Bela Padilla

Bela Padilla

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Krista Elyse Hidalgo Sullivan

Full Name: Krista Elyse Hidalgo Sullivan
Birthday: May 3, 1991 (Age 33)
Birth Place: Makati City, Philippines
Height: 5’7 in (1.71 m)
Occupation: Actress, Television Host, Brand Ambassador
Parents: Cornelius Gary Sullivan (Father) and Margarette Cariño Hidalgo (Mother)

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.[6] 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 Totoy Bato Rain
2009 Midnight DJ
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”
2011 Sisid Monique
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


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 Tomodachi Rosalinda
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
2018 Fantastica Fairy Godmother
2019 Apple of My Eye
2019 Miracle in Cell No. 7 Yesha Gopez (Adult)
2019 Mañanita
2020 On Vodka, Beers and Regrets Jane Pineda

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