Spanish cinema has gifted actors with stunning looks and acting prowess, who have graced Hollywood films with their talent. Five best Spanish actors of modern times are listed below:
The original poster boy of Hollywood from Spain, Antonio Banderas is well known to the world for his breathtaking stunts in ‘The Mask of Zorro’. He began his career with theatre where he caught Pedro Almodovar’s attention. Almodovar is tagged as the God father who launched his career and gave some of the best films. His Hollywood hits include Philadelphia, Evita, Desparado, Femme Fatale, Once upon a time in Mexico to name a few. In recent times he has been lending his voice to animation characters like Shrek, Puss in Boots and Spy kids. He is one of the best Spanish actors for all times.
She made news with her very first movie Jamon Jamon and has been giving straight hits in Hollywood with her series Pirates of the Carribean. Penelope had always dreamt of acting as her career choice. She has worked with famous actors like Javier Bardem, Tom Cruise and Johnny Depp and directed by Woody Allen. She won Oscar Award for the best supporting actress in the Woody Allen movie Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2009). She is the first Spanish actress to win an academy award.
Also the beau of Penelope Cruz, Bardem comes from a family of actors. He has been acting since the age of 6 and is the most well known among Spanish actors. He gave Penelope her first movie Jamon Jamon and himself is an actor par excellence with an Oscar award for his supporting role in No Country for Old Men. His other famous movies are The Sea Inside, Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Biutiful.
Born in the year 1965, Rueda started her career as a television presenter and later acted in prime time series on the small screen. Belen Rueda turned to cinema much later but got accolades for all her performances with the best being The Sea Inside, The Orphanage and Julia’s Eyes. She has won the Goya Awards and many others for her excellent performances in cinema and theatre.
Born in Seville in 1975, this Spanish actress is another fabulous discovery of Almodovar. Some of her best movies are Sex and Lucia, Talk to her, Spanglish and 10 items or less. She began her career on the small screen and then graduated to the silver screen. She has won many awards for her performances on television and movies. She is one of the most promising Spanish actors of this generation.