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María Isabel Verdú Rollán
2 October 1970
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
- El año de la furia (2020)
- The Goya Murders (2019)
- El doble más quince (2019)
- Superlópez (2018)
- Ola de crímenes
- Empowered (2018)
- Abracadabra (2017)
- El faro de las orcas (2016)
- La punta del iceberg (2016)
- No Kids (2015)
- Felices 140 (2015)
- 15 años y un día (2013)
- The End (Fin) (2012)
- Blancanieves (2012)
- De tu ventana a la mía (2011)
- Tetro (2009)
- Los girasoles ciegos (2008)
- Gente de mala calidad (2008)
- Oviedo Express (2007)
- Seven Billiard Tables (Siete mesas de billar francés) (2007)
- La Zona (2007)
- The Mudboy (El niño de barro) (2007)
- Pan's Labyrinth (El laberinto del fauno) (2006)
- Mar Rojo (2005)
- Tiempo de tormenta (Stormy Weather) (Spain, 2003)
- Jericho Mansions (2003)
- Lisístrata (2002)
- Black Serenade (Tuno negro) (2001)
- Y tu mamá también (2001)
- The Hold-Up (El palo) (2001)
- Dinosaurio (2000)
- The Goalkeeper (El portero) (2000)
- Toreros aka La hora del silencio (2000)
- Goya en Burdeos (1999)
- El entusiasmo (1998)
- Frontera Sur (1998)
- Lucky Star (La buena estrella) (1997)
- Carreteras secundarias (1997)
- La Celestina (1996)
- Canción de cuna (1995)
- El cianuro ¿solo o con leche? (1994)
- Al otro lado del túnel (1994)
- Tres palabras (1993)
- Huevos de oro (1993)
- El Amante Bilingüe (uncredited, 1993)
- El beso del sueño (1992)
- Belle Époque (1992)
- Salsa rosa (1992)
- El sueño de Tánger (1991)
- Lovers (Amantes) (1991)
- Badis (1990)
- Ovejas negras (1990)
- Los jinetes del alba (1990)
- Sabor a rosas (1989)
- Los días del cometa (1989)
- Feliz cumpleaños (1988)
- El aire de un crimen (1988)
- Soldadito español (1988)
- Sinatra (1988)
- Barcelona Connection (1988)
- El juego más divertido (1988)
- La estanquera de Vallecas (1987)
- El señor de los Llanos (1987)
- Year of Enlightment (El año de las luces) (1986)
- 27 Hours (27 horas) (1986)
- El orden cómico (1986)
Awards and nominations
|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|||
|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|||
|2018||32nd Goya Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
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