Male Actor
Manolo Cardona
Manolo Cardona
Biographical Information
Real Name: Manuel Julián Cardona Molano
Born: April 25, 1977
Age: 42
Height: Unknown
Originally From: Popayán, Cauca, Colombia
Twitter: @ManoloCardona11
Personal Information
First appearance: Kissed
Portrays: Tomás of Portugal

Manolo Cardona (April 25, 1977) is a Colombian actor. He portrayed Tomás of Portugal on Reign.

Life and careerEdit

Cardona was born in Popayán, Cauca, Colombia. At the age of seven, Cardona's family baptized him "Manolo". This would later be used as his name as an actor. When he was 18, he moved to Cali, Colombia, to finish his studies. Manolo studied finances and international relations. Manolo's mother, Nancy Molano, is a psychologist and astrologer. His father, Javier Enrique Cardona, has devoted his life to politics, and was the mayor of Popayán. Manolo has two brothers. The elder, Francisco, is an agent and engineer, and the younger Juan Jose, studied film direction in the University of Cataluña in Barcelona, Spain. One of his greatest passions is playing football (soccer).

Cardona began modeling at a very early age. It was his eldest brother who introduced Manuel to a modeling agency, he was then quickly signed on to a contract, then at the age of fourteen he shot his first television commercial and began modeling professionally for TV commercials, photography, and including runways for several agencies in Colombia. When Cardona was eighteen, in 1995, he began his acting career on a popular Colombian Television series called Padres e Hijos in which he starred for three years. Then in 1998 he won his first lead role in the television soap opera Carolina Barrantes. A year later he became even more prominent for his role in the successful soap opera Porque Diablos?, portraying a young man who becomes part of a drug organization so he can avenge his friend's death. Later in 2001 came Amor a Mil, a highly popular soap opera in Colombia. In 2002 he signed an exclusive contract with Telemundo and Argos Comunicación, and a year later in 2003 he starred in his first Mexican soap opera, Ladrón de Corazones. In it he portrayed Gustavo Velazco, a man who returns to his home town in Mexico after ten years to avenge his father's death and clear his name. He was the host of Telemundo's Spanish version of Temptation Island. He is also known for his role as Sebastián on the Mexican telenovela Gitanas. In 2005, the film Rosario Tijeras, Cardona's big-screen debut, was released in Colombia. The film was based on Jorge Franco's book of the same name. Cardona worked opposite Flora Martinez (playing Rosario Tijeras) and Unax Ugalde and was directed by Emilio Maille. The film was nominated for a Goya Award for best foreign film. In 2005 the film had its North American premiere at the American Film Institute Festival, in Hollywood.

In 2005 he starred in the film La mujer de mi hermano opposite Bárbara Mori and Christian Meier which was released in the United States in 2006. In 2006 he finished filming "Madrid-Mexico" with director Enrique Renteria. Cardona is working, with his brothers, on his two production companies "11-11 and Miramas".

After two years of absence, Manolo Cardona returned to work for Telemundo and Argos on the Telemundo soap opera production Marina, replacing Mauricio Ochmann as Ricardo. The soap opera was filmed in Acapulco, Mexico. In 2008 both of his production companies (onceonce films and Miramas) will produce a film in Colombia.

On September 27, 2007 Manolo was awarded the "Latin Pride Award" in the Back Bay Events Center in Boston. The award honors the accomplishments of Hispanics of different areas and is a production of the Latin Pride Magazine. Cardona appeared in the 2008 Disney film Beverly Hills Chihuahua.

In 2008, Manolo was in a series, El Cartel de los Sapos for Caracol TV where he played a drug dealer. The series was filmed in Miami, New York, Colombia, Panamá and Madrid. The series was followed by a film of the same name. The series and film were based on a book written by Andres Lopes alias Florecita, who wrote the book while in prison. The series was screened at the LA Screenings and the series aired in 2008 in Colombia. Caracol TV will air the series of 40 episodes starring Manolo Cardona, Karen Martinez, Diego Cadavid and Robinson Diaz. The series debuted on Caracol TV on June 5, 2008 continuing until October 2008. Since it premiered on July 2008, El Cartel was the highest rated show on Colombian television. When it premiered on Telemundo on December 2008, it was the highest rated show in the history of the network.

In November 2008, Cardona played a lead role in Undertow (Spanish title Contracorriente) in Peru. Cardona plays the character of Santiago, a gay painter who arrives in a small town and falls in love with Miguel, a married fisherman played by Cristian Mercado who is torn between his love for Santiago and his love for his pregnant wife Mariela Tatiana Astengo. The film is produced by Dynamo Capital (Colombia) and Calvo Films (Peru), and is directed by Javier Fuentes-León. Contracorriente also premiered at the San Sebastian Film Festival on September 23, 2010. The film also had great reception in Sundance Film Festival winning the Audience Award for World Cinema Drama.


  • 2001: "The Best Colombian Leading Actor of the Year" in Houston; a tribute paid by the Hispanic community in the United States.
  • 2008: "Best Supporting Actor" from Imagen Foundation Awards for Beverly Hills Chihuahua.

Reign Episode GuideEdit

Season One
Snakes in the Garden
Hearts and Minds
A Chill in the Air
Left Behind
For King and Country
Royal Blood
Dirty Laundry
The Darkness
Liege Lord
No Exit
Toy Soldiers
Higher Ground
Long Live The King
Slaughter Of Innocence


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Padres e hijos Nicolas Franco 1 Episode
1998 Carolina Barrantes David 1 Episode
1999 ¿Por qué diablos? Juan 'Diablo' Cantor 1 Episode
2001 Amor a Mil Jhon Hector Afanador 1 Episode
2003 Ladrón de Corazones Gustavo Velasco 1 Episode
2004 Gitanas Sebastián Domínguez 1 Episode
2005 Rosario Tijeras Emilio Movie
2005 La mujer de mi hermano Gonzalo / Rohan Movie
2006 Marina Ricardo Alarcón Morales #2 1 Episode
2008 El Cartel de los Sapos Martin 4 Episodes
2008 Tiempo final Pablo 1 Episode
2009 Sin tetas no hay paraíso Martín La Roca 15 Episodes
2008 Beverly Hills Chihuahua Sam Cortez Movie
2009 Undertow Santiago Movie
2010 El cartel 2 - La guerra total Martín González 1 Episode
2011 Aquele Beijo Juan 1 Episode
2011 Al Acecho del Leopardo Eduardo Movie
2011 The Last Death David Movie
2011 The Snitch Cartel Martin Movie
2012 Border Run Roberto Movie
2012 Restos Luis Movie
2013 The Arrangement Andres Movie
2013 Covert Affairs Teo Braga 6 Episodes
2013 Reign Tomás of Portugal 2 Episodes
2014 Fort Bliss Luis Movie
2014 Love Film Festival Adrián Movie
2014 She Only Comes at Night Michael Movie
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