Born Kathryn Chandria Manuel Bernardo on March 26, 1996 in Cabanatuan City, Kathryn Bernardo is one of the most popular young stars in the Philippines. She studied at the OB Montessori Center Inc. in Greenhills.
While she started her television career when she was just 7 years old, the remake of the hit soap opera Mara Clara catapulted her to fame. In the said teleserye, Kathryn Bernardo played the underdog Mara, originally played by Judy Ann Santos.
A contract artist of Star Magic, Kathryn starred in various ABS-CBN programs including Goin Bulilit, Super Inggo, Shoutout!, Growing Up and currently plays the main protagonist in the hit primetime series Princess and I.
Kathryn Bernardo’s first movie project was Regal Film’s Gagamboy starring Vhong Navarro. She also appeared in bit roles in such films as Nasaan Ka Man, Tatlong Baraha, Supahpapalicious, and Yaya and Angelina: The Spoiled Brat Movie.
It was after her very successful stint as Mara in the 2010 remake of the phenomenal soap opera Mara Clara that Kathryn Bernardo was launched a lead actress, alongside her Mara Clara co-actress Julia Montes, in the movie Way Back Home. The film opened at first place with an estimated P18 million within its first week surpassing other foreign films shown the same week in Philippine cinemas.
She was then cast in the Regal Film’s Metro Manila Film Festival 2011 entry, Shake, Rattle & Roll 13 as the lead role in the Parola episode. Kathryn Bernardo, together with love team Daniel Padilla, also starred in the Star Magic’s 20th Anniversary Presentation, 24/7 in Love. The two will also be part of the upcoming Star Cinema film, Sisterakas, a MMFF 2012 official entry which stars Kris Aquino, Vice Ganda and AiAi delas Alas.
Aside from her acting stints on television and film, Kathryn is also busy being a much sought after print-ad and commercial model. Her endorsement deals include big brands like Bench and Coca-Cola. She also dabbles in singing. In fact, she recorded a sigle entitled Mula Noon Hanggang Ngayon, which was originally sung by Lea Salonga, for the Princess the And I soundtrack album.