Anaya at the 2015 Miami International Film Festival presentation of Todos están muertos
|Born||Elena Anaya Gutiérrez
(1975-07-17) July 17, 1975
Palencia, Castilla y León, Spain
|Partner(s)||Tina Afugu Cordero|
Elena Anaya Gutiérrez (born July 17, 1975) is a Spanish actress whose career dates back to 1995. She starred alongside Antonio Banderas in Pedro Almodóvar‘s The Skin I Live In. She is also known for her lead role in the erotic lesbian romance film Habitación en Roma (Room in Rome).
Anaya was born in Palencia, Castilla y León, Spain. She is the youngest of three children. Her mother, Elena (Nena), is a housewife who later owned a boarding house in Palencia. Her father, Juan José Anaya Gómez (1934–2011), was an industrial engineer.
Her best-known Hollywood film role was as one of Dracula’s brides in 2004’s Van Helsing. That same year, Anaya was named as one of European films’ Shooting Stars by European Film Promotion.
After some “quiet” years playing supporting roles in international films such as Savage Grace and Cairo Time, Anaya roared back into prominence with a starring role in 2010’s Room in Rome, and then a return to Almodóvar in The Skin I Live In.
In August 2011, Spanish tabloid magazine Cuore published photographs of Anaya kissing director Beatriz Sanchís at a naturist beach in Menorca. They were reportedly in a relationship from 2008 to 2013. In November 2016, it was announced that Anaya was expecting her first child with her partner, Tina Afugu Cordero, a costume designer. In February 2017, Anaya gave birth to their son.
Awards and nominations
|2002||Goya Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Lucía y el sexo (2002)||Nominated|
|Spanish Actors Union||Film: Supporting Performance||Won|
|2006||Barcelona Film Awards||Best Actress||Fragile (2005)||Nominated|
|2010||Goya Awards||Best Actress||Room in Rome (2010)||Nominated|
|2012||Goya Awards||Best Actress||The Skin I Live In (2011)||Won|
|2016||Premios Platino||Best Actress||La memoria del agua||Nominated|