/nmoRGcpf3LIwa5Z1Lko2YsjiLut.jpgEduardo Noriega Gómez (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).

 

Filmography
Year Film Role
 
1993 En Casa de Diego
 
1994 Soñé Que te Mataba
 
Una Historia Más
 
1995 David
 
Luna Alberto
 
Historias del Kronen
 
1996 Cita Alberto
 
Tesis Bosco
 
Más Allá del Jardín
 
1997 Cuestión de Suerte Julio
 
Abre los Ojos (also known as Open Your Eyes) César
 
1998 Allanamiento de Morada Simón Romero
 
Cha Cha Cha Antonio
 
1999 La Fuente Amarilla Sergio
 
Nadie Conoce a Nadie (also known as Nobody Knows Anybody) Simón Cárdenas
 
2000 Carretera y Manta Luis
 
El Invierno de las Anjanas Eusebio
 
Plata Quemada (also known as Burnt Money) Angel
 
2001 El Espinazo del Diablo (also known as The Devil’s Backbone) Jacinto
 
Visionarios Joshe
 
2002 Guerreros (also known as Warriors) Teniente Alonso
 
2003 Novo Graham
 
Les mains vides (also known as Where Is Madame Catherine?) Gerard
 
2004 El Lobo (also known as The Wolf) Txema
 
2005 Mon ange Romain
 
2005 A Grönholm-módszer – El Método (also known as The Method) Carlos
 
2006 Souli Carlos
 
Alatriste Conde de Guadalmedina
 
2007 Canciones de Amor en Lolita’s Club (also known as Lolita’s Club) Raúl Fuentes/Valentín Fuentes
 
2008 Che Guevara Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara
 
Vantage Point Enrique
 
Transsiberian Carlos
 
2009 Petit Indi (also known as Little Indi) Sergi
 
2010 El mal ajeno Diego
 
Agnosia Carles
 
2011 Gigola Tony
 
Blackthorn Eduardo
 
2013 The Last Stand Gabriel Cortez
 
Sweet Vengeance Miguel
 
2014 Beauty and the Beast Perducas
 
2016 Nuestros Amantes Carlos
 
2017 Perfectos desconocidos Eduardo
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.
Career
 
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.[citation needed] Amenábar confessed in a T.T[clarification needed] 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. He speaks fluent Spanish, English, French and Catalan.
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