Marian Gracia Rivera, more popularly known as Marian Rivera (born August 12, 1984 in Madrid, Spain) is a Filipina actress and commercial model. She rose to fame for her title role in the Philippine remake of MariMar.
Rivera's father is a Spaniard named Francisco Javier Gracia while her mother is a Filipina named Amalia Rivera. Her parents separated when she was 2 years of age. While her parents stayed in Spain where her mother worked as an OFW, and Marian was sent to live with her grandmother in Bacoor, Cavite, Philippines.
Rivera began her career as a ramp and commercial model, which landed her with an appearance on TV advertisements for Skin White Lotion and Sky Flakes crackers. Production company TAPE Inc. then signed her to cast in a series of afternoon soap operas for GMA Network: Kung Mamahalin Mo Lang Ako, Agawin Mo Man Ang Lahat (where she was named as the "Best New Female Personality" at the 2006 PMPC Star Awards) and Pinakamamahal. Oyo Boy Sotto was her leading man in these soaps. GMA Network then cast her into mother roles for the afternoon Philippine-Malaysian drama Muli and the primetime telefantasya Super Twins.
Rivera rose to fame when she won an audition for the title role of MariMar, the remake of the Mexican telenovela which starred Thalía. MariMar premiered on August 13, 2007 with a 36.6% rating.
She also branched out in the music industry with the release of a dance album Marian Rivera Dance Hits, wherein she did not record the songs but instead presented a dance choreography for each track.
In 2008, Rivera was honored as 2007's Favorite Television Actress in the First Annual Filipino-American Visionary Awards. She also received an award for Most Popular Actress in a Drama/Miniseries in the 4th USTV Students' Choice Awards.
Year Title Role Network
2005 Kung Mamahalin Mo Lang Ako
Clarisse Galang GMA Network
2006 Agawin Mo Man Ang Lahat
Almira Alejandro GMA Network
Carissa Crismundo GMA Network
Racquel Estadilla GMA Network
2007 Super Twins
Ester Paredes GMA Network
MariMar Perez/Bella Aldama GMA Network
Dyesebel GMA Network
Year Title Role
2005 Enteng Kabisote 2: Okay ka fairy ko... The legend continues
2007 Bahay Kubo
2008 My Best Friend's Girlfriend
2008 Untitled movie with Dolphy and Vic Sotto
2008 Marian Rivera Dance Hits
2006 20th PMPC Star Awards for Television
Best New Female TV Personality
2007 1st Annual Fil-Am Visionary Awards
Favorite Television Actress Won
2008 4th USTV Students' Choice Awards
Most Popular Actress in a Drama/Miniseries