Kris Bernal

Kristine Ann Bernal (born May 17, 1989) is a Filipina actress who became known for winning in the fourth season of the reality-based talent search StarStruck of GMA Network. Kris is known for her dual role as the evil Rosette and the tragic Nimfa in Impostora.

Kris Bernal
Kristine Ann Tan Bernal

(1989-05-17) May 17, 1989
OccupationTV and film Actress, occasional dancer and singer
Years active2006–present
AgentGMA Artist Center (2006–present)
Known forRachel, Nimfa and Rosette, Tinay

Early life and education

Kris Bernal was born as Kristine Ann Tan Bernal on 17 May 1989 in Quezon City, to Edgardo Bernal, an ethnic Tagalog and his Chinese wife, Analyn Tan. She has older twin sisters, Kathleen Ann and Katherine Ann and a younger brother named Miguel. She studied in Diliman Preparatory School and Holy Family School for her primary and secondary education. She took up nursing in Trinity University of Asia.


Bernal joined Starstruck in 2006 and won as the Ultimate Love Team with Mart Escudero. Bernal became part of different GMA Network shows including Boys Nxt Door,[1] Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan, and Dyesebel. Although she started in showbiz with Escudero as her partner, Bernal garnered more attention when she was paired with present love team partner Aljur Abrenica. Bernal and Abrenica starred in their first afternoon series Sine Novela: Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin? in 2009 and a primetime drama series All My Life in the same year. Bernal has also appeared in the movie Mag-ingat Ka Sa... Kulam with Judy Ann Santos and Dennis Trillo.[2][3] In 2010, Bernal appeared in The Last Prince as one of the main characters along with co-stars Aljur Abrenica and Bianca King, Kris played Lara Fernandez, a hapless poor provincial girl enslaved by her cruel aunt and cousin, she is Almiro's true love and Bambi's older sister, she was also the rival of the very bad and vicious fairy Diwani Bawana (played by Bianca King). Lara's life became miserable because of Diwani and Mayang's cruelties. After she played Lara, Bernal was cast as the leading lady of a Philippine television drama, Koreana where she played Jennifer "Jenny" Jung/Jenna Bartolome Jung (Hangul: 정제나; RR: Jeong Jena; MR: Chŏng Che-na), a very sensible and cheerful young woman. Aware of her Korean heritage, she acquaints herself with all things Korean, particularly their cuisine. And while in the midst of fulfilling her dream of becoming a chef, she unexpectedly ends up in a Korean restaurant, unwary that the place she works for is actually owned by Chang Hee Jung (played by Eddie Garcia) but she become opposed by Violeta Jung/Violeta Salcedo (played by Eula Valdez) and Ivy Jung.


Bernal got a main role in 2011 on the TV show Machete.[4] Bernal played the role of Jessa Ledesma/Jessa Romero, Machete's close friend. Right after Machete, she played a lead role in Time of My Life, a TV show in which she played the mean character Zaira Marquez.

She played a special role in Amaya as Adult Alunsina, the youngest among the alabays of the puod.

In 2012, she played a lead role in Hiram na Puso as Lira Banaag, a sweet and cheerful girl.[5] A loving and obedient daughter of Zeny and Leo and Vanessa/Kara twin sister. Lira is raised with love and care by her mother, Zeny. Her fervent dream is to give her mother a comfortable life, that is why she strives hard to finish her studies. Unfortunately, she suffers from terrible heart condition and must undergoes heart transplant, an operation that will change, not only her old damage heart, but her whole life and the lives of the people around her, as well. At the end Lira dies from a hit & run accident. She was also opposed by Vanessa (played by Bela Padilla), a manipulative, ruthless and bitter woman who hates Lira as well.

The same year, Bernal played Andrea "Andy" Gomez in Coffee Prince along with her love team Aljur Abrenica. Bernal played the lead role of the tomboyish girl who eventually falls in love with his boss, Arthur, who's unaware that she is actually a girl.

In 2013, she played another leading role in Prinsesa ng Buhay Ko, where she played Princess "Cess" Inocencio-Grande / Elizabeth Salazar a heroine who saved many people but become opposed by Kate Napoleon (played by LJ Reyes).[6] After that she played Andrea "Andeng" Dizon again as the main character of Hiram na Alaala. She played the lead role of Tinay in Little Nanay who has an intellectual disability (ID).[7]

In 2015 to 2016, she played various roles in Karelasyon, Dear Uge and Tadhana.


In 2017, Bernal played the role as Nimfa/Rosette in Impostora (based on the 2007 primetime drama series of the same title, originally portrayed by Sunshine Dizon. Kris Bernal played two roles, the main villain Rosette who is a purely evil mother and a murderess who will kill just to achieve her needs. The other one is the main character Nimfa, a tragic woman but later she was tasked to do an evil scheme. This is Kris Bernal's first villain and dual role.[8]

In 2018, she leads the show, Asawa Ko, Karibal Ko as the kind-hearted, Rachel who is the love interest of Gavin. In 2019 after becoming the lead actress in a show, Kris Bernal was casted as the lead antagonist in a horror-thriller show, Hanggang sa Dulo ng Buhay Ko as the evil spirit of the story who will destroy a two couple.

Bernal appeared on the cover of FHM Philippines' May 2017 issue.[9]



Year Title Role
2012 Guni-Guni Shirley
2011 Ang Panday 2 Alira Naswen
2009 Nandito Ako... Nagmamahal sa 'Yo Stephanie Luzano
2008 Mag-ingat Ka Sa... Kulam Maggie
Loving You Tonee Tienza


2006/2007StarStruck: The Next LevelHerself
2007/2010SOP Rules
2007Boys Nxt DoorCoffee
2007/2008Zaido: Pulis PangkalawakanAmy Maltayra
2008DyesebelSheila Mae Legaspi-Montemayor
2008/2009Luna MystikaMalou
2009Sine Novela: Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin?Myrna Ramos-Sanchez
All My LifeRomina Estrella
2010The Last PrinceReyna Lara Fernandez
2010/2013Party PilipinasHerself
2010/2011KoreanaJennifer "Jenny / Jenna" Bartolome-Jung
2011MacheteJessa Ledesma-Romero
Time of My LifeLisette / Shane
2012AmayaAdult Alunsina
Hiram na PusoLira Banaag
Coffee PrinceAndrea "Andy" Gomez
2013/2015Sunday All StarsHerself
2013/2014Prinsesa ng Buhay KoPrincess "Cess" Inocencio-Grande / Elizabeth Salazar
2014/2015Hiram na AlaalaAndrea "Andeng" Dizon
2015Maynila: Christmas In My HeartMilda
Maynila: Dead na Dead SayoSam
Maynila: Copy Cat LoveHelena
Karelasyon: Instant BabyLily
Karelasyon: KarmaMonique / Anna
StarStruck VIHerself
Wagas: Kulam at Pag-ibigJonalyn
Little NanayCelestina "Tinay" Vallejo Batongbuhay-San Pedro
2016Karelasyon: YayaSara
Dear Uge: 'Till Death Do Us ApartCynthia
2017TadhanaElvira "Elvie"
2017-2018ImpostoraNimfa del Prado-Saavedra / Rosette Cuevas
2018The CureMyra
2018-2019Asawa Ko, Karibal KoRachel Santiago
2019Hanggang sa Dulo ng Buhay KoNaomi Espiritu


Released Title Album With Label Theme From
2015 Kasama Kita N/A Chlaui Malayao GMA Records Little Nanay
2019 Ako'y Mahalin David Remo Sarcastic Prices


  1. Dimaculangan, Jocelyn (15 June 2007). "Kris Bernal could have danced all night with Mart Escudero". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  2. Erece, Dinno (12 June 2007). "StarStruck winners Mart Escudero and Kris Bernal join the cast of "Kulam"". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  3. de Calma, Archie (25 September 2008). "Mart Escudero reunites with former "StarStruck" partner Kris Bernal in "Mag-ingat Ka Sa... Kulam"". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  4. "Aljur Abrenica and Kris Bernal, back in each other's arms in Machete". Retrieved 2018-05-10.
  5. "Dream role ni Kris Bernal natupad sa 'Hiram na Puso'". Retrieved 2018-05-10.
  6. "Ibang Kris Bernal, mapapanood sa bagong Kapuso series na 'Prinsesa Ng Buhay Ko'". GMA News Online. Retrieved 2018-05-10.
  7. "Kris Bernal, napaiyak nang ikuwento ang pinagdaanan bago nakuha ang role ni 'Little Nanay'". GMA News Online. Retrieved 2018-05-10.
  8. Anarcon, James Patrick. "Kris Bernal: first villain role "Nararamdaman mo na masama talaga ugali ko."". Retrieved 2018-05-10.
  9. Aguilera, John Paulo (28 April 2017). "Kris Bernal Is FHM's May 2017 Cover Girl". FHM Philippines. Summit Media. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
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