Megan Young

This is an American name. The person should be referred to by the given name, Lynne, and the family name is Young.

Megan Young
Beauty pageant titleholder

Megan Young in 2013
Born Megan Lynne Young[fn 1]
(1990-02-27) February 27, 1990
Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.
Hometown Olongapo, Zambales, Philippines
Education Trinity University of Asia
De La Salle–College of Saint Benilde
Occupation Actress, beauty queen, host, VJ, model, peace ambassador
Years active 2004–present
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Hair color Dark Brown
Eye color Brown
Title(s) Miss World Philippines 2013
Miss World 2013
Miss World Philippines 2013
Miss World 2013[1]
(Top Model)
(Miss World Asia)

Megan Lynne Young[fn 1] (born February 27, 1990) is a Filipino-American actress, model, TV Host and beauty queen. She won the Miss World Philippines[2] title and was later crowned as Miss World 2013 in Bali, Indonesia.[3][4][5][6] The American-born Filipina is the first representative of the Philippines to win the title of Miss World.[6] Young started as a contestant of the reality television show StarStruck and later became a member of ABS-CBN's Star Magic but she returned as a contract artist under GMA Network.[7] She is the elder sister of actress Lauren Young.


Early life and education

Young was born in Alexandria, Virginia to a Filipino mother and American father.[8] She is the daughter of Victoria Talde who hails from Pandan, Antique and Calvin Cole Young III.[9] Young's family moved to Olongapo City, Zambales, Philippines when she was ten. She attended secondary education in Regional Science High School III in Subic Bay Freeport Zone from 2002 to 2005 before moving to Manila to pursue her acting career. She has been studying filmmaking at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde since 2011.[10]


2004–07: Early acting career in GMA

Young's first showbiz break was through the second season of the talent reality search, StarStruck,[11] wherein she placed in the top six. Her first acting job in GMA was in Love to Love Presents: Love Ko Urok wherein she played the role of Meg. She then played the role of Anna in Asian Treasures and the role of a fairy in Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang.

2007–14: Transfer to ABS-CBN

After more than two years with GMA Artist Center, she moved to ABS-CBN following her sister, Lauren Young. She is the first StarStruck alumna to transfer to GMA's rival station, ABS-CBN.

Young first appeared in ABS-CBN in the youth oriented show "Star Magic Presents" Astigs and Abt Ur Luv. She also played the role of Shane in Kokey, opposite Zanjoe Marudo. She became well known when she appeared as one of the celebrity housemates in Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition 2, dubbed as "The Princess of Charm".[12] After PBB, she portrayed the villain Marcela in ABS-CBN's remake of I Love Betty La Fea opposite John Lloyd Cruz. In 2009, she was one of four personalities introduced as video jockeys for the relaunching of Channel [V] Philippines.[13] Young also became an occasional host in several shows in Studio 23. In 2012, Young had her big break as a lead actress in Hiyas, reuniting with Zanjoe Marudo as her love interest. In 2013, she appeared in TV5's dramas Never Say Goodbye and Misibis Bay.

Megan Young (right) with sister Lauren (left), at the 2013 Candy Style awards.

Aside from television, Young has also starred in a few films, one of which was The Reunion, where she played Toyang, opposite Xian Lim.[13] Young was nominated as Outstanding Guest Star on Dahsyatnya Awards 2014.[14]

2015–present: Return to GMA Network

In March 2015, Megan Young returned to GMA Network after four years of exclusive contract with ABS-CBN.[15] Her comeback project in the Kapuso Network is the most anticipated second adaptation of the hit Mexicanovela MariMar where she plays the title role. She is paired with Tom Rodriguez who plays the role of her love interest Sergio.[16][17] Interestingly, her sister Lauren Young is also part of the show and plays the role of MariMar's main antagonist Antonia. This marks their second project together after Star Magic Presents: Abt Ur Luv Ur Lyf 2.

Megan is also one of the hosts in the sixth edition of the reality talent search Starstruck which launched her career as an artist.[18] She's working alongside Dingdong Dantes as main host, and her co-Starstruck alumni Mark Herras, Rocco Nacino, Miguel Tanfelix and Kris Bernal, who serve as journey hosts. The show premiered on September 7, 2015.


Miss World Philippines 2013

Megan Young on a 2014 stamp of the Philippines

She was named Miss World Philippines 2013 during the pageant coronation night on August 18, 2013.[19]

Miss World 2013

Young was crowned as Miss World 2013 in Bali, Indonesia, making her the first Filipina to win the title of Miss World since its creation in 1951.[6] During the preliminaries, she also won the "Top Model" competition, placed second in the "People's Champion," placed fourth in the "Multimedia Challenge" and fifth in the "Beach Beauty" contest.[6]

Young also received the Continental Queen of Beauty title as Miss World Asia 2013, the highest ranked contestant in the Asian region.[20]

As Miss World 2013 she has travelled to England,[21] France,[22] United States,[23] Haiti,[24] Indonesia,[25] China,[26] Puerto Rico,[27] Hong Kong, Russia, India, Barbados, Spain, Sweden, Colombia.

Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts

Young went back to London and supported the relief drive of the daily tabloid newspaper The Sun for the benefit of the typhoon survivors in the Philippines.[28]

Miss World's Beauty with a Purpose organisation decided to direct their fundraising activities for the victims of the typhoon by going to different locations around the world.[29] Young went to U.S. cities, Newark, New York City and Los Angeles to hold fundraisers[30] and appeared in the television program Good Morning America in ABC to appeal for donations.[31] She also visited Hong Kong[32] and Indonesia[33] before going back to her country to personally deliver the proceeds.[34]

Megan Young finally arrived in the Philippines in November 27, 2013.[35][36] In her second day in the country, Young went to the areas heavily affected by the typhoon and distributed the relief together with the Philippine Red Cross.[37] She particularly visited the provinces of Leyte, Samar and Iloilo.[38][39][40]



Year Title Role Network
2004–05 StarStruck : Season 2 Herself GMA Network
2005 Love To Love (Season 7): Love Ko Urok Meg
2005–06 Fans Kita Herself/Host QTV-11
2007 Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang: Ang Binibining tumalo sa Hari Fairy GMA Network
Asian Treasures Anna
Kokey Shane ABS-CBN
Star Magic Presents: Astigs: Luvin'Lyf Janine
Star Magic Presents: Abt Ur Luv: Ur Lyf 2 Honey
2008 I Love Betty La Fea Marcela Valencia
Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition Herself
2009 Maalaala Mo Kaya Ermie (episode: "Bench")
Maalaala Mo Kaya Young Etrona (episode: "Singsing")
2009–12 Channel V Philippines VJ/Herself Channel V Philippines
2010 5 Star Specials Various TV5
ASAP XV Host/Herself ABS-CBN
Rubi Sophia Cardenas
M3: Malay Mo Ma-develop Bea Cornejo
Girlista Host/Herself Studio 23
2011 US Girls Host/Herself
Showtime Celebrity Judge ABS-CBN
Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Mana Po Winnie
ASAP Rocks Host/Herself
2012 A Beautiful Affair Ava Pierro
Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Hiyas Sapphire Salvador
ASAP 2012 Host/Herself
2013 ASAP 18 Host/Herself
Misibis Bay Lara Borromeo TV5
Never Say Goodbye Vera
2015 Dangwa Jane Imperial GMA Network
Vampire Ang Daddy Ko Marimar Perez-Santibañez
Starstruck VI Herself / Main Host
MariMar MariMar Perez-Santibañez/Bella Aldama
24 Oras Chika Minute guest anchor
2016 Conan, My Beautician Ava
Alyas Robin Hood Sarita "Sarri" Acosta


Year Title Role Film company
2005 Say That You Love Me Anna GMA Films
2009 Pangarap Kong Jackpot Eula Golden Lion Productions
Shake, Rattle & Roll XI Lucia Regal Films
2010 Astro Mayabang Cinema One Entry
White House Mikey Trinidad Regal Films
Sigwa Dolly (young Dawn Zulueta) Cinemalaya Entry
Babe, I Love You Gaita Borromeo Star Cinema & Viva Films
2011 Enteng Ng Ina Mo Ina Azul Star Cinema
Won't Last A Day Without You Melissa Star Cinema & Viva Films
2012 The Reunion Antonia 'Toyang' Castro Star Cinema
2013 Bang Bang Alley Abbey Curve Entertainment
2017 Our Mighty Yaya Regal Entertainment

Music videos

Year Song Title Artist
2007 "Nagmamahal ng Tunay" Piolo Pascual
2012 "AMATS" Rico Blanco


  1. 1 2 Megan Young was born in America. Thus, she does not possess her middle name Talde.


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  21. "Miss World Joins 100 Women Season on the BBC!". Miss World. October 7, 2013. Retrieved March 3, 2014.
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  33. "Megan visits Indonesia, raises more funds for typhoon victims". ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs. November 27, 2013. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
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  39. Carlo Mateo (November 29, 2013). "Miss World 2013 visits Yolanda victims in Samar". GMA News and Public Affairs. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  40. ANC/Yahoo! News Philippines. "Megan Young visits Estancia, Iloilo". Yahoo! News. Retrieved December 2, 2013.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
China Yu Wenxia
Miss World
Succeeded by
South Africa Rolene Strauss
Preceded by
China Yu Wenxia
Miss World Asia
Succeeded by
India Koyal Rana
Preceded by
South Sudan Atong Demach
Miss World Top Model
Succeeded by
Bosnia and Herzegovina Isidora Borovčanin
Preceded by
Queneerich Rehman
Miss World Philippines
Succeeded by
Valerie Weigmann
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