Full Name: Krista Elyse Hidalgo Sullivan
Birthday: May 3, 1991 (Age 30)
Birth Place: Makati City, Philippines
Height: 5’7 in (1.71 m)
Occupation: Actress, Television Host, Brand Ambassador
Parents: Cornelius Gary Sullivan and Margarette Cariño Hidalgo
Krista Elyse Hidalgo Sullivan, better known by her stage name Bela Padilla, is a Filipina actress, film producer, film director, screenwriter, television host, and brand ambassador.
Bela Padilla was born to British Cornelius Gary Sullivan and wife Margarette Cariño Hidalgo (“Meg”). Her mother Meg is a maternal first-degree cousin to Robin Padilla. Her father was divorced from his first wife. She has three elder half-siblings in England from her father’s first family while she also has an elder brother from both of her parents. She first attended a Montessori education-style international school in Forbes Park, Makati, before attending the foreigners class of Colegio San Agustin – Makati. Bela Padilla took up journalism as an elective in senior high school.
Bela Padilla’s maternal grandmother is the sister of Eva Cariño-Padilla, wife of actor-director and former Camarines Norte governor Roy Padilla Sr.. She is the niece, of second degree consanguinity, to actors Rommel Padilla, Robin Padilla and BB Gandanghari, and second cousin to RJ and Daniel Padilla (sons of Rommel) and Queenie and Kylie Padilla (daughters of Robin).
Bela Padilla was discovered by ABS-CBN talent scout Jet Valle after the latter saw her on one of her field trips and introduced her to ABS-CBN via Star Magic Batch 15 and adopted the stage name Krista Valle. The same year she got her first TV role in the teen drama Star Magic Presents: Abt Ur Luv Ur Lyf 2. She later changed her stage name to her real name Krista Sullivan when she started working as a freelance actress. In 2009, she played a minor role in the TV series Totoy Bato. Bela Padilla then became a cast regular on the third season of Lokomoko High in TV5.
In 2010, Bela Padilla left Star Magic, replaced her manager with Claire dela Fuente and moved to GMA-7. Along with the move, she also finally changed her stage name to Bela Padilla.
In 2011, Bela Padilla was awarded the Miss Friendship and the Media’s Darling awards in the Asian Super Model Contest that was held in Guilin and Nanning in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of China, on 6 and 7 September.
In March 2012, Padilla was at the center of a controversy when her FHM Philippines magazine cover was withdrawn due to accusations of racism.
In 2015, Padilla returned to ABS-CBN after signing an exclusive contract with Dreamscape Entertainment Television, one of ABS-CBN’s famous TV assets, and played the role of Carmen in the hit teleserye FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, inspired from the Fernando Poe Jr. film of the same title, co-starring Coco Martin, Maja Salvador and Susan Roces.
|2008||Star Magic Presents: Abt Ur Luv Ur Lyf 2||Jo|
|2009||Tayong Dalawa||Bar Girl|
|2009||Pangarap Kong Jackpot|
|2009||Lokomoko High||Betty La Panget|
|2009||Maalaala Mo Kaya (Episode: “Kalapati”)||Pinky|
|2009||Maalaala Mo Kaya (Episode: “Makinilya”)||Pinky|
|2009||Maynila (Episode: “Makinig Ka, Puso”)||Isa|
|2010||Endless Love||Mayumi ‘Yumi’ Ramirez|
|2011||Machete||Aginaya / Rosella|
|2011||Maynila||Episode: “Love’s Priority”|
|2012||Bubble Gang||Various roles|
|2012||Makapiling Kang Muli||Amber|
|2012-2013||Magdalena||Magdalena “Lena” Fuentebella / Angela Natividad|
|2013||Love and Lies||Denise Salvador-Galvez|
|2014||Point of Entry||Analyn Ocampo|
|2014||Magpakailanman (Episode: “Nakakulong Ang Puso”)||Andrea|
|2014||Sa Puso ni Dok||Dr. Gabrielle “Gab” Estrella|
|2014||Magpakailanman (Episode: “Asawa Mo, Hiniram Ko”)||Mae|
|2014||Magpakailanman (Episode: “Ang Nurse Na May Ikatlong Mata”)||Jessa|
|2015-16||FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano||Carmen Guzman-de Leon|
|2016||Ipaglaban Mo (Episode: “Sanggol”)||Flora|
|2016||Home Sweetie Home||Criselda|
|2017||My Dear Heart||Clara Estanislao-de Jesus|
|2017||Maalaala Mo Kaya (Episode: “Ice Candy”)||Melanie|
|2018||Maalaala Mo Kaya (Episode: “Fireworks”)||Karla|
|2019||Sino ang Maysala?: Mea Culpa||Julie Iris Miranda / Atty. Juris Agoncillo-Montelibano|
FILM / MOVIES
|2007||Bahay Kubo: A Pinoy Mano Po!||Janet|
|2009||BFF (Best Friends Forever)||Mean girl|
|2010||You to Me Are Everything||Monique|
|2012||My Kontrabida Girl||Evelyn|
|2013||10,000 Hours||Maya Limchauco|
|2014||Sa Ngalan ng Ama, Ina, at mga Anak||Damian|
|2015||Felix Manalo||Honorata de Guzman-Manalo|
|2016||Camp Sawi||Bridgette “Brij”|
|2016||I America||Erica Berry|
|2016||The Super Parental Guardians||Emmy Cameo|
|2017||Luck at First Sight||Diane|
|2017||100 Tula Para Kay Stella||Stella|
|2018||Meet Me in St. Gallen||Celeste / Katy Perry|
|2018||The Day After Valentine’s||Lanie|
|2019||Apple of My Eye|
|2019||Miracle in Cell No. 7||Yesha Gopez (Adult)|
|2020||On Vodka, Beers and Regrets||Jane Pineda|