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Javier Bardem

  • Javier Bardem © Diego Sinova / EL MUNDO

    Javier Bardem © Diego Sinova / EL MUNDO






Date of birth

Mar 1, 1969

"Actor. He is the first Spanish actor to win an Oscar."

Javier Encinas Bardem was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in 1969. He is the son of actress Pilar Bardem and nephew to filmmaker Juan Antonio Bardem. His popularity as an actor came with The Ages of Lulu. This was his first film in collaboration with Bigas Luna, with whom he also made Jamón, Jamón and Golden Balls. Standout films in his career include Running Out of Time, Mouth to Mouth and Live Flesh. After an acclaimed brilliant career, he became the first Spanish actor nominated for an Oscar for best actor in his role as the dissident Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas in the film Before Night Falls by Julian Schnabel. He finally won the award in 2008, for best supporting actor for his role in the Coen brothers’ film No Country for Old Men.


Goya Award for Best Male Actor (1994, 1995, 2002, 2004, 2011)
Volpi Cup for best actor at the Venice Film Festival (2000, 2004)
Academy Award (2008)
National Film Award (2008)
Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts (2021)
Goya Award for Best Lead Actor (2022)

Essential works

  • The Sea Inside © EFE

    The Sea Inside (interpretation)

    The true story of Ramón Sampedro was brought to the cinema by director Alejandro Amenábar, in a film that won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. 

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  • With the Days Numbered. Photo courtesy of the Spanish Film Archive

    With the Days Numbered (interpretation)

    This film, an award winner at the San Sebastián International Film Festival and the Goya Awards, is based on the novel by Juan Madrid.

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  • Poster. Mondays in the Sun © EFE

    Mondays in the Sun (interpretation)

    A social realism film, highly acclaimed in the Goya awards. It depicts the drama of unemployment and the people suffering it. 

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  • Still from the film 'The Good Boss', by Fernando León de Aranoa

    The Good Boss (interpretation)

    The team formed by Fernando León de Aranoa and Javier Bardem meets again – years after shooting "Mondays in the Sun" – in this acid comedy that portrays personal and work relationships within a family-owned business.

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