|Born||Rodel Luis Nacianceno|
November 01, 1981 (age 36)
|Profession||Actor, Model, Film Producer, Screenwriter|
Coco Martin (born Rodel Luis Cortez Nacianceno on November 1, 1981) is a Gawad Urian Award-winning Filipino actor. He became famous for starring in independent films, and was dubbed the "Prince of Philippine Independent Films". He is also known for his portrayal of Ramon Lecumberri in the television series Tayong Dalawa, as well as for his dual role as the twins Alexander and Javier del Tierro in the series Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin, and his main protagonist role as Daniel Guidotti in Walang Hanggan.
Coco Martin started out in one of the ABS-CBN's talent agency, Star Magic, as part of the Star Circle Batch 9. He made his first cameo film appearance in the 2001 film Luv Text where he was credited under his real name, Rodel Nacianceno, followed by many independent films.
Since then he has appeared in several TV advertisements before breaking back into showbiz with his lead debut independent film Masahista for which he was awarded the Young Critics Circle Best Actor Award in 2006. He also starred in Kaleldo in 2006.
Early in 2007, Martin joined GMA Network, and appeared in several GMA TV shows starting with Daisy Siete. He also became a member of the boy-group The Studs. Martin was also seen in independent gay-oriented films, Daybreak and Jay where he earned his first Gawad Urian Award for Best Supporting Actor.
In 2008, Martin returned to ABS-CBN and was cast in Ligaw na Bulaklak as one of the regular cast members. In 2009, he starred in the drama series Tayong Dalawa where he won the award for Best Drama Actor at the 2009 Star Awards for Television. After Tayong Dalawa, he starred in the afternoon soap opera titled Nagsimula sa Puso, alongside Maja Salvador, Jason Abalos and Nikki Gil. In the same year, he joined Star Magic.
In 2010, he became part of the cast of ABS-CBN's primetime drama Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo, and had his first leading role in the action series Tonyong Bayawak. He also starred in his first mainstream film Sa 'yo Lamang, and the primetime series 1DOL. Martin also filmed another independent film titled Kinatay, where he was nominated for a FAMAS Award for Best Actor.