42 Talented and Acclaimed Actresses From Spain

Spain has produced many gifted actresses who have achieved international success in Hollywood and European cinema. Let’s appreciate 42 fantastic Spanish stars:

1. Penélope Cruz

The most famous Spanish actress, Oscar winner Penélope Cruz stuns in films like Volver, Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Parallel Mothers.

2. Paz Vega

Paz Vega entices with sensual charisma in films like Spanglish and television’s The OA.

3. Elsa Pataky

Elsa Pataky balances blockbusters like Fast Five alongside Spanish language hits. She’s married to Chris Hemsworth.

4. Úrsula Corberó

Úrsula Corberó plays Tokyo in Netflix’s hit series Money Heist after success in Spanish shows.

5. Ester Expósito

Ester Expósito broke out on Elite and continues attracting international fans on social media.

6. Rosario Dawson

Rosario Dawson garnered acclaim for Rent and Seven Pounds. She has Puerto Rican and Cuban roots.

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7. Ana de Armas

Cuban born Ana de Armas became hot property with Knives Out and No Time to Die.

8. Victoria Abril

Victoria Abril transitioned to Hollywood fare like Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! after hitting it big in Spanish cinema.

9. Maribel Verdú

Maribel Verdú stuns in Oscar winner Belle Epoque and English productions like Pan’s Labyrinth.

10. Inma Cuesta

Inma Cuesta stars in shows like The Bite Mark and films including The Bride.

11. Blanca Suárez

Model turned actress Blanca Suárez stars in hit shows like Cable Girls.

12. Amaia Salamanca

Amaia Salamanca seduces audiences in series like Grand Hotel and Velvet Colección.

13. Clara Lago

Clara Lago balances success in Spain with roles in foreign productions like I’m So Excited.

14. María Valverde

María Valverde impresses in theatrically released films like Exodus: Gods and Kings and TV series like Tiempos de guerra.

15. Adriana Ugarte

Adriana Ugarte won acclaim for Julieta and Palmeras en la nieve.

16. Ángela Molina

Ángela Molina has enjoyed a prolific career since the 1970s with standout performances in That Obscure Object of Desire and Broken Embraces.

17. Verónica Sánchez

Verónica Sánchez stars as one of four sisters on hit Spanish show The Cable Girls.

18. Najwa Nimri

Najwa Nimri charms on Vis a Vis and Money Heist in addition to an extensive film career.

19. Belén Rueda

Belén Rueda gets under the skin in thrillers like The Orphanage and Julia’s Eyes.

20. Natalia de Molina

Natalia de Molina won Spain’s top acting honor, the Goya, for 2013’s Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados.

21. Loles León

Loles León entertains audiences with performances in films like ¡Átame! since the 1970s.

22. Assumpta Serna

Assumpta Serna intrigues in international efforts like Matador and television’s Borgia.

23. Nieve de Medina

Nieve de Medina has lit up screens in films like Ghost Graduation and television shows including Hospital Central.

24. Michelle Jenner

Michelle Jenner demonstrated comedy chops on Isabel and versatility in The Red Band Society.

25. Terele Pávez

Terele Pávez often played grand dames in films from the 1960s through early 2000s like El Cid.

26. Marisa Paredes

Since the 1960s, Marisa Paredes has brought elegance to movies like All About My Mother.

27. Adriana Ozores

Living legend Adriana Ozores stars in award winning works like The Bride’s Gown by Pedro Almodóvar.

28. Aitana Sánchez-Gijón

Aitana Sánchez-Gijón has thrived in historical dramas like The Machinist and 5th of July.

29. Leonor Watling

Leonor Watling balances music and acting, appearing in acclaimed films like Talk to Her.

30. Rossy de Palma

Pedro Almodóvar muse Rossy de Palma utilizes her unique look in roles for directors like Robert Altman.

31. Najat El Hachmi

Najat El Hachmi won Catalan literature’s top prize after writing the novel L’últim patriarca.

32. Carme Elias

Carme Elias entertains Spanish audiences on television shows and in commercial films.

33. Irene Visedo

Irene Visedo steals scenes in features like Doctor Mateo and shows like Amar es para siempre.

34. Luisa Gavasa

Luisa Gavasa portrays upper class characters in period productions like Sofía.

35. Carmen Maura

Carmen Maura appeared in key early films from master Pedro Almodóvar like Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.

36. Emma Suárez

Emma Suárez brings gravitas to Julio Medem films like The Red Squirrel and romances including My Mother Likes Women.

37. Cecilia Roth

Argentinian born Cecilia Roth gives passionate performances in All About My Mother and Carne trémula.

38. Maribel Verdú

Sultry Maribel Verdú captivated in Oscar winner Belle Epoque before playing Lucretia on Borgia.

39. Nadia de Santiago

Nadia de Santiago won praise for roles in television shows like Cable Girls.

40. Nora Navas

Catalonia’s Nora Navas brings authenticity to drama series like Ermessenda.

41. Juana Acosta

Colombian born Juana Acosta enchanted in After Lucía, earning top acting honors at Cannes.

42. Leonor Watling

In addition to a music career, Leonor Watling has appeared in acclaimed films like Talk to Her and The King of Spain.

Passionate Talents From Across Spain

These Spanish stars have enthralled audiences worldwide with performances brimming with emotion and charisma. Their work continues Spain’s cinematic legacy.

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