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Unax Ugalde Gutiérrez (born 27 November 1978) is a Spanish actor born in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Álava, in the Basque Autonomous Community.

Unax Ugalde
Premios Goya 2018 - Unax Ugalde.jpg
Ugalde at the 32nd Goya Awards in 2018
Unax Ugalde Gutiérrez

(1978-11-27) 27 November 1978 (age 40)
Years active1999–present
Partner(s)Ingrid Rubio (2005–present)


Early lifeEdit

Unax Ugalde, son of a worker at the Altos Hornos and a housewife, was born in 1978 in Vitoria-Gasteiz. While a student, he had the ambition of becoming a marine scientist and started taking interpretation classes. In order to pay for his studies, he worked in a supermarket where he dressed up as a chocolate ball. He got his very first job in a TV series named Entre dos fuegos for ETB basque television.

In 1999, he left the Basque Autonomous Community to start an acting career in Madrid. Thanks to series like A las once en casa (where he played Coyote, boyfriend of a girl named Lucia), El grupo or Periodistas he achieved certain notoriety in Spain. The Unión de Actores nominated him for the Best Actor Award for El grupo (2000)- in which a Unax played a drug addict who wanted to resume family ties- and Best Supporting Actor for Periodistas (2001), where he was also nominated for Fotogramas de Plata Awards. He completed his work on TV with an appearance in Compañeros, in which he played a robber who dies in a school while trying to flee police.


He made his debut in the cinema in Báilame el agua, for which he also wrote some parts of the script. His first main role came with Volverás (2002). In that film he played a good student who is about to leave home, when he met his criminal brother (Tristan Ulloa), thus leaving the "right way" and trying to help him to reach emotional maturity during a night. In that year, 2002, Ugalde had a supporting role in the film Bellas durmientes by Eloy Lozano. And year later, 2003, Ugalde starred in the controversial film Diario de una becaria by Josecho San Mateo, director of Ugalde's first film (Báilame el agua).

That year, he was about to premiere Equus in theatre, playing same role for which Peter Firth was nominated for an Oscar: a young aggressive, on the brink of madness, with a great fear of the outside world (similar to the teenager who played in El grupo) who is overcome by shyness and emotional instability. Finally the work was suspended.

However, this failed attempt highlighted the fact that Unax Ugalde was specializing in violent youth with a good heart, as he plays the role of Gorilo in Hector (Gracia Querejeta, 2004). That year the director Paul Malo, with whom he had worked on a short film, offered him starring in Frío sol de invierno. Two months after the release of the latter, Unax Ugalde received a nomination for the Goya Awards for his performance in Hector as well as a new nomination in the Unión de Actores Awards.

In 2005, he premiered Queens, in which he went into the skin of a man about to marry his boyfriend (Daniel Hendler) in the Spanish first gay wedding and could not support his castrating mother, who will deliberately lose her dog in order to make impossible a normal life for the couple. In his next film, Alatriste, he played the son of a fellow of Viggo Mortensen who died in Flanders. While recording he received the news that Daniel Brühl was to play Salvador Puig Antich in Salvador, to the detriment of his own candidacy.

When he completed his role in Alatriste, Unax Ugalde recorded his third international film, this time in English. Miloš Forman asked him to play the brother of Natalie Portman in Goya's Ghosts along with Javier Bardem, Randy Quaid, Stellan Skarsgård, Eusebio Lázaro, Blanca Portillo, José Luis Gómez, Andrés Gértrudix and Fernando Tielve.

He combined the filming of his last two works with the promotion of Shooting Star which led him, among other places, to the Berlin Film Festival and in 2005 to the Festival of Seville.

In 2006, before premiering Alatriste, he filmed with Julianne Moore, Savage Grace, playing one of Tony Bakeland's lovers. In 2007, he played a young Florentino Ariza in the film adaptation of the book Love in the Time of Cholera. Then he starred in La buena nueva, in which he plays a priest who spends the Spanish Civil War in the navarrese town of Alsasua and who will witness with horror the atrocities being committed in the name of religion. In this movie, Ugalde stars with Guillermo Toledo and fellow Basque actress Barbara Goenaga, among others and is directed by Helena Taberna.

In 2008, Ugalde played the role of Roberto "El Vaquerito" Rodríguez in Che Part 1: The Argentine, the first part of the two-parts biopic about Ernesto "Che" Guevara film, Che. The film is an American superproduction inspired about Ernesto "Che" Guevara's life during Cuban Revolution and directed by Steven Soderbergh. In 2010, Ugalde filmed three movies: Cefalópodo directed by Rubén Imaz, a Mexican film about overcoming of break-up in a couple; Bon Appétit opera prima was directed by David Pinillos, the film was shot in Zurich (Switzerland) and filmed in English, in addition the film won Goya Award for Best New Director; and finally No controles directed by Borja Cobeaga, Pagafantas`s director.

In 2011, Ugalde premiered two films. The first film is There Be Dragons, the film was directed by Roland Joffé and it is based on Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer's life, catholic priest and founder of Opus Dei. The film has been the best second of Spanish cinema on its first week-end, the record goes to Torrente 4; the second film is Tequila: Historia de una pasión by Sergio Sánchez Suárez, Ugalde's second raid in Mexican cinema. A part, Ugalde has shot scenes for a play called Olaguílbe 1808 by Patxi Basabe, in this play there are scenes filmed because they want interaction between watchers and the play. In addition, Ugalde stars in Baztan by Iñaki Elizalbe, Spanish film that's shooting in Basque. Baztan had its premiere in 60th San Sebastián International Film Festival, the film garnered positive reviews and critical acclaim.[1] Finally, in december Ugalde premiered TV film El asesinato de Carrero Blanco in ETB and 2012 in TVE.

In 2012, Ugalde starred in Dracula, a horror film directed by Dario Argento, shooting in 3D and in English, Ugalde plays Jonathan Harker, one of the main protagonists. Dracula was shown in 65th Cannes Film Festival and the film was greeted with largely mixed reviews from professional film critics.[2] Next year, Ugalde shot two films. The first is Bypass, Ugalde's second raid in Basque language; the other film is Somos gente honrada. In addition, Ugalde is joined in the cast of 3rd season of Spanish series Gran Reserva.



Film roles
Year Title Role Notes and awards
2000 Báilame el agua David
2001 Mi dulce Óscar Turia Award for Best New Actor
2002 Volverás Ignacio
Bellas durmientes Young Lawrence
2003 Cámara oscura Iván
Diario de una becaria Marcos
2004 Héctor Gorilo Nominated – Goya Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Spanish Actors Union Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Frío sol de invierno Adrián Ourense Independent Film Festival Award for Best Actor
2005 Queens Miguel
Rosario Tijeras Antonio
2006 Goya's Ghosts Ángel Bilbatúa
Alatriste Íñigo Balboa
Savage Grace Black Jake Martínez
2007 La buena nueva Father Miguel Toulouse Cinespaña Award for Best Actor
Turia Award for Best Actor
Valladolid International Film Festival, Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Cinema Writers Circle from Spain Award for Best Actor
Love in the Time of Cholera Young Florentino
2008 Che Part 1: The Argentine Roberto "El Vaquerito" Rodríguez
2010 Cefalópodo Sebastián
Bon Appétit Daniel Málaga Spanish Film Festival, Silver Biznaga for Best Actor
Nominated – Cinema Writers Circle from Spain Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Spanish Actors Union Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
No controles Sergio
2011 There Be Dragons Pedro Casciano
Tequila: Historia de una pasión Antonio
Baztan Joxe
El asesinato de Carrero Blanco Arriaga TV Film
2012 Dracula Jonathan Harker
Bypass María's friend
Somos gente honrada Luis
2013 Cásate conmigo Antonio

Short filmsEdit

Year Film Director
2001 Jardines deshabitados Pablo Malo
2003 Tatuaje Guillermo Ríos
2005 La última página César Rodríguez-Moroy



  • Olaguílbe 1808


Goya Awards

Year Award Film Result
2003 Best Supporting Actor Héctor Runner-up

Spanish Actor's Guild

Year Award Film Result
2010 Best film actor in a leading role Bon Appétit Runner-up
2004 Best film supporting actor Héctor Runner-up
2002 Best TV supporting actor Periodistas Runner-up
2000 Best new actor El grupo Runner-up

Fotogramas de Plata

Year Award Serie Result
2001 Best TV actor Periodistas Nominated

Malaga Film Festival

Year Award Serie Result
2010 Best actor Bon Appetit Winner
2004 Best supporting actor Héctor Nominated

Ourense Film Festival

Year Award Serie Result
2004 Best leading actor Frío sol de invierno

Viña del Mar Film Festival

Year Award Serie Result
2004 Best leading actor Frío sol de invierno

Turia Prize

Year Award Serie Result
2001 Best new actor Bailame el agua

Bogart Prize

  • Best Basque actor (2001)

Gaztea Sariak

  • Best actor (2000)


  1. ^ Calderón, Rafael (18 September 2012). "Baztan at 65th San Sebastián Film Festival - Cineralia". Cineralia. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  2. ^ Rooney, David (20 May 2012). "Dario Argento's Dracula 3D: Cannes Review - The Hollywood Reporter". Retrieved 4 August 2012.

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