The Leading Spanish Ladies!

by dziwnytenswiat | created - 10 Nov 2012 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

Top 25 from all films I've seen. Rules for the Ranking: my personal rating + the imdb rating x votes. Including Actresses from all Spanish Speaking Regions.

1. Penélope Cruz

Actress | Vicky Cristina Barcelona

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 ...

10407 points

2. Ariadna Gil

Actress | El laberinto del fauno

Born in January, 1969, she's the daughter of August Gil Matamala, a prestigious lawyer. Grew up studying singing, dancing and the violin. She even appeared occasionally singing with her two brothers in their banda named "Matamala". At 17, she appeared on the cover of an avant-garde Catalonian ...

3651 points

3. Ivana Baquero

Actress | El laberinto del fauno

Ivana was born on June 11th, 1994, in Barcelona, Spain. She graduated High School at The American School of Barcelona in 2012.

She got her big break in 2006 when Guillermo Del Toro cast her as the lead in his critically acclaimed fantasy thriller "Pan's Labyrinth." The role of Ofelia was originally ...

3651 points

4. Aitana Sánchez-Gijón

Actress | The Machinist

Aitana Sánchez-Gijón was born on November 5, 1968 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Aitana Sánchez-Gijón de Angelis. She is an actress, known for The Machinist (2004), A Walk in the Clouds (1995) and Boca a boca (1995). She has been married to Papin Luccadane since September 2002. They have two children.

2167 points

5. Belén Rueda

Actress | El orfanato

Belén Rueda was born on March 16, 1965 in Madrid, Madrid, Spain as María Belén Rueda García-Porrero. She is an actress, known for The Orphanage (2007), The Sea Inside (2004) and Los ojos de Julia (2010). She was previously married to Daniel Écija and Massimo.

1906 points

6. Goya Toledo

Actress | Amores perros

Goya Toledo was born on September 24, 1969 in Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain as Gregoria Micaela Toledo. She is an actress, known for Amores Perros (2000), Maktub (2011) and Planes para mañana (2010).

1716 points

7. Salma Hayek

Actress | Frida

One of Hollywood's most dazzling leading actresses, Salma Hayek was born on September 2, 1966, in the oil boomtown of Coatzacoalcos, Mexico. Hayek has freely admitted that she and her brother, Sami, were spoiled rotten by her well-to-do businessman father, Sami Hayek Dominguez, and her ...

1675 points

8. Maribel Verdú

Actress | El laberinto del fauno

Maribel Verdú was born on October 2, 1970 in Madrid, Spain as María Isabel Verdú Rollán. She is an actress, known for Snow White (2012), Pan's Labyrinth (2006) and Y Tu Mamá También (2001). She is the older sister of twins Marina and Carlota and she has been married to Pedro Larrañaga...

1429 points

9. Manuela Velasco

Actress | [Rec]

Manuela Velasco is a Spanish TV hostess and actress. Velasco is best known for starred in the Spanish horror films REC (2007), REC 2 (2009), REC 4: Apocalypse (2014), and the Spanish television series Velvet.

She make her film debut in Pedro Almodovar's Law of Desire (1987).

In 2007, she won the Goya...

1047 points

10. Rosario Flores

Actress | Hable con ella

Rosario Flores was born on November 4, 1963 in Madrid, Madrid, Spain as Rosario González Flores. She has been married to Pedro Lazaga since April 8, 2006. They have two children. She was previously married to Carlos Orellana.

960 points

11. Soledad Villamil

Actress | El secreto de sus ojos

Soledad Villamil was born on June 19, 1969 in La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is an actress, known for The Secret in Their Eyes (2009), El mismo amor, la misma lluvia (1999) and No sos vos, soy yo (2004). She has been married to Federico Olivera since 1997. They have two children.

835 points

12. Cecilia Roth

Actress | Todo sobre mi madre

She moved to Spain with her father and her brother, Ariel Rot, in 1976 and started acting. Her first major role was in Iván Zulueta's Arrebato (1979). After appearing in Pedro Almodóvar's debut feature _Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón (1980)_ she kept working with him in Labyrinth of ...

797 points

13. Elena Anaya

Actress | La piel que habito

Spanish actress Elena Anaya impressed the critics with her performance in Sex and Lucia (2001).

Elena was born in Palencia, Spain, on July 17th, 1975. An active child, she excelled in karate and mountain climbing. By the time she was 17 Elena knew that she wanted to channel her energy into being an ...

750 points

14. Lola Dueñas

Actress | Mar adentro

Lola Dueñas was born on October 6, 1971 in Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain as María Dolores Dueñas Navarro. She is an actress, known for The Sea Inside (2004), Volver (2006) and Broken Embraces (2009).

629 points

15. Maricel Álvarez

Actress | Biutiful

Maricel Alvarez is a stage and film actress, director, choreographer and curator. Her practice develops at the intercrossing of theater, performance and visual arts, blending the boundaries where the body, as artistic and critical device, may reveal itself. This essentially interdisciplinary ...

510 points

16. Victoria Abril

Actress | Sin noticias de Dios

This Spanish actress started studying dancing. Her teacher encouraged her to participate in her first film Obsesión (1977). After that, she was chosen by the director Narciso Ibáñez Serrador to be one of the co-hostesses of the famous TV contest Un, dos, tres... responda otra vez (1972) ...

436 points

17. Paz Vega

Actress | Lucía y el sexo

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 ...

390 points

18. Paulina Gaitan

Actress | Sin nombre

Paulina Gaitan was born on February 19, 1992 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico. She is an actress and producer, known for Sin Nombre (2009), Trade (2007) and Narcos (2015).

379 points

19. Ana Torrent

Actress | Tesis

Ana Torrent was born on July 12, 1966 in Madrid, Spain as Ana Torrent Bertrán de Lis. She is an actress, known for Tesis (1996), Yoyes (2000) and Vacas (1992).

355 points

20. Carmen Maura

Actress | Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios

Descendant of the conservative Spanish politician Antonio Maura, Carmen lead an art gallery and appeared in various roles in night- clubs. With Tigres de papel (1977) she had her first successful appearance on the movie screen and thereafter she worked at the theatre, the movies and in TV ...

324 points

21. Catalina Sandino Moreno

Actress | Maria Full of Grace

Catalina Sandino Moreno was born on April 19, 1981 in Bogotá, Colombia. She is an actress and producer, known for Maria Full of Grace (2004), The Bridge (2013) and A Most Violent Year (2014). She has been married to David Elwell since April 15, 2006. They have one child.

309 points

22. Silvia Pinal

Actress | Viridiana

Now a living legend and still very active, Silvia Pinal began her career in theater and became a leading lady in her first movie roles, in the late 1940s. Always a smart urban girl, she belongs to the second and most versatile generation of Mexican movie stars of the Golden Era, together with Pedro...

302 points

23. María Valverde

Actress | Exodus: Gods and Kings

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 ...

245 points

24. Rossy de Palma

Actress | Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios

Rossy De Palma was born September 16, 1964. She was discovered in 1986 by Spanish film director, screenwriter and producer Pedro Almodóvar at a café in Madrid. She appeared in several of his films: Law of Desire (1987), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988), Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1989)...

228 points

25. Emma Suárez

Actress | Julieta

Made her first film when she was 15 and from then on shared her time between studying dramatic art and performing in plays, films and TV productions. However it was not until the 1990s that she began to make her worthiest appearances in films directed by Julio Medem (Vacas, La Ardilla Roja and ...

198 points