Denise Maria Sanz Laurel (born 30 September 1987) is a Filipina actress and singer. She is best known for playing Nadja Ann Dela Merced on the ABS-CBN romance drama Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Midnight Phantom,Emerald Fortalejo in Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Kristine and as Wendy Garcia in Dahil Sa Pag-ibig. Laurel is a member of Arnold Vegafria's ALV Talent Circuit. She is the granddaughter of former Vice President, the late Salvador Laurel and her grandmother Celia Diaz, and the great-granddaughter of former Philippine President, the late Jose P. Laurel.She is the youngest daughter of David Laurel.She grew up in the atmosphere of famous theatrical personalities, so it was inevitable that she carved out a career in theater as well. Denise was about five years old when she landed her first stage role in the musical South Pacific.She finished elementary school in St. Paul College Pasig.Former Girlfriend of the popular actor Kenneth Anthony Molina. Snubbed Miguel Clarin and Ritwic Bhunjun Laurel was discovered by Star Magic's big boss Mr. M (Johnny Manahan) in a play of Repertory Philippines. Luckily, she was given a break to be part of "Ang TV 2", then she played Ina Raymundo's daughter in "Pangako Sa ‘Yo". She then made a name in Singapore when she was fortunate to be part of MTV Asia’s "Rouge" which was shown all over Asia. Among the many who auditioned, she stood out and got the role of a smart lead vocalist named Pat. At the age of 16, her experience in working with other nationalities has taught her things that helped her improve her craft. After a season in "Rouge," Denise decided to concentrate on her local showbiz career. She went back to the Philippines, not as an ABS-CBN artist but as a GMA artist. She starred on a teen-oriented show "Click", "Walang Hanggang" and "Leya" of TAPE Inc. and two telefantasyas "Mulawin" and "Encantadia". She then went back to her original home, ABS-CBN. Despite a short separation, she has proven that indeed home is where the heart is. Laurel was part of "Abt Ur Luv", and the 5th season of "Komiks", where she plays an "Engkantao". In 2008, ABS-CBN started the Precious Hearts Romances Presents series in which Laurel is prominently featured. Thus far, she has starred in four of the series' adaptation: Bud Brothers, You're Mine, Only Mine, Midnight Phantom, and Kristine. She also worked on her fifth in the series entitled Pintada. She started getting recognition when she did the series, most notably in Midnight Phantom and Kristine opposite her good friend Rafael Rosell. Her team-up with Rosell has been a hit with the viewers, thus they were teamed up again in Dahil Sa Pag-ibig. After Dahil Sa Pag-ibig, Laurel played a teacher with a mysterious past in Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Pintada. She came back in 2012 as part of the television series Dahil Sa Pag-Ibig with her Kristine co-star Rafael Rosell before he transferred to GMA-7. She appeared in the afternoon drama Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Pintada with Martin del Rosario. She is now a part of a pre-primetime show Annaliza. She is currently engaged to PBA star Sol Mercado.