Eduardo Noriega (Spanish actor)

Eduardo Noriega Gómez[1] (Spanish pronunciation: [eˈðwaɾðo noˈɾjeɣa]; born 1 August 1973) is a Spanish film actor. He is perhaps best known for his roles in two of Alejandro Amenábar's films: the multiple Goya Award-winning Tesis (Thesis) (1996) and Open Your Eyes (Spanish: Abre los Ojos) (1997). He also starred in The Wolf (Spanish: El Lobo) (2004). In the United States, Noriega is best known for his role as Enrique in the political thriller Vantage Point (2008).

Eduardo Noriega
Eduardo Noriega Gómez

(1973-08-01) 1 August 1973
Years active1993–present
Height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Trinidad Oteros (m. 2011)

Early life and education

Noriega was born in Santander, Spain, to a Mexican[2] father and a Spanish mother. He is the youngest of seven siblings and the only one who became an actor. As a child, he devoted himself to music. When he grew up he left his law degree and his love for music and moved to Madrid to become an actor.


He acted in several short films by directors Amenábar, Mateo Gil and Carlos Montero and he appeared in a short role in the well-known Spanish film Stories from the Kronen (Spanish: Historias del Kronen). But it was not until Tesis that he had his first starring role in a film that became one of most-important successes in the history of Spanish films. Amenábar confessed in a T.T interview that at first he did not want Noriega in Tesis, thinking he was just a "pretty face", although his collaborators thought otherwise. In the end he called him again because he preferred him over the other actors in the casting. They became close friends and later worked on different projects together, including Open Your Eyes.

With Leonardo Sbaraglia, he appeared in Plata Quemada (English: Burnt Money) (2000), an Argentine film directed by Marcelo Piñeyro. Noriega went on to star in another Piñeyro film, The Method (Spanish: El Método (2005), reuniting with Plata Quemada co-star Pablo Echarri. He appeared as Jacinto in The Devil's Backbone (2001), a film directed by Guillermo del Toro and produced by Agustín Almodóvar and Pedro Almodóvar, about life in an orphanage in the last months of the Spanish Civil War. The film also stars Marisa Paredes and Federico Luppi.

He starred as the main actor in Novo (2002), a French film directed by Jean-Pierre Limosin, where he appeared completely nude.

In 2005, he played the lead role in the independent film Che Guevara produced and directed by Josh Evans.

Noriega appeared as Conde de Guadalmedina in Alatriste (2006). Agustín Díaz Yanes directed the film, starring Viggo Mortensen, Elena Anaya, Javier Cámara, Ariadna Gil, Blanca Portillo, and Juan Echanove. Alatriste is based on five novels written by Arturo Pérez-Reverte.

Noriega came under spotlight with Vicente Aranda's drama Lolita's Club (2007) where he portrayed Raúl Fuentes and Valentín Fuentes, twin brothers of opposite characters.

He starred in Vantage Point (2008), playing Enrique, a Spanish police officer assigned to protect the local mayor, and who plays an unintended central role in the investigation of the assassination of the American president. He recently portrayed an escaped drug lord in The Last Stand, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Personal life

Noriega married his girlfriend of six years, Trinidad Oteros, on February 8, 2011.[3][4] He speaks fluent Spanish, English, French and Catalan.


1993En Casa de Diego
1994Soñé Que te Mataba
Una Historia Más
Historias del Kronen
Más Allá del Jardín
1997Cuestión de SuerteJulio
Abre los Ojos (also known as Open Your Eyes)César
1998Allanamiento de MoradaSimón Romero
Cha Cha ChaAntonio
1999La Fuente AmarillaSergio
Nadie Conoce a Nadie (also known as Nobody Knows Anybody)Simón Cárdenas
2000Carretera y MantaLuis
El Invierno de las AnjanasEusebio
Plata Quemada (also known as Burnt Money)Angel
2001El Espinazo del Diablo (also known as The Devil's Backbone)Jacinto
2002Guerreros (also known as Warriors)Teniente Alonso
Les mains vides (also known as Where Is Madame Catherine?)Gerard
2004El Lobo (also known as The Wolf)Txema
2005Mon angeRomain
El Método (also known as The Method)Carlos
AlatristeConde de Guadalmedina
2007Canciones de Amor en Lolita's Club (also known as Lolita's Club)Raúl Fuentes/Valentín Fuentes
2008Che GuevaraErnesto 'Che' Guevara
Vantage PointEnrique
2009Petit Indi (also known as Little Indi)Sergi
2010El mal ajenoDiego
2013The Last StandGabriel Cortez
Sweet VengeanceMiguel
2014Beauty and the BeastPerducas
2016 Nuestros Amantes Carlos
2017 Perfectos desconocidos Eduardo


  1. Eduardo Noriega Biography (1973-)
  2. Pando, Juan (9 May 2008). "Eduardo Noriega: "Mi novia me ayuda a no dejarme cegar"". Diez Minutos. Hearst España S.L. Archived from the original on 11 January 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  3. "Eduardo Noriega se casa con su novia en secreto en una Junta Municipal de Madrid". 20 Minutos (in Spanish). 8 March 2011. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  4. "Eduardo Noriega se casa en secreto". Fotogramas (in Spanish). Hearst España S.L. 16 March 2011. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
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