Elena Anaya is a Spanish film actress. She is best known for her roles in films such as "The Skin I Live In," "Room in Rome," and "Van Helsing."
Elena Anaya was born in Palencia, Castilla y Leon, Spain on July 17, 1975. Growing up, she wasn't very interested in academics, instead focusing on activities such as practicing karate at the Okinawa Gymnasium, scuba diving, and mountain climbing. By 1996, she decided to leave Cadiz School and instead, study at the Real Escuela Superior de Arte Dramatico (RESAD) instead. While a very bold move for a young woman trying to make it as an actress, it would soon pay off.
The same year she decided to attend RESAD, Elena won her first role as the title character in the film, "Africa." From there, she was cast in the film "Familia" the very same year, which also prompted her to leave RESAD and instead continue honing her acting abilities at the Juan Carlos Corazza's School of Interpretation. During her attendance there, she starred in the films "Black Tears" and "Wiped-Out Footprints," among several others.
It wasn't until 2001, however, that Elena's career really began to take off when she was cast as a young seductress in the film, "Sex and Lucia," which even earned her several award nominations for her performance. Her appearance in the 2004 Hugh Jackman film, "Van Helsing," helped to establish her presence in the U.S., as well. Since then, she has starred in several more films, of note, most importantly "In the Land of Women," "Room in Rome," and "The Skin I Live In," all of which did wonders for her career.