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Katrina Bayonas is an actors' agent, film producer and casting director who is best known for discovering Penélope Cruz and managing her career.[1][2][3][4][5][6] Bayonas' annual New Faces program [7] has also been responsible for launching the careers of such actors as Jordi Mollá,[8] Elena Anaya,[9] Alicia Borrachero,[10] Alberto Ammann [11] and Najwa Nimri [12] since its creation in 1988.

Katrina Bayonas
Penélope Cruz and Katrina Bayonas.jpg
Katrina Bayonas with Penélope Cruz in the Kuranda offices 2011
Born(1941-02-06)February 6, 1941
OccupationTalent Manager
Casting Director
Film Producer

Katrina is the daughter of British Casting Director James Liggat who worked with Stanley Kubrik in movies like The Shining, Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon etc.

Among Katrina's film credits as Casting Director are:[13]The Dancer Upstairs (2002), Queen of Swords (2000), Live Flesh (1997), A Corner of Paradise (1997), Shooting Elizabeth (1997), An Ungentlemanly Act (1992), and The House on Garibaldi Street (1979). She was also involved in casting for Fidel (2002) and Harem (1986).

Bayonas has also produced three films: Wild Tango (1993), El invierno en Lisboa (1991), and The Power Game (1983).

She has also appeared in various television documentaries, such as Penélope, camino a los Oscar (2009) and Cómo conseguir un papel en Hollywood(2007), as well as playing herself in the documentary film Buscando a Penélope (2009).

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ El Pais. "La coleccionista de estrellas".
  2. ^ The People. "Penelope Cruz Biography".
  3. ^ Vanity Fair. "Passions of Penelope".
  4. ^ El Economista. "Detrás del trabajo de un artista, siempre hay un buen representante".
  5. ^ El Mundo. "Estrella para Penelope Cruz".
  6. ^ Capital. "Estrellas en la sombra: el desconocido mundo de los representantes".
  7. ^ Kuranda. "Programa de Nuevas Caras".
  8. ^ El Pais. "Soñando con las estrellas".
  9. ^ El Pais. "La Coleccionista de Estrellas".
  10. ^ El Pais. "La Coleccionista de Estrellas".
  11. ^ Toumai.es. "Alberto Ammann, actor Argentino con acento español".
  12. ^ Euskomedia. "Najwa Nimri Urrutikoetxea".
  13. ^ IMDB. "Katrina Bayonas".