Melina Matthews

Melina Matthews is a Spanish actress and presenter, known as a presenter for the Sitges Film Festival (Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya), and for her acting roles as Ana in the 2018 film Silencio, as Juana in season 2 of La peste (The plague) 2019, as new teacher Carmen in season 2 of La otra mirada (A different view) also 2019, and as Sister Shannon Masters in Warrior Nun in 2020.

Melina Matthews
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Melina Matthews at the Festival de cinema de Sitges 2018
Born1986 [1]
Barcelona, Spain [1]

Early lifeEdit

Melina Matthews was born in 1986,[1] in Barcelona, Melina is the daughter of a Welsh father and a French mother,[2] who were both interpreter/translators.[1] At the age of 19, Matthews moved to London to study for a BA Hons degree in Investigative Journalism at the University of Westminster, graduating in 2009.[1] During her time as a student in London, Matthews studied theatre at the Central School of Speech and Drama working at The Old Vic theatre and at the Southbank Centre, with hopes of pursuing an acting career.[1] Her initial involvement in theatre, was as an accent trainer and dialogue coach, helping American actors to polish their English and Spanish accents.[1]

Acting careerEdit

Matthews debut appearance on the big screen was as Laura Moffat in the movie Savage Grace 2007, opposite Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne.[3] In 2013. Matthews played the voice of 'Mama' in the Guillermo del Toro produced horror film Mama.[4] In 2016, Matthews landed a role as Sofía Marín alongside Jodie Comer in the BBC television miniseries Thirteen.[5] Melina Matthews co-starred alongside Marc Clotet as lovers in the movie El Jugador De Ajedrez (The Chess player), which featured at the Málaga Film Festival 2017.[6] Matthews played the lead actress role as 'Ana' in the Mexico-based 2018 film Silencio.[7] In 2019, Matthews starred as Juana in season 2 of La peste (The plague) set in bubonic plague ridden 16th century Seville.[8] Matthews was a replacement for Cecilia Freire playing a main character of new teacher Carmen in season 2 of La otra mirada (A different view) in 2019.[9] Matthews had a short guest role as Sister Shannon Masters, the former ‘Halo-bearer’ in Warrior Nun in 2020. [4]


For many years, Matthews has been a presenter at the Sitges Film Festival (Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya), which is a Spanish film festival specialising in fantasy and horror films.[10][11] In 2017, Matthews was reported to be in a relationship with Spanish film actor and director Raúl Arévalo,[2] whom she purportedly met while filming El Negociador (The Negotiator) in 2014.[12]



Year Title Role
2007 Savage Grace Lorna Moffat
2008 Sing for Darfur Isabelle
2012 Vencidos (Short) Girl
2013 Mama Mama (voice)
2013 Panzer Chocolate Julie Levinson
2013 The Returned Eve
2014 El Negociador (The Negotiator) Sophie
2015 Don't Speak Samantha
2015 The Gunman Cox's Secretary
2016 Realive Technician
2016 Nick Amber
2016 Classmate (Short) Emma
2016 Lucas Jane Lipkiss
2017 Rex Lopez
2017 El jugador de ajedrez (The chessplayer ) Marianne Latour
2017 Caronte (Short) Lieutenant Arsys
2017 La vida nuestra (Short) Chica 1
2018 Silencio Ana
2018 My Masterpiece Verdulera
2018 XConfessions Web Series (Video) Olivia
2020 Black Beach Susan
2019 El Cerro de los Dioses (The Hill of the Gods) -
2019 An Affair to Die For Lydia Alan


Year Title Role Notes
2005-2006 El Cor de la Ciutat (The heart of the city) Fadila Choukri 6 episodes
2011 Arròs covat (voice) 1 episode - Arròs d'Arenys amb mostassa a la mel
2013 Aída - El imperio (de la morcilla) contraataca
2014-2015 The Refugees Victoria 2 episodes - Sacrificio and El éxodo
2015 Vis a vis (Locked Up) Locutora Series 1 episode 5 - La cruda realidad
2015 Magnum Opus Allie Berg 3 episodes
2015-2016 El Príncipe Sophie 12 episodes
2016 Thirteen Sofía Marín 4 episodes
2017 Playground (TV series) Laurence 10 episodes
2018 Fugitiva Isabel 7 episodes
2019 La peste (The plague) Juana 6 episodes
2019 La otra mirada (A different view) Carmen 8 episodes
2020 Warrior Nun Sister Shannon Masters 3 episodes


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Melina Matthews". 5 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Todo lo que no sabes de Melina Matthews, la novia de Raúl Arévalo". 18 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Savage Grace (18-May-2007)". 18 May 2007.
  4. ^ a b "Who is Melina Matthews?". 7 July 2020.
  5. ^ "BBC Three announces cast for Thirteen, original drama series by Marnie Dickens". BBC. 28 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Marc Clotet and Melina Matthews - El Jugador de Ajedrez - Festival Malaga". 24 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Silencio cast and crew". 26 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Moviestar+ La Peste". 2019.
  9. ^ "LA OTRA MIRADA Season 2". 2019.
  10. ^ "Interview with Cláudia Bassols and Melina Matthews, who present at the Sitges Film Festival". 18 October 2013.
  11. ^ "Sitges 50: Entrevista con Melina Matthews". 27 September 2017.
  12. ^ "Premier Goya Awards Raúl Arévalo y Melina Matthews". 2017.

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