"
Sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan Ruella Agbayani
2003 Wansapanataym Episode: "Gayuma"
2004 Marinara Tara
Wansapanataym Episode: "Tatlong Prinsesa"
Episode: "Esep-Bata"
2004–2007 Bahay Mo Ba 'To? Kelly Mulingtapang
2006–2007 Bakekang Deborah Yokohama
2007–2008 Sine Novela: My Only Love Pearl
2008 Tasya Fantasya Mateng
2008–2009 LaLola Iris Diaz
2009 Only You Dorina Sanchez
2009–2010 George and Cecil Miriam Macabanta
2010 Habang May Buhay Dra. Clarissa C. Briones
2011 Guns and Roses Diana Montano-Alvaro
Ikaw ay Pag-Ibig Mrs. Dizon
Wansapanataym Mylene Episode: "Unli-Gift Box"
2012 Wako Wako Isay Gaudencio
Enchanted Garden Dolores
Nay-1-1 Herself / Host
Wansapanataym Mrs. Quintin Episode: "Ballpen de Sarah Pen"
2013 Home Sweet Home Agoncillia Caharian
Magpakailanman Sonia Episode: "Ang tatay kong beki"
Credited as "Gladys Reyes"
Pyra: Babaeng Apoy Susan Del Fierro
2014 Kambal Sirena Barrakuda
2014–2015 Basta Every Day Happy Herself / Host
2014 Magpakailanman Nanay Lydia Episode: "Persia: Asong kanal"
Credited as "Gladys Reyes"
My BFF Mercedes
2015 Let the Love Begin Maricar "Katy" Fernandez / DJ Katy Fairy
2015–2016 Little Nanay Vivian San Pedro
2016 Poor Señorita Lydia dela Cruz
Dear Uge Bella Episode: "Ang triplets ng Tres Marias"
Credited as "Gladys Reyes"
Alma Episode: "Ang tunay na buhay ni Antonietta"
Credited as "Gladys Reyes"
Oh, My Mama! Inday Bartolome
Dear Uge Margie Episode: "Maid in China"
Credited as "Gladys Reyes"
2017 Hay, Bahay! Chef Michelin
Dear Uge Saling Episode: "Ang Swerte nga Naman"
Credited as "Gladys Reyes"
Ipaglaban Mo! Cristy
Magpakailanman Gloria Episode: "Batik: Ang Santa Claus ng Tarlac"
Credited as "Gladys Reyes"
2018 Tadhana Rica Episode: "Nanny Knows Best"
Credited as "Gladys Reyes"
Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko Humpty Mommy Episode: "Ang kuwento ni Humpty Dumpty"
Credited as "Gladys Reyes"
Inday Will Always Love You Amanda Melendez
Dear Uge Mommy Episode: "Twin kasama kita"
Credited as "Gladys Reyes"
Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko Mama Episode: "Kakabog-kabog, kakadog-kadog"
Credited as "Gladys Reyes"
Dear Uge Gloria Episode: "Merry Mamshies"
Credited as "Gladys Reyes"
Tadhana Josie Episode: "Hostage"
Credited as "Gladys Reyes"
2019 TODA One I Love Dyna Tuazon-Generoso†
Wish Ko Lang! Nicole
Daddy's Gurl Malou Manay Episode: "Teacher Petmalu"
Credited as "Gladys Reyes"
Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko Petra Episode: "The Amazing Adventures of Super Ging, and Harvey Part 1 / 8"
Credited as "Gladys Reyes"
Imbestigador Sanny Sevilla-Oandasan
Tadhana Gina Episode: "Bangkay"
Credited as "Gladys Reyes"
Dear Uge Mildred Episode: "Mama madrama"
Credited as "Gladys Reyes"
Imbestigador Teresita Chavez
Wish Ko Lang! Merly
Pepito Manaloto: Ang Tunay Na Kwento Aileen
Dear Uge Nancy Episode: "Bahay-bangayan"
Credited as "Gladys Reyes"
Imbestigador Regina Romano
2019–2020 Madrasta Elizabeth Ledesma
2020 Dear Uge Linda Episode: "No Kiss, All Tell / Chis-Miss Labandera"
Credited as "Gladys Reyes"
2021 Pepito Manaloto: Ang Unang Kwento Aling Rosa Generoso
2022 Tadhana Martina Fortuna-Valdemor Episode: "Hanggang Kailan"
Credited as "Gladys Reyes"
2023—2024 Black Rider Sasha Buenaventura† Suuporting Cast / Antagonist / Anti-Hero
2023 Wish Ko Lang! Bernadette "Berna" Asuncion Episode: "Exchange Gift"
Credited as "Gladys Reyes"
2024 Pepito Manaloto: Tuloy Ang Kwento Herself / Sasha "Madam Sasha" Buenaventura (guest) Episode: "Kontrabida"
Credited as "Gladys Reyes"

Awards and nominations

Year TV Award/Critics Award Result
2013 27th PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Celebrity Talk Show Host Moments Nominated
2013 Eastwood City Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Awardee Won
2015 38th Gawad Urian Awards Best Supporting Actress (Magkakabaung) Won[9]
2016 42nd Metro Manila Film Festival Best Supporting Actress (Die Beautiful) Nominated
2017 1st EDDYS (Entertainment Editors' Awards) Best Supporting Actress (Die Beautiful) Nominated
2017 35th Luna Awards Best Supporting Actress (Die Beautiful) Nominated
2023 Metro Manila Summer Film Festival Best Actress Won
Year Award Giving Body Category Nominated Work Results
1989 5th PMPC Star Awards for Movies Best Child Performer Ambush Nominated
2000 14th PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Drama Actress Saan Ka Man Naroroon Won[10]


  1. ^ "Gladys Reyes accepts acting project with ABS-CBN after five years". October 28, 2017. Retrieved July 14, 2023.
  2. ^ "For Gladys Reyes, motherhood is about finding a balance". The Philippine Star. June 12, 2011. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  3. ^ Abanilla, Clarizel (August 16, 2018). "Villain lessons from 'kontrabida' Gladys Reyes". Retrieved July 14, 2023.
  4. ^ "Gladys Reyes 'shocked,' grateful for winning Best Actress in 1st Summer MMFF". cnn. Archived from the original on April 14, 2023. Retrieved July 14, 2023.
  5. ^ Corrales, Nestor (January 11, 2014). "Aquino reappoints Villareal as MTRCB chief". Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  6. ^ Cruz, Marinel R. (November 21, 2012). "Three Ps for a lasting relationship". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  7. ^ "Gladys Reyes in no hurry to have second baby",; retrieved May 29, 2011.
  8. ^ Francisco, Katerina (July 22, 2014). "Famous Iglesia ni Cristo personalities". Rappler. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  9. ^ "FULL LIST: Winners, Gawad Urian Awards 2015". June 16, 2015.
  10. ^ "Happy, triumphant faces at the 14th PMPC Star Awards for TV". The Philippine Star. October 9, 2000. Retrieved July 19, 2016.