Roberto Manrique

Roberto Manrique (born April 23, 1979) is an Ecuadorian model, and actor best known for his roles in telenovelas. Starting his career in Ecuador, and later doing telenovelas for Telemundo in Colombia.

Roberto Manrique
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Manrique in 2016
Born (1979-04-23) 23 April 1979 (age 43)


He was born April 23, 1979, in Guayaquil – Ecuador, under the sign of Taurus, the last of five children. Roberto always stood out within the family circle for being a curious child with general knowledge, communications, arts, and creativity .

Xavier Manrique's father, a renowned cardiologist of his country and his mother Mencha Miranda, a dedicated educator, gave Roberto a family that supported the development of skills and talents grew so motivated to discover their potential.

Roberto studied his years at the Liceo Panamericano primary, where he was involved in all kinds of artistic activities that particularly stood out as a student participation. It also showed interest in the topics of social awareness, as part of groups like the Nature Foundation and undertaking campaigns that touched these issues on their own initiative and their friends like.

"I remember when I was 8 or 9 years, we had a club of friends, which sold all sorts of things in the doorways of our homes, from popcorn to wooden coasters painted for us was to raise funds for social projects . Met scholarships to a child and feel of the work done was of absolute fullness, felt that we were changing the world. "

At the time of the school, Roberto studied at the traditional high school Javier in Guayaquil, where he distinguished himself for his creativity in the projects he undertook. "The high school to me was a period that involved major challenges of adaptation and growth level was the confrontation of values education I had in my home, with the real world, with the pressure of adolescents and the desire to be accepted .

When choosing a career, Roberto chose the Social Communication with a concentration in Graphic Design at the Universidad Casa Grande in Guayaquil. "I remember it as one of the best times of my life, in which I could discover and develop my creativity , expands my personality and discover the career potential it had "While studying experienced and performed several jobs and trades, including Cinemark teller, TV presenter and creative advertising at BBDO, where he started out as a promising publicist. However, he decided to leave these jobs to concentrate on finishing his college career that culminated with honors since Roberto received the award for most creative student, he graduated in Technical Advertising (2000) and its degree in Communications (2002).

Upon completion of this phase of education and pursue professional communication Spiral mounted an advertising agency in order to work in Social Marketing. Despite the economic success that this company is represented, the fullness wasn't part of his life, and felt dissatisfied "For a year I thought I was happy, that was what I wanted, but it was the success that made me believe that so was, then I realized that I'm not made for an office or a computer, I need to create beyond ... with my body. "

To take a radical turn to his life, he closed his agency and traveled to Peru, where he worked as a waiter one time free of responsibilities as he wished. "Causality of life, I ended up stuck in an acting workshop that Productions Guana people gave me, that's where the magic happened and I discovered my passion, I discovered the freedom and the challenge of standing on a stage, the dedication required to take someone's life and nudity that it faces in vulnerability the theater. "

For health complications from his father who had been diagnosed with cancer decide to return to the country and pursuing a career in acting. A short time later, Roberto received his first acting opportunity and enter the talent to be part of a series called "The Sorceress "in which he plays an antagonist, since this project will definitely open the television set in Ecuador for three years and performs a series of characters in such productions as" I sell black eyes "," Jocelito "," My Premiums "" Singles without Commitment "," Archives of Fate, "" Heart Dominated "also venturing into the boards with plays such as" Humor of Chekhov one-act "," Cultural Pentagram "and" Venice. "" I am infinitely grateful that television has led me to the theater because that's really where I trained as an actor, I consider myself very lucky to have spent that process. "

After building a successful career in his native country Roberto decides it's time to go and seek new horizons and new opportunities and decides to move to Colombia from which to project itself internationally thanks to the great entertainment industry in the country neighbor "When you're attentive to life and listen to your heart, you know what your path is and no risk of being mistaken, for me Colombia was a natural movement of life, something I knew I had to do without giving room of fear or doubt. Part of this certainly gave me my father, shortly before he died he told my family that no one should dwell on this trip because I will find my destiny, after my dad passed I went to Colombia "

In Colombia I achieved several roles in television and theater: In the shadow of the volcano, Fathers and Children, That's life, murdered women, Victoria and Doña Bárbara, which airs on Telemundo.

In Colombia things weren't always easy for Roberto, start from scratch in a new market involved a series of challenges to face and he were meant great opportunities for growth as he tells us. "Colombia has been the best time of my life, and precisely because it was not an easy undertaking, I had to deal with economic distress, unemployment, loneliness, but that caused me to develop aspects that did not have before such as thrift, determination, discipline, absolute confidence towards life and toward myself. "

One of the first projects in which Roberto attended the play "In the shadow of the volcano," a story that deals with child sexual abuse, along with great actresses and actors like Alejandra Borrero, Gustavo Angarita, Diana Angel. " It was an honor for me to share the stage with great actors, definitely a learning experience in my acting career and the opportunity to bring my work to open dialogue on a topic as important and on which there is both taboo. "After participating in the series "Fathers and Sons", "That's life" and "Killer Women", and participating in countless advertising campaigns.

Finally Roberto achieved the role of the noble and proud Sebastian Villanueva in the telenovela "Victoria" at Telemundo, pulling its international projection. But this was only the beginning, then saw Roberto on the soap opera Dona Barbara, playing Maria Nieves, a cowboy sullen, bad-tempered and rude that concealed a very sensitive and we took more of a laugh and an occasional tear. Then came the moment that Roberto has secured its first international starring role on the soap opera "The Victorine" also by Telemundo. "I am very grateful to the life of a chance to be part of this project is far from a romance novel, it is more like a suspense thriller and action, with the possibility of developing a complex and interesting protagonist, alongside a cast of first. In 2013 participates in soap opera Marido En Alquiler playing Kike.

Personal lifeEdit

On August 27, 2021, Manrique publicly came out as gay and said that he had been in a relationship with his current boyfriend for seven years.[1][2]


Television roles
Year Title Roles Notes
2007–2008 Victoria[3] Sebastián Villanueva
2008–2009 Doña Bárbara[3] María Nieves González Series regular; 190 episodes
2008 Mujeres asesinas Unknown role Episode: "Claudia, La Cuchillera"
2009–2010 Victorinos Victorino Manjarrés Main role; 152 episodes
2010 Los caballeros las prefieren brutas Daniel Episode: "La habilidad y la química"
2010 El Clon Alejandro "Snake" Cortés Series regular; 181 episodes
2011–2012 Flor Salvaje Sacramento Iglesias Main role; 150 episodes
2013–2014 Marido en alquiler José Enrique "Kike" Salinas Carrasco Main role; 141 episodes
2017–2018 Sin senos sí hay paraíso Santiago Sanín Main role (seasons 2–3); 150 episodes
2019 El final del paraíso Santiago Sanín Main role (season 4); 82 episodes


  • 2014: Los hombres no mienten - Maximiliano[4]
  • 2014: Mitad y Mitad
  • 2012: Confesiones del Pene[5]
  • 2012: Herejía
  • 2010: El Clon
  • 2009: Victorinos
  • 2009: La gata sobre el tejado caliente
  • 2006: Humor de Chéjov en un acto
  • 2005: Pentagrama cultural
  • 2004: Venecia
  • 2003: A la sombra del volcán


  1. ^ Reddish, David (30 August 2021). "Hunky Ecuadorian actor Roberto Manrique comes out". Queerty. Retrieved 30 August 2021.
  2. ^ "Actor of Sin senos no hay paraíso, Roberto Manrique, talks about his sexual orientation" [Actor de Sin senos no hay paraíso, Roberto Manrique, habla de su orientación sexual]. (in Spanish).{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ a b Cortés, Carmen (12 August 2008). "Victoria y Doña Bárbara internacionalizan a Roberto Manrique". (in Spanish). Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Confesiones y dudas en obra teatral "Los hombres no mienten"" (in Spanish). 20 November 2014. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  5. ^ Claudia Sanchez (27 July 2012). "Roberto Manrique se siente muy cómodo en "Confesiones del pene"" (in Spanish). Retrieved March 16, 2017.

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