Yasmien Yuson Kurdi-Soldevilla (born January 25, 1989) is a Filipino actress, singer and model. She was one of the Final Four in the first season of StarStruck, a reality-based talent search show by GMA Network in the Philippines, where she finished as first runner-up. Yasmien Kurdi graduated magna cum laude from Arellano University with a degree of Bachelor of Arts in political science.
Yasmien Yuson Kurdi-Soldevilla
January 25, 1989
San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines
|Alma mater||Arellano University (A.B.)|
Rey Soldevilla Jr.
She is known for the roles of Mira in the hit fantasy series Encantadia, Salve Dizon de Leon in the remake of Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita and Shayne Rodrigo in the hit remake Saan Darating Ang Umaga?, a role originally played by Maricel Soriano. She was also known in Rhodora X as Angela, Dolores in the hit afternoon drama series Yagit and Ysabel in the hit Sa Piling ni Nanay which extended many times due to high ratings.
As a singer, Kurdi released two studio albums. Her first album, In the Name of Love was released in 2006 and attained platinum status while in 2007, her second album, Love Is All I Need, reached gold status.
Kurdi was born to a Muslim father, Mohammad Kurdi, and Miriam Ong-Yuson, who is a member of the Iglesia ni Cristo. She is of Lebanese and Chinese Filipino (maternal) descent. She spent most of her early life in Kuwait because of her father's work there, and was there with her family during the Gulf War. She was a member of the junior choir in her church before joining StarStruck. She studied elementary in Jabriya Indian School, high school in Angelicum College and graduated magna cum laude with a degree of political science in Arellano University.
2003–2006: Starstruck, career beginnings, and In The Name of LoveEdit
2007–2011: Breakthrough and Love Is All I NeedEdit
In May 2007, after her success in the Bakekang series as "Charming", Kurdi starred in Pati Ba Pintig ng Puso with JC de Vera. She played Jenna, a maid who has an eye on her employer's grandson. In its press conference, GMA Network crowned her as its GMA Drama Princess. On September 10, 2007, Kurdi starred again with JC de Vera in Pasan Ko Ang Daigdig, which originally starred Sharon Cuneta in 1987. After their huge success as a loveteam in Pati Ba Pintig ng Puso, GMA cast them both in Sine Novela.
The network gave them an adaptation of another Sharon Cuneta movie, Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita. The series crushed its rival My Girl. In the last quarter of 2008, Kurdi led the remake of Saan Darating Ang Umaga? which garnered prime time ratings, though it aired in the afternoon. The Sine Novela is a top rater and the all-time highest in national TV ratings, never beaten by Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin? which held the Mega Manila only.
2011–2017: Rising popularityEdit
In 2011, Kurdi joined the epic series Amaya for a multi-episode guest arc playing Apila, she then quit show business to concentrate on her college education and raising a family, coming back in 2013 after a two-year hiatus. Recently, she starred in the hit afternoon drama series Sa Piling ni Nanay where she played a surrogate mother.
2018: Critical acclaimEdit
In 2018, after 1 year of being hiatus, she made her TV comeback in Hindi Ko Kayang Iwan Ka. It became a big-hit in the country and bagged the Best Drama Actress in the 32nd PMPC Star Awards for TV.
In 2013, Kurdi revealed to Philippine Entertainment Portal that she had been married to Rey Soldevilla, who is a pilot on January 25, 2012 (her 23rd birthday). On November 22, 2012, she gave birth to a daughter named Ayesha Zara, whose name Ayesha means "she who lives" or "womanly" in the Arabic language, and name Zara means "beautiful, bright, shining and brilliant" or "flower, blossom, or beauty" in the Arabic language.
In early 2014, Kurdi was diagnosed with a cyst on her vocal folds, which explained the recent hoarseness in her voice. She was scheduled for surgery in July 2014 to remove the cyst. According to her doctor, there was no guarantee that her voice would fully recover after the operation.
|2004||Stage 1: Live!||Herself|
|Stage 1: The StarStruck Playhouse||Herself|
|Click Barkada Hunt||Herself|
|2004—2005||Joyride||Rene / Irene|
|Love To Love (Season 6): Wish Upon A Jar||Neneng|
|Now and Forever: Tinig||Victoria / Ikay|
|2006—2007||Carlo J. Caparas' Bakekang||Charming Maisog / Lokresha / Karisma|
|2007||Sine Novela: Pati Ba Pintig ng Puso||Jenna|
|2007—2008||Sine Novela: Pasan Ko ang Daigdig||Lupe Velez|
|2008||Bleach: Season 2||Rukia Kuchiki|
|Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita||Salve Dizon|
|Carlo J. Caparas' Tasya Fantasya||Tasya|
|2008—2009||Sine Novela: Saan Darating ang Umaga?||Shayne Rodrigo|
|2009||SRO Cinemaserye: Suspetsa||Leonor|
|Dear Friend: Madrasta||Princess / Shiela Gomez|
|All My Life||Princess|
|2013||Anna Karenina||Margarita "Maggie" Monteclaro|
|2014||Rhodora X||Angela Ferrer|
|2014—2015||Yagit||Dolores "Dolor" Macabuhay-Guison|
|2015||Magpakailanman: Nuno Sa Punso||Flor|
|2016—2017||Sa Piling ni Nanay||Ysabel Salvacion / Zeny|
|Magpakailanman: Anak Mo, Anak Ko, Anak Natin||Mary Jane|
|2018||Hindi Ko Kayang Iwan Ka||Thea Balagtas-Angeles|
|Dear Uge: Beki Boyfie||Mina|
|Magpakailanman: The Haunted Wife||Inday|
|2019||Hiram na Anak||Miren Alonta|
|2019—2020||Beautiful Justice||Alicia "Alice" Santos-Vida|
|2020||I Can See You: The Promise||Clarisse Agoncillo|
|2021—2022||Las Hermanas||Dorothy Manansala|
|2022||Start-Up PH||Katrina Sison / Ina Diaz|
|2023||The Missing Husband||TBA|
|2004||Aishite Imasu 1941: Mahal Kita||Senyang|
|2004||So Happy Together||Raphie|
|Happily Ever After||Jenny|
|Shake, Rattle & Roll 2k5||Leila|
|2007||Bahay Kubo: A Pinoy Mano Po!||Dahlia|
|2008||Loving You||Lane Cruz|
In 2005, Kurdi released her first album, In the Name of Love, under GMA Records. She released her first single, "I Know" (which was used as a Filipino soundtrack of the Korean teledrama Sweet 18 aired by GMA), followed by "In the Name of Love" and "Umaambisyon" in the same year. In 2007 she released her second album, Love Is All I Need, which included the singles "Candlelight Romance", "Goodbye", "Kisapmata", "One Day", "Take It or Leave It", "Even If" and "Love Is All I Need".
- Studio albums
Awards and nominationsEdit
|Year||Award Giving Body||Category||Nominated Work||Results|
|2004||Click 18th PMPC Star Awards for Television||Best New Female TV Personality||—||Nominated|
|2005||GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards||Most Promising Female Singer||—||Won|
|2006||IFM Pinoy Music Awards||Breakthrough Singer of the Year||—||Won|
|Song of the Year||In the Name of Love||Won|
|MYX Music Awards||Favorite New Artist||—||Won|
|Philippine Association of the Record Industry||Platinum Record Award||In the Name of Love||Won|
|2007||Philippine Association of the Record Industry||Gold Record Award||Love Is All I Need||Won|
|2014||28th PMPC Star Awards for Television||Best Single Performance by an Actress||Magpakailanman: Nalunod na Pag-asa: The Cebu Ship Collision||Nominated|
|2018||32nd PMPC Star Awards for Television||Best Drama Actress||Hindi Ko Kayang Iwan Ka||Won|
|2019||33rd PMPC Star Awards for Television||Best Single Performance by an Actress||Tadhana||Won|
|Best Drama Actress||Hiram na Anak||Nominated|
- "Yasmien Kurdi celebrates birthday with women from Kaisahang Buhay Foundation". Official Website of GMA Network. GMA Network Inc. January 29, 2014. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved February 4, 2016.
- "Yasmien Kurdi celebrates 27th birthday at Cribs Foundation". Official Website of GMA Network. GMA Network Inc. January 24, 2016. Archived from the original on July 5, 2017. Retrieved February 4, 2016.
- Solis, Lolit (December 28, 2014). "Mother Lily nagpasalamat sa 'power' ni Gov. Vi". Pilipino Star Ngayon (in Tagalog). Retrieved February 4, 2016.
- Solis, Lolit (January 25, 2013). "Yasmien Kurdi, naayos na ang gusot sa kanyang ina". Pinoy Parazzi (in Tagalog). Archived from the original on September 19, 2020. Retrieved February 4, 2016.
- "Yasmien Kurdi music, videos, stats, and photos". Last.fm.
- "LOOK: Yasmien Kurdi graduates magna cum laude from Arellano University". Rappler. Archived from the original on July 18, 2022. Retrieved August 3, 2019.
- "PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal): Showbiz and Beyond". PEP.ph.
- "Yasmien Kurdi and Rey Soldevilla Jr.'s Baby Ayesha turns 1". PEP.ph.
- Blanco, Eunice (April 15, 2014). "Yasmien Kurdi has cyst on her vocal chords". The Philippine Star. Philippines: STAR Group of Publications. Archived from the original on May 5, 2014. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
- on YouTube (in Tagalog)
- Allan Castalone. "MYX Music Awards 2006 Winners". Mukamo. Archived from the original on August 14, 2007. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
- "32nd Star Awards for TV winners revealed; ASAP joins MMK, Eat Bulaga, Bubble Gang in Hall of Fame". PEP.ph.