Elena Anaya

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Anaya and the second or maternal family name is Gutiérrez.
Elena Anaya
THEY ARE ALL DEAD actress Elena Anaya (cropped).jpg
Anaya at the 2015 Miami International Film Festival presentation of Todos están muertos
Born Elena Anaya Gutiérrez
(1975-07-17) July 17, 1975 (age 41)
Palencia, Castilla y León, Spain
Occupation Actress
Years active 1995–present
Partner(s) Tina Afugu Cordero
Children 1

Elena Anaya Gutiérrez (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. She is also known for her lead role in the erotic lesbian romance film Habitación en Roma (Room in Rome).[1]

Early life[edit]

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


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]

Anaya at the 2010 Malaga Film Festival

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.

Anaya is included in the cast of the upcoming Wonder Woman movie.[6]

Personal life[edit]

In August 2011, Spanish tabloid magazine Cuore published photographs of Anaya kissing director Beatriz Sanchís at a naturist beach in Menorca.[7][8] They were reportedly in a relationship from 2008 to 2013.[9][10] In November 2016, it was announced that Anaya was expecting her first child with her partner, Tina Afugu Cordero, a costume designer.[11][12][13] In February 2017, Anaya gave birth to their son.[14]


Year Title Role
2017 Wonder Woman Doctor Poison
2016 Zipi y Zape y la Isla del Capitán Miss Pam
2016 The Infiltrator Gloria Alcaino
2015 Lejos del mar Marina
2015 La memoria del agua Amanda
2015 Swung Alice
2014 Todos están muertos Lupe
2013 Pensé que iba a haber fiesta Ana
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 África

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
2016 Premios Platino Best Actress La memoria del agua Nominated


  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 [Father of Elena Anaya died yesterday in 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. ^ "Wonder Woman: Elena Anaya Confirms She's Playing a Villain". 20 September 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2016. 
  7. ^ "El desnudo de Elena Anaya". 25 August 2011. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  8. ^ Elena Anaya confirma los rumores sobre su homosexualidad besando a su novia en la playa [Elena Anaya confirms the rumors about his homosexuality, kissing his girlfriend on the beach]. 25 August 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  9. ^ Parrado, A. (31 August 2011). "Elena Anaya y Beatriz Sanchís, una relación consolidada a lo largo de los años". Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  10. ^ Elena Anaya y Beatriz Sanchís, fin a cinco años de amor [Elena Anaya and Beatriz Sanchis end five years of love]. 1 September 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  11. ^ "En ¡HOLA!, la actriz Elena Anaya sorprende presumiendo de embarazo". 9 November 2016. Retrieved 11 November 2016. 
  12. ^ "Elena Anaya, embarazada de su primer hijo a los 41 años". 9 November 2016. Retrieved 11 November 2016. 
  13. ^ "Jon Kortajarena desvela el secreto de Elena Anaya: el sexo de su bebé". 16 November 2016. Retrieved 17 November 2016. 
  14. ^ "Elena Anaya y su novia, Tina Afugu Cordero, ya son mamás". Retrieved 12 February 2017. 

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