Find out more about the greatest Spaniards, including Millie Bobby Brown, Rafael Nadal, Pablo Picasso, Enrique Iglesias and Javier Bardem.

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.

Rafael NadalRafael Nadal
(Tennis player)

03 June 1986

Pablo PicassoPablo Picasso
(Painter)

25 October 1881

Gerard PiquéGerard Piqué
(Football Player)

02 February 1987

Millie Bobby BrownMillie Bobby Brown
(Actress)

19 February 2004

Diego CostaDiego Costa
(Footballer)

07 October 1988

Andrés IniestaAndrés Iniesta
(Footballer)

11 May 1984

Sergio RamosSergio Ramos
(Footballer)

30 March 1986

Fernando TorresFernando Torres
(Footballer)

20 March 1984

Enrique IglesiasEnrique Iglesias
(Singer)

08 May 1975

David de GeaDavid de Gea
(Footballer)

07 November 1990

Pep GuardiolaPep Guardiola
(Former Footballer, Football Manager)

18 January 1971

Javier BardemJavier Bardem
(Actor)

01 March 1969

Antonio BanderasAntonio Banderas
(Actor, Director)

10 August 1960

Carlos VelaCarlos Vela
(Footballer)

01 March 1989

Cesc FàbregasCesc Fàbregas
(Footballer)

04 May 1987

Keylor NavasKeylor Navas
(Footballer)

15 December 1986

Francisco FrancoFrancisco Franco
(Dictator of Spain)

04 December 1892

Lisa LopesLisa Lopes
(Rapper)

27 May 1971

David SilvaDavid Silva
(Footballer)

08 January 1986

XaviXavi
(Footballer)

25 January 1980

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

21 May 1527

Malu TrevejoMalu Trevejo
(Instagram Star)

15 October 2002

Julio IglesiasJulio Iglesias
(Singer, Musician, Songwriter)

23 September 1943

Hernán CortésHernán Cortés
(Spanish conquistador)

1485 AD

Marcos Alonso Mendoza Marcos Alonso Mendoza
(Football Player)

28 December 1990

Pau GasolPau Gasol
(Basketball Player, Actor)

06 July 1980

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

16 February 1983

Paz VegaPaz Vega
(Actress, Model)

02 January 1976

Mariano RajoyMariano Rajoy
(Current Prime Minister of Spain)

27 March 1955

Francis XavierFrancis Xavier
(Missionary)

07 April 1506

Juan Ponce de LeónJuan Ponce de León
(Explorer)

1474 AD

Francisco GoyaFrancisco Goya
(Painters)

30 March 1746

Miguel de CervantesMiguel de Cervantes
(Novelist)

29 September 1547

Federico García LorcaFederico García Lorca
(Poet)

05 June 1898

Francisco PizarroFrancisco Pizarro
(Spanish conquistador)

26 June 1478

Jorge LorenzoJorge Lorenzo
(Grand Prix Motorcycle Road Racer)

04 May 1987

Marian RiveraMarian Rivera
(Model)

12 August 1984

AverroesAverroes
(Philosopher)

14 April 1126

Joan MiróJoan Miró
(Painter)

20 April 1893

Christina OchoaChristina Ochoa
(Actress)

25 January 1985

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

25 April 1974

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

05 January 1938

Hernando de SotoHernando de Soto
(Explorer)

1500 AD

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

16 December 1863

BalboaVasco Núñez de Balboa
(Spanish Explorer)

1475 AD

José CarrerasJosé Carreras
(Opera Singer)

05 December 1946

Alvin KarpisAlvin Karpis
(Gangster)

10 August 1907

Manu RiosManu Rios
(TV Personality)

17 December 1998

Chabeli IglesiasChabeli Iglesias
(Socialite)

03 September 1971

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

24 June 1542

Junípero SerraJunípero Serra
(Franciscan Priest)

24 November 1713

KaneKane
(Professional wrestler)

26 April 1967

Penelope CruzPenelope Cruz

28 April 1974

Miguel de UnamunoMiguel de Unamuno
(Writer)

29 September 1864

Isabella of PortugalIsabella of Portugal
(Queen of Spain)

24 October 1503

Emilio MartinezEmilio Martinez
(Instagram Star)

10 May 1999

Pablo CasalsPablo Casals
(Musician)

29 December 1876

Salvador DaliSalvador Dali
(Surrealist Painter)

11 May 1904

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

01 May 1852

Abraham MateoAbraham Mateo
(Singer)

25 August 1998

El RubiusEl Rubius
(YouTube Celebrity & Social Media Sensation)

13 February 1990

Al-ZahrawiAl-Zahrawi
(Physician, Surgeon)

0936 AD

Pedro de AlvaradoPedro de Alvarado
(Explorers)

1485 AD

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

30 August 1334

Manuel de FallaManuel de Falla
(Classical music composer)

23 November 1876

Juan GrisJuan Gris
(Painter)

23 March 1887

Enrique GranadosEnrique Granados
(Pianist and Composer)

27 July 1867

Ivan MartinezIvan Martinez
(Instagram Star)

10 May 1999

Leroy SanchezLeroy Sanchez
(Singer)

01 September 1991

Severo OchoaSevero Ochoa
(Physician and Biochemist)

14 September 1905

Saint Ignatius of LoyolaSaint Ignatius of Loyola
(Priest)

23 October 1491

Camilo José CelaCamilo José Cela
(Writer)

11 May 1916

Jean NegulescoJean Negulesco
(American-Romanian film director)

26 February 1900

Amancio Ortega GaonaAmancio Ortega Gaona
(Entrepreneur)

28 March 1936

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.