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Elena Anaya

Elena Anaya (born July 17, 1975) is a Spanish actress whose career dates back to 1995. She is best known for starring alongside Antonio Banderas in Pedro Almodóvar's The Skin I Live In. Anaya was born in Palencia, Spain. She is the youngest of three children. Anaya first received international attention in 2001 for her role in the sexually explicit drama Lucía y el sexo (Sex and Lucía). Anaya also appeared in Pedro Almodóvar's Hable con ella (Talk to Her). Her best-known Hollywood film role was as a vampire in 2004's Van Helsing, playing Dracula's bride, Aleera. Anaya is also featured in Justin Timberlake's music video for his 2006 single, SexyBack. In 2004, Anaya was named as one of European films' Shooting Stars by European Film Promotion. After some "quiet" years playing supporting roles in such international films as Savage Grace and Cairo Time, Anaya roared back into prominence with the co-lead in the provocative Room in Rome in 2010 and then a return to Almodóvar in The Skin I Live In in 2011. Anaya is set to star alongside Oscar Isaac in Gonzalo López-Gallego's upcoming film, Inertia.


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