Elena Anaya

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Elena Anaya
Elena Anaya.jpg
Anaya at the 2010 Malaga Film Festival
Born (1975-07-17) July 17, 1975 (age 39)
Palencia, Castilla y León, Spain
Occupation Actress
Years active 1995–present
Partner(s) Beatriz Sanchís (2008–2013)

Elena Anaya (born July 17, 1975) is a Spanish actress whose career dates back to 1995. She starred alongside Antonio Banderas in Pedro Almodóvar's The Skin I Live In.[1]

Early life[edit]

Anaya was born in Palencia, Spain.[1] She is the youngest of three children. Her mother, Nena, is a housewife who later owned a boarding house in Palencia. Her father, Juan José Anaya (1934–2011), was an industrial engineer.[2]

Career[edit]

Anaya first received international attention in 2001 for her role in the sexually explicit drama Sex and Lucía.[3] She also had a small part in Almodóvar's Talk to Her.[4]

Her best-known Hollywood film role was as one of Dracula's brides in 2004's Van Helsing. That same year, Anaya was named as one of European films' Shooting Stars by European Film Promotion.

In 2006, Anaya appeared in Justin Timberlake's music video for his single, SexyBack.[5]

After some "quiet" years playing supporting roles in international films such as Savage Grace and Cairo Time, Anaya roared back into prominence with a starring role in 2010's Room in Rome, and then a return to Almodóvar in The Skin I Live In.

Personal life[edit]

In August 2011, Spanish tabloid magazine Cuore published photographs of Anaya kissing director Beatriz Sanchís at a naturist beach in Menorca.[6][7] Although the actress has never publicly spoken about her private life, it was revealed that Anaya and Sanchís have apparently been dating since 2008.[8] The couple separated in 2013.[9]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role
2012 Sons of the Clouds: The Last Colony Narrator
2011 The Skin I Live In Vera Cruz
2010 Room in Rome Alba
Point Blank Nadia Pierret
2009 Hierro María
Cairo Time Kathryn
2008 Sólo quiero caminar Ana Rodríguez
Mesrine: L'Instinct De Mort Sofia
2007 Savage Grace Blanca
Miguel & William Leonor
In the Land of Women Sofia Buñuel
2006 Alatriste Angélica de Alquézar
Stage Kiss Natalia
2005 Fragile Helen Perez
Dead Fish Mimi
2004 Van Helsing Aleera
Ana y Manuel Ana
2003 Dos tipos duros Tatiana
2002 Sin noticias de Dios Pili
La habitación azul Ana
Rencor Esther
Hable con ella Ángela
2001 Lucía y el sexo Belén
2000 El árbol del penitente Sonsoles
El invierno de las anjanas Adelaida
1999 Las huellas borradas Rosa
1998 Finisterre, donde termina el mundo Laura
Lágrimas negras Alicia
1997 Grandes ocasiones Susy
Familia Luna
1996 África Africa

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Awards Group Film Result
2002 Goya Awards Best Supporting Actress Lucía y el sexo (2002) Nominated
Spanish Actors Union Film: Supporting Performance Won
2006 Barcelona Film Awards Best Actress Fragile (2005) Nominated
2010 Goya Awards Best Actress Room in Rome (2010) Nominated
2012 Goya Awards Best Actress The Skin I Live In (2011) Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lewis, Tim (14 August 2011). "Elena Anaya: Almodóvar's new leading lady". London: guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Despiden en la intimidad al padre de Elena Anaya, fallecido ayer en Palencia". ABC.es (Spain). 17 December 2011. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  3. ^ Chang, Kee (14 October 2011). "New York Film Festival Exclusive: Elena Anaya". Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Koenig, Gillian (14 October 2011). "Elena Anaya on Almodóvar's 'The Skin I Live In'". Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Justin Timberlake Featuring Timbaland - Making Of SexyBack". 11 April 2011. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "El desnudo de Elena Anaya". 25 August 2011. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "Elena Anaya confirma los rumores sobre su homosexualidad besando a su novia en la playa". 25 August 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  8. ^ Parrado, A. (31 August 2011). "Elena Anaya y Beatriz Sanchís, una relación consolidada a lo largo de los años". Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  9. ^ "Elena Anaya y Beatriz Sanchís, fin a cinco años de amor". September 2013. Retrieved September 2013. 

External links[edit]