Famous Filipino Actresses: 33+ Iconic Stars

There’s nothing in this world like a Filipina girl in this world, just like what a song says. So today, we will be talking about beautiful and famous Filipino actresses.

The Philippine film industry is truly a pride of every Filipino. It is composed of many beautiful and talented Filipino actresses that are recognized not just in the Philippines but in different parts of the world. You can see lots of video reactions about Filipino actresses from different parts of the world. This is no surprise because Filipino actresses are indeed versatile and unique.

So today, let’s spotlight the most beautiful Filipino actresses who are making the Philippine film industry shine brightly. We will start from young actresses down to veteran actresses. Indeed, at the end of this blog, you will be captivated by their beauty and talents.


List Of Young & Famous Filipino Actresses

Filipinas have diverse beauty, and it’s nice to discover them while they are still young. Today, Philippine television is now blessed with young talented, and beautiful Filipina actresses that are starring in huge films and TV shows. Here are some of them.

Liza Soberano

Liza Soberano - Filipino Actresses


Bagging the role of Taffy in the upcoming American horror comedy, Liza Soberano, a Filipina actress, is set to make her first debut in Hollywood. She rose to popularity after starring as the lead in the romantic comedy television series Forevermore with her love interest and boyfriend in real life, Enrique Gil. But, before this, she was already featured in lots of shows like Must be Love, Wansapanataym, Kung Ako’y Iiwan Mo, and She’s the One

When we talk about the most beautiful Filipino actresses, we can never miss Liza Soberano because she is indeed a real beauty and it’s recognized internationally. In fact, she is also the only Filipina to have placed in the top 10 on Thermometer’s 2019 list of the 100 Most Beautiful Women in the World. Just recently, Liza Soberano shook her Filipino fans by appearing in different shows in South Korea.

Kathryn Bernardo

Kathryn Bernardo - Filipino Actresses

Well, who doesn’t know Kathryn Bernardo, one of the perfect examples of a real morena beauty? Starting as a child actress, Kathryn has featured in different shows and played the young versions of other Filipina actresses, such as Marian Rivera, in the Filipino remake of “Endless Love.”

One of the most iconic roles that made her extremely popular is playing the role of Mara in the hit Filipino TV show “Mara Clara.” It was then followed by other TV shows and movies that feature Kathryn Bernardo and her real-life boyfriend, Daniel Padilla.

Kathryn is also an award-winning actress. In fact, The only Filipina actress to cross the $800 million milestone for two films, Hello, Love, Goodbye and The Hows of Us (2018). The latter broke all box office records and now holds the title of highest-grossing Filipino film ever. She received both the PMPC Star Awards for Movies and the Box Office Queen Award.

Nadine Lustre

Nadine Lustre - Filipino Actresses

Let’s talk about one of the most beautiful female celebrities whom people call “The President” – Nadine Lustre. Nadine Alexis Paguia Lustre is a singer, actress, and unbothered queen who hails from the Philippines. She became well-known after she was cast in the leading role of Eya Rodriguez in the movie “Diary ng Panget” with her now ex-boyfriend James Reid.

Since then, Lustre has portrayed leading roles in the television series On the Wings of Love as well as the films Never Not Love You, Ulan, and Indak. She was also a member of the Filipino Girl Group called “Pop Girls.”

When the love team JaDine (James and Nadine) broke up, all the JaDine fans were heartbroken. But this doesn’t stop Nadine from proving her worth in the entertainment industry. She continues to produce music, and just recently, she made an appearance as a judge in Drag Race Philippines.

Julia Montes

Julia Montes - Filipino Actresses

She has been acclaimed as the “Royal Princess of Drama” for her acting prowess and flexibility, which have earned her the reputation of being one of the most in-demand actors in the nation

She started her acting career when she was a child on television, appearing in guest appearances and starring in the show Goin’ Bulilit. After gaining enormous attention for her performance as the cruel and spoiled Clara del Valle in the remake of Mara Clara (2010–2011), which served as her first important role and a career breakthrough, Montes went on to make her film debut in the family drama Way Back Home (2011).

Now, Julia Montes is one of the leading young Filipino actresses known in the Philippines. One of her latest trending TV appearances is when her character and Coco Martin’s character reunited in the last episode of ‘FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano.’

Julia Barreto

Julia Barreto - Filipino Actresses

Julia Baretto is one of the gorgeous Filipino actresses, so if you are a fan of women who have out-of-the-world beauty, you should definitely check her out. She comes from the famous Barreto family, which has a long history in show business.

She became more well-known after appearing in the television show Kokey on ABS-CBN, in which she portrayed the leading character of Anna Calugdan. In the 2014 dramatic fantasy series Mirabella, she played the role of the protagonist and was quite successful in the role.

Julia Barreto is also known to be the other half of the JoshLia love team, along with her now ex-boyfriend Joshua Garcia. This Filipino actress is now making trends as she is bound to do a film after a few years away from the television. This film is called Expensive Candy, which will also feature Carlo Aquino, one of the leading Filipino actors.

Janella Salvador

Janella Salvador - Filipino Actresses

The fans usually hate antagonists, but it’s the other way around for Janella Salvador. After bagging the role of Valentina in the Filipino Superhero TV series “Darna,” she receives nothing but praise from the people saying that she is truly perfect for the role. What’s more surprising is she did this despite being a mom.

She made her acting debut in the popular family television series Be Careful with My Heart, and she went on to star in the shows Oh My G! and So Connected. She displayed how much she has developed as an actress in the series The Killer Bride, and as a result, many viewers’ hearts were immediately won over by her performance.

If you think that’s all, you’re wrong because she also can sing. Her mother, Jenine Desiderio, is a well-known musical actor on the West End, and her father, Juan Miguel Salvador, is a lyricist who has won an Awit Award and was formerly the lead vocalist of Rage Band. With this, no doubt that she’s good at singing. In fact, she has a cover of the song “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana.

Jane De Leon

Jane De Leon - Filipino Actresses

Who in the Philippines doesn’t know Jane De Leon? She bagged the role of one of the most iconic characters in Philippine TV, Darna. A great number of people were taken aback when she was cast in the role, but even more stunned by the stunning beauty and seductiveness of the actor.

Although this may be the biggest movie part Jane has ever played, she is no stranger to the acting world. She played Maggie Bartolome on Ipaglaban Mo, La Luna Sangre, and Halik and also acted in the films Walwal and The Debutante.

Kylie Padilla

Kylie Padilla - Filipino Actresses

Make way for the Hara of the Sang’gres, Amihan, or Kylie Padilla in real life. Playing the lead role of “Amihan” in the hit telefantasya series “Encantadia” has truly made her one of the most sought-after Filipino actresses. She debuted on the GMA network in her role in Joaquin Bordado and bagged other roles in different shows such as The Good Daughter and Adarna.

Kylie is indeed a notable television personality. She’s the daughter of Filipino action star Robin Padilla. Aside from acting, she is also a singer and a martial artist, making her truly worthy of her role as “Amihan.”

Sanya Lopez

Sanya Lopez - Filipino Actresses

Talk about great acting skills, real beauty, and a beautiful body; Sanya Lopez has it all. Sanya Lopez is a young Filipino actress who became popular through her breakthrough role “Danaya” in “Encantadia.” Recently, her show “First Lady” with veteran actor Gabby Concepcion just ended. This show how versatile she is as an actress.

Gabbi Garcia

Gabbi Garcia - Filipino Actresses

This Filipino actress and singer proves that you don’t need to have white skin to be beautiful. Gabbi Garcia is also one of the celebrities who explicit true morena beauty. Garcia started to do commercial work and compete in singing contests. In 2013, she made her first appearance on TV as one of the young leads in the primetime show My Destiny on the GMA Network.

She was in a love team with Ruru Madrid. After that, they starred together in the teledrama Let the Love Begin, the political comedy Naku, Boss Ko!, and the 2016 remake of the hit fantasy show Encantadia, in which Garcia played the role of Sang’gre Alena, which Karylle had played in the original series. This made her and her co-stars even bigger stars.

Glaiza De Castro

Glaiza De Castro - Filipino Actresses

Glaiza de Castro. is a Filipino actress and recording artist; She is known as “Drama Royalty” in the business because of how good she is at acting and how many roles she can play.

In Italy in 2021, her movie “Midnight in a Perfect World” won the “Best Film Award.” It was also the best-selling movie at the QCinema International Film Festival. She has put out four studio albums as a recording artist. “Synthesis” got a Gold certification from PARI, making her the first artist under Homework Music to do so. Her most famous roles were in “Temptation of Wife,” “Stairway to Heaven,” “Contessa,” and “Encantadia.”

Francine Diaz

Francine Diaz - Filipino Actresses

Having an angelic face and superb acting skills, Francine has undoubtedly become one of the most notable young Filipino actresses these days. Francine Diaz or Chin, as her fans call her, is a young actress who has risen to popularity after playing her role Cassandra “Cassy” Mondragon in one of the hit TV series “Kadenang Ginto.”

Andrea Brillantes

Andrea Brillantes - Filipino Actresses

From TV commercials, series, movies, TikTok, and even billboards, it’s impossible not to see Andrea Brillantes. She initially appeared on Goin’ Bulilit. She later played Sofia Alvaro in the 2010 ABS-CBN drama Alyna (Shaina Magdayao). She appeared on E-Boy in 2012 as Princess, a boyish fairy-tale fan. She guest-starred in TV5’s Wansapanataym.

She got her big break in 2013 with Annaliza.  She played Annaliza, a foster child who underwent many challenges. She also played Lia Buenavista in the 2015 rendition of Pangako Sa’Yo. 

But, one of the highlights of her acting career happened when she played the role of Marga, an antagonist, in 2018’s Kadenang Ginto.  Due to the series’ success, the Gold Squad was established. This group is made of her co-stars in Kadenang Ginto: Seth Fedelin, Francine Diaz, and Kyle Echarri.

Now, Andrea Brillantes’ childhood dream came true when she was named the youngest celebrity CEO of a business that will be starting soon.

Sue Ramirez

Sue Ramirez - Filipino Actresses

When we talk about versatile Filipino actresses, Sue Ramirez is definitely on the list. Sue Ramirez is an actress, model, and singer born in the Philippines. Her first big role was in the ABS-CBN remake of the TV drama Mula Sa Puso, where she played a supporting character.

She appeared also in the television dramas Angelito: Batang Ama , Angelito: Ang Bagong Yugto, Annaliza , Pangako Sa ‘Yo , Dolce Amore, La Luna Sangre, Hanggang Saan, FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano and A Soldier’s Heart. For the movie Just the Way You Are, she was nominated for the 32nd PMPC Star Awards for Movies as New Movie Actress of the Year.

Belle Mariano

Belle Mariano - Filipino Actresses

One of the fresh faces in the showbiz industry is Belle Mariano. Belle Mariano is a Filipino actress, singer, model, and commercial model. At the age of 9, Mariano started appearing on TV in supporting roles and as the main character on the comedy show Goin’ Bulilit. She played a role in the movie Four Sisters Before the Wedding and the TV show He’s Into Her.

Yassi Pressman

Yassi Pressman - Filipino Actresses

Yasmin Isabel “Yassi” Pressman is a Filipino-British model, actress, singer, and dancer. She is also known for her work as a television presenter. She was given a break in her career for performing antagonist roles because of her skill as a power dancer. However, she rose to notoriety after playing the role of Alyana Arevalo in the successful television series FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano.

Maine Mendoza

Maine Mendoza - Filipino Actresses

She is well known for her viral Dubsmash videos and her role as Yaya Dub in the noontime reality show Eat Bulaga! segment “Kalyeserye,” formerly broadcast on GMA Network and worldwide via GMA Pinoy TV. Her videos have been viewed more than 100 million times. But, the real twist is her genuine reaction upon seeing Alden Richards.

Every Filipino who watched television in 2015 has a fond memory of Maine Mendoza and Alden Richards, or as fans call them, “Aldub.” Many people have watched every single episode of “Kalyeserye” in Eat Bulaga, waiting for the two to see each other personally finally.

The AlDub love team was truly phenomenal that’s why it’s heartbreaking for their fans that they didn’t end up together. Now she is a well-known actress and television host. She is currently engaged to her boyfriend, Arjo Atayde.

Kim Chiu

Kim Chiu - Filipino Actresses

Lastly, let us talk about the one and only “China Princess,” Kim Chiu. She is a Chinese Filipina actress and model who was born in Xiamen, China, in April 1990. In 2007, she played a pivotal role in the hit TV series Sana Maulit Muli. The actress also enjoys the honor of being named the year’s Most Promising Female Star.

Chiu became well-known after she triumphed on the Philippine version of Big Brother, Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition. After winning, she was added to the Star Magic roster and began guest-starring on dramas like Love Spell and First Day High on ABS-CBN. Other teleseryes that she starred in were My Binondo Girl, My Girl, Ina, Kapatid, Anak.


Other Filipino Young Actresses

  • Bianca Umali
  • Loisa Andalio
  • Kisses Delavin
  • Charlie Dizon
  • Alexa Ilacad
  • Gillian Vicencio
  • Kim Chiu
  • Janine Gutierrez
  • Kyline Alcantara
  • Barbie Forteza
  • Bea Binene
  • Joyce Ching
  • Jillian Ward


Filipino Leading Actresses

After the young Filipina actresses, let us now move to the leading actresses in the Philippines. These actresses have already won awards and starred in blockbuster films and hit TV shows.

Angel Locsin

Angel Locsin - Filipino Actresses

When we talk about leading Filipino actresses nowadays, we should never forget an actress that Filipinos call “Real-life Darna,” Angel Locsin. She is an actress and philanthropist that many Filipinos adore. She’s not just an actress that won several awards, but she is always willing to help those who are in need like when the Pandemic strikes, volcano eruptions, and typhoons.

Angel Locsin has worked in the film industry as a producer, model, actress, and designer. She played Alwina, which is her breakthrough role in the fantasy-themed TV series Mulawin launched her successful acting career. The portrayal of Darna, a superheroine, in the TV series of the same name catapulted her to fame.

Marian Rivera

Marian Rivera - Filipino Actresses

Marian Rivera is a Spanish Filipino model and actress that rose to fame after playing the iconic role of Marimar in the Filipino adaptation of the Mexican Telenovela “Marimar.” She also was also declared “the sexiest woman in the Philippines” by the FHM.

Marian starred in other unforgettable TV shows such as Amaya, Dyesebel, Darn, and more. With her exceptional acting skills, she’s now considered the “Primetime Queen.” Now, she’s married to her leading man in Marimar, Ding Dong Dantes with two kids.

Anne Curtis

Anne Curtis - Filipino Actresses

When it comes to great Filipina actresses, Anne Curtis is definitely one of those on the top list. She started as a young actress, and one of her most iconic roles is playing “Dahlia” in the Filipino family-fantasy “Magic Temple.” This role eventually became the name of her daughter.

Anne Curtis is a gorgeous Filipina-Australian actress, model, and host. She has starred in numerous popular TV shows, including Dyosa, Kampanerang Kuba, Hiram, Dysebel, and many more. Additionally, Anne’s filmography includes prominent performances in Aurora, Buybust, Just a Stranger, The Gifted, A Secret Affair, and No Other Woman. Aside from acting, she’s also known for her singing, and now she’s doing concerts also.

Bea Alonzo

Bea Alonzo - Filipino Actresses

You’re not a true Filipino if you haven’t watched the films “One More Chance” and “A Second Chance.” This film starred one of the most famous Filipino actresses, Bea Alonzo, with her love team John Lloyd Cruz. This film is about a long-term pair played by Cruz and Alonzo who first met in college and has remained popular enough for a sequel, A Second Chance, to be produced in 2015.

Bea Alonzo is a famous actress and model who has been in countless movies and TV shows. Now, since the ABS-CBN has lost its franchise, Bea Alonzo shook her Filipino fans when she transferred to the GMA network.

Angelica Panganiban

Bea Alonzo - Filipino Actresses

Angelica Panganiban is a Filipino-American actress, model, TV personality, and comedienne. Regarded as the new “Queen of Drama” by numerous media outlets, Panganiban is considered one of the most seasoned and varied actors in the Philippines.

Maja Salvador

Maja Salvador - Filipino Actresses

Filipina actress, dancer, model, and singer Maja Salvador has gorgeous looks in the profession. Like other Filipino actresses, she started small. The Filipino drama It Might Be You was a career highlight early on.


Other Filipino Leading Actresses

  • Jennylyn Mercado
  • Toni Gonzaga
  • Jody Sta. Maria /Santa Maria
  • Erich Gonzales
  • Cristine Reyes
  • Angeline Quinto
  • Andi Eigenmann
  • Heart Evangelista
  • Sarah Gernonimo
  • Lovi Poe
  • Carla Abellana
  • Arci Muñoz
  • Alex Gonzaga
  • Andrea Torres
  • Aubrey Miles
  • Yam Conception
  • Yen Santos
  • Rhian Ramos
  • Rochelle Pangilinan
  • LJ Reyes
  • Yasmien Curdi
  • Ryza Cenon
  • Jacki Rice
  • Solenn Heusaff
  • Jessy Mendiola
  • Pia Wurtzbach
  • Rabiya Mateo
  • Maxine Medina
  • Megan Young
  • Kylie Versoza
  • Kris Bernal
  • Camille Prats
  • Sarah Lahbati
  • Max Collins
  • Valerie Concepcion
  • Valeen Montenegro

Filipino Veteran Actresses

When it comes to acting, these veteran Filipina actresses are legends. They have already proven their worth in the Philippine industry and have become the Philippines’ pride. Let’s get to know them.

Gloria Romero

Gloria Romero - Filipino Actresses

 Gloria Romero is a multi-awarded veteran Filipino actress. She has acted in more than 200 films and television programs over 70 years.

Gloria Sevilla

Gloria Sevilla - Filipino Actresses

Gloria Sevilla is a multi-awarded Filipino actress known as the “Queen of Visayan Movies” during the 1950s and 1960s.

Perla Bautista

Perla Bautista - Filipino Actresses

Perla Marcial Bautista is a Filipino actress. She appeared in 250 films and TV series. Markang Rehas won Best Actress FAMAS. She received Best Supporting Actress for Anak Ng Cabron.

Susan Roces

Susan Roces - Filipino Actresses

Susan Roces featured in more than 130 films and TV shows and was called the “Queen of Philippine Movies.” She won two Best Actress FAMASs. Luna Awards celebrated her long career and service to Philippine cinema.

Nora Aunor

Nora Aunor - Filipino Actresses

Nora Aunor is a multi-awarded veteran Filipino actress known to be Philippine cinema’s “Superstar. She has also made appearances in theater, television, and music performances. She was also hailed as a “Philippine National Artist for Film and Broadcast Arts.” 

Vilma Santos

Vilma Santos - Filipino Actresses

In the local media, she is known as the “Star for All Seasons” due to the wide range of genres that she has explored in her films. She is the longest reigning box office queen in Philippine cinema and holds the titles of Grand Slam Queen, Queen of Queens, and the Longest Reigning Box Office Queen of Philippine Cinema.

Sharon Cuneta

Sharon Cuneta - Filipino Actresses

Sharon Gamboa Cuneta-Pangilinan is a well-known name in the entertainment industry in the Philippines, having worked as an actress, singer, and television host. She has become a household figure and is referred to as the “Megastar” as a result of her rise to the top of the Philippine entertainment business, where she is regarded as one of the most successful and highest-earning personalities.

Maricel Soriano

Maricel Soriano - Filipino Actresses

Maricel Soriano is a dancer, occasional host, and actress who works in film and television in the Philippines. Because of her acting prowess, talent, and widespread acclaim, Soriano is commonly known as “The Diamond Star.” Her career has spanned more than 50 years.


Jaclyn Jose

Jaclyn Jose - Filipino Actresses

Jaclyn Jose is noted for her “no acting” manner. She’s internationally acclaimed. Private Show, White Slavery, and Santa Juana feature her notable roles. Jose won the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress in 2016 for Brillante Mendoza’s Ma’ Rosa. First Southeast Asian to win the award.

Other Veteran Actresses

  • Dina Bonnevei
  • Luz Valdez
  • D
  • Jean Garcia
  • Gina Alajar
  • Cherry Pie Picache
  • Sylvia Sanchez
  • Angel Aquino
  • Regine Velasquez
  • Judy Anne Santos
  • Cherie Gill
  • Gina Alajar
  • Amy Austria
  • Lea Salonga
  • Ai Aid Delas Alas
  • Kris Aquino
  • Alice Dixson
  • Iza Calzado
  • Sunshine Dizon
  • Diana Zubiri
  • Angelika Dela Cruz
  • Angelu de Leon
  • Donita Rose
  • Angelika Dela Cruz
  • Ruffa Gutierrez
  • Jolina Magdangal
  • Claudine Barreto
  • Kristine Hermosa
  • Ruffa Mae Quinto
  • Donna Cruz
  • Mikee Cojuangco
  • Nikki Valdez
  • Giselle Tongi
  • Rosanna Roces
  • Ara Mina
  • Carmina Villaroel


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