actors and actresses who are Spanish and have worked in Spain
Alba Ribas was born in Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain) on January 5, 1988. At the age of 14 she began her artistic training in various schools in Barcelona and Madrid. At the age of 18, she made her first film, Diario de una ninfómana (2008) directed by Christian Molina and later starred in the films XP3D and El cadáver de Anna Fritz...
Luis 'Perla' has been doing choruses and second voices for his rapper friend, Darmo, since 2007. Lucho is how Luis is known in his private life and what his family and friends call him. Perla's debut performance in Darmo's "Mantenlo Ilegal" video-clip is what brought him the opportunity to start an acting career...
She began acting in 2002, when film director Manuel Martin Cuenca chose her from 3000 girls to be the lead actress in his film "The Bolshevik's Weakness". One year later, Maria's work impressed both the audience and the Spanish Film Academy, who awarded her with the Goya for Best Newcomer. Since then she has been working in Spain, Italy, UK, US, Mexico, Venezuela...
Ana de Armas
Ana de Armas was born in Cuba on April 30, 1988. At the age of 14, she began her studies at the National Theatre School of Havana, where she graduated after 4 years. At the age of 16, she made her first film, Una rosa de Francia
, directed by Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón
. A few titles came after until she moved to Spain...
Lorena Mateo is a Spanish Film and TV actress from Madrid. She landed her first role in 2007 in Tristán Ulloa's debut film Pudor and 2 years later her first lead role as Mireia in El diario de Carlota. She later went on to play Daniela Vaquero in successful TV Series Física o química for Antena 3
Karim was born in Brooklyn, NYC. He and his family moved to Madrid, Spain when Karim was 1 year old. His father dead when Karim was 5 years old. Karim is an only child and grow up living with his mother. He decided to focus on his acting career when Física o Química producers gave him the opportunity to perform the main role of Isaac.
Known outside her native country as the "Spanish enchantress", Penélope Cruz Sánchez was born in Madrid to Eduardo Cruz, a retailer, and Encarna Sánchez, a hairdresser. As a toddler, she was already a compulsive performer, re-enacting TV commercials for her family's amusement, but she decided to focus her energies on dance...
Javier Bardem is the youngest member of a family of actors that has been making films since the early days of Spanish cinema. He was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, to actress Pilar Bardem
(María del Pilar Bardem Muñoz) and businessman José Carlos Encinas Doussinague. His maternal grandparents were actors Rafael Bardem
and Matilde Muñoz Sampedro
Astrid Berges-Frisbey was born in Barcelona, Spain. Her father is Spanish, and her mother, who is American, is of English and French descent. She is fluent in French, Spanish, and Catalan. Astrid Berges-Frisbey made her acting debut in 2007 on french television. In 2008, she made her feature debut in the French film The Sea Wall
and since then has made other French films...
Hailing from Ceuta, Spain, Alicia Sanz has been acting ever since she can remember. She began her career at a very young age taking classes in her hometown at the Dramatic Center of Ceuta. It wasn't long until Alicia landed her first lead role at the age of 8, beginning what was sure to be a very successful career...
Elsa Pataky was born Elsa Lafuente Medianu in Madrid, Spain. Her mother, Cristina Pataky Medianu, is a publicist of Romanian and Hungarian ancestry, and her father, José Francisco Lafuente, is a Spanish biochemist. She attended the Universidad de San Pablo CEU where she studied journalism and began to take an interest in acting...
Antonio Banderas, one of Spain's most famous faces, was a soccer player until breaking his foot at the age of fourteen; he is now an international film star known for playing Zorro in the eponymous film series. He was born José Antonio Domínguez Banderas on August 10, 1960, in Málaga, Andalusia, Spain...
Actress Paz Campos Trigo was born in Seville, Spain, to a bullfighter father. She has been based in Los Angeles since 2008. She has starred in dozens of films in Europe and North America. After six successful seasons as Laura in "Seven Lives" (Telecinco,) one of Spain's longest running sitcoms, the young Seville born actress makes her leap to the big screen...
One of Spain's best-recognized artistic personalities, Jordi Mollà is an actor, director, painter and a writer. Jordi Mollà Perales was born in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Jordi was trained as an actor at the Barcelona Institute of Theatre and he also studied in Italy, Hungary and England...
Maribel Verdú was born on October 2, 1970 in Madrid, Spain as María Isabel Verdú Rollán. She is an actress, known for Snow White
, Pan's Labyrinth
and Y Tu Mamá También
. She is the older sister of twins Marina and Carlota and she has been married to Pedro Larrañaga since September 1999.
Juan José Ballesta
Juan José Ballesta was only nine when he debuted in the TV series Querido maestro
but his real break came when director Achero Mañas
gave him the title role in his sensitive Truffaut-like tale of two youths El Bola
. The film garnered lots of awards, of which young Juan José got a fairly impressive share,namely the 2001 Best Actor Award given by the Cinema Writers Circle of Spain...