Imanol Arias

Manuel María Arias Domínguez (born 26 April 1956 in Riaño, León, Spain) better known as Imanol Arias, is a Spanish actor and film director.

Imanol Arias
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Imanol Arias in 2014
Manuel María Arias Domínguez

(1956-04-26) 26 April 1956 (age 64)
Years active1976–present


Imanol Arias began his career with a travelling theatre group performing in the Basque Country of northern Spain. He debuted on TV in 1976 and his first film was Humberto Solás's Cecilia (1982). In 1987 he won the prize at the San Sebastian Film Festival for the role of Eleuterio Sánchez in El Lute: Run for Your Life (El Lute: camina o revienta, 1987).

Since 1976 he has appeared in some 70 different films and TV programmes.

In 1996 he made his film debut as director in Un asunto privado.[1] The only other work he directed was a TV programme in 1989.

Currently, he appears in the TVE prize-winning series Cuéntame cómo pasó (Tell me how it happened) in the role of the father of a Spanish middle-class family, during the last years of Spain's Francoist government and the transition to democracy.

In 2013 Arias worked on the Spanish dubbing of the video game Battlefield 4 as Captain Roland Garrison.

At Gijón International Film Festival in 2014, he received the Nacho Martinez Award.[2][3]

Imanol Arias is Ambassador for UNICEF.[4][5][6]

On 7 April 2016, Imanol Arias was accused of tax evasion and money laundering in the Panama Papers scandal as the owner of an offshore company, Trekel Trading Limited, based on the island nation of Niue that held a bank account under his complete control at the Swiss bank Banque Franck SA.[7][8][9]




  1. ^ Albert, Antonio (12 May 1993). "Imanol Arias debuta como director de cine con 'Un asunto privado'". El País (in Spanish). Madrid: Prisa. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  2. ^ Argüelles, J. L. (13 November 2014). "Imanol Arias recibe el premio del Festival de Cine de Gijón por 40 años de trabajo". La Nueva España (in Spanish). Editorial Prensa Asturiana, S.A. Prensa Ibérica. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Imanol Arias Premio Nacho Martínez en el Festival de Cine de Gijón". Gota de Luz (in Spanish). 10 December 2014. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Imanol Arias, embajador de UNICEF". Europa Press (in Spanish). 2 June 2014. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  5. ^ Europa Press (2 June 2014). "Imanol Arias, embajador de UNICEF". Diario Sur (in Spanish). Vocento. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  6. ^ Europa Press (2 June 2014). "Imanol Arias, embajador de UNICEF". Hoy (in Spanish). Vocento. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  7. ^ Pérez, Fernando Jesús (10 May 2016). "Ana Duato e Imanol Arias recogen en la Audiencia la querella por delito fiscal". El País (in Spanish). Prisa. Retrieved 19 May 2016.
  8. ^ Vázquez, Ángeles (6 May 2016). "Anticorrupción acusa a Imanol Arias y Ana Duato de haber defraudado tres millones de euros". El Mundo (in Spanish). Madrid: Unidad Editorial. Retrieved 19 May 2016.
  9. ^ "La Fiscalía pide que Imanol Arias y Ana Duato declaren por fraude fiscal". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 6 May 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2016.

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