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Blanca Portillo

  • Blanca Portillo © EFE

    Blanca Portillo © EFE



Film, Theatre



Date of birth

Jun 15, 1963

"Actress. Blanca Portillo has had a long and wide-ranging professional career, with particular emphasis on stage roles. In 2012 she won the National Theatre Award."

Blanca Portillo was born in Madrid in 1963. After graduating from the Royal Higher School of Dramatic Art and Dance, in the 1980s she started appearing in a number of theatrical productions ("Blood Wedding", "El mal de la juventud", "A Winter's Tale", "Marat-Sade"….), frequently taking on challenging roles. The film "Entre rojas" (1995) was her first screen role. In 1999 she starred in the television series "7 vidas", which brought her widespread popularity. She continued her career in the theatre and spent a period in Argentina, where in 2004 she starred in "La hija del aire", by Calderón, in what was one of her most memorable performances. This was the start of a period marked by a string of outstanding performances and collaborations in cutting-edge theatrical projects. She has also directed on occasion, and in 2011 headed the Classical Theatre Festival in Mérida. She combines stage and screen work, and has met with great acclaim for her participation in films such as "Volver" by Almodóvar and "Siete mesas de billar francés" by Gracia Querejeta.


International Cannes Festival award (2006)
Concha de Plata award at the San Sebastian International Film Festival (2007)
National Theatre Award (2012)
Max Awards: Best director (2012)
Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts (2014)

Essential works

  • The Dog in the Manger © EFE

    The Dog in the Manger (interpretation)

    The last film directed by Pilar Miró was this brilliant adaptation of the play by Lope de Vega.  

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  • Poster. Volver © EFE

    Volver (interpretation)

    Almodóvar has once again gained numerous awards and nominations for this mixture of comedy and drama on guilt and loneliness.

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Other highlighted works

  • Life is a dream.
  • La avería
  • Los abrazos rotos (Broken Embraces)
  • Siete mesas de billar francés
  • Alatriste
  • La hija del aire
  • Mujeres soñaron caballos
  • Hamelin
  • Hamlet
  • Medea
  • The Trojan Women
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