Leonor Watling
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1975, Madrid

Born in Madrid to a British mother and ‘Gaditano’ father, Leanor’s first years were driven by her desire to become a ballerina. When she was 8-years-old she began studying classical ballet but her dreams were cut short by an injury to her knee. This led her to change into the field of acting where she took her first steps in amateur theatre in various cultural centres. In 1993 her first break in cinema arrived with Pablo Llorca’s Jardin colgantes.

After this, Leanor moved to London to train at the Actor’s Centre, taking advantage of the fact that she is a native English speaker. On her return to Spain, and after performances in various television series, Leanor consolidated her place in the film industry by gaining a Goya nomination for Best Actress in Antonio Mercero’s, La hora de los valientes (1998). She would go on to work alongside Cayetana Guillén Cuervo in the series, Raquel busca su sitio and would take the lead role in Bigas Luna’s Son de Mar (2001). In 2002 she featured in Daniel Fejerman and Inés París’s comedy, A mi madre le gustan las mujeres, with a leading role that saw her nominated again for a Goya Award. For this same part she was awarded the Fotogramas de Plata for Best Actress. In the same year Pedro Almodóvar released Hable con ella, a film that contributed to her growing prestige and in which she took the part of a Ballarina in a coma.

Later she would star in numerous films, including: Isabel Coixet’s Mi vida sin mi; Cesc Gay’s En la ciudad; Patrick Alessadrin’s French comedy, Mauvais esprit; Joaquín Oristrell’s Inconscientes; Manuel Huerga’s Salvador; Glenio Bonder’s Belle du seigneur; Alex de la Iglesias’s The Oxford Murders; and Alessandro Baricco’s Lezione 21 (2007).

In parallel to her film career, Leanor Watling has also had success as a singer and songwriter for the group Marlango, with whom she has released six albums: Marlango (2004); Automatic Imperfection (2005); The Electrical Morning (2007); Life in the Treehouse (2010); Un dia extraordinario (2012); El Porvenir (2014).

Between 2008 and 2012 the actress films Andrucha Waddington’s Lope, Lo mejor de Eva directed by Mariano Barroso and Joan Carr-Wiggin’s If I were you.

In 2013 repeats shooting with Cesc Gay in the movie Una pistola en cada mano.

Her latest films have been The food guide to love by Dominic Harari and Isabel Coixet’s Another me.

This 2016 she starst the new TV series, Pulsaciones, with Pablo Derqui.

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Leonor Watling with Javier Cámara in Hable con ella, 2002. Directed by Pedro Almodovar
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Leonor Watling with Alberto Ammann in Lope, 2010. Directed by Andrucha Waddinton

MOVIES
MUSE · Dir. Jaume Balagueró
CLAVIUS · Dir. Kevin Reynols
ANOTHER ME · Dir. Isabel Coixet
THE FOOD GUIDE TO LOVE · Dir. Dominic Harari, Teresa Pelegri
A GUN UN EACH HAND · Dir. Cesc Gay
IF I WERE YOU · Dir. Joan Carr · Wiggin
DARK IMPULSE · Dir. Mariano Barroso
THE OUTLAW · Dir. Andrucha Waddington
MAGIC JOURNEY TO AFRICA · Dir. Jordi Llompart
LECTURE 21 · Dir. Alessandro Baricco
THE OXFORD MURDERS· Dir. Alex de la Iglesia
THERESA: THE BODY OF CHRIST · Dir. Ray Loriga
LA HABITACIÓN DEL NIÑO · Dir. Alex de la Iglesia
SALVADOR · Dir. Manuel Huerga
PARIS, JE T’AIME · Dir. Olivier Assayas
THE MAIDEN’ CONSPIRACY · Dir. Vicente Aranda
MALAS TEMPORADAS · Dir. Manuel Martin Cuenca
THE SECRET LIFE OF WORDS · Dir. Isabel Coixet
UNCONSCIOUS · Dir. Joaquín Oristrell
CRÓNICAS · Dir. Sebastián Cordero
BAD EDUCATION · Dir. Pedro Almodovar
MALA LECHE · Dir. Patrick Alessandrin
IN THE CITY · Dir. Cesc Gay
MY LIFE WITHOUT ME · Dir. Isabel Coixet
DESIRE · Dir. Gerardo Vera
TALK TO HER · Dir. Pedro Almodóvar
MY MOTHER LIKES WOMEN · Dir. Daniela Féjerman
SOUND OF THE SEA · Dir. Bigas Luna
LA ESPALDA DE DIOS · Dir. Pablo Llorca
EL FIGURANTE · Dir. Rómulo Aguillaume
NO RESPIRES, EL AMOR ESTA EN EL AIRE · Dir. Joan Potau
THE LONG KILL: LA JUSTICIA DE LOS FORAJIDOS · Dir. Bill Corcoran
LA HORA DE LOS VALIENTES · Dir. Antonio Mercero
TODAS HIEREN · Dir. Pablo Llorca
THE FIRST NIGHT OF MY LIFE · Dir. Miguel Albaladejo
GRANDES OCASIONES · Dir. Felipe Vega
JARDINES COLGANTES · Dir. Pablo Llorca

SHORT FILMS
LA CAÑADA DE LOS INGLESES · Dir. Víctor Matellano
RUIDO · Dir. Diego Postigo
EL ELEFANTE DEL REY · Dir. Víctor García León
EL FIGURANTE · Dir. Rómulo Aguillaume
LLOMBAI · Dir. Verónica Cerdán Molina
EL NACIMIENTO DE UN IMPERIO · Dir. José María Borrell
SUEÑOS DE SAL · Dir. Gloria Núñez
UN SOLO DE CELLO · Dir. Daniel Cebrián

TELEVISION
RAQUEL BUSCA SU SITIO · TVE
PETRA DELICADO · Telecinco
QUERIDO MAESTRO · Telecinco
HERMANOS DE LECHE · Telecinco
FARMACIA DE GUARDIA · Antena 3

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
Premios Iris: Best TV Actress · PULSACIONES
Unión de Actores: Supporting Actress · MI VIDA SIN MÍ
Fotogramas de Plata: Cinema Actress, Nominated· MALAS TEMPORADAS
Círculo de Escritores Cinematográficos: Supporting Actress · MI VIDA SIN MÍ
Fotogramas de Plata: Cinema Actress · A MI MADRE LE GUSTAN LAS MUJERES
Goya: Best Actress, Nominated · A MI MADRE LE GUSTAN LAS MUJERES
Unión de Actores: Actress, Nominated · A MI MADRE LE GUSTAN LAS MUJERES
Círculo de Escritores Cinematográficos: Best Actress, Nominated · A MI MADRE LE GUSTAN LAS MUJERES
Festival de Cine de Cartagena de Indias: Best Actress · A MI MADRE LE GUSTAN LAS MUJERES
Sant Jordi: Spanish Actress · LA HORA DE LOS VALIENTES
Goya: Bes Actress, Nominated · LA HORA DE LOS VALIENTES

TRAINING
Acting · The Actors’ Center

LANGUAGES
Spanish, English

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