Manolo Cardona Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 02 Oct, 2017
Facts of Manolo Cardona
Date of Birth: 1977 , April-25
Age: 44 years old
Birth Nation: Colombia
Height: 6 Feet
Birth Name Manolo Cardona
Nationality Columbia
Birth Place/City Cauca
Ethnicity White
Married Yes
Married to Valeria Santos (m. 2012)
Children Gael Cardona
Siblings Francisco Cardona, Juan Jose Cardona
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A renowned Columbian actor, Manolo Cardona is best known for playing a role of Gustavo Velasco in the TV series, Ladron de Corazones and Julio Kaczynski in La Hermandad. Similarly, he is also known for portraying as Eduardo Sandoval in the Netflix series, Narcos.

Cardona is married to his girlfriend, Valeria Santos who is a Columbian socialite. Before Santos, he was linked with Uruguayan Actress, Bárbara Mori.

Early life and Education

Manolo Cardona was born as Manuel Julián Cardona Molano on April 25, 1977, in Cauca, Popayán, Colombia. He belongs to white ethnicity/race & holds a Columbia nationality.

Cardona is born to Javier Enrique Cardona, a politician & was the mayor of Popayán and Nancy Monolo, Psychologist, merchant as well as an astrologer. He grew up along with his two older brothers, Francisco and Juan Jose Cardona.


Manolo Cardona began modeling at a very early age of seven. Before making an acting career debut, he started modeling along with his elder brother. 

When he was fourteen, Cardona appeared in commercials including runways for several design agencies. At that time, Cardona grabbed the attention of the public by his incredible looks.

Cardona later made an onscreen debut with the movie, Fathers, and Sons as Nicolas where he worked for three years and appeared in the other TV series such as Carolina Barrantes, Why the Devil, Thief of Heart, Sin Testas NO Hay Paraiso and more.

Cardona also made a film debut in 2005. His first movie was Rosario Scissors as Emilio and nominated for Goya Award. He has appeared in several other films including, The Woman of my Brother, Beverly Hill Chihuahua, Undertow, The Poster of the Frogs, Fort Bliss and many others.

Currently, Cardona is working for the series, The Brotherhood as Julio Kaczinski. Similarly, up to date, he has won several Awards such as Best Columbian Leading Actor of the year, Best Actor of Columbia, etc.

Personal life

Manolo Cardona is married to a Columbian socialite, Valeria Santos. After dating couple of years, they tied the knot in December 2013.

The couple welcomed their first child, Gael Cardona; after a few years of their marriage. We can saw their photos on social sites including Instagram.

Previously, Cardona was in a relationship with Katarina Sacht and Barbara Mori. However, their relationship did not last for an extended period. Currently, he lives with his son and wife in Columbia.

Net worth

Manolo Cardona earns a decent amount of money from his acting professions. 

As of 2017, Cardona’s net worth is under review but seeing his lavish lifestyles his net worth must be in six figures.