Marian Rivera Gracia-Dantes (born Marian Gracia y Rivera; August 12, 1984 in Madrid, Spain), known professionally as Marian Rivera, is a Spanish Filipino commercial model and actress, best known for her roles in Marimar, Dyesebel, Amaya, and Temptation of Wife.

As a recording artist, Rivera has released two studio albums: the Marian Rivera Dance Hits and Retro Crazy. She starred in such films as My Bestfriend's Girlfriend, You to Me Are Everything, and Panday 2.

She was included in 2011's Top 20 Endorsers. She was hailed as FHM's Sexiest Woman in 2008 and recently, for the second time this 2013. She clinched the FHM's Sexiest Woman in 2014 again after her prior win the year before setting the record of three consecutive victories on FHM's Sexiest Woman through voting online and SMS. She is also the Philippine Facebook Queen with more than 17 million likes.

Early and personal life

Marian Rivera was born in Madrid, Spain to Francisco Javier Gracia Alonso, a Spaniard, and Amalia Rivera, a Filipina from Cavite. Her parents separated when she was two years old, after which her mother brought her to the Philippines where she grew up. However, her mother had to leave to continue her work commitment abroad that she was sent to her maternal grandmother, Francisca Rivera, in Bacoor, Cavite.

Rivera pursued her elementary and high school education at Saint Francis of Assisi College System, and spent her college education finishing Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in De La Salle University Dasmariñas. After graduating, she worked for National Institute of Mental Health in Mandaluyong City where she gave out medicines, examinations and evaluation to patients, among others.

In August 2014, while a live airing of Rivera's dance program, Dantes, her longtime boyfriend, made a special guest appearance in the show. Dantes, on the other hand, made a surprise live proposal to Rivera. It was the second proposal by Dantes; the first one was in Macau. In order to marry him, she had to be received into the Roman Catholic Church via conditional baptism as her baptism in Spain was not recognized as valid.

On December 30, 2014, she married Dingdong Dantes. The wedding, held at Cubao Cathedral, Quezon City, was dubbed "The Royal Wedding" when broadcast by GMA Network. In April 2015, the couple announced that they were expecting their first child. Marian gave birth to the couple's child, Maria Letizia, at the Makati Medical Center on November 23, 2015 at exactly 5:25 in the morning,


2005–06: Discovery and career beginnings

Marian Rivera pursued ramp modelling in her elementary schooling years then later as TV commercial model for SkinWhite lotion, Sky Flakes biscuits, and other labels. These commercial appearances led TAPE Inc. executive producer Tony Tuviera commission her for roles in the afternoon TV soap operas Kung Mamahalin Mo Lang Ako, Agawin Mo Man Ang Lahat, and Pinakamamahal. Rivera made her first supporting role film appearance through OctoArts' Enteng Kabisote 2: Okay Ka Fairy Ko: The Legend Continues in 2005 as the fairy Alyssa. In 2006, she signed a contract with Regal Entertainment that featured her debut in the horror film Pamahiin.

2007–09: Marimar and rise to fame

From February 2007, GMA Network cast her for motherly roles; first in the Filipino-Malaysian TV drama series Muli. and lastly in the fantasy TV series, Super Twins as the protagonist twins' mother, and villain on later episodes that concluded on June 1, 2007.

In 2007, Rivera auditioned for and won the lead role in GMA Network's adaptation of the popular Mexican series MariMar. Opposite Dingdong Dantes, the show became the highest-rated prime time drama show on Philippine television at that time and launched Rivera to stardom.

She was acknowledged as a Phenomenal TV Star in the 38th Box-Office Entertainment Awards by the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation, Inc. in 2008. That year she won an award for her work in the show, as well as several product endorsements. She was named the country's sexiest woman by FHM magazine, and was also included in the "hottest" list of other magazines like Maxim and Uno.

That same year, she appeared in two films, Desperadas and Bahay Kubo, both Metro Manila Film Festival entries.

In 2008, Rivera played the title role Dyesebel, which aired on April 28, 2008, the famous Philippine mermaid character acted by many famous Filipinos actresses from as early as 1970. The series is another team-up with Dantes. The year marked Rivera's first lead role opposite Richard Gutierrez in My Best Friend's Girlfriend. In the same year, Dantes & Rivera debuted in One True Love, directed by Mac Alejandre. She also appeared in two Metro Manila Film Festival entries such as Shake, Rattle & Roll X, an omnibus horror trilogy in which she played "Nieves, The Engkanto Slayer", and Desperadas 2, a sequel of the 2007 film of the same with Rufa Mae Quinto, Iza Calzado, Ruffa Gutierrez, and Ogie Alcasid. She was among the third batch of stars honored in the Eastwood City Walk of Fame located in Eastwood City, Libis, Quezon City in 2008.

Rivera released her first dance music album entitled Marian Rivera Dance Hits under Universal Records in 2008. It was a compilation of 12 songs, danced and choreographed by Rivera. The album certified a 2-time Platinum Record Award by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry (or PARI).

In 2009, she released her first single, Sabay Sabay Tayo under her second album Retro Crazy. The single and the album both received Gold Award and later on, a Platinum Record Award from PARI.

In early 2009, she appeared in Ang Babaeng Hinugot Sa Aking Tadyang, an adaptation of Carlo J. Caparas's graphic novel. It was her third team-up with Dingdong Dantes. Later that year, she was paired with Dennis Trillo in an adaptation of the famous historical fiction heroine created by Mars Ravelo, the Darna. She played Narda, who turns into superheroine Darna, after swallowing a magical stone. Nestor Torre of Philippine Daily Inquirer described the series as "loud and livid", praising Rivera's acting. Trillo and Rivera later teamed-up for the second time on the horror-suspense film Tarot produced by GMA Films and Regal Entertainment.

She appeared on her first sitcom, Show Me Da Manny, alongside Manny Pacquaio. According to Philippine Star, Rivera showed a natural comic skill.

2010–13: Amaya, Temptation of Wife and other works

Rivera, starred in the Philippine Adaptation of Endless Love, a Korean series aired in GMA Network. Rivera reunited with Dantes in You to Me Are Everything, a romantic-comedy film under GMA Films which premiered on 5 May 2010. She played Francisca Carantes, a girl from Cordillera who turns out to be the daughter of a millionaire.

Gracia starred in her own Metro Manila Film Festival entry, Super Inday and the Golden Bibe wherein she was nominated as Best Actress on the festival's awards night. She starred on a Holy Week drama special, Anghel sa Lupa (Earth Angel), produced by APT Entertainment, as well as in a Christmas series aired on GMA Network, The Christmas Doll.

In 2011, she was cast in Temptation Island, a remake of the 1980 film of the same name. She reprised the role of Cristina G., a beauty queen aspirant who has been trapped on an island together with contenders acted by Heart Evangelista, Solenn Heussaff, Lovi Poe, and Ruffa Mae Quinto. She also starred in Bong Revilla's film, Ang Panday 2. That same year, she headlined Amaya, a historical drama fiction depicting early Filipinos in the 16th century. She won several awards and accolades including "Favorite TV Actress" on 2011 KZONE Awards, "Best Actress" in a Prime Time Television Series on NSSUA Awards, and for the first time as "Best Actress" in Golden Screen TV Awards in 2013.

That same year, she won her second "Best Actress" award for the same show at the 2013 Northwest Samar State University Annual Awards. The series is promoted by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines and Department of Education due to its cultural concept that shows and depicts the Filipino material culture, beliefs, traditions and mores in the Pre-Hispanic era.

In 2012, Rivera headlined on different programs of GMA Network such as My Beloved, a Filipino romance drama-suspense-thriller series created and written by RJ Nuevas, under the helm of Dominic Zapata and Lore Reyes.

The series premiered on February 13, 2012, it follows the life and love story of an angel of death named Arlan, a fictional character portrayed by Dantes, who falls in love with a human named Sharina, played by Rivera. He was punished and sent to earth to become human being. But complications arise when he found himself trapped in the body of a notorious criminal. She was cast on her second sitcom Tweets For My Sweet which earned her two nominations as "Best Actress in comedy show" on 2012 PMPC Star Awards and 2013 Golden Screen TV Awards.

Rivera hosted a reality show, Extra Challenge, with Richard Gutierrez & Boobay. The show is a recurring reality show originally aired in 1999, 2003 and 2006.

In the latter part of 2012, Rivera gained another fame through the Philippine adaptation of a popular Korean series, Temptation Of Wife, which aired on the same network. She played Angeline, a long-suffering wife, who has been lied to by his husband, Marcel and a friend named Heidi. Angeline returned as "Chantal", a rich sophisticated woman who takes revenge on the people who had hurt her. The series once again gave fame to Rivera on various Asian countries, resulting to a fan meeting and television guesting's in Vietnam, where the series was aired, along with her other works. The series gave Rivera a "Best Actress" award at the PMPC Star Awards for TV and a "Best Actress in a Lead Role" nomination from the 18th Asian Television Awards with Lorna Tolentino in the series Pahiram Ng Sandali. She appeared on her second movie with Richard Gutierrez in a romantic-comedy film entitled My Lady Boss. According to her, "It’s my first time to play a mean but ultraconservative character...", referring on her role as Evelyn, "the boss from hell".

Rivera made an appearance for Ekstra: The Bit Player, an official entry to the 2013 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival. She appeared with Piolo Pascual in Nauna Kang Naging Akin. Rivera appeared with Ai-Ai de las Alas in Kung Fu Divas, a film distributed by Star Cinema as part of their 20th Anniversary in the Philippine Film Industry, Rivera also act as co-producer of the said film.

This prompted her to appear for the first time on ABS-CBN, rival network of GMA 7. She appeared on three consecutive episodes of Kris TV, a taped interview in Showbiz Inside Report, and a live interview on The Buzz with Delas Alas. Her last appearance on ABS-CBN was a live interview in Bandila. During the interviews, she revealed she had her On the Job Training in ABS-CBN during her college days.

2014–15: Carmela & Eat Bulaga!

Rivera returned to prime time with a heavy-drama project temporarily entitled as Carmela (formerly "Catarina") broadcast by GMA Network on January 27, 2014, wherein she was occasionally paired with Alden Richards.

On April 19, 2014, she headlined in another Lenten television drama anthology special, Panalangin. It was the fourth time she had starred in a Lenten series which was also produced by APT Entertainment and broadcast in the same network.

In 2015, Rivera was supposed to appear in her comeback television program entitled The Rich Man's Daughter, but due to her pregnancy, she was then replaced by fellow Kapuso celebrity Rhian Ramos respectedly. Despite of her first pregnancy, Rivera pursued to continue some of her appointments in which she appeared in different television commercial ads namely Biofit Tea, Hana Shampoo, Kopiko Cafe Blanca, 555 Tuna', and the recent Delmonte Quick & Easy TV ad, together with her husband Dingdong Dantes. Magazine covers that featured Rivera such as UNO Magazine, MEG Magazine, Preview Magazine, Speed Magazine, Weddings & Beyond Magazine are to be name the few. In the cover of UNO Magazine, Rivera was quoted as saying "Pregnancy is a beautiful thing", describing her present condition in her Instagram account.

Rivera was selected as USTv's Student Leaders Choice for Female Social Media Personality Gawad Sulo ng Bayan Natatanging Pilipinang Aktres sa Pelikula at Telebisyon on Golden Torch CCA, Inc., and the 2nd PEPList Choice Awards for its Newsmaker of the Year category, with Dingdong Dantes, was accepted by ABS-CBN newscaster Korina Sanchez on behalf of the couple. Rivera was included to Rogue Magazine's Top 50 Most Influential Filipino Online.

2015-present: Sunday Pinasaya & Encantadia

That same year, she headlined with Ai-Ai delas Alas, joined by Alden Richards, Julie Anne San Jose, as well as comedians Jose Manalo and Wally Bayola in the comedy-variety show Sunday PinaSaya. In 2016, Rivera marked her comeback in television as part of the remake of GMA-7's fantasy TV show Encantadia.

Rivera made her surprise cameo appearance in romantic-comedy film, Imagine You and Me which stars the phenomenal love team of Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza.


In 2009, Rivera and Dingdong Dantes, with assistance from Yes Pinoy Foundation, Philippine National Red Cross and Philippine Marines went to Cainta, Rizal to help the victim of Typhoon Ondoy. Aside from being a volunteer in GMA Network's telethon, she helped repacking relief goods from the GMA Kapuso Foundation, a charitable institution from the network.

In 2011, Rivera joined "Marriott Manila", in reaching out for victims of Typhoon Sendong particularly the children in Pasay City.

In August 2012, Rivera joined the Philippine Red Cross team during their mission in Quezon City to help out the victims of the flooding. Rivera, together with former senator Dick Gordon, waded through floodwaters to get to an area where some 500 families sought refuge from the floods caused by the non-stop rains. She stated that helping out the victims is her 28th birthday gift to herself. She also said that she didn’t mind getting wet and tired during the mission, as she says it was a small sacrifice compared to the hardships that the victims are experiencing. According to Rivera, she went as a volunteer and not as a celebrity.

Rivera joined Kris Aquino in visiting affected areas throughout Metro Manila. Rivera organized a blood donation program for the Red Cross at the Ever Gotesco in Quezon City in celebration of her 28th birthday wherein it was attended by lot of people including celebrities.

In 2013, Rivera and her boyfriend Dingdong Dantes contributed for the fund-raising event at the annual Noel Bazaar, the long-running Christmas shopping event in the Pasay City for GMA Kapuso Foundation. During the Philippines' Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest typhoon ever recorded, Rivera also helped in the packing of relief goods to be distributed to the affected families and supported the Yes Pinoy Foundation's victim assistance program. In addition to that, she launched Oplan: Bangka, a livelihood project in which Rivera will shoulder the expenses for the construction of fishing boats that will be given for Cebu's fishermen.

In 2013, Rivera, along with Dingdong Dantes, joined PETA in their campaign to free the elephant Mali from Manila Zoo, where she has been kept for the majority of her life in a tiny enclosure and in need of proper care.

In March 31, 2014, she lent her star power to promote the rights of women and children with disabilities in the country as she was appointed by the Congress of the Philippines as Ambassador for Women and Children with Disabilities. She proposed a public-private partnership for the establishment of a special school for children with disabilities so that they can have better access to education. On the latter part of the year, Rivera adds another advocacy to her list as she actively supports "Smile Train", an international children’s charity with a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate.

Public image

Rivera was declared as FHM Magazine's Sexiest Woman in 2008. With her victory, the FHM staff clarifies that contrary to popular impression, Rivera was already being eyed by FHM even before her career skyrocketed because of Marimar. Before arising as Top 1 in the Top 100 list, she was already listed in the list in 2006 and 2007 at #38 and #24 respectively.

She is consistently at the upper top 10 after her declaration as Philippines' finest woman, ranking #3 in 2009, #4 in 2010 and #2 losing to Sam Pinto, in 2011.

In 2012, Rivera entered the chart at #5, her lowest since topping the said list in 2008. She became a cover for the first time on FHM through its January 2013 issue, which made her one of the biggest contenders for the title, Sexiest Woman of the World for 2013. Rivera appeared on the cover of Cosmopolitan Magazine in the same month. For the third time, she was given a cover of Women's Health in March 2013. She stated she owes her physique to Muay Thai and Wushu; both are forms of martial arts.

In 2013, Rivera was declared by FHM Philippines as "the sexiest woman in the Philippines", making her second to reclaim the coveted title five years after she first won it (the first was Angel Locsin, who won it in '05 and '10). According to FHM, more than 16 million votes were cast this year, and the final tally saw Rivera raking in a total of 890,490 votes against Sam Pinto's 778,681.

In 2013, Rivera became the image of popular brand Ginebra San Miguel following her successful stint for the brand way back 2009.

In 2009, Rivera was listed as #5 in "Top 20 Celebrity Endorser"'s list of Manila Standard and #1 in QTV's "Ang Pinaka..." List of Endorsers. In 2010, she was listed at SPOT's list of "Top 10 Most In-demand Celebrity Endorsers" at #3. Christine Marie Leido of AB Communications, Inc. stated, "In our choice, for instance, of Marian Rivera[...]she provided the excitement, fresh look and instant recognition the brand needed. The market understood the product and was able to relate to it because she embodied the values the brand stood for ... As could be expected, she motivated purchase because of her appeal across all classes and gender."

In 2011, YES! Magazine listed her on their "Top 20 Endorsers" list which was a result of cumulative earnings of each celebrity on their endorsements alone.

In 2012, Rivera ranked 2nd after losing to Angel Locsin on the "Top 20 Most Beautiful Celebrities In The Philippines" published by The Richest. In 2012, she charted at #9 on the "Top 10 International Beauties of 2012" published by TopTenz, the only Asian who made it to the list. According to the web site, Rivera belongs to the major stars in the Philippines.



2005Kung Mamahalin Mo Lang AkoClarisse
Ang Mahiwagang Baul:Ang Alamat ng KawayanRahinda
2006Agawin Mo Man Ang LahatAlmira / Isadora / AlegraWON—Star Awards for Best New Female TV Personality
PinakamamahalCarissa Crismundo
2007Super TwinsEster ParedesLast Mother Role on Philippine Television
MuliRacquel EstadillaFirst International Drama Stint
2007–08MariMarMariMar Perez / Bella AldamaWON—Fil-Am Visionary Awards for Favorite Actress
WON—USTv Student Choice for Most Popular Actress in a Drama/Miniseries
WON—GUILLERMO Box-office Awards for Most Promising Female Star
WON—GUILLERMO Box-office Awards for Phenomenal TV Star
2007–10SOP RulesHerself / Performer
2008DyesebelDyesebel/Isabel/CassandraFirst Mars Ravelo's Super Heroine Lead
2009Ang Babaeng Hinugot sa Aking TadyangProserfina J. Valdez/Andrea
Sugat ng KahaponHilda
2009–11Show Me Da MannyElla ParedesFirst Comedy Program
2009–10Mars Ravelo's : DarnaNarda/DarnaSecond Mars Ravelo's Super Heroine Lead
2010Anghel sa LupaTheresa San Miguel
Endless LoveJenny Dizon/Jenny Cruz
Jillian: Namamasko PoOdessa Fuentes
2010–12Party PilipinasHerself/Performer
2011Spooky Nights: BampirellaCinderella "Cindy" Dela Paz/Bampirella
2011–12AmayaAmaya/Bai Amaya/Dian AmayaNOMINATED—Golden Screen TV Awards 2011 for Best Actress
WON—KZONE Awards for Favorite TV Actress
WON—NSSUAA 2012 for Best Actress
WON—NSSUAA 2013 for Best Actress
WON–Golden Screen TV Awards 2013 for Best Actress

First Ever Historical Epic Period Drama on Philippine Television
2012My BelovedSharina Quijano
Tweets For My SweetMegan "Meg" ReyesNOMINATED—STAR Awards for TV 2012 for Best Comedy Actress
NOMINATED—ENPRESS Screen TV Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Gag or Comedy Program
Pinoy AdventuresHerself/Co-hostFirst Hosting Stint
Showbiz CentralHerself/Guest Co-Host
2012–13Temptation of WifeAngeline Santos-Salcedo / Chantal GonzalesWON—STAR Awards for TV for Best Drama Actress
NOMINATED—ASIAN TV Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role
NOMINATED—ENPRESS TV Awards for Best Actress
Extra ChallengeHerself/Co-HostNOMINATED—STAR Awards for Best Reality-Competition Host
2013One Day, Isang Araw: Ang Sikreto ni MiletteMilette
2014CarmelaCarmela Fernandez/Catarina Bulaong
2014–15Eat Bulaga!Herself/Co- Host
2014MarianHerself/HostSelf-Titled Dance Program
Ismol FamilyAngge
Vampire Ang Daddy KoDang
2015Eat Bulaga Lenten Special: Aruga ng PusoVanjieNOMINATED—EB DABARKADS Awards for Best Actress
Pepito Manaloto: Ang Tunay na KwentoMelissa
2015–presentSunday PinaSayaHerself/Mainstay
2015Pari 'KoyCameo Role
2016Yan Ang Morning!Herself/host
2016EncantadiaYnang Reyna


YearFilm TitleRoleNotes
2005Enteng Kabisote 2: Okay Ka Fairy Ko: The Legend ContinuesAlyssaNOMINATED—STAR Awards for New Movie Actress of the Year
2007Bahay KuboLily
My Best Friend's GirlfriendGraceNOMINATED—ENPRESS Golden Screen Awards for Best Actress
WON—Box-Office Entertainment Awards for Valentine Box-Office Queen
One True LoveJoy
ScaregiversCameo Role
Shake Rattle & Roll XNieves
Desperadas 2Courtney
2010You to Me Are EverythingFrancisca/Iska Florantes
Super Inday and the Golden BibeInday/Super IndayNOMINATED—Metro Manila Film Festival Awards for Best Actress
2011Temptation IslandCristina G.
Tween Academy: Class of 2012Cameo Role
Ang Panday 2ArlanaNOMINATEDFAMAS Awards for Best Actress
2013Dance of The SteelbarsCameo Role
My Lady BossEvelyn Vallejo
EkstraHerself/Belinda (cameo)NOMINATED—Worldfest-Houston International for Best Supporting Actress
Kung Fu DivasSamanthaNOMINATED-FAMAS Awards for Best Actress
2014Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2Cameo Role40th Metro Manila Film Festival Entry
My Big Bossing's AdventuresClarrisa
2016Imagine You and MeCameo Role



2008Marian Rivera Dance Hits
Universal Records
15,000 copies
Platinum Award
2009Retro CrazyGold Award


2009"Sabay Sabay Tayo"
Universal Records
15,000 copiesPlatinum Award
ASAP 24K Gold Award

Awards and recognition