|Born||Denise Maria Sanz Laurel
(1987-09-30) 30 September 1987
Denise Maria Sanz Laurel (born 30 September 1987), better known as Denise Laurel, is a Filipina actress and singer. She is the granddaughter of former vice president Salvador Laurel and great-granddaughter of former president José P. Laurel on her father’s side; while on her mother’s side, she is the great-granddaughter of Don Francisco “Paco” Sanz, former governor of Romblon and Palawan and the great grand niece of former president Manuel Roxas. She is best known for playing roles in various ABS-CBN dramas, such as Precious Hearts Romances series’ Midnight Phantom and Kristine, Dahil Sa Pag-ibig, Annaliza and most recently Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita. She is also the Grand Winner of the second season of the Philippine edition of Your Face Sounds Familiar. Laurel is currently a member of Star Magic.
She is the granddaughter of former Vice President, the late Salvador Laurel and her grandmother Celia Diaz, and the great-granddaughter of former Philippine President, the late Jose P. Laurel. She is the youngest daughter of David Laurel. She has a son named Alejandro born in 2011.
She became engaged to professional basketball player Sol Mercado in March 2014. However, on 20 October 2016, Laurel announced through her Instagram account that they have ended their relationship.
Laurel was discovered by Star Magic‘s big boss Mr. M (Johnny Manahan) in a play of Repertory Philippines. Luckily, she was given a break to be part of Ang TV 2, then she played as Ina Raymundo‘s daughter in Pangako Sa ‘Yo.
She then made a name in Singapore when she was part of MTV Asia’s Rouge, which was shown all over Asia. Among the many who auditioned, she stood out and got the role of a smart lead vocalist named Pat. At the age of 16, her experience in working with other nationalities has taught her things that helped her improve her craft. After a season in Rouge, Denise decided to concentrate on her local showbiz career.
She went back to ABS-CBN. Laurel was starred on Abt Ur Luv, and in the fifth season of Komiks, where she plays an Engkantao. In 2008, ABS-CBN started the Precious Hearts Romances Presents series in which Laurel is prominently featured. Thus far, she has starred in four of the series’ adaptation: Bud Brothers, You’re Mine, Only Mine, Midnight Phantom and Kristine. She started getting recognition when she did the series, most notably in Midnight Phantom and Kristine opposite her good friend Rafael Rosell. Her team-up with Rosell has been a hit with the viewers, thus they were teamed up again in Dahil Sa Pag-ibig. After Dahil Sa Pag-ibig, Laurel starred on her fifth PHR series entitled Pintada, where she played a teacher with a mysterious past.
In 2013, Laurel played an antagonist role in the last PHR series Paraiso, and later became part of the pre-primetime family drama series Annaliza that was aired until March 2014 who portrays Isabel. She starred in the afternoon melodrama series Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita in 2015. The said series was set to replace Faith in the first quarter of the year on primetime, but it instead was an afternoon program. On the same year after NKNKK, Laurel auditioned to an ABS-CBN show Your Face Sounds Familiar (Philippines season 2) which was titled as the second YFSF KaFace/Grand Winner.
|2006||First Day High||Tuesday|
|2008||For the First Time||Billie|
|Shake, Rattle & Roll X||Emily|
|2009||Ang Darling Kong Aswang||Beta|
|2010||My Amnesia Girl||Cameo Appearance (as Perfectionist)|
|2012||Si Agimat, si Enteng Kabisote at si Ako||Lakasta|
|2016||Magtanggol||Atty. Susan Del Rosario|
|The Unmarried Wife||Louise|