Maribel Verdú

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Maribel Verdú
Maribel Verdú at the 2018 Goya Awards
Verdú at the 32nd Goya Awards in 2018
María Isabel Verdú Rollán

(1970-10-02) 2 October 1970 (age 50)
Years active1985–present
Pedro Larrañaga
(m. 1999)

María Isabel Verdú Rollán (born 2 October 1970) (Spanish pronunciation: [maɾiˈβel βeɾˈðu]), is a Spanish actress. She played Luisa in Alfonso Cuarón's 2001 film, Y tu mamá también and Mercedes in Guillermo del Toro's 2006 film, Pan's Labyrinth (El laberinto del fauno). She has also appeared in Lovers (Amantes), Belle Époque, The Blind Sunflowers (Los girasoles ciegos), and Blancanieves.

Early life[edit]

Verdú was born in Madrid, Spain. She began acting at 13, appearing in various commercials. She left school at the age of 15, so that she could fully devote herself to her acting career. Verdú has appeared in more than 60 movies, since 1984, the majority of them in Spanish. She has also been in numerous TV shows.


Maribel Verdú, Spanish actress

Her first work experience was as a model in spots and fashion magazines by known commercial firms. Her first television opportunity was given to her at the age of 13, by Vicente Aranda in Captain Sánchez's Crime (El crimen del capitán Sánchez).

27 Hours, by Montxo Armendáriz, about a girl who is a drug addict, was one of the most powerful experiences in her life, up to that point. After this film, other more important films started coming her way, including La Estanquera de Vallecas by Eloy de la Iglesia and Year of Enlightment (El Año de las Luces) by Fernando Trueba.

Later, Verdú said that her role in Lovers marked a turning point in her screen career and has brought about a maturity as a performer. Thereafter, she worked with such directors as José Luis Garci in Cradle Song (Canción de cuna); Bigas Luna in Golden Balls (Huevos de Oro); again with Trueba in the Oscar-nominated Belle Époque; Emilio Martínez-Lázaro in Carreteras Secundarias; Carlos Saura in Goya in Bordeaux (Goya en Burdeos); and Gonzalo Suárez in El Portero and Oviedo Express. On the international stage, her career hit a highpoint when she starred in Y tu mamá también by Alfonso Cuarón, followed by Pan's Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro. Verdú was subsequently invited to be a part of the Academy in Hollywood.

In 2010, Maribel starred in a music video, named Lola Soledad (Lola Loneliness), by 16-time Latin Grammy Awards winner Alejandro Sanz.[1]

She made her theater debut in 1986, starring as the character of Julieta and has since then combined theater with cinema. She has also intertwined the two in television shows, such as Turno de Oficio and Segunda Enseñanza.

In March 2021, she was cast as Barry Allen/The Flash's mother Nora Allen on the upcoming DC film The Flash, due to be released on November 4, 2022.[2]


Maribel Verdú, Spanish actress, holding the Golden Spike of the 2011 Seminci.

Verdú has been nominated for the Goya Awards on eleven occasions, becoming the most nominated actress in the history of these awards. Her first nomination, for Best Actress, came with the 1991 film Lovers by Vicente Aranda, eventually losing to Sílvia Munt for her role in Butterfly Wings (Alas de Mariposa). Her second nomination, this time for Best Supporting Actress, came for La Celestina, a 1996 film by Gerardo Vera, but she lost to Mari Carrillo for Más Alla del Jardín. In The Lucky Star (La Buena Estrella), by Ricardo Franco in 1997, she achieved her third nomination, again for Best Actress, ultimately losing to Cecilia Roth in Martín (hache). In 2006, she received her fourth nomination, for Best Actress, with Pan's Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro, losing yet again to Penélope Cruz. Finally, on her fifth nomination, she won the Best Actress Award at the 22nd Goya Awards in 2008, for Seven Billiard Tables (Siete mesas de billar francés) by Gracia Querejeta. The sixth nomination came later in 2008, for Best Actress in The Blind Sunflowers by José Luis Cuerda. The following year, 2009, she would be nominated again for Best Actress in the film Tetro by Francis Ford Coppola. In 2011, she would be nominated as a supporting actress for Chrysalis (De tu ventana a la mía), by Paula Ortiz. In 2013, at the 27th Goya Awards, she received her second Best Actress Award, for Blancanieves, by Pablo Berger. In 2014, she was nominated as a supporting actress, for 15 Years and One Day (15 años y un día), from Gracia Querejeta, losing to Terele Pávez for Witching & Bitching (Las brujas de Zugarramurdi). She received her eleventh nomination in 2017, for Best Actress in Abracadabra, another film by Pablo Berger.

Apart from her Goya Award, Verdú possesses two Ondas Awards and two Silver Frame awards (between 7 nominations) as Best Television Actress for the series Canguros and as Best Actress for Los Girasoles Ciegos (The Blind Sunflowers). Maribel Verdú is also the only Spanish actress to win the Ariel Award in Mexico, as Best Actress for Pan's Labyrinth. Her film career has also been rewarded with the Gold Medal of the Spanish Film Academy and with the Spain National Cinematography Award, becoming the sixth actress to achieve it after Carmen Maura, Rafaela Aparicio, Maria Luisa Ponte, Marisa Paredes, and Mercedes Sampietro.

Verdú has also been close to awards in category A film festivals, such as the Berlin International Film Festival. In 1991, Verdú's casting partner, Victoria Abril, raised the Silver Bear for Best Actress in Lovers. In 2007, at the San Sebastián International Film Festival, another casting partner of Verdú's, Blanca Portillo, took the award for Best Actress in Seven Billiard Tables.

In 2006, at the Gijón International Film Festival, she received the Nacho Martinez award.[3] She also received the Premi Máquina del Temps at the 2019 Sitges Film Festival, alongside Javier Botet.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Verdú married Pedro Larrañaga on 2 September 1999. He is the son of actors Carlos Larrañaga and María Luisa Merlo.[5] Verdú is the stockholder of the clinic Premium in Estepona.[6]


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1992 6th Goya Awards Lovers Best Actress Nominated
1997 11th Goya Awards La Celestina Best Supporting Actress Nominated
1998 12th Goya Awards The Lucky Star Best Actress Nominated
2007 21st Goya Awards Pan's Labyrinth Nominated
2007 49th Ariel Awards Best Actress Won [7]
2008 22nd Goya Awards Seven Billiard Tables Best Actress Won
2009 23rd Goya Awards The Blind Sunflowers Nominated
2010 24th Goya Awards Tetro Nominated
2012 26th Goya Awards Chrysalis Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2013 27th Goya Awards Blancanieves Best Actress Won
2014 28th Goya Awards 15 Years and One Day Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2018 5th Feroz Awards Abracadabra Best Lead Actress Nominated [8]
2018 32nd Goya Awards Best Actress Nominated


  1. ^ "Maribel Verdú, protagonista del nuevo videoclip de Alejandro Sanz". Hola! (in Spanish). 3 October 2010. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  2. ^ "'Flash' Movie: Spanish Actress Maribel Verdu to Play Barry Allen's Mother (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 12 March 2021. Retrieved 12 March 2021.
  3. ^ "Maribel Verdú". Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  4. ^ Rosado, Ricardo (4 September 2019). "Sitges 2019: Maribel Verdú y Javier Botet recibirán el premio Máquina del Temps". Fotogramas (in Spanish). Hearst Magazines International. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Boda artística". El País (in Spanish). Prisa. 3 September 1999. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Trasladan a Larrañaga a la clínica de Maribel Verdú". El Confidencial (in Spanish). Titania Compañía Editorial, S.L. 31 March 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
  7. ^ "Maribel Verdú y 'La vida secreta de las palabras', premios Ariel en México". El Mundo. 21 March 2007.
  8. ^ Lázaro, Margarita (22 January 2018). "La lista completa de ganadores de los premios Feroz 2018". HuffPost.

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