Famous Spanish Film & Theater Personalities

Sometimes fate has its own way of giving it back to you. Little did Antonio Banderas know at the age of fourteen that soccer wasn’t what he was born to do! However, a mishap that broke his foot led him towards a career that made him internationally renowned. The ‘Spanish enchantress’ Penelope Cruz danced her way to a career in film and theatre and became a hot pick for every director and production house. A child prodigy, Santiago Segura’s trysts with filmmaking started when he was merely fourteen years of age. After his first short film, he decided to make a career in the same. Segura’s big break came in 1998, when he directed his first feature film, the smashing hit Torrente, el brazo tonto de la ley. Going back to the tides of time in 1960s, the world of entertainment had a new pop culture icon in Cesar Romero. The Spanish artist and film actor was phenomenal on stage and on screen and got acclaimed for his portrayal of maniacal Joker in the 1966 television series ‘Batman’. Spanish film and theatre personalities have time and again proved their mettle on screen with their power-packed performance, creative inputs and ingenious style. They have adorned various hats like that of actors, directors, dancers, script writers, producers, art directors with élan. Check this segment and find out more about famous Spanish film and theatre personalities.

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 1 Penelope Cruz

Penelope Cruz
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 28, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Alcobendas, 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 Javier Bardem

Javier Bardem
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 1, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Municipality of Las Palmas, Spain

Spanish actor, Javier Bardem, is an acclaimed artist and has worked in notable films like Skyfall, Love in the Time of Cholera, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Mother and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. He has also acted in numerous Spanish movies. He won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for the 2007 film No Country for Old Men.

 3 Antonio Banderas

Antonio Banderas
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 10, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Málaga, Spain

One of the most popular Spanish-American actors of all time, Antonio Banderas has made a name for himself in Hollywood. Apart from being a successful actor, he is also an accomplished businessman. A perfume industry veteran, Antonio Banderas has been working with the fragrance and beauty company Puig for several years and is the brand's most popular representative.

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 4 Alvaro Morte

Alvaro Morte
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 23, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Algeciras, Cádiz, Spain

Best known to fans as The Professor from the iconic Spanish series La Casa De Papel, or Money Heist, has won several awards for the role. He overcame cancer in his 30s. The father of twins is now a co-owner of the Spanish theater company 300 Pistolas.

 5 Maria Pedraza

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.

 6 Pedro Almodovar

Pedro Almodovar
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Famous As: Director, Screenwriter
Birthdate: September 25, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Calzada de Calatrava, Spain

Pedro Almodovar is a Spanish screenwriter, filmmaker, and former actor. Regarded as one of the most successful Spanish filmmakers of all time, Almodovar has two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and five British Academy Film Awards under his belt. His films are characterized by complex narratives, irreverent humor, and great music.

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 7 Úrsula Corberó

Úrsula Corberó
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 11, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sant Pere de Vilamajor, 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.

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 8 Mark Consuelos

Mark Consuelos
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 30, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zaragoza, Aragón, Spain

Best known as Mateo Santos from All My Children and as Hiram Lodge from Riverdale, Mark Consuelos was born to an Italian mother and a Mexican father in Spain. He began his career as a dancer and then stepped into soap operas. He is an avid sports lover, too.

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 9 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.

 10 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.

 11 Elsa Pataky

Elsa Pataky
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Famous As: Model, Actress
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.

 12 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.

 13 Ester Expósito

Ester Expósito
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Famous As: Actress, Model
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.

 14 Luis Buñuel

Luis Buñuel
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Actor, Film editor, Writer
Birthdate: February 22, 1900
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Calanda, Spain
Died: July 29, 1983

Luis Buñuel was a Spanish-Mexican filmmaker with a brilliant career spanning almost half a century. He worked in France, Mexico, and Spain and directed films spanning various genres. His filmmaking technique was strongly influenced by mise-en-scène. He was hailed as a leader of avant-garde surrealism and is considered one of the top directors of the 20th century.  

 15 Pedro Alonso

Pedro Alonso
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 21, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vigo, Galicia, Spain

Pedro Alonso is a Spanish actor, artist, and writer. Alonso is best known for his portrayal of Berlin in the popular Spanish heist crime drama TV series Money Heist. His performance earned him the Award of the Spanish Actors Union in 2018. In 2018, GQ Turkey magazine named him International Star of the Year.

 16 Jaime Lorente

Jaime Lorente
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 12, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Murcia, Spain

Jaime Lorente is a Spanish model and actor best known for playing Denver in the popular Spanish heist crime drama TV series Money Heist. His performance earned him nominations at the 2018 and 2019 Award of the Spanish Actors Union. Apart from acting, Lorente has also published a collection of poems in a book named A propósito de tu boca.

 17 Paz Vega

Paz Vega
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 2, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Seville, Spain
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 Miguel Ángel Silvestre

Miguel Ángel Silvestre
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 6, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Castellón de la Plana, Spain
Spanish actor Miguel Ángel Silvestre is best known as Alberto from Velvet, Lito from Sense8, and Franklin Jurado from Narcos. Fans also loved him on the Spanish show Sin tetas no hay paraíso and in the film The Pelayos. He had earlier ditched a budding tennis career, following an injury.

 19 Jordi El Nino Polla

Jordi El Nino Polla
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 11, 1994
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
Known for his childish looks, pornstar Ángel Muñoz García is better known as Jordi El Nino Polla, or The Dick Boy. He stepped into the adult film industry at age 18 and never looked back. He also owns a popular YouTube channel and has also earned the Gold Play Button.

 20 Ariadna Gil

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

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.

 21 Federico García Lorca

Federico García Lorca
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Famous As: Poet, playwright
Birthdate: June 5, 1898
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Fuente Vaqueros, Spain
Died: August 19, 1936

Federico García Lorca was a Spanish poet, playwright, and theater director. He was a prominent member of the Generation of '27, a group of poets who essentially worked with avant-garde forms of art and poetry. He was homosexual and had a love affair with sculptor Emilio Aladrén. He mysteriously disappeared at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War.

 22 Esther Acebo

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

 23 Blanca Suárez

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

Spanish actor Blanca Suárez of Cable Girls fame also earned a Goya Award nomination for the psychological thriller The Skin I Live In. Her debut performance as Julia Medina in the Spanish drama-thriller series The Boarding School earned her initial fame. She was also GQ’s Woman of the Year in 2012.

 24 Jon Kortajarena

Jon Kortajarena
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: May 19, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bilbao, Vizcaya, País Vasco, Spain

While fans love his beautiful hazel eyes, Spanish model and actor Jon Kortajarena has also made it to the Forbes list of The World's 10 Most Successful Male Models. Known for projects such as A Single Man and Andron, he has also modeled for brands such as Guess, Armani, and Versace.

 25 Mario Casas

Mario Casas
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 12, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: A Coruna, Galicia, Spain

 26 Miguel Herrán

Miguel Herrán
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 25, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Málaga, Málaga, Andalucía, Spain

 27 Elena Anaya

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

 28 Javier Botet

Javier Botet
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 30, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ciudad Real, Spain

 29 Nacho Vidal

Nacho Vidal
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: December 30, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mataró, Spain

Nacho Vidal is a Spanish pornographic actor, producer, director, writer, and camera operator. A protégé of popular Italian pornographic actor Rocco Siffredi, Vidal has appeared in more than 1,500 films. Over the course of his career, Vidal has won several awards like XBIZ Awards and Ninfa Awards. In 2012, he was made an inductee of the AVN Hall of Fame.

 30 Ivana Baquero

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

 31 Mina El Hammani

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

 32 Marc Clotet

Marc Clotet
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 29, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain

Spanish actor and model Marc Clotet is the son of famous physician and author Bonaventura Clotet. Best known for his performance in the soap El cor de la Ciutat, he has also been admired for his roles in the films The Sleeping Voice and The Chessplayer.

 33 Toni Ribas

Toni Ribas
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Famous As: Pornographic actor
Birthdate: June 13, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sant Boi de Llobregat, Spain

 34 Itzan Escamilla

Itzan Escamilla
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 31, 1997
Sun Sign: Scorpio
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

Known as the younger sister of Spanish actor Penélope Cruz, Mónica Cruz is not just an actor but also a trained dancer, specializing in flamenco and ballet. Known for her roles in projects such as The Inquiry and Last Hour, she is now also a mother of a daughter, through artificial insemination.

 36 Belén Cuesta

Belén Cuesta
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 24, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Seville, Spain

Best known to international audiences for her performance as the transgender character Manila in the iconic hit series La Casa de Papel, or Money Heist, Belén Cuesta is a popular Spanish actor. A fine theater actor, too, she has been part of production such as Sonias and Metamorfosis.

 37 Najwa Nimri

Najwa Nimri
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 14, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pamplona, Navarre, Spain

Najwa Nimri is a Spanish actress and singer best known for playing a  policewoman inspector in the TV drama series La casa de papel. As a singer, she formed the band Najwajean with Carlos Jean and has also released a few solo albums. In 2020, she hosted a podcast called Vis a vis: Cara B. 

 38 Alvaro Rico

Alvaro Rico
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 13, 1996
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: La Puebla de Montalbán, Toledo, Spain

 39 Álex Pina

Álex Pina
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Famous As: Director, Writer
Birthdate: June 23, 1967
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pamplona, Spain

Álex Pina is a Spanish TV personality, writer, producer, director, and series creator. He is best known for creating one of the most popular heist crime drama series of all time, Money Heist. In 2019, Pina was named in The Hollywood Reporter magazine's Top International Showrunners of the Year list.

 40 Christina Ochoa

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

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.

 41 Jordi Mollà

Jordi Mollà
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 1, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Jordi Mollà is a Spanish actor, writer, filmmaker, and artist. A critically acclaimed actor, Mollà has been thrice nominated for the prestigious Goya Award for Best Actor. His portrayal of Daniel in the 1997 Spanish drama film, The Lucky Star, earned him a Butaca Award. A self-taught painter, Mollà showcased his works at the Carmen de la Guerra in 2002.

 42 Geoffrey Holder

Geoffrey Holder
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 1, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Died: October 5, 2014

 43 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

Shelley Morrison was an American actress best remembered for her portrayal of Rosario Salazar in the popular NBC sitcom Will & Grace. During her career, which spanned more than five decades, Shelley Morrison played a housekeeper or maid on 32 separate occasions.

 44 Berta Vazquez

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

 45 Yon González

Yon González
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 20, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bergara, Spain

Yon González is a Spanish actor best known for his portrayal of Iván Noiret León in the popular Spanish teen drama thriller TV series, El Internado (The Boarding School). In 2010, he was honored at the Association of Latin Entertainment Critics Awards with the Best New Actor award for his performance in the series.

 46 John Casablancas

John Casablancas
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Famous As: Model agent
Birthdate: December 12, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, USA
Died: July 20, 2013

 47 Infanta Sofía of Spain

Infanta Sofía of Spain
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Birthdate: April 29, 2007
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Madrid

 48 Maggie Civantos

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

 49 Omar ayuso

Omar ayuso
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 26, 1998
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

 50 Marta Milans

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