Successful Spaniards making the way to the Hollywood stardom

by petervincentluna | created - 23 Sep 2014 | updated - 23 Sep 2014 | Public

This is a list of talented artists (composers, filmmakers, actors...) born and raise in Spain that recently are working in the USA. Some are well-known stars, the others on the way to become a star. No special order

1. J.A. Bayona

Director | El orfanato

J.A. Bayona was born on May 9, 1975 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain as Juan Antonio García Bayona. He is a director, known for The Orphanage (2007), The Impossible (2012) and A Monster Calls (2016).

2. 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: First Class (2011), Alacrán enamorado (2013) and The Good Boy (2005).

3. Julio Medem

Director | Lucía y el sexo

Julio Medem was born in San Sebastian in northern Spain. As a teenager Medem made short movies with a super-8 camera owned by his father. Some of those films are "El ciego" (1976), "El jueves pasado" (1977) and "Fideos" (1979.) Wanting to know more about the darkest corners of the human mind, Medem...

4. 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 ...

5. 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 ...

6. 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 ...

7. Carlotta Elektra Bosch

Actress | Catching Fireflies

Carlotta Elektra Bosch was born in Barcelona to a Castilian mother and a Catalan father. One a Designer and the other an Architect and Professor of Art in the University of Girona. Carlotta is the youngest of two siblings, her brother is a Landscape-Architect and Entrepreneur. After her birth the ...

8. Maria Ripoll

Director | The Man with Rain in His Shoes

Maria Ripoll was born in 1964 in Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. She is a director and assistant director, known for Twice Upon a Yesterday (1998), Rastres de sàndal (2014) and Tortilla Soup (2001).

9. Daniel Sánchez Arévalo

Writer | Azuloscurocasinegro

Daniel Sánchez Arévalo was born on June 24, 1970 in Madrid, Madrid, Spain. He is a writer, known for Dark Blue Almost Black (2006), Traumalogía (2007) and Exprés (2003).

10. Isabel Coixet

Director | The Secret Life of Words

Isabel Coixet was born on April 9, 1960 in Sant Adrià de Besòs, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain as Isabel Coixet Castillo. She is a director and writer, known for The Secret Life of Words (2005), My Life Without Me (2003) and Cosas que nunca te dije (1996).

11. Marc Clotet

Actor | El jugador de ajedrez

Marc Clotet was born on April 29, 1980 in Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. He is an actor and art director, known for El jugador de ajedrez (2017), La voz dormida (2011) and Física o química (2008). He was previously married to Ana de Armas.

12. Miguel Ángel Silvestre

Actor | Sin tetas no hay paraíso

Miguel Ángel Silvestre was born on April 6, 1982 in Castelló, Comunitat Valenciana, Spain as Miguel Ángel Silvestre Rambla. He is an actor, known for Sin tetas no hay paraíso (2008), Sense8 (2015) and La distancia (2006).

13. 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, ...

14. Lucas Vidal

Composer | Mientras duermes

Lucas Vidal was born in 1984 in Madrid, Spain. He is known for his work on Mientras duermes (2011), The Raven (2012) and The Cold Light of Day (2012).

15. 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...

17. Alberto Iglesias

Composer | Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Alberto Iglesias was born in 1955 in Donostia-San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa, País Vasco, Spain as Alberto Iglesias Fernández-Berridi. He is known for his work on Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), La piel que habito (2011) and The Constant Gardener (2005).

18. Carlos Bardem

Actor | Celda 211

Carlos Bardem was born on March 7, 1963 in Madrid, Spain as Carlos Encinas Bardem. He is an actor and writer, known for Celda 211 (2009), Alacrán enamorado (2013) and Che: Part Two (2008).

19. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

Director | 28 Weeks Later

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo was born on December 5, 1967 in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. He is a producer, known for 28 Weeks Later (2007), Intacto (2001) and Linked (1996).

20. Àlex Pastor

Writer | Los últimos días

Àlex Pastor was born on March 13, 1981 in Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. He is a writer and producer, known for The Last Days (2013), Carriers (2009) and The Natural Route (2004).

21. David Pastor

Writer | Los últimos días

David Pastor was born on July 25, 1978 in Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. He is a writer and producer, known for The Last Days (2013), Carriers (2009) and Self/less (2015).

22. Nacho Vigalondo

Writer | Los cronocrímenes

Nacho Vigalondo was born in 1977 in Cabezón de la Sal, Cantabria, Spain. He is a writer and actor, known for Los cronocrímenes (2007), Colossal (2016) and Extraterrestre (2011).

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. Enrique Iglesias

Soundtrack | Once Upon a Time in Mexico

Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler was born in Madrid, Spain, to Spanish singer Julio Iglesias and Spanish-Filipino socialite Isabel Preysler. In 1979, his parents' marriage was annulled. He was eight years old when he moved to the U.S., and at the age of 15, secretly began writing music. He studied ...

25. Mónica Cruz

Actress | L'inchiesta

Mónica Cruz was born on March 16, 1977 in Madrid, Spain as Mónica Cruz Sánchez. She is known for her work on The Final Inquiry (2006), Un paso adelante (2002) and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011).

26. Claudia Bassols

Actress | Paintball

Claudia Bassols was born on October 3, 1979 in Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. She is an actress, known for Paintball (2009), The Returned (2013) and One in the Chamber (2012).

27. Christian Rodrigo

Actor | Snatch

Christian Rodrigo is a Spanish Actor born in Barcelona, who is recognized internationally as a fresh, unique, creative, generous, passionate and extraordinary performer.

He is based in Los Angeles, specialized in acting on camera with experience in 10 feature films, around 40 short films, several ...

28. Félix Gómez

Actor | 14 de abril. La República

Félix Gómez was born on September 5, 1977 in Seville, Seville, Andalucía, Spain as Félix Gómez Hernández. He is an actor, known for 14 de abril. La República (2011), Herederos (2007) and Carlos, Rey Emperador (2015).

29. Ana Obregón

Actress | Bolero

Ana Obregón was born on March 18, 1955 in Madrid, Madrid, Spain as Ana Victoria García Obregón. She is a writer and actress, known for Bolero (1984), La mirada del otro (1998) and Ho sap el ministre? (1991).

30. Miguel Ángel Muñoz

Actor | What About Love

Miguel Ángel Muñoz belongs to that distinguished group of actors who, without being a member of a family of performers, seemed destined for the stage and show business since birth. He is not the sort of person whose image crystallized at a particular moment in time: he acts, dances, and sings ...

31. Carles Torrens

Director | Sequence

Carles Torrens was born in 1984 in Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. He is a director, known for Sequence (2013), Delaney (2008) and Pet (2016).



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