Top 25 Best Spanish Actors Today

by pitt-petersen | created - 30 Mar 2018 | updated - 30 Mar 2018 | Public

Today's Most Famous/Best Actors and actresses born in Spain

1. Antonio Banderas

Actor | The Mask of Zorro

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, ...

2. 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 ...

3. Javier Bardem

Actor | Skyfall

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 ...

4. Jordi Mollà

Actor | Riddick

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, ...

5. 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 ...

6. Elena Anaya

Actress | La piel que habito

Spanish actress Elena Anaya impressed the critics with her performance in Sex and Lucía (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 ...

7. 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 Mouth to Mouth (1995). She has been married to Papin Luccadane since September 2002. They have two children.

8. Mario Casas

Actor | Tres metros sobre el cielo

Personal life

Mario Casas, has 4 siblings. Born in La Coruña, although very young, at just 4 years old, he left with his family to Barcelona. Later, at the age of 18, he emigrated to the Spanish capital in an adventure in which he took his whole family with him.

His parents were very young when they ...

9. 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 Blancanieves (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 ...

10. Luis Tosar

Actor | Celda 211

Luis Tosar was born on October 13, 1971 in Lugo, Galicia, Spain as Luis López Tosar. He is an actor, known for Cell 211 (2009), Sleep Tight (2011) and Take My Eyes (2003).

11. Mark Consuelos

Actor | All My Children

Mark Consuelos was born in Zaragoza, Spain, to an Italian mother, Camilla, and a Mexican father, Saul Consuelos. He grew up in Lebanon, Illinois and Tampa, Florida. He attended Bloomingdale High School in Valrico, Florida and Notre Dame University. While living in Illinois, Mark appeared in "Hello,...

12. Sergi López

Actor | El laberinto del fauno

Sergi López is a Spanish actor, whose specialty is villains of all types but whose range also includes dramatizing romantic and comedic roles with equal mastery. He was born outside of Barcelona in the seaside town of Villanova i la Geltrú on December 22nd, 1965. As a youth he was inclined towards ...

13. 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 ...

14. Óscar Jaenada

Actor | The Losers

Óscar Jaenada was born on May 4, 1975 in Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain as Óscar Jaenada Gajo. He is an actor and producer, known for The Losers (2010), Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) and Cantinflas (2014).

15. Victoria Abril

Actress | ¡Átame!

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) ...

16. Belén Rueda

Actress | El orfanato

María Belén Rueda García-Porrero (born 16 March 1965) is a Spanish actress. She is best known for her roles as Lucía in the TV series Los Serrano (2003); as Julia in The Sea Inside (2004), for which she won a Goya Award; and as Laura in The Orphanage (2007), for which she received another Goya ...

17. Elsa Pataky

Actress | Furious 6

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...

18. Vincent Perez

Actor | Queen of the Damned

Soulful, exotic-looking leading man Vincent Perez is known for his grand and glossy French pictures, exuding a sexy stare and irresistible charm that has swept Gallic women off their feet for over two decades. He was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, to a German mother and a Spanish businessman father...

19. Astrid Bergès-Frisbey

Actress | King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Astrid Bergès-Frisbey was born the 26th May of 1986 in Barcelona, Spain to a Spanish Father and a French-American Mother of English descent. She is fluent in French, Spanish, and Catalan. Astrid Bergès-Frisbey made her acting debut in 2007 on French television. In 2008, she made her feature debut ...

20. Álex González

Actor | X: First Class

Álex González was born on August 13, 1980 in Madrid, Spain as Augusto Alejandro José González. He is an actor, known for X-Men: First Class (2011), Scorpion in Love (2013) and The Good Boy (2005).

21. Santiago Segura

Actor | Torrente, el brazo tonto de la ley

Born in Madrid, Santiago Segura started his career by making his first short movie at the age of fourteen. After studying Arts in Madrid, he finally decided to become a filmmaker. His first short film Relatos de la medianoche (1989) was made with a budget of only 7.000 pts. (about 60 dollars).

After...

22. Jan Cornet

Actor | La piel que habito

Jan Cornet was born on February 24, 1982 in Terrassa, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain as Jan Cornet Galí. He is an actor, known for The Skin I Live In (2011), Red Lights (2012) and Risen (2016).

23. Oona Chaplin

Actress | The Longest Ride

Oona Chaplin is a Spanish actress. Her mother is Geraldine Chaplin. She is also the granddaughter of English film actor Charlie Chaplin, and great-granddaughter of American playwright Eugene O'Neill. She is best known for playing Talisa Maegyr in the HBO TV series Game of Thrones and Zilpha Geary ...

24. Adrià Collado

Actor | Evita

Adrià Collado was born on August 3, 1972 in Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. He is an actor, known for Evita (1996), Mirror Maze (2008) and Mensaka (1998).

25. Marisa Paredes

Actress | Todo sobre mi madre

Marisa Paredes was born on April 3, 1946 in Madrid, Madrid, Spain as María Luisa Paredes Bartolomé. She is an actress, known for All About My Mother (1999), The Skin I Live In (2011) and High Heels (1991).

26. Eduardo Noriega

Actor | Vantage Point

Eduardo Noriega Gómez was born in Santander, Cantabria, Spain. The youngest of 7 siblings, he had shown a very big talent for artistic activities since he was a child. He began taking piano lessons and got into the Santander Music Conservatory, where he studied for five years. His music professors ...

Honorable Mention

27. Blanca Suárez

Actress | La piel que habito

Blanca Martínez Suárez (born 21 October 1988), professionally known as Blanca Suárez, is a Spanish actress. She is best known for her performances on television series The Boarding School (2007-10), The Boat (2011-13), and the Netflix series Cable Girls. She has also worked with Pedro Almodóvar in ...

Honorable Mention

28. Pau Masó

Actor | Aleksandr's Price

Pau Masó was born in Girona, Girona, Catalonia, Spain as Pau Masó Coromina. He is an actor, writer, director and producer. Known as a "self-made man", he is hard working, dedicated and persevering. To date, Pau has appeared in different productions, including Aleksandr's Price (2013) and The Art of...

Honorable Mention

29. Alberto San Juan

Actor | Mientras duermes

Alberto San Juan was born on November 1, 1968 in Madrid, Madrid, Spain as Alberto San Juan Guijarro. He is an actor, known for Sleep Tight (2011), Under the Stars (2007) and The Other Side of the Bed (2002).

Honorable Mention

30. Antonia San Juan

Actress | Todo sobre mi madre

Antonia San Juan was born on March 22, 1961 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain. She is an actress and director, known for All About My Mother (1999), La China (2005) and V.O. (2005).

Honorable Mention



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