Cayetana Guillén Cuervo

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Cayetana Guillén Cuervo
Cayetana Guillén Cuervo at Premios Goya 2017.jpg
Cayetana Guillén Cuervo at Premios Goya 2017
Born Cayetana Guillen Cuervo
(1969-06-13) June 13, 1969 (age 49)
Madrid, Spain
Nationality Spanish
Education Complutense University of Madrid
Occupation Actress
Years active 1986-present
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.66 m)
Relatives Fernando Guillén (father)
Gemma Cuervo (mother)
Fernando Guillén Cuervo (brother)
Natalia Guillén (sister)
Omar Ayyashi Ramino (spouse 2005-present)
Leo (son)

Cayetana Guillén Cuervo (Madrid, June 13, 1969) is a Spanish actress, journalist and TV presenter. Her parents, Fernando Guillén and Gemma Cuervo, and her brother, Fernando are also actors.[1]

She studied Communication Sciences at the Complutense University of Madrid and, since 1998, she has been the presenter of a weekly program on Televisión Española, Versión Española, where a Spanish-language movie is shown and discussed.

Professional career[edit]

Cayetana began her acting career at the end of the 1980s, first in television and in theatre soon after. She debuted in 1986 with a small role in the television series Segunda enseñanza,[2] written by Ana Diosdado and directed by Pedro Masó.

In 1987 she played a small role in the theatre production Coqueluche by Roberto Romero.[3] During the following years, Cayetana dedicated herself to theatre but with occasional appearances in television programmes as well as series from the 1990s onwards. Her first appearance on the big screen was in 1989 in La luna negra, directed by Imanol Uribe.

At the beginning of the 1990s she starred in four different theatre plays: Entre bobos anda el juego (1991) and Thriller imposible (1992)[4] were both produced by the theatre company Strion; later on she would also appear in La gran sultana (1993)[5] and Fuenteovejuna (1993),[6] produced by the Compañía Nacional de Teatro Clásico.

Her appearances in theatre lessened in the second half of the 1990s, and she devoted herself to the film industry. In this successful period Cayetana worked on the well-known films All About My Mother, The Wound of Light and The Grandfather where she worked with her father. Thanks to her role in The Wound of Light, which was nominated for the Academy Award, she was nominated for the Spanish Goya Award for Best Actress.

She made her debut as a TV presenter in 1998 in the national television channel Televisión Española. She also works as a presenter in culture programmes on this channel, or more specifically, Seventh-Art programmes like Versión Española, running from 1998, where she interviewed the members of the technical and artistic team of a film that had been displayed before.[7]

In the 2000s and 2010s, she works both as a TV presenter and actress (film industry and theatre), as well as a journalist in the Spanish newspaper El Mundo.

Since 2015, she has played the main role of Irene Larra in the successful television series El Ministerio del Tiempo (The Ministry of Time).

In 2016 she participated in the worldwide known show Masterchef, in the celebrity edition.



Year Movie Director
2012 Una pistola en cada mano Cesc Gay
2009 Buen viaje Irene Zoe Alameda
2004 La mirada violeta Jesus Ruiz
Nacho Pérez de la Paz
2004 Amor idiota Ventura Pons
2001 Fumata Blanca Miguel García Borda
1999 All about my mother Pedro Almodóvar
1998 Sí, quiero... Eneko Olasagasti
Carlos Zabala
1998 El abuelo José Luis Garci
1997 Hazlo por mí Ángel Fernández Santos
1997 Atómica (película) Menkes
1996 La herida luminosa José Luis Garci
1996 Más que amor frenesí Bardem
1994 Historias del Kronen Montxo Armendáriz
1989 La luna negra Imanol Uribe


Year Series Role
1986 Segunda enseñanza Brigitte
1994 Historias de la puta mili
1994–1995 Colegio mayor
1996 Yo, una mujer Paula
1998–present Versión española Presenter
2000 Raquel busca su sitio Quela
2004 18th Goya Awards Host (with Diego Luna)
2005 Lobos Carmen Lobo
2007 D-calle Presenter
2008-2011 Días de cine Presenter
2009-2010 Amar en tiempos revueltos Estela del Val
2013–present ¡Atención obras! Presenter
2015-present El Ministerio del Tiempo Irene Larra
2016 Masterchef Celebrity Contestant Runner-up
2018 Cero en Historia


Year Play Role
1987 Coqueluche Girl
1993 Fuenteovejuna Pascuala
1993 La gran sultana Woman
2013 Fuegos Marguerite Yourcenar
2013-2014 The Misunderstanding Marta
2015 Hedda Gabler Hedda Gabler


  • Premio del Círculo de Escritores Cinematográficos for El abuelo.[8]
  • Premio en la Mostra de Cine de Valencia a la mejor interpretación femenina for Hazlo por mi.


  1. ^ "Cayetana Guillén Cuervo - películas, fotos, noticias, vídeos". (in Spanish). Retrieved 16 August 2010. 
  2. ^ Roi, Maribel Escalona / Foto: Fernando. ""Soy una mujer pluriempleada"". TV (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-05-16. 
  3. ^ País, Ediciones El (1987-06-02). "Crítica | Una debutante que prolonga una dinastía". EL PAÍS (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-05-16. 
  4. ^ "ABC (Madrid) - 27/05/1992, p. 102 - Hemeroteca". (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-05-16. 
  5. ^ País, Ediciones El (1993-11-22). "El teatro clásico despierta el interés de los jóvenes". EL PAÍS (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-05-16. 
  6. ^ "ABC (Madrid) - 20/01/1993, p. 86 - Hemeroteca". (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-05-16. 
  7. ^ País, Ediciones El (1998-09-25). "Cayetana Guillén presentará el espacio de cine de La 2 'Versión española'". EL PAÍS (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-05-16. 
  8. ^ "::: CEC ::: Círculo de Escritores Cinematográficos". Retrieved 2017-05-16. 

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