Verónica Echegui

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Verónica Echegui
Born
Verónica Fernández Echegaray

(1983-06-16) 16 June 1983 (age 36)
Madrid, Spain
OccupationActress (actris).
Years active2003–present

Verónica Fernández Echegaray (born 16 June 1983), known professionally as Verónica Echegui, is a Spanish actress. Echegui has been nominated for three Goya Awards in two categories: Best New Actress for My Name Is Juani, and Best Actress for My Prison Yard and Kathmandu Lullaby. At the 59th Berlin International Film Festival, she was one of ten young European actors honoured with the Shooting Stars Award.

Early life[edit]

Echegui was born and grew up in Madrid. Her father is a lawyer and her mother a civil servant.[1] In a 2015 interview she said she wanted to be an actress since she was eight but her parents wanted her "to study a career. My great-auntie was dying and told me I had to do what I wanted, although I must not tell my mother".[1] Moving to London, she trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.[2] while working as a waitress and as a dog-walker.[1]

Career[edit]

Echegui was discovered by Spanish director Bigas Luna, who cast her in the 2006 film My Name Is Juani, for which she was nominated Goya Award for Best New Actress and won multiple awards including Milan International Film Festival Award for Best Actress[1]

In 2009, she made herself known to British audiences in the Mighty Boosh film spin-off Bunny and the Bull. Starring alongside Boosh mainstays Noel Fielding, Simon Farnaby and Julian Barratt, she played a foul-mouthed waitress caught up in a bizarre, hallucinogenic road trip involving a kidnapped stuffed bear, jars of urine, deranged tramps and dogs.

In 2012, Craig Mathieson wrote in the Australian entertainment paper The Age "In Roberto Perez Toledo's romantic drama Six Points about Emma she plays a wilful and sexually confident blind woman, while for Manuel Martín Cuenca's sparsely atmospheric Half of Oscar she is a silent, recessive sibling circling her estranged brother, and in Icíar Bollaín's Kathmandu Lullaby she displays a forthright passion as a teacher trying to help abandoned children in Nepal."[3]

In 2018, she made her American television debut appearing in the FX series Trust, playing one of J. Paul Getty's girlfriends, Luciana, alongside Donald Sutherland.

Private life[edit]

Echegui is fluent in Spanish and English. She has been compared to Penélope Cruz for both her looks and her talent.[4]

As of 2015, she was living with her then boyfriend of 4 years, Spanish actor Álex García in Brixton, London.[1]

In 2013, her photo was selected for the official poster of the 23rd Festival of the Spanish Cinema (in French '23ème festival du cinéma espagnol') in Nantes, France.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Other notes
2004 Cerrojos Sandra Short film
2005 El álbum blanco Verónica Short film
2006 Línea 57 Natalia Short film
2006 My Name Is Juani Juani Barcelona Film Award for Best Actress
Milan International Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Sant Jordi Award for Best Spanish Actress
Nominated—Cinema Writers Circle Award for Best Newcomer
Nominated—Goya Award for Best New Actress
Milan International Film Festival Award for Best Actress
2007 Un difunto, seis mujeres y un taller Marta TV film
2007 El menor de los males Vanesa Málaga Spanish Film Festival Award for Best Supporting Actress
2007 Tocar el cielo Elena
2008 8 citas Vane
2008 El patio de mi cárcel Isa Nominated—Cinema Writers Circle Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Goya Award for Best Actress
2008 La casa de mi padre Sara
2009 Bunny and the Bull Eloisa
2010 La mitad de Óscar María
2010 Tetequiquiero Sandra Short film
2011 Verbo Medussa
2011 Seis puntos sobre Emma Emma Málaga Spanish Film Festival Award for Best Actress
2011 Katmandú, un espejo en el cielo Laia Nominated—Cinema Writers Circle Award for Best Actress
Gaudí Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated—Goya Award for Best Actress
2012 The Cold Light of Day Lucia Caldera
2013 &ME Edurne
2013 La gran familia española Edurne Nominated—Cinema Writers Circle Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Feroz Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated—Spanish Actors Union for Supporting performance
2014 Kamikaze Nancy
2017 The Hunter's Prayer Dani
2016 Don't Blame the Karma for Being an Idiot Sara
2016 You're Killing Me Susana Susana
2017 Lasciati andare Pre-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Una nueva vida Ana 3 episodes
2003 Paco y Veva Isa 18 episodes
2014 Cuéntame cómo pasó Cristina 1 episode
2014 Apaches Carol 14 episodes
2015–2017 Fortitude Elena Ledesma 19 episodes
2018 Trust Luciana Miniseries

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Year Category Nominated Work Result
Barcelona Film Awards 2006 Best Actress My Name Is Juani Won
Cinema Writers Circle Awards 2006 Best Newcomer My Name Is Juani Nominated
2008 Best Actress My Prison Yard Nominated
Gaudí Awards 2011 Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Kathmandu Lullaby Won
Goya Awards 2006 Best New Actress My Name Is Juani Nominated
2006 Best Actress My Prison Yard Nominated
2011 Best Actress Kathmandu Lullaby Nominated
Milan International Film Festival Awards 2006 Best Actress My Name Is Juani Won
Málaga Spanish Film Festival Awards 2007 Best Supporting Actress The Least of the Bad Won
Sant Jordi Awards 2006 Best Spanish Actress My Name Is Juani Won
Shooting Stars Awards 2009 Shooting Star N/A Won
Spanish Actors Union Awards 2006 Best Newcomer My Name Is Juani Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Susannah Butter The ice breaker: Verónica Echegui on her role in new TV show Fortitude and living in London The Evening standard, 30 January 2015
  2. ^ "Verónica Echegui". Shooting Stars Awards. Retrieved 2 May 2012.
  3. ^ Craig Mathieson Spanish actress does nice line as action woman The Age, November 15, 2012, retrieved 7 June 2017
  4. ^ Wilde, Jon (26 April 2011). "Veronica E & Me". Sabotage Times. Retrieved 2 May 2012.
  5. ^ 23ème édition du Festival du Cinéma Espagnol de Nantes France Bleu, 27 March-9 April 2013, retrieved 6June 2017

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