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Adela Noriega
Born
Adela Amalia Noriega Méndez

October 24, 1969 (1969-10-24) (age 51)
Mexico City, Mexico
Occupation Actress
Years active 1983–present

Adela Noriega , born Adela Amalia Noriega Méndez on October 24, 1969, in Mexico City, Mexico, is a Mexican television actress. Noriega gained popularity as a teenager participating in telenovelas as a lead actress. Some of her most famous works include Quinceañera (1987), Dulce Desafío (1989), María Isabel (1997), El Privilegio de Amar (1999), El Manantial (2001) and Amor Real (2003). She is known as the "Queen of telenovelas".

Personal life

Noriega was born in Mexico City, Mexico, on October 24, 1969. At the age of 12, she was discovered by a talent scout. She started working as a child model and appearing in commercials and music videos. Her father died when Noriega was in her early adolescence. Her mother died in 1995 from cancer. She has two siblings; an older sister, Reyna, and a younger brother, Alejandro. Noriega takes long breaks between projects and avoids publicity. She lives in the United States.

Career

Noriega made her television debut at the age of 14 in the telenovela, Principessa. Soon after, she appeared in another telenovela, Juana Iris, and on a comic show, Cachún cachún ra ra!. In 1986, she got her first leading role in the telenovela Yesenia where she played a role of a young gypsy. Shortly after, she starred as a leading character of Quinceañera. Quinceañera is considered to be the first telenovela made for teenagers because it dealt with the problems of youth for the first time in the television genre. A year later, she appeared in another teen drama, Dulce Desafío.

In 1993, Noriega signed a contract with the U.S. network, Telemundo, and starred in a successful telenovela, Guadalupe. In 1995, she moved to Colombia and played the leading role in Maria Bonita, co-produced by RTI Colombia and Telemundo network. Noriega returned to Mexico in 1997 and starred as the lead of María Isabel, where she portrayed an indigenous woman. A year after, she played the leading female character in El Privilegio de Amar, the highest rated television program in Mexico to date.

In 2001, Noriega played the leading role in El Manantial. In 2003, she portrayed an aristocrat, Matilde Peñalver y Beristáin, in Amor Real. This historical telenovela received critical acclaim and was highly successful. In 2005, she played the leading role in La esposa virgen. Her most recent starring role was in the telenovela, Fuego en la sangre, from 2008.

Filmography

Television
Title Year Role Notes
Cachún cachún ra ra! 1984–1987 Adela Series regular
Televisa
Principessa
1984
Alina Antagonist
Juana Iris
1985
Romina Antagonist
Yesenia
1986
Yesenia Lead
Quinceañera 1987/1988 Maricruz Fernández Sarcoser Lead
Dulce Desafío 1988/1989 Lucero Sandoval Lead
Guadalupe 1993/1994 Guadalupe Zambrano Santos Lead
Telemundo
Maria Bonita 1995/1996 María Reynoso/"María Bonita" Lead
RTI Colombia
María Isabel 1997/1998 María Isabel Lead
El Privilegio de Amar 1998/1999 Cristina Miranda Lead
El Manantial 2001/2002 Alfonsina Valdés Rivero Lead
Amor Real
2003
Matilde Peñalver y Beristáin de Fuentes Guerra Lead
La esposa virgen
2005
Virginia Alfaro Lead
Fuego en la sangre
2008
Sofía Elizondo Acevedo Lead
Film
Title Year Role Notes
Los Amantes del Señor de la Noche
1984
Uncredited
Un sábado más
1985
Lucía
Music videos
Title Year Role Artist
Corazón de fresa
1984
Love interest Lucía Méndez
Palabra de honor Love interest Luis Miguel

Awards and nominations

The following table shows some of the nominations and wins for Adela Noriega.

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
1985 TVyNovelas Awards Revelation in Comedy Series ¡¡Cachún cachún ra ra!! Nominated
El Heraldo de México Awards Female Revelation N/A
Won
1986 TVyNovelas Awards Female Debutant Juana Iris
Won
1987 Best Young Lead Actress Yesenia Nominated
1988 Palmas de Oro Awards Best Young Lead Actress Quinceañera
Won
TVyNovelas Awards Best Young Lead Actress
Won
1990 Dulce desafío
Won
1998 María Isabel
Won
1999 Eres Awards Best Young Actress El privilegio de amar
Won
TVyNovelas Awards Best Young Lead Actress
Won
Califa de Oro Awards Best Leading Actress
Won
2000 New York Latin ACE Awards Best Television Actress
Won
2002 TVyNovelas Award Best Lead Actress El Manantial
Won
Palmas de Oro Awards Best Lead Actress
Won
New York Latin ACE Awards Best Television Actress
Won
Bravo Awards Best Television Actress
Won
INTE Awards Best Television Actress Nominated
Sol de Oro Awards
(Mexico's National Association of Journalists)
Best Television Actress
Won
2004 Amor real
Won
Califa de Oro Awards Best Leading Actress
Won
TVyNovelas Award Best Lead Actress
Won
New York Latin ACE Awards Best Television Actress
Won
INTE Awards Best Television Actress Nominated
2005 Laurel de Oro Awards Best Television Actress
Won
2006 TVyNovelas Award Best Lead Actress La esposa virgen Nominated
2009 Fuego en la sangre Nominated
FAMA Awards Best Television Actress Nominated
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