by deloncorps | created - 23 Jan 2013 | updated - 23 Jan 2013 | Public

This is a list of the most relevant performers in Portuguese cinema. It comprehends very different generations and is not meant to be a relation of the "greatest actors" in the country. There are a lot of good actors in Portugal who only do stage or TV. But casting a film is like mixing curry, you need to pay attention to what type of dish you want to serve. If you're willing to go shoot your movie in the sunny western end of Europe, this is a list of certified film actors that may help you.

1. Isabel Ruth

Actress | Ossos

Aged 4, she was already dancing. In 1952, at 14, she moved from Tomar, her still cherished hometown, to Lisbon, where she attended ballet classes for the first time; she vanquished the first fears of the bar, and hard work, and would became prima ballerina - after further studies in London. Her ...

2. Nuno Lopes

Actor | Alice

Nuno Lopes was born on May 6, 1978 in Lisbon, Portugal as Nuno Miguel Pereira Lopes. He is an actor, known for Alice (2005), Linhas de Wellington (2012) and São Jorge (2016).

3. Adriano Luz

Actor | Mistérios de Lisboa

Adriano Luz was born on April 9, 1959 in Oporto, Portugal. He is known for his work on Mistérios de Lisboa (2010), Night Train to Lisbon (2013) and O Dia Mais Feliz da Tua Vida (2012).

4. Anabela Moreira

Actress | Blood of My Blood

Anabela Moreira was born on March 8, 1976 in Lisbon, Portugal. She is an actress and director, known for Blood of My Blood (2011), É o Amor (2013) and Mal Nascida (2007).

5. Laura Soveral

Actress | Tabu

Laura Soveral was born on March 23, 1933 in Benguela, Angola, Portugal as Maria Laura de Soveral Rodrigues. She is an actress, known for Tabu (2012), Alice (2005) and Regresso a Sizalinda (2010).

6. Carloto Cotta

Actor | Bairro

Carloto Cotta is a Portuguese actor, born in Paris on January 31, 1984. He grew up in Lisbon, and at the age of 15 he started his acting training at the Escola Profissional de Teatro de Cascais. He debuted his film career with Miguel Gomes' 31 (2003). Since then, Cotta is a regular presence in the ...

7. Beatriz Batarda

Actress | Night Train to Lisbon

Beatriz Batarda was born on April 1, 1974 in London, England as Beatriz da Silveira Moreno Batarda. She is an actress, known for Night Train to Lisbon (2013), Yvone Kane (2014) and Blood of My Blood (2011). She was previously married to Bernardo Sassetti.

8. Gonçalo Waddington

Actor | Capitão Falcão

Gonçalo Waddington is a Portuguese actor, theater and film director, playwright and screenwriter. He was born in Lisbon in 1977 and studied theater and performance at Drama School in the beachside town of Cascais from 1994 to 1997. Still in school, he made his television debut in 1996, in Polícias,...

9. Catarina Wallenstein

Actress | Um Amor de Perdição

Catarina Wallenstein was born in 1986 in Lisbon, Portugal as Catarina de Lemos Wallenstein Teixeira. She is an actress, known for Doomed Love (2008), Singularidades de uma Rapariga Loura (2009) and A Vida Privada de Salazar (2009).

10. Isabel Abreu

Actress | Rainha das Flores

Isabel Abreu was born on March 3, 1978 in Arronches, Portugal. She is an actress, known for Rainha das Flores (2016), Pai à Força (2009) and Coro dos Amantes (2014).

11. João Arrais

Actor | Mistérios de Lisboa

João Arrais was born on September 28, 1995 in Santarém, Portugal as João Luis Candido Serrão Severino Arrais. He is known for his work on Mistérios de Lisboa (2010), Liberdade 21 (2008) and Cartas da Guerra (2016).

12. Rita Blanco

Actress | La cage dorée

Rita Blanco was born on January 11, 1963 in Lisbon, Portugal. She is an actress and casting director, known for La cage dorée (2013), Blood of My Blood (2011) and Ganhar a Vida (2001). She is married to José Nascimento. They have one child.

13. Albano Jerónimo

Actor | The Secret Agent

Albano Jerónimo is an award-winning Portuguese actor.

Attended Course on Training of Actors Theatre of the School of Theatre and Cinema in Lisbon. In Theatre worked with: Luís Fonseca, Ricardo Gageiro, Fernanda Lapa, Cristina Carvalhal, Diogo Infante, João Mota, Isabel Medina, Tiago Correia, John ...

14. Ana Moreira

Actress | Transe

Ana Moreira was born on February 13, 1980 in Lisbon, Portugal. She is an actress, known for Transe (2006), The Mutants (1998) and Adriana (2004).

15. Joana de Verona

Actress | Mistérios de Lisboa

Joana de Verona (b.1989) is an award-winning Portuguese-Brazilian actress. She has worked with directors such as Marco Martins, Raúl Ruiz, João Botelho, João Salaviza, Valeria Sarmiento, Miguel Gomes, Denis Côté, among others.

She is mostly known for "How to Draw a Perfect Circle" (2009), "Mysteries...

16. Rafael Morais

Actor | Blood of My Blood

At the age of 16, Rafael Morais was cast in Doomed Love (2008) (Locarno International Film Festival's official selection). At 17, Rafael was cast as the lead in the controversial film How to Draw a Perfect Circle (2009) (Winner of the Special Jury Prize for Ensemble Acting at the Rio de Janeiro ...

17. Maria de Medeiros

Actress | Pulp Fiction

Maria de Medeiros is the oldest of three daughters by the pianist, maestro and composer António Vitorino D'Almeida and Maria Armanda Esteves. Her sisters are Inês de Medeiros, stage actress and film and stage director and Ana Medeiros, violinist, composer, and music teacher.

Studied at Lycée ...

18. Luís Miguel Cintra

Actor | The Dancer Upstairs

Luís Miguel Cintra was born on April 29, 1949 in Madrid, Spain. He is an actor and writer, known for The Dancer Upstairs (2002), Daqui P'ra Frente (2007) and 'Non', ou A Vã Glória de Mandar (1990).

19. Teresa Madruga

Actress | Blood of My Blood

Teresa Madruga was born on March 18, 1953 in Faial, Açores, Portugal. She is known for her work on Blood of My Blood (2011), Tabu (2012) and Sentimentos (2009).

20. Cleia Almeida

Actress | Blood of My Blood

Cleia Almeida was born on November 24, 1982 in Coimbra, Portugal. She is an actress, known for Blood of My Blood (2011), Assim assim (2012) and Vila Faia (2008). She has been married to Gonçalo Lebre since September 21, 2014. They have one child.