Yasmien Yuson Kurdi (born 25 January 1989 in San Juan, Metro Manila), is a Filipino award-winning singer, songwriter and actress. She was one of the Final Four in the first season of StarStruck, a reality-based talent search show by GMA Network in the Philippines where she finished first runner up. She bagged the title of the Philippines' Pop Sweetheart and known for the roles of Mira in the hit fantasy series Encantadia, Salve Dizon de Leon in the remake of Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita, Shayne Rodrigo in the hit remake Saan Darating Ang Umaga? a role originated by Maricel Soriano.
Yasmien Kurdi grew up in Kuwait, and was there with her family during the Gulf War. Kurdi was a member of the junior choir in her church before joining StarStruck. She studied elementary in Jabriya Indian School, New Era University during high school and currently taking up Nursing at the same school.
2003-2006: Starstruck, career beginnings, and In The Name of Love:
Her early career included modeling for Candy, Seventeen, and MOD magazine. She was also one of the finalists in ABS-CBN's ASAP Pond's Soft Skin Search wherein she lost over the Jaboom Twins. In 2009, Kurdi starred in an ad promoting vegetarianism for PETA ASIA-PACIFIC.
2007-2011: Breakthrough, villain role, and Love Is All I Need:
In May 2007, after her success in Bakekang series as "Charming", Yasmien starred in Pati Ba Pintig ng Puso with JC de Vera. Yasmien plays as Jenna, a maid who has an eye on her employer's grandson. On its press conference, GMA Network crown her as its GMA Drama Princess. On September 10, 2007, Yasmien will star again with JC de Vera in Pasan Ko Ang Daigdig, which originally stars Sharon Cuneta in 1987. After their huge success as loveteam in Pati Ba Pintig ng Puso, GMA trusted them both to star in Sine Novela.
The network gave them an adaptation of another Sharon Cuneta movie entitled Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita. The series crushed its rival My Girl. On the last quarter of 2008, she led the remake of Saan Darating Ang Umaga? which garnered primetime ratings though it is on afternoon. The Sine Novela is a top rater and the all-time highest Sine Novela in National TV Ratings, never beaten by Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin? which held the Mega Manila only.
She then appeared on Dear Friend: Madrasta which topped the week-end daytime ratings. After the said stint, she starred on SRO Cinemaserye for the suspense drama Suspetsa.
On November 9, 2007, Kurdi posed inside a cage while holding a sign that said: "Liberate your diet. Go vegetarian."
In 2010, Kurdi was cast, in her first role as a villain, on the GMA Network fairy tale television series Grazilda.
In 2011, Yasmien joined the epic series Amaya for a multi episode guest arc playing Apila.
In 2013, Kurdi revealed to Philippine Entertainment Portal that she is already married to her non showbiz boyfriend and has a child after a long hiatus from show-business.
Kurdi is a supporter of PETA and has helped with a number of campaigns. "Through PETA, I am able to speak up for animals and help them be heard. That's why I jumped at the chance to climb into a cage and urge people to 'liberate' their diet and give vegetarianism a try," Kurdi explained. Recently Kurdi has joined the call to 'Free Mali' from the Manila Zoo, where she has spent 39 years alone, in a tiny enclosure and without adequate medical care.
Alyssa "Rhea" Escalibre / Poblarde
One Day, Isang Araw
Margarita "Maggie" Monteclaro
SRO Cinermaserye: Suspetsa
Dear Friend: Madrasta
Bleach: Season 2
Rukia Kuchiki (Voice only)
Sine Novela:Saan Darating Ang Umaga?
Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita
Salve Dizon de Leon
Sine Novela:Pasan Ko Ang Daigdig
Sine Novela:Pati Ba Pintig Ng Puso
Bitoy's Funniest Videos
Kikay Yasmien (herself)
Rukia Kuchiki (Voice only)
Carlo J. Caparas' Bakekang
Now and Forever: Tinig
Love To Love (Season 6): Wish Upon A Jar
Click: Barkada Hunt!
Stage 1: Live!
Stage 1: The StarStruck Playhouse
Bleach: Memories of Nobody'
Rukia Kuchiki (voice)
Shake, Rattle and Roll 2k5'
Happily Ever After
Aishite Imasu 1941: Mahal Kita
So Happy Together