Natalia Oreiro

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Natalia Oreiro
Background information
Born (1977-05-19) 19 May 1977 (age 41)
Origin Montevideo, Uruguay
Genres Latin pop, rock
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, actress, model
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1990s–present
Labels BMGAriola
Website Official website

Natalia Marisa Oreiro Iglesias (Spanish pronunciation: [naˈtalja oˈɾejɾo]; born 19 May 1977) is a Uruguayan singer, actress, and fashion designer. Oreiro began her career in telenovelas. Since 2008 she has switched to work primarily in films. Oreiro has worked on social awareness shows and events for organizations like Greenpeace and UNICEF, the latter of which designated her as ambassador for Argentina and Uruguay in September 2011. She has been included in Esquire magazine's "The Sexiest Woman Alive Atlas" list.[1]

Life and career

1977–2000: Early life and career beginnings

Natalia Oreiro, daughter of Carlos Florencio Oreiro Poggio and Mabel Cristina Iglesias Bourié, was born on 19 May 1977. Natalia studied drama at the age of eight and at twelve started auditioning for advertisements. During her teens she appeared in more than 30 television commercials for such trade marks as Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Johnson & Johnson. At the age of 16 she moved to Argentina to work there and unleash her ambition to be a star. She worked as an MTV VJ and in 1995, she landed a role in the soap opera Dulce Ana. She was then cast in the TV series 90-60-90 modelos (1996) and next in Ricos y famosos (1997, playing Valeria). Next, she starred in the Argentinian film Un Argentino en New York (1998). After the movie, Natalia launched her first album, Natalia Oreiro and the single "Cambio Dolor" became the opening theme for her next acting project, the prime time show Muñeca Brava (1998–1999). For her performance in Muñeca Brava, Natalia was nominated twice (1998 and 1999) for a Martín Fierro Award as best actress in a leading role. In January 2000, Natalia was named "Celebrity of the Year" by E! Entertainment Television. She became popular in Russia and Israel due to the success of Muñeca Brava in that country and was even invited to star in a Russian telenovela. In Israel she performed many times on big stages and on many TV shows and won the best telenovela actress award and best theme song "Cambio Dolor" on "VIVA 2000" awards, And in 2002 the Israeli Cable TV had a live competition for finding the Israeli Natalia Oreiro, and she was the honor guest of the evening.

2000–2002: Tu Veneno and Turmalina

She pursued her musical career with the next album Tu Veneno and presentations in Gala de la Hispanidad, Gala de Murcia (both in Spain) and Festival de la Calle 8 in Miami. Her most important appearance was in the prestigious Latin television show Sábado Gigante Internacional, hosted by Don Francisco. Natalia's major achievement at this time was her music performance in Chile at Viña del Mar Festival 2000 for which she was crowned Queen of that event.[2] The album scored a Latin Grammy nomination for Best Pop Female Vocal Album, but lost to Christina Aguilera's Mi Reflejo.

On 1 June 2002, her third studio album Turmalina was released by BMG Ariola Argentina. Turmalina was produced by Latin record producer Kike Santander and is a combination of rhythms such as rock, pop and some sort of reminiscent of the 70's and 80's sounds. On this album, Oreiro write and composed the songs: "Alas De Libertad" which is inspired by kids she met some time ago in the city of Jujuy, Argentina; "Mar" tells the love story between a sailor and his girlfriend. Natalia also contributed to the lyrics of "Cayendo". "Que Digan Lo Que Quieran" is Turmalina's first single. Official Uruguayan 2002 World Cup song "Pasión Celeste" is recorded with Fredy Bessio.[3] "Cuesta arriba, cuesta abajo" was opening song of soap opera Kachorra (Runaway Lady). Kachorra ended with a rating lower than 20 points in Argentina.[4]

2002–present: Cleopatra, Sos mi vida and other works

Oreiro at the 2017 Miami International Film Festival showing of I'm Gilda

In March 2003 she started filming her second film Cleopatra together with Norma Aleandro, Leonardo Sbaraglia and Héctor Alterio, under the direction of Eduardo Mignogna, a co-production with Spain. In the middle of 2003, she started a tour for Eastern Europe and Latin America. On 1 March 2004 she started filming El Deseo. In 2006 she joined as the female boxer, Esperanza Munoz, in the cast of the telenovela Sos mi vida along with her Muñeca brava co-star Facundo Arana. It was directed by Rodolfo Antúnez and Jorge Bechara and broadcast by Canal 13. It began broadcasting on 16 January 2006 and ending 9 January 2007, and during its broadcast averaged 26.9 points overall rating.[5] It was written by Ernesto Korovsky and Sebastian Parrotta, and won four Martín Fierro Awards and three Clarín Awards.

On 30 April 2008, Oreiro starred in Amanda O which is a series of internet television in Argentina and produced by Dori Media Group. It was the first soap opera ever made for the internet,[6] and was seen by 550,000 users over, from Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay during its first season and beginning of the second.[7]


Artistic career


Año Title Role Channel Notes[8]
1994 Inconquistable corazón Victoria Canal 9
1995 Dulce Ana Verónica Iturbe Montalbán Canal 9
1996 90-60-90 modelos Lucía Peralta Canal 9
1997 Ricos y famosos Valeria García Méndez de Salerno Canal 9
1998-1999 Muñeca brava Milagros 'Mili' Esposito-Di Carlo de Miranda (Cholito/Carlitos) Telefe
  • Nominated – Martin Fierro – Best Actress
  • Won – Viva 2000 Israel – Best Actress
  • Won – Gold Otto (Czech Republic) – Best actress
  • Won – Otto (Poland) – Best actress
  • Won – Story awards (Hungary) – Best foreign star
  • Won – E! Entertainment television – Celebrity of the year
2002 Kachorra Antonia Guerrero (Kachorra), alias Rosario Achával Telefe
  • Nominated – Martin Fierro – Best TV comedy actress
2004 El Deseo Carmen Telefe
2005 Botines Renée Canal 13 in "Bailarina en rosa y verde" episode
2006 Sos mi vida Esperanza "La Monita" Muñoz Canal 13
  • Won – Martin Fierro – Best comedy actress
2007 Patito feo Patricia González Canal 13 Guest appearance
2008 Amanda O Amanda O on internet
América Televisión
  • Martin Fierro – Leading Actress in a Comedy Program
2008 Recurso Natural Canal 7 Host
2010 Se dice de mi Canal Encuentro Host
2011 Cuando me sonreís Leonora Bellami Telefe Guest appearance
2012-2013 Lynch Isabel Reyes alias Mariana Moviecity
2013 Solamente Vos Aurora Andrés Canal 13


Natalia Oreiro at Cannes in 2007.
Year Film Role Notes[8]
1998 Un Argentino en New York Verónica 'Vero' De Ricci
2003 Cleopatra Sandra / Milagros
2004 La guerra de los gimnasios (short) telenovela actress
2005 Las vidas posibles Marcía Miconi
  • Nominated – Silver condor – Best Supporting Actress
2006 La peli Lola Montero
  • Won – Festival Cine Argentino de Tandil – Best actress
2008 Música en espera Paula Otero
  • Won – Tatu tumpa (Bolivia) – Award for her role in Música en Espera
  • Nominated – South Awards – Best Actress
  • Nominated – Silver condor – Best Actress
2010 Francia Cristina
2010 Miss Tacuarembó Natalia "Cristal" / Cándida López
  • Nominated – Asociación de Críticos de Cine del Uruguay – Best Actress
  • Won – IRIS (Uruguay) – Best Actress[11]
2011 My First Wedding Leonora Bellami
2012 Clandestine Childhood Cristina
2013 The German Doctor Eva
  • Won – 2nd Unasur Cine International Film Festival[12] Best Actress
2016 I'm Gilda Gilda
2017 The Unseen (2017 film) Dr. Ortega



  1. ^ Natalia Oreiro Sexy Picture. Esquire (2010-07-30). Retrieved on 2011-11-12.
  2. ^ "Natalia Oreiro: ensalada rusa" (in Spanish). 
  3. ^ "Turmalina Review". allmusic. 
  4. ^ "Kachorra". Archived from the original on 2010-12-18. 
  5. ^ "Sos mi vida" llegó a su fin Archived 7 February 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Bizarra y ambigua". Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  7. ^ ""Amanda O", camino al gran fina". Retrieved 2009-03-03. 
  8. ^ a b For awards: "Bio, Awards". Archived from the original on 2011-07-14. 
  9. ^ a b "Todos los ganadores de los premios Tato 2013" [All the winners of the Tato awards 2013] (in Spanish). La Nación. 3 December 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "Tele: todos los ganadores de los Martín Fierro 2014" [TV: all the winners of the Martín Fierro 2014] (in Spanish). La Nación. 19 May 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "Natalia awarded in Uruguay". Archived from the original on 4 October 2011. Retrieved 2 June 2011. 
  12. ^ "Unasur Cine 2013 winners" (PDF) (in Spanish). Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "Tele: todos los ganadores de los Martín Fierro 2014" [TV: all the winners of the Martín Fierro 2014] (in Spanish). La Nación. 19 May 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 

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