Verónica Fernández Echegaray (born 16 June 1983), known professionally as Verónica Echegui, is a Spanish actress. Since making her feature film debut as the title character of the 2006 drama My Name Is Juani she has featured in films such as My Prison Yard, Kathmandu Lullaby, Family United, Unknown Origins and My Heart Goes Boom!.

Verónica Echegui
Echegui in 2016
Verónica Fernández Echegaray

(1983-06-16) 16 June 1983 (age 40)
Madrid, Spain
  • Actress
  • film director

Early life edit

Verónica Fernández Echegaray[1] was born in Madrid on 16 June 1983.[2] Her father is a lawyer and her mother a civil servant.[3] In a 2015 interview she said she wanted to be an actress since she was eight but her parents wanted her "to study a career. My great-auntie was dying and told me I had to do what I wanted, although I must not tell my mother".[3] Moving to London, she trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts,[4] while working as a waitress and as a dog-walker.[3]

Career edit

Echegui together with fellow cast members of &Me Mark Waschke and Teun Luijkx

Echegui was discovered by Spanish director Bigas Luna, who cast her in the 2006 film My Name Is Juani, for which she was nominated Goya Award for Best New Actress; she portrayed the title character, a 18-year-old woman who moves to Madrid to pursue her dreams of becoming an actress.[5][3] The European Film Promotion Jury selected Echegui as one of ten up-and-coming European actors to be honoured with the 2009 Shooting Stars Award.[6]

In 2009, she made herself known to British audiences in the Mighty Boosh film spin-off Bunny and the Bull. Starring alongside Boosh mainstays Noel Fielding, Simon Farnaby and Julian Barratt, she played a foul-mouthed waitress caught up in a bizarre, hallucinogenic road trip involving a kidnapped stuffed bear, jars of urine, deranged tramps and dogs.

In 2012, Craig Mathieson wrote in the Australian entertainment paper The Age "In Roberto Perez Toledo's romantic drama Six Points about Emma she plays a wilful and sexually confident blind woman, while for Manuel Martín Cuenca's sparsely atmospheric Half of Oscar she is a silent, recessive sibling circling her estranged brother, and in Icíar Bollaín's Kathmandu Lullaby she displays a forthright passion as a teacher trying to help abandoned children in Nepal."[7] In 2018, she made her American television debut appearing in the FX series Trust, playing one of J. Paul Getty's girlfriends, Luciana.[citation needed]

Echegui presenting her debut short film Tótem loba at the 2021 Gijón International Film Festival.

In 2020, she portrayed hard-boiled cop and cosplay-loving Norma in Unknown Origins.[8][9]

In 2021, she debuted as a director with the short film Tótem loba [es], which won the Goya Award for Best Fictional Short Film.[10]

Personal life edit

Echegui is fluent in Spanish, Italian and English.[11]

As of 2015, she was living with her then boyfriend of 4 years, Spanish actor Álex García in Brixton, London.[3]

Filmography edit

Denotes films that have not yet been released

Film edit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2006 Yo soy la Juani (My Name Is Juani) Juani [12]
2007 El menor de los males (The Lesser Evil) Vanesa [13]
Tocar el cielo (Touch the Sky) Elena [14]
2008 8 citas (8 Dates) Vane [15]
El patio de mi cárcel (My Prison Yard) Isa [16]
La casa de mi padre [es] Sara [17]
2009 Bunny and the Bull Eloisa [18]
2010 La mitad de Óscar (Half of Oscar) María [19]
2011 Verbo Medussa [20]
Seis puntos sobre Emma (Six Points About Emma) Emma [21]
2012 Katmandú, un espejo en el cielo (Kathmandu Lullaby) Laia [22]
The Cold Light of Day Lucia [23]
2013 &ME Edurne [24]
La gran familia española (Family United) Cris [25]
2014 Kamikaze Nancy [26]
2016 Me estás matando, Susana (You're Killing Me Susana) Susana [27]
No culpes al karma de lo que te pasa por gilipollas (Don't Blame the Karma for Being an Idiot) Sara [28]
2017 La niebla y la doncella (The Mist and the Maiden) Ruth Anglada [29]
Lasciati andare [it] (Let Yourself Go) Claudia [30]
The Hunter's Prayer Dani
2019 Orígenes secretos (Unknown Origins) Norma [31]
2020 L'ofrena (The Offering) Rita [32]
Explota explota (My Heart Goes Boom!) Amparo Character features a Murcian Spanish accent [33]
2021 Donde caben dos (More the Merrier) Ana [34]
2022 Book of Love Maria Rodríguez [35]
Historias para no contar (Stories Not to Be Told) Sofía [36]
Objetos (Lost & Found) Helena [37]
Justicia artificial Carmen Costa [38]
Yo no soy esa

Television edit

Year Title Role Notes Ref
2003 Una nueva vida Ana 3 episodes
2003 Paco y Veva Isa 18 episodes
2007 Un difunto, seis mujeres y un taller Marta TV movie
2014 Cuéntame cómo pasó Cristina 1 episode
2015–17 Fortitude Elena Ledesma 19 episodes
2017 Apaches Carol [40]
2018 Trust Luciana Miniseries
2020 3 Caminos[41][42] Raquel 6 episodes
2022 Intimidad (Intimacy) Ane 8 episodes [43]
2023 Los pacientes del doctor García (The Patients of Dr. García) Amparo Priego [44]

Accolades edit

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2007 62nd CEC Medals Best Newcomer My Name Is Juani Nominated [45]
21st Goya Awards Best New Actress Nominated [46]
51st Sant Jordi Awards Best Spanish Actress Won [47]
16th Actors and Actresses Union Awards Best New Actress Nominated [48][49]
10th Málaga Film Festival Best Supporting Actress The Lesser Evil Won [50]
2009 64th CEC Medals Best Actress My Prison Yard Nominated [51]
23rd Goya Awards Best Actress Nominated [52]
2012 4th Gaudí Awards Best Actress Kathmandu Lullaby Won [53][54]
26th Goya Awards Best Actress Nominated [55]
2014 1st Feroz Awards Best Supporting Actress Family United Nominated [56]
23rd Actors and Actresses Union Awards Best Film Actress in a Secondary Role Nominated [57][58]
2021 8th Feroz Awards Best Supporting Actress My Heart Goes Boom! Won [59]
35th Goya Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated [60]
13th Gaudí Awards Best Supporting Actress The Offering Won [61]
10th Platino Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or TV Series Intimacy Nominated

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