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Victoria Abril

Highest Rated:   89% 101 Reykjavik (2001)
Lowest Rated:   14% Jimmy Hollywood (1994)
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Birthplace:   Madrid, Spain
One of Europe's most popular and respected actresses, Victoria Abril has made her mark in more than 60 films produced in France, Italy, and her native Spain. First introduced to American audiences through the work of Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, who directed her in the controversial Atame! (Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, 1990), the sensual, brown-eyed actress has gained a Stateside cult following, but remains thoroughly European in her choice of films and the roles she plays.Abril first earned wide recognition in Spain as a 14-year-old model on the popular television shows Uno, dos, tres, responda otra vez and 625 lineas. Born Victoria Merida Rojas in Malaga on July 4, 1959, she began studying as a ballet dancer at the age of seven, but following her celebrated turn on TV, segued into acting in the mid-'70s. Abril made her major screen debut in Vincente Aranda's Cambio de Sexo, a 1976 drama that cast her as an effeminate young man who undergoes a sex change. That same year, the actress made her first English-language film, Robin and Marian, in which she played the relatively minor role of a Spanish queen. She went on to do prolific work for the rest of the 1970s and throughout the 1980s, and in 1990 had her first collaboration with Almodóvar, for whom she starred as a drug-addicted porn actress taken hostage by an obsessive fan (Antonio Banderas) in Atame!. The film was a success in Spain -- where Abril earned a Goya Best Actress nomination for her performance -- and proved to be a controversial sensation in the States, where its plot outraged certain feminist groups. Abril collaborated with Almodóvar on two more films, Tacones Lejanos (1991) -- in which she played the estranged daughter of an actress (Marisa Paredes), and Kika (1993) -- in which she had a supporting role as an over-the-top tabloid TV program hostess.Abril scored particular critical acclaim as a darkly amorous landlady in Vincente Aranda's Amantes (1991), winning a Best Actress Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival for her performance. Further acclaim came her way with Nadie Hablara de Nosotras Cuando Hayamos Muerto (1995), for which her portrayal of an alcoholic prostitute earned her a Goya and a Best Actress award at the San Sebastian Film Festival. A starring role in the French romantic comedy Gazon Maudit (1995), which cast her as a housewife torn between her unfaithful husband and a butch female truck driver, further increased Abril's popularity. She continued to star in films that emphasized her playful, flamboyant sexuality, maintaining her reputation as one of Europe's most colorful and vibrant performers.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet La Hora Bruja
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Comin' at Ya!
  • Abilene
2012
No Score Yet Wifemistress
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Mince alors!
  • Sophie
2012
No Score Yet Les Beaux Mecs
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Ada dans la jungle (Ada in the Jungle)
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Musée Haut, Musée Bas
  • Maman Clara
2008
No Score Yet Sólo quiero caminar (Just Walking)
  • Gloria
2008
No Score Yet Leur morale... et la nôtre
  • Muriel
2008
No Score Yet Mejor Que Nunca
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Oscar: The Color of Destiny (Oscar. Una pasion surrealista)
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet 48 Hours a Day (48 heures par jour)
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet The Maidens' Conspiracy (Tirante El Blanco)
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet La hora bruja
  • Saga
2006
No Score Yet Summer Rain (El camino de los ingleses)
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Incautos (Swindled)
  • Pilar
2004
No Score Yet The 7th Day (Séptimo día, El)
  • Luciana
2004
No Score Yet Cause Toujours!
  • Jacinthe
2004
No Score Yet Escuela de seducción
  • Actor
2004
38% Sin noticias de Dios (Don't Tempt Me)
  • Lola Nevado
2003
89% 101 Reykjavik
  • Lola
2001
No Score Yet After What? (Et apres?)
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Mon père, ma mère, mes frères et mes soeurs, (My Father, My Mother, My Brothers and My Sisters)
  • Anne
1999
No Score Yet Entre las piernas (Between Your Legs)
  • Miranda
1999
56% Three Lives and Only One Death
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Libertarias
  • Floren
1996
25% Max My Love (Max Mon Amour)
  • Maria
1996
No Score Yet Nadie Hablará de Nosotras Cuando Hayamos Muerto (Nobody Will Speak of Us When We're Dead)
  • Gloria Duque
1996
55% French Twist (Gazon maudit)
  • Loli
1995
No Score Yet Casque bleu (Blue Helmet )
  • Alicia
1994
14% Jimmy Hollywood
  • Lorraine
1994
No Score Yet Intruso
  • Luisa
1993
57% Kika
  • Andrea Caracortada
1993
No Score Yet Si Te Dicen Que Cai
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Aventis
  • Actor
1992
50% Tacones Lejanos (High Heels)
  • Rebeca
1991
No Score Yet Une époque formidable... (Wonderful Times)
  • Juliette
1991
No Score Yet Amantes (Lovers)
  • Luisa
1991
No Score Yet Lovers: A True Story
  • Actor
1991
70% Átame! (Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!)
  • Marina Osorio
1990
No Score Yet Sandino
  • Blanca Arruz
1990
No Score Yet If They Tell You That I Fell
  • Aurora Nin
1989
No Score Yet Sans peur et sans reproche (Without Fear or Blame)
  • Jeanne
1988
No Score Yet Bâton rouge
  • Ana Alonso
1988
No Score Yet El Lute
  • Consuelo
1987
No Score Yet Time of Silence (Tiempo de Silencio)
  • Dorita
1986
No Score Yet Rouge-gorge
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet After Darkness
  • Pascale
1985
No Score Yet L'Addition (The Bill) (The Caged Heart) (The Patsy)
  • Patty
1984
No Score Yet Bicycles Are for the Summer
  • Manolita
1984
No Score Yet Padre Nuestro
  • Cardenala
1984
No Score Yet On the Line
  • Engracia
1983
No Score Yet The Moon in the Gutter
  • Bella
1983
No Score Yet Murder in the Central Committee (Asesinato en el Comité Central)
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet J'ai épousé une ombre (I Married A Shadow)
  • Fifo
1982
No Score Yet The Beehive (La Colmena)
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet Mieux vaut être riche et bien portant que fauché et mal foutu
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet The Girl with the Golden Panties (La Muchacha de las Bragas de Oro)
  • Mariana
1980
No Score Yet Sex Change (Cambio de Sexo) (Forbidden Love)
  • Actor
1977
76% Robin and Marian
  • Queen Isabella
1976

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