The Spanish come across as fun loving, easy going people who would rather party all night and sleep all day! Definitely fun loving, but by no means are the Spaniards lazy people! In fact the Spanish work for longer hours than do most Europeans. It is just the fact that the Spanish know that there is more to life than just running the rat race and adhering to set conventions. Take Pablo Picasso for instance. Unconventional and highly prolific, the artist co-founded the cubist movement and went on to become one of the best known figures of 20th century art. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, the author of ‘Don Quixote’, gave the world the most influential work from the Spanish Golden Age.

Millie Bobby BrownMillie Bobby Brown

19 February 2004

Pep GuardiolaPep Guardiola
(Former Footballer, Football Manager)

18 January 1971

Pablo PicassoPablo Picasso

25 October 1881

Rafael NadalRafael Nadal
(Tennis player)

03 June 1986

Pau GasolPau Gasol
(Basketball Player, Actor)

06 July 1980

Gerard PiquéGerard Piqué
(Football Player)

02 February 1987

Lisa LopesLisa Lopes

27 May 1971

Ana de ArmasAna de Armas

30 April 1988

Sergio RamosSergio Ramos

30 March 1986

Enrique IglesiasEnrique Iglesias

08 May 1975

Javier BardemJavier Bardem

01 March 1969

Antonio BanderasAntonio Banderas
(Actor, Director)

10 August 1960

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Francisco FrancoFrancisco Franco
(Dictator of Spain)

04 December 1892

Fernando TorresFernando Torres

20 March 1984

Fernando AlonsoFernando Alonso
(F1 Driver)

29 July 1981

Philip II of SpainPhilip II of Spain
(King of Spain)

21 May 1527

Charles II of SpainCharles II of Spain

06 November 1661


25 January 1980

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David de GeaDavid de Gea

07 November 1990

Cesc FàbregasCesc Fàbregas

04 May 1987

Andrés IniestaAndrés Iniesta

11 May 1984

Antoni GaudíAntoni Gaudí

25 June 1852

David SilvaDavid Silva

08 January 1986

Julio IglesiasJulio Iglesias
(Singer, Musician, Songwriter)

23 September 1943

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Hernán CortésHernán Cortés
(Spanish conquistador)

1485 AD

Diego CostaDiego Costa

07 October 1988

Ariadna GilAriadna Gil

23 January 1969

Alejandra SilvaAlejandra Silva
(Publicist, Richard Gere’s Wife)

16 February 1983

Carlos VelaCarlos Vela

01 March 1989

Francisco GoyaFrancisco Goya

30 March 1746

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16 October 1938

Keylor NavasKeylor Navas

15 December 1986

Paz VegaPaz Vega
(Actress, Model)

02 January 1976

Ferdinand II of AragonFerdinand II of Aragon
(King of Aragon)

10 March 1452

Miguel de CervantesMiguel de Cervantes

29 September 1547

Juan Ponce de LeónJuan Ponce de León

1474 AD

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George SandersGeorge Sanders

03 July 1906

Joan MiróJoan Miró

20 April 1893

Francis XavierFrancis Xavier

07 April 1506

El GrecoEl Greco

01 October 1541

Federico García LorcaFederico García Lorca

05 June 1898

Francisco PizarroFrancisco Pizarro
(Spanish conquistador)

26 June 1478

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Otto SkorzenyOtto Skorzeny
(Military Officer)

12 June 1908

Daisy FuentesDaisy Fuentes
(Television Host)

17 November 1966

Denholm ElliottDenholm Elliott

31 May 1922

Marian RiveraMarian Rivera

12 August 1984


14 April 1126

Malu TrevejoMalu Trevejo
(Instagram Star)

15 October 2002

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Louis Alphonse, Duke of AnjouLouis Alphonse, Duke of Anjou
(Member of the Royal House of Bourbon)

25 April 1974

Maria Francisca PerelloMaria Francisca Perello
(Girlfriend of Rafael Nadal)

07 July 1988

Roy KinnearRoy Kinnear

08 January 1934

George SantayanaGeorge Santayana
(Philosopher, Essayist, Poet, & Novelist)

16 December 1863

Alvin KarpisAlvin Karpis

10 August 1907

Bartolomé de las CasasBartolomé de las Casas

11 November 1484

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Hernando de SotoHernando de Soto

1500 AD

Christina OchoaChristina Ochoa

25 January 1985

Jorge LorenzoJorge Lorenzo
(Grand Prix Motorcycle Road Racer)

04 May 1987

Juan Carlos I of SpainJuan Carlos I
(Former King of Spain (1975-2014))

05 January 1938

José CarrerasJosé Carreras
(Opera Singer)

05 December 1946

Junípero SerraJunípero Serra
(Franciscan Priest)

24 November 1713

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Mariano RajoyMariano Rajoy
(Former Prime Minister of Spain)

27 March 1955

Chabeli IglesiasChabeli Iglesias

03 September 1971

BalboaVasco Núñez de Balboa
(Spanish Explorer)

1475 AD

John of the CrossJohn of the Cross
(Roman Catholic Saint)

24 June 1542

Salvador DaliSalvador Dali
(Surrealist Painter)

11 May 1904

Manu RiosManu Rios
(TV Personality)

17 December 1998

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Miguel de UnamunoMiguel de Unamuno

29 September 1864

Isabella of PortugalIsabella of Portugal
(Queen of Spain)

24 October 1503

(Physician, Surgeon)

0936 AD

Santiago Ramón y CajalSantiago Ramón y Cajal
(Father of Modern Neuroscience)

01 May 1852

Penelope CruzPenelope Cruz

28 April 1974

Pablo CasalsPablo Casals

29 December 1876

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Juan GrisJuan Gris

23 March 1887

Alana Martina dos Santos AveiroAlana Martina dos Santos Aveiro
(Daughter of Cristiano Ronaldo & Georgina Rodríguez)

12 November 2017

Peter of CastilePeter of Castile
(King of Castile and León)

30 August 1334

Spain also produced some of the major writers of the 20th century like Camilo José Cela and Miguel Delibes. The Spanish are known for their love of music and it is not surprising that several great composers like Isaac Albéniz, Manuel de Falla and Enrique Granados were born in Spain. The contemporary Spaniards too uphold the rich traditions their forefathers were famous for.