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.
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.