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Victoria Abril

  • Victoria Abril © José Aymá / EL MUNDO

    Victoria Abril © José Aymá / EL MUNDO






Date of birth

Jul 4, 1959

" Actress. She became popular as a hostess in the successful television show "Un, dos, tres"."

Victoria Mérida Rojas, better known as Victoria Abril, was born in Madrid in 1959. At the age of 15 she made her film debut with "Obsesión" (Obsession), by Francisco Lara Polop, and first appeared on television in 1974 as a hostess in Chicho Ibáñez Serrador’s "Un, dos, tres... responda otra vez" programme. Her acting career took off in 1976 with her role in "Cambio de sexo" (Sex Change) by Vicente Aranda. After working in theatre, music and television, in 1979 she returned to cinema with "La muchacha de las bragas de oro" (Girl with the Golden Panties) by Vicente Aranda. In 1982 she moved to Paris, where she has continued with her career acting in many successful films. Her main projects include “El Lute”, “Amantes” (Lovers), “Tacones lejanos” (High Heels) and "Nadie hablará de nosotras cuando hayamos muerto" (Nobody will Speak of Us When We’re Dead).


Fotogramas Silver Award for Best Actress (1985, 1987, 1989)
Silver Bear for best actress at the Berlin Film Festival (1991)
"Catalina de Oro" Award for Best Actress at the International Film Festival of Cartagena de Indias (1992)
“Berlinale Camera” Award at the Berlin Film Festival (1993)
Best Actress Award at the Durban International Film Festival (South Africa, 1992)
Silver Shell for Best Actress at the San Sebastian Film Festival (1987, 1995)
Goya Award for Best Actress (1995)
French Légion d’Honneur (2002)
Actors Union Award (2004)

Essential works

  • Lovers © EFE

    Lovers (interpretation)

    Based on a real crime that took place in the 1940s, this is a film of intrigue, passions and strong erotic content.

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  • Nobody Will Speak of Us When We're Dead. Photo courtesy of the Spanish Film Archive

    Nobody Will Speak of Us When We're Dead (interpretation)

    Agustín Díaz Yanes's debut as a director is an intense thriller, with extreme characters, which was very successful at the Goya Awards and the San Sebastián International Festival.

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  • Our Father. Photo courtesy of the Spanish Film Archive

    Our Father (interpretation)

    The film won the Grand Prize of the Americas at the Montreal World Film Festival.

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