Millie Bobby Brown was born in, Spain, to British parents. She lived in Marsella until the age four, before moving to Bournemouth, Dorset, on the south coast of England. She’s known for her role in the Netflix hit Stranger Things as Eleven. (Photo: WENN)
The Mother! star, Javier Bardem, is a Spanish actor. He was born in Madrid, and landed his first English-speaking role until 1997, when he was 27-years-old. (Photo: WENN)
Actress and model Penélope Cruz was born in the Spanish capital. She achieved international recognition for her lead roles in films like Vanilla Sky, All the Pretty Horses, or Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona. (Photo: WENN)
Antonio Banderas is one of Spain’s most famous faces. He has stared in high-profile Hollywood movies like Assassins, Evita, Interview with the Vampire, The Mask of Zorro, and Spy Kids. Until 2014, he was married to actress Melanie Griffith. (Photo: WENN)
Enrique Iglesias is a Spanish singer, widely known as the King of Latin Pop. He was born in Madrid, Spain. Enrique has had five Billboard Hot 1000 top five singles, including two number-ones, including Hero and I Like it. (Photo: WENN)
Gerard Piqué is as Spanish professional footballer who plays for FC Barcelona and the Spain national team. He was raised in a Catalan family. Since early 2011, he’s been dating Shakira, with whom he has 2 children. (Photo: WENN)
Elsa Lafuente Medianu, professionally known as Elsa Pataky, is a Spanish model and actress born in Madrid. She was Elena Neves in The Fast and the Furious franchise. She married Australian actor Chris Hemsworth in 2010 and have three children together. (Photo: WENN)
Pedro Almodóvar is Spain’s biggest film director, screenwriter, and producer. He has won two Academy Awards, four British Academy Film Awards, six European Film Awards, two Golden Globes, nine Goya Awards, and four prizes at Cannes. His most popular film is The Skin I Live In. (Photo: WENN)
Although Daniel Brühl is a German, he was actually bon in Barcelona, and his mother is Spanish. Shortly after his birth, his family moved to Cologne, Germany, but he’s fluent in Spanish and Catalan. (Photo: WENN)
Iker Casillas is a professionally footballer who plays for Portuguese club Porto and the Spain national team as a goalkeeper. He’s considered one of the greatest and most successful goalkeepers of all time. (Photo: WENN)
Rafael Nadal is a Spanish professional tennis player, currently ranked World No.1 in men’s singles. After winning 16 Grand Slam singles titles, the 2008 Olympic gold medal in singles, among many other awards, he’s stablished himself as one of the greatest tennis players ever. (Photo: WENN)
Felipe VI is, none other than the King of Spain. He Succeeded to the throne on June 2014, following the abdication of his father, King Juan Carlos I. He’s married to Queen Letizia Ortiz and have two daughters together. (Photo: WENN)
Tomorrow, Spain celebrates the Fiesta Nacional de España—the national day of Spain. This date commemorates Christopher Columbus’ first arrival in the Americas in 1492. And although Columbus was Italian,
everybody knows he set sail for the Indies—a.k.a. the New World—under the auspices of the Spanish monarchy, thus the national holiday.
But that’s enough history for today!
In early celebration of Spain’s national day, we present to you 12 of the most famous faces born in the land of the setting sun! From actors, to directors, to singers, to models, to sportsmen, to even royalty, Spain is the cradle of some of the greatest and most diverse talents today.
Click through our photo gallery above to learn who they are. Some of them you probably never imagine that they are, in fact, Spaniards!