Tessie Santiago

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Tessie Santiago
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Birth name Tessie Marie Santiago
Born August 10, 1975 in Miami, Florida, USA
Notable Roles Tessa in Queen of Swords
Notable Episodes



A May 1999 graduate from the University of Miami, Tessie earned a double major in film and theater arts and was able to study Shakespeare in London, England and Film Production with the Faculty of Film and Television of Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague, Czech Republic.


Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Queen of Swords Maria Teresa "Tessa" Alvarado 2000–2001 1
Good Morning, Miami Lucia Rojas-Klein 2002–2003 1

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Curb Your Enthusiasm Chambermaid 4x10 - Opening Night March 14, 2004
Kitchen Confidential Donna 1x01 - Exile on Main Street September 19, 2005
Kitchen Confidential Donna 1x02 - Aftermath September 26, 2005
Kitchen Confidential Donna 1x09 - The Robbery UNAIRED, 2006
Kitchen Confidential Donna 1x13 - And the Award Goes To... UNAIRED, 2006
Mind of Mencia Carmelita 2x06 - The Serranos April 26, 2006
One on One Hannah 5x22 - I Love L.A. (2) May 15, 2006
Twentysixmiles Jennifer Calderon 1x01 - Family Affair 2010
Twentysixmiles Jennifer Calderon 1x02 - The Flying Nun 2010
Twentysixmiles Jennifer Calderon 1x03 - Switch 2010
Dollhouse Noreen 2x02 - Instinct October 2, 2009
Royal Pains Donna 2x07 - Comfort's Overrated July 22, 2010

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
The Way She Moves Cristina (TV) 2001
Old School unknown (TV) 2003
The Way Back Home Sarah Marshall (TV) 2006
Break-In Joani (TV) 2006
The Cell 2 Maya Castenda (V) 2009
One Hot Summer Anabel Aguilera (TV) 2009
Wishing Well Rachel (TV) 2009

Memorable Moments

Queen of Swords was her first professional acting role and during early filming due to the limiting effects of her costume and not drinking enough water in the Spanish heat, she ended up in hospital due to dehydration. In the series she used to ride the horse Chico which was his real name and in the episode The Pretender uses the name, by mistake??, to stop the horse.

Awards and Accolades

ALMA Awards

  • Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actress in a syndicated drama series for Queen of Swords (2001)