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Aubrey Miles (born Aubrey Sandel, March 16, 1982 in Caloocan, Philippines) is a TV host, singer and actress in the Philippines.

Miles is the third among the four kids of Victorino Sandel and Maria Perla Santos. She finished her secondary education at La Consolacion Academy in Caloocan City. She was a college sophomore student at the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music, major in voice and minor in piano when talent scout Dondon Monteverde discovered and signed her up to an eight-film, two-year contract with Regal Films.

At 16, Miles was already appearing in GMA sitcoms like Beh Bote Nga and German Moreno's Best Friends. In between showbiz assignments, she joined beauty contests such as Miss Ever Gotesco, Miss Caloocan, Miss Lions Club, and Miss Global Philippines in which her sister ended up being the first runner-up and she won fourth runner-up. She never won a title but copped runner-up positions that earned her enough money to support her family and herself.

As Miles was nearing the age of 20, she decided to do something new. Dondon Monteverde offered her to play a prostitute from the provinces in the softcore movie Prosti (abbreviation for "prostitute"). After Prosti became successful in the box office, making P29 million. To date, Prosti is still the highest grossing movie of her career. This successful debut led to other movie offers, all of which did not enjoy the same level of success as Prosti. She was offered endorsement contracts from different companies, such as Bench (a clothing company in the Philippines).

After Prosti, Miles starred in the movie Xerex (based on a sex confessional column in a Philippine tabloid), where she played three different roles. Xerex was a commercial disaster as a result of two movies: Viva Films' Sex Drive and 20th Century Fox's X2: X-Men United. Originally scheduled for an April 2, 2003 opening date, Regal Films did not want to risk playing Xerex with Sex Drive knowing that Aubrey's rival Maui Taylor and fellow Viva hot babe Katya Santos are a formidable box-office attraction together. Realizing that there's no chance of winning against Viva's sexy movie, Regal delayed Xerex's opening by 28 days.

Unfortunately again for Regal and Aubrey Miles, Xerex opened on the same April 30, 2003 date as Hollywood's X2 made its much-awaited debut. Adding insult to injury, Star Cinema released its much-awaited romantic comedy Til There Was You (Judy Ann Santos and Piolo Pascual) that same day as well. Because Regal spent so much money and could not afford another delay, they went ahead in releasing Xerex. As a wide majority of filmgoers watched X2 and Til There Was You, Xerex flopped in the box-office making only P13.3 million on a budget of P24 million. Even with home videos accounted for, Regal lost a total of P18.1 million with Xerex. Since Xerex, Miles' movie career and ability to attract moviegoers got damaged and never recovered.

Miles' next movie, Sanib, further damaged her acting career as it grossed only 8.2 million PhP in the box office despite its P25 million budget and massive marketing by Regal Films. It was universally panned by film critics as a poor man's copycat of The Exorcist. Not surprisingly, Miles was perceived as a candidate for "2003's Worst Actress" due to her badly-criticized performance in this movie. She played a young lady who gets possessed by demons, very much like Linda Blair in The Exorcist.

Targeting multi-media exposure, Miles' manager secured for her a contract with television network ABS-CBN. She appeared in Masayang Tanghali Bayan (a daily noontime show) and in several sitcoms of ABS-CBN. As part of her marketing strategy to appeal to a wider audience, she began appearing in non-sexy roles in movies like Sanib, A Beautiful Life and Gagamboy, Regal Film's entry to the 2003 Metro Manila Film Festival, where she appeared as actor Vhong Navarro's love interest.

Miles joined as a contestant in The Amazing Race Asia 1 where she teamed-up with her real-life best friend, Jacqueline Yu. They were eliminted in the 3rd leg of the race. Her current boyfriend is Filipino-American actor and model Troy Montero.

Very recently, movie scouts from Hollywood's Warner Bros. approached Miles and asked if she would be interested to play the lead role of comic book icon Wonder Woman in an upcoming film of the character. These scouts were sent to the Philippines by no less than producer Joel Silver, who made The Matrix film franchise.

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