Leonor Varela Palma is a Chilean actress, spokesperson, and model. Leonor plays the character Cleopatra in the 1999 film Cleopatra. She also has actively participated in various ecological causes such as "Save Whales Again".
Varela was born in Santiago, Chile, the daughter of Leonor, a massage therapist, and the famous Chilean biologist and cognitive neuroscientist Francisco Varela Garcia. She has one sister Alejandra and two brothers, Javier and Gabriel.
Her father was of Spanish, Macedonian-Greek, and Syrian ancestry, and her mother, Leonor Palma, was of French, Italian, and Algerian-Amazigh ancestry. Varela's family fled to Costa Rica in her early childhood when her homeland was overtaken by a military regime. She subsequently resided in Germany, the U.S., and France. In the early 1990s, her parents moved back to Chile, while she remained in Paris where she studied acting at the Niels Arestrup School, The Ecole de Passage, and Conservatoire Superieur de Paris.
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