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Top 10 Spanish Actresses In 2023 2024

Ana De Armas

Here are the top 10 Spanish actresses in 2023 2024.

1. Penelope Cruz

Penelope Cruz, a global icon, stands out as the most renowned Spanish actress today. Since her breakthrough in the American film 'The Hi-Lo Country,' Cruz has soared to stardom. With exceptional performances in various movies and an Academy Award to her name, she is undeniably one of the greatest actresses of her generation.


Born in Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain, to Encarna Sánchez and Eduardo Cruz, Penelope was raised in a Roman Catholic household, spending significant time at her grandmother's house.

2. Ana Fernandez

Ana Carlota Fernández García, also known as Ana Fernández, was born on November 10, 1989, in Madrid. Renowned for her role as Carlota in the Netflix series 'Las Chicas Del Cable,' Fernandez has delivered impeccable performances in several Spanish films. Notable works include Benito Zambrano’s 'Solas' (1999) and the 2002 masterpiece 'Talk to Her.'

Fernandez started her journey in dramatic arts at the age of fourteen and had her debut in the miniseries 'El Joven Picasso' at the age of four. Despite beginning a degree in Advertising and Public Relations, she did not complete it.

3. Belen Rueda

María Belén Rueda García-Porrero, born on March 16, 1965, is acclaimed as one of the best Spanish actresses. Rueda played a pivotal role in the Spanish Horror film 'The Orphanage,' now considered a classic worldwide. Her outstanding performances extend to films like 'Julia’s Eyes' and 'The Sea Inside,' for which she earned a Goya Award.

4. Lola Duenas

María Dolores Dueñas Navarro, better known as Lola Dueñas, was born on October 6, 1971. A distinguished Spanish actress, she has collaborated closely with director Pedro Almodóvar. Notable films featuring Dueñas include 'Volver,' 'The Sea Inside,' 'Me Too,' and 'Alleluia.'

Lola Duenas and Pedro Almodovar's partnership has been noteworthy since 2002, showcasing her as a gem in the world of Spanish cinema.

5. Ana De Armas

Although technically Cuban, Ana De Armas, having spent the majority of her life in Spain, has earned her place on this list. Known for her impressive resume, De Armas has shared the screen with Hollywood elites such as Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Jonah Hill, and Keanu Reeves. Her role in the 2017 masterpiece 'Blade Runner 2049' solidifies her status in the film industry.

6. Paz Vega

Despite moving to Los Angeles in 2008, Paz Vega's remarkable filmography in Spain remains impressive. Vega, known for bold career choices and notable performances in films like 'Sex and Lucia,' proves to be more than just a symbol of sensuality.

7. Maribel Verdu

Maribel Verdu has collaborated with some of the most incredible directors in her illustrious career. Renowned for her roles in Alfonso Cuaron’s 'Y Tu Mama Tambien' and Guillermo Del Toro’s 'Pan's Labyrinth,' Verdu's extensive resume shines with diverse and stunning performances.

8. Elena Anaya

Recognizable as 'Doctor Poison' from Wonder Woman, Elena Anaya's career expands beyond this role. Gaining international attention in 2001 for her role in 'Sex and Lucia,' Anaya's career took off with films like 'Room in Rome,' 'The Skin I Live In,' and 'Wonder Woman.'

9. Aitana Sanchez Gijon

Aitana Sanchez Gijon successfully transitioned to Hollywood, establishing a thriving career. Her breakthrough came in the 1995 film 'A Walk in the Clouds' alongside Keanu Reeves. Gijon has since appeared in international films such as 'Boca a Boca,' 'I'm Not Scared,' and 'The Machinist' alongside Christian Bale.

10. Pilar Lopez De Ayala

Debuting in 2000 with 'Besos Para Todos,' Pilar Lopez De Ayala quickly rose to stardom, earning a Goya Awards nomination for Best New Actress. Her success continued with roles in 'Juana La Loca' and acclaimed films like 'SideWalls,' 'The Strange Case of Angelica,' and 'Intruders' alongside Clive Owen.