Famous Spanish Women

The contemporary Spanish woman is beautiful, intelligent, confident and ready to take the world in her stride! But this was not the way it had always been in Spain. Up until a few decades ago, Spanish women were subjected to certain very strict social norms that dictated them to be confined to the roles of wives and mothers. After being restricted and restrained for so long, the Spanish woman struggled to break free of the shackles that society bound her with to prove that she was no less than men when it came to contributing to the world heritage and culture.

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 1 Penelope Cruz

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Birthdate: April 28, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain

Penelope Cruz is a Spanish model and actress who has had major success in the American entertainment industry. Also known for her work as a philanthropist, Cruz has been touching the lives of many for the past several years. Apart from donating money to charity, Cruz has also volunteered in India and Uganda. She has also advocated for PETA's anti-fur campaign.

 2 Ana de Armas

Ana de Armas.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 30, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Santa Cruz del Norte, Cuba

A Spanish-Cuban actress, Ana de Armas worked in Spanish films and television shows before moving to Hollywood. Overcoming the obstacle of not knowing English, she established herself as a solid actress by working in films like Knives Out and Blade Runner 2049. She will play a Bond girl in No Time to Die movie and will portray Marilyn Monroe in the Netflix biopic Blonde.

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 3 Elsa Pataky

Elsa Pataky.
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: July 18, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Elsa Pataky is one of the most famous Spanish models and actresses to make it big in the American film industry. She is best known for playing Officer Elena Neves alongside Dwayne Johnson in The Fast and the Furious film franchise. A polyglot, Elsa Pataky can speak Spanish, English, Romanian, Portuguese, French, and Italian fluently.

 4 Isabella I of Castile

Isabella I of Castile.
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Famous As: Queen of Castile
Birthdate: April 22, 1451
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Madrigal de las Altas Torres, Spain
Died: November 26, 1504
Isabella I, the 15th-century queen of Castile and Leon and the wife of Ferdinand II, was the first Queen of Spain de facto. She was named a Servant of God by the Catholic Church and reformed the government, thus reducing crimes. She also funded Christopher Columbus's voyages to the Americas.

 5 Lisa Lopes

Lisa Lopes.
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: May 27, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: April 25, 2002

Lisa Lopes, popularly known as “Left Eye,” was a member of the Grammy-winning hip-hop/R&B girl band TLC. Apart from rapping and singing, she also co-wrote songs and managed the band’s outfits, album titles, and artworks. Lopes died in a car accident in Honduras, leaving behind her incomplete second solo album.

 6 Oona Chaplin

Oona Chaplin.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 4, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Oona Chaplin, granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin, is best known as Talisa Maegyr from the iconic series Game of Thrones. She had started as a Shakespearean theater actor. She has also been seen in series such as The Hour and Taboo, and has been cast in the upcoming Avatar sequels.

 7 Rosalia

Rosalia
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 25, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sant Esteve Sesrovires, Spain
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 8 Úrsula Corberó

Úrsula Corberó.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 11, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Úrsula Corberó is a Spanish actress who achieved international fame after playing Tokyo in the popular heist crime drama TV series, Money Heist. Renowned for her good looks, Corberó has been the face of many brands, such as Maybelline, Tampax, and Calzedonia. Also a philanthropist, Corberó has been part of many awareness campaigns pertaining to breast cancer and climate change.

 9 Saint Teresa of Avila

Saint Teresa of Avila.
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: March 28, 1515
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Gotarrendura
Died: October 4, 1582

Teresa of Ávila, also known as Saint Teresa of Jesus, was a Spanish noblewoman who later turned into a Carmelite nun. She was posthumously named a Doctor of the Church. She co-established the Discalced Carmelite Order. Her written works include The Interior Castle and her own autobiography.

 10 Ester Expósito

Ester Expósito.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 26, 2000
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Best known for her role in the Netflix series Elite, Madrid Theater Award-winning Spanish actor Ester Expósito is a true-blue feminist who has attended rallies for the cause. She had started attending acting classes as soon as she finished school. She is also a passionate dancer.

 11 Maria Pedraza

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 26, 1996
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Spanish actress and ballerina, Maria Pedraza first came to limelight with her role in the Netflix series Money Heist, debuting on screen earlier in the same year with Amar: With You Until the End of the World. Since then she has been appearing in number of productions, including the thriller teen drama series, Elite, concurrently focusing on her ballet.

 12 Charo

Charo
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 15, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Murcia, Spain

Spanish-American actress, singer, comedian, and flamenco-guitarist Charo, whose birth year remains a subject of dispute for several years, is known for her seductive deep voice with Spanish accent, unrestrained and exuberant manner, and the catch-phrase cuchi-cuchi. She has released albums like Guitar Passion, featured in films like The Concorde...Airport '79 and guest starred in TV series like The Love Boat.

 13 Maria Theresa of Spain

Maria Theresa of Spain.
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Famous As: Queen of France
Birthdate: September 10, 1638
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain
Died: July 30, 1683
Maria Theresa of Spain was the queen consort of France from 1660 to 1683, as the wife of Louis XIV of France. She lost five of her six children early and was also often ignored by the court. She died due to a wound on her arm at age 44.

 14 Nico

Nico.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 16, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cologne
Died: July 18, 1988

Nico was a German musician, singer, and songwriter. Her work continues to serve as an inspiration to several musicians like Björk, Morrissey, and the English rock band The Cure. In 2017, Susanna Nicchiarelli directed Nico's biographical film titled Nico, 1988. Also an actress, Nico appeared in many films, including Andy Warhol's experimental underground film Chelsea Girls.

 15 Infanta Leonor of Spain

Infanta Leonor of Spain
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Famous As: Princess
Birthdate: October 31, 2005
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Madrid

 16 Mabel

Mabel
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 20, 1996
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Málaga, Spain

Born to a music producer father, Cameron McVey, and a singer mother, Neneh Cherry, Mabel McVey was destined to make a career in music. The English singer-songwriter debuted on SoundCloud with her track Know Me Better. It is believed she had initially used music as a therapy for her anxiety.

 17 Paz Vega

Paz Vega.
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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: January 2, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Seville, Andalusia
Spanish actor Paz Vega is best known for her roles in films such as Sex and Lucia, Spanglish, All Roads Lead to Rome, and Rambo: Last Blood. Fans loved her as Catalina Creel in the Mexican series Cuna de lobos and as Renata in the American series The OA

 18 Alba Flores

Alba Flores
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 27, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Alba Flores, the only daughter of Spanish musician Antonio Flores, achieved international fame as Nairobi in the Spanish series La Casa De Papel, or Money Heist. Apart from drama, she is trained in the piano, too. She is also an avid animal lover and has campaigned for PETA.

 19 Joanna of Castile

Joanna of Castile.
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: November 6, 1479
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toledo, Spain
Died: April 12, 1555
Joanna, the 16th-century queen of Castile and Aragon, also known as "Joanna the Mad," was declared insane and locked up at the Royal Convent of Santa Clara by her father. Following her father’s death, she nominally co-ruled the kingdom with her son, Charles I, but remained imprisoned till her death.

 20 Astrid Berges-Frisbey

Astrid Berges-Frisbey.
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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: May 26, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Born to a French-American mother and a Spanish father, Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey had initially worked as a waitress and had even decided to pursue a career in osteopathy. The actor-model later made waves with her roles in The Sea Wall and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

 21 Daisy Fuentes

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Famous As: Television Host
Birthdate: November 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Havana

Cuban-American TV personality Daisy Fuentes became MTV's first Latina VJ and Revlon's first global Latina spokesperson. She also hosted America's Funniest Home Videos and later launched a clothing and haircare line. She has worked for cancer research and other charitable causes, too. She is married to singer Richard Marx.

 22 Itziar Ituño

Itziar Ituño
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Basauri, Spain
Itziar Ituño is best known to audiences as Raquel Murillo in the iconic Spanish series La casa de papel, or Money Heist. While she initially studied sociology, she simultaneously studied acting, too. Her initial projects included the role of a lesbian police officer in the Basque opera Goenkale.

 23 Ariadna Gil

Ariadna Gil.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 23, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Barcelona, Catalonia

Ariadna Gil is a Spanish actress best known for playing Violeta in the 1992 Spanish comedy-drama film, Belle Époque, for which she received the Best Lead Actress award at the prestigious Goya Awards. Although she predominantly acts in Spanish films, Ariadna Gil has also played important roles in films of various other languages, such as English, Catalan, and French.

 24 Alejandra Silva

Alejandra Silva.
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Famous As: Publicist, Richard Gere’s Wife
Birthdate: February 16, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: La Coruña
Spanish publicist, activist, and Instagram star Alejandra Silva is best known for her philanthropic efforts, most notably her non-profit, the Beautiful Life Fund, which focuses on homeless and distressed children. She has also worked to promote sports among underprivileged African communities. She is married to actor Richard Gere. 

 25 Lupe Fuentes

Lupe Fuentes
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Famous As: DJ
Birthdate: January 27, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cali, Colombia

Lupe Fuentes had started out as a porn actor, with her own website, at 19. The Colombian artist later stepped into music, joining the group The Ex-Girlfriends. Now a social-media influencer and a house music DJ/producer, Lupe lives in Los Angeles and is married to actor/singer Evan Seinfeld.

 26 Marian Rivera

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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: August 12, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Madrid

Marian Rivera is a Spanish-Filipino model and actress. She is known for playing important roles in TV series like Marimar, Amaya, and Temptation of Wife. Apart from winning awards for her acting skills, Rivera has also been named FHM Magazine's Sexiest Woman on a couple of occasions. Also known for her philanthropic efforts, Marian Rivera often participates in fundraising campaigns.

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 27 Queen Letizia of Spain

Queen Letizia of Spain.
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Famous As: Queen of Spain
Birthdate: September 15, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oviedo, Spain

Queen Letizia of Spain was initially a journalist for EFE and ABC and then worked as an anchor for Televisión Española and CNN+. She had covered events such as the 9/11 attacks. She is married to King Felipe VI of Spain and was previously married to a high-school teacher.

 28 Ivana Baquero

Ivana Baquero
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 11, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Barcelona

 29 Blanca Suárez

Blanca Suárez
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 21, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

 30 Carolina Marin

Carolina Marin
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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: June 15, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Huelva, Spain

 31 Elena Anaya

Elena Anaya
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 17, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Palencia, Spain

 32 Maria Belon

Maria Belon
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: May 12, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

 33 Isabella II of Spain

Isabella II of Spain.
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Famous As: Queen of Spain
Birthdate: October 10, 1830
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: April 9, 1904

Isabella II was the queen of Spain from 1833 until 1868. She took to the throne shortly before turning 3, according to a Pragmatic Sanction issued by her father before her birth. Her uncles’ resistance caused the Carlist Wars. Spain became a constitutional monarchy under her mother’s regency.

 34 Esther Acebo

Esther Acebo
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

 35 Mónica Cruz

Mónica Cruz
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 16, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Alcobendas, Spain

 36 Montserrat Caballé

Montserrat Caballé
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Famous As: Opera singer
Birthdate: April 12, 1933
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain
Died: October 6, 2018

 37 Queen Sofía of Spain

Queen Sofía of Spain
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: November 2, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tatoi Palace, Greece

 38 Anne of Austria

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Famous As: Queen of France
Birthdate: September 22, 1601
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Valladolid, Spain
Died: January 20, 1666

Spanish princess Anne of Austria was also an archduchess of the House of Habsburg. She later became the queen of France, as King Louis XIII’s wife, and also ruled as the regent for her son, Louis XIV. She is one of main characters in The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas.

 39 Aitana

Aitana
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 27, 1999
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sant Climent de Llobregat, Spain

 40 Belinda Peregrín

Belinda Peregrín
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Pianist, Television actor, Model, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 15, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ciudad Guayana

Mexican singer-songwriter and actress Belinda Peregrín, tagged as "Princess of Latin Pop" by international press is best known for her commercially hit studio albums like Belinda and Utopía and singles like Vivir, which made her the third best-selling female Mexican act. She also had screen success with films like The Cheetah Girls 2 and Mexican telenovelas like Amigos x siempre.   

 41 Christina Ochoa

Christina Ochoa.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Barcelona

Christina Ochoa is a Spanish actress best known for her portrayal of Grace D'Argento in the American science fiction series, Blood Drive. Ochoa is credited with founding QE Productions, which produced the critically acclaimed short film, Stay with Me. Also a science communicator, Christina Ochoa has been the host of many scientific shows and conferences.

 42 Lady Pamela Hicks

Lady Pamela Hicks
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Famous As: British aristocrat
Birthdate: April 19, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain

 43 Mina El Hammani

Mina El Hammani
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 29, 1993
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

 44 Lilian Garcia

Lilian Garcia
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Famous As: Singer, Ring announcer, Beauty pageant contestant
Birthdate: August 19, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Juan

 45 Shelley Morrison

Shelley Morrison
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 26, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

 46 Berta Vazquez

Berta Vazquez
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 28, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine

 47 Marta Milans

Marta Milans
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 19, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

 48 Chabeli Iglesias

Chabeli Iglesias.
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Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: September 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cascais, Portugal

Chabeli Iglesias is a Spanish journalist and socialite. Born into the popular Iglesias family, she is the daughter of singer Julio Iglesias and Filipina socialite Isabel Preysler. She has been featured on the covers of numerous gossip and entertainment magazines worldwide. She is married to businessman Christian Fernando Altaba and has two children. 

 49 Rebecca Loos

Rebecca Loos
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: June 19, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

 50 Maggie Civantos

Maggie Civantos
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 28, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Málaga, Spain

Beatriz Galindo was no doubt a pioneer in Spanish history for she became the country’s first female physician way back in the late 15th century! More recently Esperanza Aguirre defied tradition to enter into politics, a male dominated domain, to become the first female President of the Senate in Spanish history. Bull fighting is a very popular sport in Spain and Cristina Sánchez de Pablo proved that she is no lesser a match to a raging bull than a man and became the first professional female bullfighter. Spanish women are very artistic as proved by the performers Niña Pastori and Eva Amaral. And who can forget the beautiful Penélope Cruz when we talk of Spanish women in showbiz? Read to learn more interesting facts about the famous Spanish women who have left their mark on the world.