Eduardo 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).
Year Film Role
1993 En Casa de Diego
1994 Soñé Que te Mataba
Una Historia Más
Historias del Kronen
1996 Cita Alberto
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
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
2009 Petit Indi (also known as Little Indi) Sergi
2010 El mal ajeno Diego
2011 Gigola Tony
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 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[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.
Noriega married his girlfriend of six years, Trinidad Oteros, on February 8, 2011. He speaks fluent Spanish, English, French and Catalan.