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Rossy de Palma
de Palma in February 2018
Rosa Elena García Echave

(1964-09-16) 16 September 1964 (age 59)
  • Actress
  • model
Years active1987–present

Rosa Elena García Echave (born 16 September 1964), known professionally as Rossy de Palma, is a Spanish actress and model. She is well known for her roles in films by Pedro Almodóvar such as Law of Desire, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Kika, The Flower of My Secret, Julieta, and Parallel Mothers.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Palma de Mallorca, her parents are from Avilés, Asturias where she spent summers in her childhood. One of her nephews is TPA journalist Giuseppe Montoto. [1] In the 1980s, during the Movida cultural movement, she moved to Madrid.[2]

In 1984, she founded the pop music group Peor Impossible, for which she was a singer and a dancer. In 1986, she met Pedro Almodóvar in a café in Madrid. He was impressed by her performance during one of the group's concerts. He proposed a role in his next film, Law of Desire. Rossy lent some of her personal dresses to Carmen Maura, who was playing the lead female character of the film, Tina Quintero.[2]

Her first major role was in 1988, in Almodóvar's Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, and she would go on to be one of Almodóvar's recurring cast. She modeled for designers Jean-Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler, and Sybilla. She then appeared in Robert Altman's 1994 satirical fashion film Prêt-à-Porter, and in the music video of George Michael's "Too Funky" song.

She has two children and currently lives in Paris,[3] where she acts and models. As of 2010, she is a theater actress, charity spokeswoman for the Ghanaian charity OrphanAid Africa, and the face of luxury ad campaigns.[4] In 2007, she released a perfume line under her name with Etat libre d'Orange.[5] In 2009, she posed nude in an information campaign on breast cancer for the magazine Marie Claire. She was selected to be on the jury for the main competition section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.[6][7] In 2022, Rossy de Palma was appointed UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for cultural diversity.[8]



Year Title Role Director Notes
1987 Law of Desire TV Host Pedro Almodóvar
1988 Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Marisa Pedro Almodóvar
1989 Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! Drug Dealer Pedro Almodóvar
1990 Nel giardino delle rose Rosy Luciano Martino
Alcune signore per bene Donatella Bruno Gaburro
Don Juan, mi querido fantasma Prodini's widow Antonio Mercero
1992 Sam suffit Chichi Virginie Thévenet
Aquí, el que no corre... vuela The neighbor Ramón Fernández
Los gusanos no llevan bufanda Lady 2 Javier Elorrieta
1993 Kika Juana Pedro Almodóvar
Mutant Action Luxury guest Álex de la Iglesia
1994 Fea Dunia Ayaso and Félix Sabroso
Prêt-à-Porter Pilar Robert Altman
Chicken Park Necrophelia Addams Jerry Calà
Mejor no hables Pedro Paz Short
1995 El perquè de tot plegat Librarian Ventura Pons
Peggio di così si muore Myrna Marcello Cesena
The Flower of My Secret Rosa Pedro Almodóvar
1996 Un cos al bosc Lieutenant Cifuentes Joaquim Jordà
The Blue Collar Worker and the Hairdresser
in a Whirl of Sex and Politics
Lina Wertmüller
1997 Airbag Carmiña Juanma Bajo Ulloa
La femme du cosmonaute Catherine Jacques Monnet
1998 Hors jeu Concepcion Alibera Karim Dridi
Spanish Fly Interviewee Daphna Kastner
Talk of Angels Elena Nick Hamm
Franchesca Page Veronica Kelley Sane
1999 Nag la bombe Leïla Jean-Louis Milesi
Esa Maldita Costilla Margarita Juan José Jusid
The Loss of Sexual Innocence Blind Woman Mike Figgis
2000 La mule The Colombian Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire Short
2001 L'origine du monde The Sphynx Jérôme Enrico
2002 Le Boulet Pauline Reggio Alain Berbérian & Frédéric Forestier
2003 Leave Your Hands on My Hips Myriam Bardem Chantal Lauby
2004 People Pilar Fabien Onteniente
Double zéro The Eyeglass Gérard Pirès
Do You Know Claudia? Claudia (Aldo's lover) Massimo Venier
2005 20 Centimeters Ice Box Ramón Salazar
2006 Girlfriends Marie's mother Sylvie Ayme
Les Aristos Maria de Malaga i Benidorm Charlotte de Turckheim
La edad ideal Ana Lozano Short
2009 No pasaran Inès Emmanuel Caussé & Eric Martin
Broken Embraces Julieta Pedro Almodóvar
2010 Gigola Dominique Laure Charpentier
Miss Tacuarembó Patricia Peinado Martín Sastre
2012 30° couleur Bianca Lucien Jean-Baptiste & Philippe Larue
Run a Way Cop 1 Diego Postigo Short
2013 &Me Mama Verona Norbert ter Hall
Three Many Weddings Mónica Javier Ruiz Caldera
Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart Luna Stéphane Berla & Mathias Malzieu
I Don't Know Whether to Slit My Wrists
or Leave Them Long
Lola Manolo Caro
2014 Do Not Disturb Maria Patrice Leconte
Love of My Loves Carmina Manolo Caro
La Divanee Narrator Jessica Mitrani Short
Traveling Lady Traveling Lady Jessica Mitrani Short
Madre Quentina Quentina José Ramón Da Cruz Short
2015 Graziella Graziella Mehdi Charef
Spy Time Katia's mother Javier Ruiz Caldera
Incidencias The announcer José Corbacho & Juan Cruz
Sólo química Bárbara Sullivan Alfonso Albacete
2016 Julieta Marian Pedro Almodóvar
En tu cabeza Milagros Borja Cobeaga
2017 Toc Toc Ana María Vicente Villanueva
Madame Maria Amanda Sthers
El Intercambio Dómina Ignacio Nacho
Lord, Give Me Patience Maria Álvaro Díaz Lorenzo
2018 Brillantissime Charline Michèle Laroque
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote Farmer's Wife Terry Gilliam
2019 I Miss You Rosaura Rodrigo Bellott
Despite Everything Inés Gabriela Tagliavini
À cause des filles ? Artémis Pascal Thomas
Los Rodríguez y el más allá Doctor Pilar Paco Arango
My Brother Chases Dinosaurs Zia Rock Stefano Cipani
2020 Trash Bliss Francesco Dafano & Luca Della Grotta
A Mermaid in Paris Rossy Mathias Malzieu
2021 El refugio Macarena Astorga
Parallel Mothers Elena Pedro Almodóvar
Mystère à Saint-Tropez Carmen Moreno Nicolas Benamou
2022 Rainbow Paco León
La Maison Brigida Anissa Bonnefont
2023 Carmen Masilda Benjamin Millepied
Apaches Sarah Bernardt Romain Quirot
3 jours max Alba Suarez Tarek Boudali
TBA Mi otro Jon Paco Arango Post-Production
Paris Paradis Dolorès Marjane Satrapi Post-Production
The Opera! Moire Paolo Gep Cucco & Davide Livermore Post-Production


Year Title Role Director Notes
1989 Delirios de amor Robertina Ceesepe TV series (1 episode)
1990 Os outros feirantes Hermelina Xosé Cermeño TV mini-series
1994 Hermanos de leche Berta Carlos Serrano TV series (5 episodes)
1994-97 Los ladrones van a la oficina Eva Duarte Ramón Fernández & Miguel Ángel Díez TV series (12 episodes)
1996 Pastas Ardilla Rossy Pedro Almodóvar TV Short
2010 Caterina e le sue figlie Estrella Toledo Alessandro Benvenuti, Riccardo Mosca, ... TV series (8 episodes)
2011 Le monde à ses pieds Caroline Fox Christian Faure TV movie
2013 Familia Iñaki Mercero & José Ramos Paíno TV series (1 episode)
Esposados Rossy José Luis Moreno TV series (3 episodes)
2014 La que se avecina María Luisa Laura Caballero TV series (1 episode)
2015 Anclados Palmira Mario Montero, Roberto Monge, ... TV series (8 episodes)
2017 The White Princess Isabel la Católica Alex Kalymnios TV mini-series
2018 Haciendo cerveza The visitor Félix Fernández de Castro TV series (1 episode)
2020 Little Birds Contessa Mandrax Stacie Passon TV series (6 episodes)
2021 Carrément Craignos Héléna Jean-Pascal Zadi TV mini-series
2022 Once Upon a Time... Happily Never After Mamen Manolo Caro TV series (6 episodes)
2023 La mesías Laia Mayor Javier Ambrossi & Javier Calvo TV series (1 episode)
Escort Boys Mimi Ruben Alves TV series (2 episodes)

Music video[edit]

Year Song Artist
1992 Too Funky George Michael
2008 Bruja Orishas
2022 Amour toujours Clara Luciani


Year Title Author Director Notes
2006 Le Chanteur de Mexico Raymond Vincy & Jesus Maria de Arozamena Emilio Sagi Théâtre du Châtelet
2016 The Threepenny Opera Bertolt Brecht & Kurt Weill Damiano Michieletto Piccolo Teatro di Milano
2017–18 Le Chanteur de Mexico Raymond Vincy & Jesus Maria de Arozamena Emilio Sagi Lausanne Opera

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1988 Association of Latin Entertainment Critics Best Supporting Actress Women on the Verge of
a Nervous Breakdown
1993 Association of Latin Entertainment Critics Best Supporting Actress Kika Won
Goya Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Spanish Actors Union Supporting Performance Nominated
1995 Goya Awards Best Supporting Actress The Flower of My Secret Nominated
Spanish Actors Union Supporting Performance Nominated
1998 Locarno International Film Festival Special Prize for acting Hors jeu Won
2013 Feroz Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Film Three Many Weddings Nominated
2015 Gaudí Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role Spy Time Nominated
2016 CEC Awards Best Supporting Actress Julieta Nominated
Feroz Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Film Nominated
2017 Gasparilla International Film Festival Grand Jury Prize – Best Performance Madame Won


Rossy de Palma at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

She is an ambassador for the charity OAfrica, which advocates for a family for every child in Ghana, West Africa, and the closure of illegal orphanages.[9]

In 2018, she collaborated with singer Rosalía for her second studio album El mal querer writing the song "Preso" with her and Ferrán Echegaray. Her vocals were also used in the song.

Danse avec les stars[edit]

In 2011, she was one of the contestants during the first season of Danse avec les stars. With her partner Christophe Licata, she finished in the 7th position (second-to-last). This table shows the route of Rossy de Palma and Christophe Licata.

Week Dancing style Music Judge points Total Result
Alessandra Martines Jean-Marc Généreux Chris Marques
1 Cha-Cha-Cha "Marcia Baila"-Les Rita Mitsouko 8 7 7 22/30 Safe
2 Tango "Toxic"—Britney Spears 6 5 6 17/30 Eliminated


  1. ^ "Tout sur Rossy de Palma". parismatch.com (in French). Retrieved 12 October 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Tout sur Rossy de Palma". parismatch.com (in French). Retrieved 5 October 2022.
  3. ^ "'Parallel Mothers' Star Rossy de Palma Has Been "Badass Since the Beginning"". InStyle. Retrieved 29 August 2022.
  4. ^ "Heroes: Rossy de Palma". V. July 2010.[dead link]
  5. ^ FR, FashionNetwork com. "Rossy de Palma signe une Eau de Protection avec Etat Libre d'Orange". FashionNetwork.com (in French). Retrieved 12 October 2022.
  6. ^ "The Jury of the 68th Cannes Film Festival". Cannes Film Festival. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Jake Gyllenhaal, Sienna Miller and Guillermo del Toro Join Cannes Film Festival Jury". The Wrap. 21 April 2015. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  8. ^ "Rossy de Palma named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador". UNESCO. Retrieved 11 September 2023.
  9. ^ "International Ambassadors". oafrica.org. Archived from the original on 14 September 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2016.

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