Victoria Abril

Actor
A popular, highly regarded Spanish performer, based in France since 1982, Victoria Abril began her career as a ballerina. At age 15, she hosted a TV game show and kick-started her film career with her debut role in F ... Read more »
Born: 07/04/1959 in Madrid, ES

Filmography

Actor (67)

La Colmena 2014 (Movie)

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Mince Alors! 2012 (Movie)

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Neon Flesh 2011 (Movie)

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Mejor que nunca 2009 (Movie)

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48 Heures Par Jour 2008 (Movie)

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Leur Morale Et La Notre 2008 (Movie)

Muriel (Actor)

Musee haut, musee bas 2008 (Movie)

Clara (Actor)

Walking Vengeance 2008 (Movie)

Gloria (Actor)

Óscar. Una pasión surrealista 2008 (Movie)

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El Camino De Los Ingleses 2006 (Movie)

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Les Aristos 2006 (Movie)

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Tirante El Blanco 2005 (Movie)

Peaceful Widow (Actor)

Escuela de Seducción 2004 (Movie)

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Taken In 2004 (Movie)

Pilar (Actor)

The 7th Day 2004 (Movie)

Luciana (Actor)

Bendito Infierno 2003 (Movie)

Lola (Actor)

Semana Santa 2002 (Movie)

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101 Reykjavik 2001 (Movie)

Lola Milagros (Actor)

Mari del Sud 2001 (Movie)

Sabina (Actor)

Entre Las Piernas 1999 (Movie)

Miranda (Actor)

The Cosmonaut's Wife 1998 (Movie)

Anna (Actor)

French Twist 1996 (Movie)

Loli (Actor)

Libertarias 1996 (Movie)

Aura (Actor)

Nobody Will Talk About Us When We're Dead 1995 (Movie)

Gloria Duque (Actor)

Blue Helmet 1994 (Movie)

Alicia (Actor)

Jimmy Hollywood 1994 (Movie)

Lorraine (Actor)

Kika 1994 (Movie)

Andrea Scarface (Actor)

Intruder 1993 (Movie)

Luisa (Actor)

Amantes 1992 (Movie)

Luisa (Actor)

Demasiado Corazon 1992 (Movie)

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La Noche Mas Hermosa 1992 (Movie)

Elena (Actor)

Si Te Dicen Que Cai 1992 (Movie)

Menchu (Actor)

High Heels 1991 (Movie)

Rebecca (Actor)

Une Epoque formidable 1991 (Movie)

Juliette (Actor)

Sandino 1990 (Movie)

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Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! 1990 (Movie)

Marina (Actor)

A Solas Contigo 1989 (Movie)

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Ada dans la Jungle 1988 (Movie)

Carmen (Actor)

Sans peur et sans reproche 1988 (Movie)

Jeanee (Actor)

Baton Rouge 1987 (Movie)

Ana Alonso (Actor)

Padre Nuestro 1987 (Movie)

Cardenala (Actor)

Rio Abajo 1987 (Movie)

Engracia (Actor)

El Juego mas Divertido 1986 (Movie)

Ada Lasa/Sara (Actor)

El Lute I 1986 (Movie)

Consuelo (Actor)

Max mon amour 1986 (Movie)

Maria (Actor)

The Pleasure of Killing 1986 (Movie)

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Ternosecco 1985 (Movie)

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After Darkness 1984 (Movie)

Pascale (Actor)

La Hora Bruja 1984 (Movie)

Saga (Actor)

Rouge Gorge 1984 (Movie)

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Tiempo de Silencio 1984 (Movie)

Dorita (Actor)

L' Addition 1983 (Movie)

Patty (Actor)

Le Voyage 1983 (Movie)

Veronique (Actor)

The Moon in the Gutter 1983 (Movie)

Bella (Actor)

Las Bicicletas Son Para el Verano 1982 (Movie)

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Le Batard 1982 (Movie)

Betty (Actor)

Asesinato en el Comite Central 1981 (Movie)

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Comin' at Ya 1981 (Movie)

Abilene (Actor)

J'ai Epouse Une Ombre 1981 (Movie)

Fifo (Actor)

La Muchacha de las Bragas de Oro 1979 (Movie)

Mariana (Actor)

Dona Perfecta 1976 (Movie)

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El Puente 1976 (Movie)

Lolita (Actor)

Robin and Marian 1976 (Movie)

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Cambio de Sexo 1975 (Movie)

Jose Maria/Maria Jose (Actor)

Biography

A popular, highly regarded Spanish performer, based in France since 1982, Victoria Abril began her career as a ballerina. At age 15, she hosted a TV game show and kick-started her film career with her debut role in F Lara Polop's "Obsession" (1976). She has twice been nominated for the French Cesar Award and has starred in numerous films by Vicente Aranda, including "El Lute I" (1987) and "Amantes/Lovers" (1991), for which she was named Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival. Other films include Jean-Jacques Beineix's "The Moon in the Gutter" (1983), Denis Amar's "L' Addition" (1984), and Nagisa Oshima's masterful black comedy "Max, My Love" (1986).

Abril became famous with American audiences with her chirpy-voiced turn as a heroin addicted ex-porn star in Pedro Almodovar's "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!" (1990), playing opposite five-time screen partner Antonio Banderas. Abril walked the line between damaged innocent and masochist, a representation of women and of sexual love that raised critical hackles. She also appeared as a depressive newscaster with a mother complex in Almodovar's "High Heels" (1991) and a dominatrix in his subsequent "Kika" (1993). Abril's first Hollywood venture was Barry Levinson's "Jimmy Hollywood" (1994), wherein her luscious waif-on-the-brink persona was poured into the character of a striving, dreamy, monosyllabic hairdresser, the girlfriend of Joe Pesci. The following year, she was back in France appearing in Josiane Balasko's comedy "French Twist".

Relationships

Gerard Battista

Companion
father of Abril's two sons

Gustavo Lauve

Husband
married in 1976 divorced in 1981

Milestones

1994

First lead in a Hollywood film, "Jimmy Hollywood"

1980

First feature film in a starring role, "La Muchacha de las Bragas de Oro/The Girl with the Golden Panties"

1976

English-language feature film debut in "Robin and Marian"

1975

Film debut at 15 in "Obsession"

1974

Hosted a popular Spanish game show at age 15 (date approximate)

1967

Began studying dance at age eight, concentrating on ballet until 14 (dates approximate)

Bonus Trivia

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Abril is fluent in French, Spanish and English.

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