Maria Sophia Ocampo Atayde March 23, 1992 (age 28)
Maria Sophia Ocampo Atayde (born March 23, 1992) known professionally as Ria Atayde is a Filipina actress. She is the daughter and the sister of both veteran actors, Sylvia Sanchez and Arjo Atayde. Since her beginning, she made guest appearance and her journey as an actress began after having starred in drama series Ningning and variety show Showtime.
Atayde was born and raised in the Philippines. She is the daughter of Sylvia Sanchez, a veteran actress, and Arturo Atayde, a businessman. She has three siblings; Juan Carlos (Arjo Atayde who is also an actor), Maria Angela (Gela), and Juan Arturo Xavier (Xavi). She is an alumna of Saint Pedro Poveda College, an exclusive private school, and De La Salle University where she took up Communication Arts and graduated in June 2014.
Career Beginnings: (2015-present)
With her mother and brother being in show business, Atayde decided to join showbiz, too. Her career began in 2015 when she starred on ABS-CBN's Ningning (2015–16), which featured child star Jana Cassandra Agoncillo. The series was aired on the PrimeTanghali noontime show slot. Atayde played a minor role in this series as Teacher Hope, Ningning's teacher. She stars opposite of Jana Cassandra Agoncillo, Beauty Gonzalez and her mother, Sylvia Sanchez. The series aired its final episode on January 15, 2016, and concluded with a total of 125 episodes.
After her successful portrayal in Ningning, Atayde joined It's Showtime and became part of the cast during its Lenten Special week. Atayde was in the series during an episode entitled "The Wedding" and played the role of "Sheila". Shortly after, she made her debut in the long running drama anthology series Maalaala Mo Kaya (2016). The episode was titled "Puno ng Mangga". She received the award for Best Female New TV Personality. Atayde then starred in an episode of Ipaglaban Mo (2016). She then went to Wansapanataym (2016) to star in the miniseries Holly and Mau, after playing several roles of heavy drama.
Her career then went on hiatus for a short period. Atayde was cast in the popular fantasy television series My Dear Heart (2017), opposite Nayomi "Heart" Ramos, Coney Reyes, Zanjoe Marudo and Bela Padilla. The series received a great response with the audiences and garnered 31.0% on its 2nd episode nationwide using Kantar Media ratings. Portraying the role of Gia Divinagracia, this is Atayde's most recent dramatic return to teleseryes. The series premiered on January 23, 2017 on ABS-CBN's Primetime Bida evening block.