After starting out as a sexy actress, Sylvia Sanchez eventually transitioned into more serious dramatic roles and succesfully sealed her spot in the Philippine entertainment industry as a bankable character actress. She has played remarkable supporting roles in various hit teleseryes such as Esperanza, Recuerdo de Amor, Basta’t Kasama Kita, Bituin, Mga Anghel Na Walang Langit, Crazy For You, Eva Fonda, Be Careful With My Heart, Apoy Sa Dagat, Pure Love, Pangako Sa ‘Yo, Ningning and My Super D.
She has also showcased her acting prowess in the big screen by ably playing supporting roles in the movies Hanggang Kailan Kita Mamahalin, Esperanza: The Movie, Angels, Forevermore, Dreamboy, Miss You Like Crazy, Wedding Tayo, Wedding Hindi, Bulong, and The Trial, for which she won Best Supporting Actess at the PMPC Star Awards.
She top-billed the widely praised dramatic series The Greatest Love, where she plays a mother suffering from Alzeimer’s Disease. Now Sylvia once again displays her acting prowess in the dramatic series, "Hanggang Saan."
Sylvia is the mother of actors Arjo Atayde and Ria Atayde.