Rodel Luis Nacianceno (born on November 1, 1981), better known by his stage name, Coco Martin, is a critically acclaimed Gawad Urian Award-winning Filipino actor. He became famous for starring in many independent films, and was dubbed the Prince of Philippine Independent Films. He is also known for his portrayal of Ramon Lecumberri in the critically acclaimed television series, Tayong Dalawa
Martin started out in ABS-CBN‘s talent agency, Star Magic, as part of the Star Circle Batch 9. He made his first cameo film appearance in the 2001 film Luv Txt where he was credited under his real name, Rodel Nacianceno followed by many independent films.
Since then he has appeared in several TV advertisements before breaking back into showbiz with his lead debut independent film Masahista for which he was awarded the Young Critics Circle Best Actor Award in 2006. He also starred in Kaleldo in 2006.
Early in 2007, Martin joined GMA Network, and appeared in several GMA TV shows starting with Daisy Siete. He also became a member of the boy-group The Studs. Martin was also seen in independent gay-oriented films, Daybreak and Jay where he earned his first Gawad Urian Award for Best Supporting Actor.
In 2008, Martin returned to ABS-CBN and was cast in Ligaw na Bulaklak as one of the regular casts. In 2009, he starred in the drama series Tayong Dalawa where he won the Best Drama Actor in the 2009 Star Awards for Television. After Tayong Dalawa, he also starred in the afternoon soap opera titled Nagsimula sa Puso. In the same year he joined Star Magic.
In 2010, he became part of the cast of ABS-CBN’s primetime drama, Kung Tayo’y Magkakalayo and had his first leading role via Tonyong Bayawak. He also starred in his first mainstream film Sa ‘yo Lamang and the primetime series, 1DOL. Martin also filmed another independent film titled Kinatay where he was nominated for a FAMAS Award for Best Actor.
In 2011, he lead the highly-acclaimed television series Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin. On May, Martin received the Dekada Award in the Gawad Urian ceremony. He was nominated for multiple awards for his portrayal as Alexander and Javier Del Tierro in Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin, namely from the KBP Golden Dove Awards, Golden Screen Awards and Star Awards for TV.
Martin is set to do another ensemble series in 2012 titled Walang Hanggan, an adaptation of the 1991 film Hihintayin Kita Sa Langit. He will also release his second mainstream film with the working title You Light Up My Life opposite Angeline Quinto and another movie with Judy Ann Santos titled Love Will Lead You Back. Martin also signed with Regal Entertainment to do a film with Marian Rivera.