Tessie Santiago

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Tessie Santiago
BornTessie Marie Santiago
(1975-08-10) August 10, 1975 (age 37)
Miami, Florida, United States
OccupationActress
Years active2000–present
 
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Tessie Santiago
BornTessie Marie Santiago
(1975-08-10) August 10, 1975 (age 37)
Miami, Florida, United States
OccupationActress
Years active2000–present

Tessie Santiago (born August 10, 1975 in Miami, Florida in the U.S.) is an American actress of Cuban and Spanish descent.

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Biography

Family and education

Tessie Santiago is a first generation American. Her parents and grandparents fled from Cuba after Fidel Castro took power of the country in the early 1960's. Her grandfather was a sculptor. Santiago's father was a musician and her mother mother was described as a painter. (Santiago's mother went on to earn a college degree as a working adult in Florida and was employed for many years as an administrative assistant at the Medical School in the University of Miami.) Santiago learned to play the piano at age seven.[1]

Santiago has two younger siblings, a brother and a half-sister. She attended Miami Coral Park High School graduating class of 1993[2]

A May 1999 graduate from the University of Miami, she earned a double major in film and theater arts and was able to study Shakespeare in London, England and Film Production with the Faculty of Film and Television of Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague, Czech Republic. She has always immersed herself in creative endeavors. At university she starred in the independent film Echo and became the resident “It Girl,” acting in many student films.

While working in Spain on the Queen of Swords, Santiago rescued and adopted a dog she named Zion.

As an avid reader, Henry Miller, Anaïs Nin and Milan Kundera are among her favorite authors. She has reported aspiration to work behind the camera, both as a writer and a director. [3]

Career

Santiago made her television debut in 2000 in the syndicated action/adventure television series Queen of Swords, playing Tessa Alvarado/The Queen.[4] She went on to appear on television shows including the first 11 episodes of the first season of the sitcom Good Morning, Miami, playing Lucia Rojas-Klein; and in episodes of Kitchen Confidential, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and One on One. In 2001, Santiago landed a co-starring role in the VH1 TV-movie The Way She Moves, playing Christina Juarez, a Latina dancer with the dream of winning a dance exhibition. Santiago then played Sarah Marshall in the independent film The Way Back Home. In 2009, she starred in the movie The Cell 2, a direct-to-video spin-off of the 2000 film The Cell, playing psychic investigator Maya Casteneda.

Accolades

Santiago was nominated for a 2001 ALMA Award for "Outstanding lead actress in a syndicated drama series" for Queen of Swords together with Tia Carrere and the winner Gina Torres.

She was ranked #50 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2001 list.[5]

Television

Film

References

  1. ^ Defunct official QoS website cast pages [1]
  2. ^ http://www.publicschoolreview.com/school_ov/school_id/17601
  3. ^ Retrieved from defunct QOS website Nov 7, 2011
  4. ^ "Queen of Swords.com". Wallpaper. Fireworks Entertainment/Wayback Machine. http://web.archive.org/web/20021007212403/http://www.thequeenofswords.com/extras/wall03.html. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 
  5. ^ [2]|Maxim Magazine Hot 100 Women of 2001| accessdate=November , 2011}}

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