September 5, 1974
Buenos Aires, Argentina
|Other name(s)||Romina Yan|
|Occupation||Actress, singer, screenwriter, dancer|
|Spouse(s)||Darío Giordano (November 27, 1998-present)|
Romina Yankelevich (born September 5, 1974, in Buenos Aires, Argentina), professionally known as Romina Yan, is a well known Argentine television actress, screenwriter and dancer, who became famous in hit 1995 telenovela for kids and teenagers Chiquititas.
Yan is the daughter of Cris Morena, a famed television producer that produced "Chiquititas", the telenovela that brought Yan international celebrity. her father is Gustavo Yankelevich, TV director and producer. Romina Yan's half brother, Tomas Yankelevich, as also a well known film writer in Argentina.
Romina Yan's first appearance on Argentine television came during 1991, when the then sixteen year old appeared as a dancer in a show named Jugate Conmigo ("Come Play With Me"). Two years after that, in 1994, she made her debut as an actress, as "Lorena Picabea" in Mi Cuñado ("My Brother in Law"). Romina Yan continued working as a television actress when she played "Sol Iturbe" in another 1994 show, Quereme ("Love Me").
Towards the end of 1994, her mother was working on a deal with Argentina's largest television company, Telefe, to create a children's soap opera. Chiquititas was the story of a group of orphaned children living in the same house, and Yan played "Belen Fraga", the orphan house's director. Yan acted alongside child stars Agustina Cherri, Maria Jimena Piccolo, Santiago Stieben, Daniela Mastrichio and Georgina Mollo, among others, as well as Facundo Arana, Gabriel Corrado, Jorge Martínez, Andrea Del Boca, Grecia Colmenares and Fernan Miras, who played "Belen"s romantic interest. Chiquititas catapulted Yan's celebrity status outside Argentina.
Yan retired from the series in 1998, taking a hiatus before returning to Argentine small screens in 2000, when she played "Jessica" in one chapter of the suspense television program, Tiempo Final ("Final Moment"). She collaborated in 2001 alongside Susana Gimenez in a variety show named after the latter.
Yan moved to the Argentine Andes later on that year to participate in her first film, Chiquititas: Rincón de Luz ("Corner of Light"), a movie spin-off of Chiquititas. Yan also participated alongside Araceli Gonzalez and Puerto Rican singer Chayanne in Provocame ("Provoke Me") in 2001.
During 2003, Yan returned to acting, playing "Rocio Mazzini" in a soap opera titled Abre tus Ojos ("Open Your Eyes"). While not her first starring role in a telenovela, "Rocio Mazzini" represented for Yan her first starring role in a telenovela geared towards grown ups.