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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 53)
Madrid, Spain
Years active1985–present
Pedro Larrañaga
(m. 1999)

María Isabel Verdú Rollán (born 2 October 1970), better known as Maribel Verdú (Spanish: [maɾiˈβel βeɾˈðu]), is a Spanish actress. She is the recipient of numerous accolades throughout her career spanning nearly four decades, including two Goya Awards for Best Actress, an Ariel Award for Best Actress, the Gold Medal of the Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences of Spain in 2008 and the National Cinematography Award in 2009.

Verdú made her acting debut at thirteen in Captain Sánchez's Crime (1985). Some of her film credits include performances in Lovers (1991), Belle Époque (1992), Lucky Star (1997), Y tu mamá también (2001), Pan's Labyrinth (2006), The Blind Sunflowers (2008), Tetro (2009), Snow White (2012), and Abracadabra (2017). She also appeared as Nora Allen in the DC Extended Universe film The Flash (2023), her second superhero film credit after Superlópez (2018).

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 on numerous TV shows.


Verdú at the 2011 Valladolid International Film Festival

Her first work experience was as a model in spots and fashion magazines for known commercial firms. Her first television opportunity was given to her at 13, featuring in the anthology series La huella del crimen,[1] directed by Vicente Aranda in the episode "Captain Sánchez's Crime".

She made her feature film debut in El sueño de Tánger at age 14, starring alongside Fabio Testi.[1] Shot in 1985, the film underwent a production hell,[2] and was not released until 1991. Her first appearance in a theatrical release was thus in the 1986 film El orden cómico.[3]

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 Hostages in the Barrio by Eloy de la Iglesia and Year of Enlightment by Fernando Trueba.

Later, Verdú said that her role in Lovers marked a turning point in her screen career and has brought about maturity as a performer. Thereafter, she worked with such directors as José Luis Garci in Cradle Song; Bigas Luna in Golden Balls; again with Trueba in the Academy Award winner Belle Époque; Emilio Martínez-Lázaro in Backroads; Carlos Saura in Goya in Bordeaux; and Gonzalo Suárez in The Goalkeeper and Oviedo Express.

Verdú's performance in drama Lucky Star (1997) earned her another goya award nomination; she played one-eyed pregnant Marina, in a love triangle with a gelded butcher and a handsome criminal.[4]

She made her debut in an international work in Y tu mamá también (2001),[5] portraying Luisa Cortés, an exotic madrileña who ends up accepting a trip offer across rural Mexico from a Mexican cousin-in-law and his friend.[6] In 2002, she starred as the title character in comedy peplum Lisístrata, playing an Athenian woman setting up a sex strike.[7] She was cast against type to portray maid and guerrilla informant Mercedes in Pan's Labyrinth (2006).[8][9] Verdú was invited to membership in the AMPAS in 2007.[10] Verdú's performance in Seven Billiard Tables (2007) earned Verdú her first Goya Award for Best Actress.[11]

In 2010, Maribel starred in a music video for Alejandro Sanz's song "Lola Soledad".[12]

Verdú's portrayal of Encarna (the evil stepmother) in black-and-white and silent drama film Snow White (2012) won her a second Goya Award.[13] In 2017, she appeared in Abracadabra, starring as Carmen, a housewife who sees her husband's personality transformed as a result of an informal hypnosis session.[14]

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.

Verdú attending the 37th Goya Awards in February 2023

In 2018, she starred in comedy film Empowered, portraying Paz, an undervalued middle-aged woman who stops keeping quiet about things,[15] and in black comedy Crime Wave as Leyre, a housewife covering the murder of her son's father, unleashing a wave of crimes.[16] She also portrayed Agatha, a villainess from planet Chitón, in superhero comedy film Superlópez, based on the comic book character of the same name.[17]

In 2020, she began shooting legal thriller television series ANA. all in, her first acting credit in television since her work in Código fuego (2003).[18] She starred as Ana Tramel, a drug-addicted lawyer who turns in after her gambling brother is accused of murder in a casino.[19]

In March 2021, she was cast as Barry Allen/The Flash's mother Nora Allen in the DC Extended Universe film The Flash,[20] which was released in June 2023. She also appeared as eccentric millionaire Olivia Uriarte in whodunit film A Deadly Invitation.[21] She also portrayed Carmen, a toxic mother and bon vivant, in season 7 of teen drama series Elite,[22] and the girlfriend and advisor of Leo (Daniel Giménez Cacho) in Familia.[23]

In 2024, she was reported to have joined the shooting of Max series Cuando nadie nos ve, set to star as Lucía Gutiérrez (a Guardia Civil agent investigating a suicide case in Morón de la Frontera) alongside Dani Rovira, Mariela Garriga, Austin Amelio, and Ben Temple.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Verdú married Pedro Larrañaga on 2 September 1999. He is the son of actors Carlos Larrañaga and María Luisa Merlo.[25] Verdú is the stockholder of the clinic Premium in Estepona.[26]


Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
1992 6th Goya Awards Best Actress Lovers Nominated [27]
1997 11th Goya Awards Best Supporting Actress La Celestina Nominated [28]
1998 12th Goya Awards Best Actress The Lucky Star Nominated
2007 21st Goya Awards Pan's Labyrinth Nominated
16th Actors and Actresses Union Awards Best Film Actress in a Leading Role Nominated [30][31]
49th Ariel Awards Best Actress Won [32]
2008 22nd Goya Awards Best Actress Seven Billiard Tables Won [33]
17th Actors and Actresses Union Awards Best Film Actress in a Leading Role Nominated [34][35]
6th Mestre Mateo Awards Best Actress The Mud Boy Nominated [36][37]
2009 23rd Goya Awards Best Actress The Blind Sunflowers Nominated
18th Actors and Actresses Union Awards Best Film Actress in a Leading Role Nominated [38][39]
2010 24th Goya Awards Best Actress Tetro Nominated
2012 26th Goya Awards Best Supporting Actress Chrysalis Nominated
21st Actors and Actresses Union Awards Best Film Actress in a Secondary Role Nominated [40][41]
2013 27th Goya Awards Best Actress Snow White Won [42]
22nd Actors and Actresses Union Awards Best Film Actress in a Leading Role Won [43]
2014 28th Goya Awards Best Supporting Actress 15 Years and One Day Nominated [44]
2018 23rd Forqué Awards Best Actress Abracadabra Nominated [45]
5th Feroz Awards Best Main Actress in a Film Nominated [46]
32nd Goya Awards Best Actress Nominated [47]
5th Platino Awards Best Actress Nominated [48]
2021 27th Forqué Awards Best Female Performance in a Series ANA. all in Nominated [49]
2022 9th Feroz Awards Best Main Actress in a Series Nominated [50]
9th Platino Awards Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Series Nominated [51][52]
32nd Actors and Actresses Union Awards Best Actress in an International Production The Flash Won

Lifetime achievements[edit]


  1. ^ a b Pérez Polo, Raquel (2 October 2021). "Maribel Verdú cumple años: la película que salvó su carrera y el suceso en un camerino que le dejó "temblando"". Cadena COPE.
  2. ^ Muñoz, Diego (24 May 1991). "Se estrena 'El sueño de Tánger', la película más 'maldita' de Ricardo Franco". El País.
  3. ^ "Maribel Verdú, el esplendor de la madurez". El Espectador. 27 February 2018.
  4. ^ Muñoz, R. (22 September 2023). "La buena estrella, la película que cambió el cine español". rtve.es.
  5. ^ Sánchez, Gema (3 February 2010). "Maribel Verdú, de mito erótico a gran dama". rtve.es.
  6. ^ Lahr-Vivaz, Elena (2019). El melodrama mexicano: Cine y nación desde la Época de Oro hasta la Nueva Ola. Santiago de Querétaro: Rialta Ediciones. p. 281. ISBN 978-607-9851-8-3-5.
  7. ^ "Llega una desmadrada "Lisístrata" protagonizada por Maribel Verdú". La Voz de Galicia. Grupo Vocento. 12 September 2002.
  8. ^ Jones, Tanya (2017) [2010]. Studying Pan's Labyrinth. ISBN 978-1-906733-30-8.
  9. ^ Villarreal, Phil (18 January 2007). "'Pan's Labyrinth' stunning, brilliant". Tucson.com.
  10. ^ "Javier Navarrete, invitado a la Academia de Hollywood". El Periódico de Aragón. Prensa Ibérica. 19 June 2007.
  11. ^ "Maribel Verdú, Goya a la mejor actriz por "Siete mesas de billar francés"". Público. 13 February 2008.
  12. ^ "Maribel Verdú, protagonista del nuevo videoclip de Alejandro Sanz". Hola! (in Spanish). 3 October 2010. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  13. ^ "Maribel Verdú y una retrospectiva de Buñuel serán los ejes de una muestra de cine español en Colombia". The San Diego Union-Tribune. 12 June 2013.
  14. ^ "Abracadabra, lo nuevo de Pablo Berger con Maribel Verdú, Antonio de la Torre y José Mota, se estrenará el 4 de agosto". Europa Press. 30 May 2017.
  15. ^ Iglesias, Eulàlia (2 March 2018). "'Sin rodeos': Segura se marca una peli feminista... con dos cojones". El Confidencial.
  16. ^ "Maribel Verdú, una asesina confesa en el tráiler de Ola de crímenes". Europa Press. 20 June 2018.
  17. ^ García, Julián (23 November 2018). "Cómo ser español y superhéroe Superlópez". El Periódico Extremadura. Prensa Ibérica.
  18. ^ "Maribel Verdú regresa a la televisión con un 'thriller' en el que da vida a una abogada". La Opinión A Coruña. Prensa Ibérica. 1 July 2020.
  19. ^ Solà Gimferrer, Pere (22 September 2021). "'Ana Tramel': Asesinato en el casino". La Vanguardia.
  20. ^ "'Flash' Movie: Spanish Actress Maribel Verdu to Play Barry Allen's Mother (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 12 March 2021. Retrieved 12 March 2021.
  21. ^ Osco, Nelly (7 October 2023). "Final explicado de "Invitación a un asesinato": quién mató a Olivia y por qué". mag – via El Comercio.
  22. ^ "Mirela Balic, Anitta, Maribel Verdú y los demás: quiénes son los nuevos actores de la temporada 7 de 'Élite'". Cinemanía. 23 August 2023 – via 20minutos.es.
  23. ^ Bustamante, Pedro (16 December 2023). "Actores y personajes de "Familia": quién es quién en la nueva película mexicana de Netflix". mag – via El Comercio.
  24. ^ López Martín, Sergio (15 February 2024). "Maribel Verdú y Dani Rovira protagonizarán la nueva serie de Max: todos los detalles de 'Cuando nadie nos ve'". El Periódico de Catalunya. Prensa Ibérica.
  25. ^ "Boda artística". El País (in Spanish). Prisa. 3 September 1999. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  26. ^ "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.
  27. ^ "Amantes". Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias Cinematográficas de España. Retrieved 20 September 2023.
  28. ^ Villalobos Graillet, José Eduardo (2021). "La Celestina en el cine español de la democracia. Adaptación, censura y recepción de la recreación cinematográfica de Gerardo Vera". Celestinesca. 45: 165. doi:10.7203/Celestinesca.45.21331.
  29. ^ a b c d Viaje al cine español. 25 años de los Premios Goya (PDF), Lunwerg, 2011, pp. 273, 291, 294, 295, ISBN 978-84-9785-791-8
  30. ^ "'Volver' y 'Así es (si así os parece)', las favoritas a los premios Unión de Actores". El Mundo. 5 January 2007.
  31. ^ "La Unión de Actores premia 'Volver´, 'El método Grönholm´ y 'Mujeres´". La Opinión de La Coruña. 13 February 2007.
  32. ^ "Maribel Verdú y 'La vida secreta de las palabras', premios Ariel en México". El Mundo. 21 March 2007.
  33. ^ "Maribel Verdú, Goya a la mejor actriz por "Siete mesas de billar francés"". Público. 4 February 2008.
  34. ^ "'Las 13 rosas' y las series TVE, favoritas en los premios de la Unión de Actores". 20minutos.es (in Spanish). 18 January 2008. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  35. ^ "La saga Bardem triunfa en los premios de la Unión de Actores". El Mundo (in Spanish). 1 April 2008. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  36. ^ ""O neno de barro" y "A vida por diante" encabezan las candidaturas a los premios audiovisuales Mestre Mateo". La Voz de Galicia. 8 March 2008.
  37. ^ "El filme ´O neno de barro´ triunfa en la gala de los premios Mestre Mateo". La Opinión A Coruña. Prensa Ibérica. 16 April 2008.
  38. ^ "Penélope Cruz y Chus Lampreave, rivales en los Premios de la Unión de Actores". 20minutos.es (in Spanish). 19 January 2009. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  39. ^ "El filme ´Camino´ arrasa en los Premios de la Unión de Actores". El Periódico de Aragón (in Spanish). 11 March 2009. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  40. ^ "XXI Premios de la Unión de Actores". Fotogramas. 7 June 2012.
  41. ^ "XXI Premios de la Unión de Actores". Fotogramas. 19 June 2012.
  42. ^ "'Blancanieves' arrasó con 10 premios en los Goya". El Heraldo. 18 February 2013.
  43. ^ "Grupo 7 triunfa en los premios de la Unión de Actores". ABC. 4 June 2021.
  44. ^ Blanes Martínez, María José; White, Alan (10 February 2014). "David Trueba al fin triunfa en los Goya". Cadena SER.
  45. ^ Sánchez, Sandra (13 January 2018). "Lista completa de ganadores de los Premios Forqué 2018". ecartelera.
  46. ^ Lázaro, Margarita (22 January 2018). "La lista completa de ganadores de los premios Feroz 2018". HuffPost.
  47. ^ "Todos ganadores de los Premios Goya 2018". El Mundo. 4 February 2018.
  48. ^ "Premios Platino 2018: Lista de ganadores". Cine Premiere. 13 March 2018.
  49. ^ Rebolledo, Matías G. (11 December 2021). "Lista completa de ganadores de los Premios Forqué 2021". La Razón.
  50. ^ Fernández, Gala (30 January 2022). "Todos los ganadores de los Premios Feroz 2022". Woman. Prensa Ibérica – via El Periódico de Catalunya.
  51. ^ ""El buen patrón" y la serie argentina "El reino", los más nominados a los Premios Platino". Telam. 31 March 2022.
  52. ^ "'El buen patrón' reina en los Premios Platino del cine iberoamericano". rtve.es. 2 May 2022.
  53. ^ "Malena Alterio, Maribel Verdú, Lola Dueñas y Quim Gutiérrez, entre los protagonistas de los 32 Premios UA". Europa Press. 12 March 2024.
  54. ^ "Maribel Verdú recoge la Medalla de Oro de la Academia". Fotogramas (in Spanish). 4 November 2008.
  55. ^ Evans, Chris (30 June 2009). "Maribel Verdu picks up Spain's National Cinema Award". Screen Daily.

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