List of Famous people born in Community of Madrid, Spain

Almudena Grandes

María Almudena Grandes Hernández
First Name Almudena
Born on May 7, 1960
Died on November 27, 2021 (aged 61)

Almudena Grandes Hernández is a Spanish writer. She is a recipient of the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize.

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Elsa Pataky

Elsa Lafuente Medianu
First Name Elsa
Born on July 18, 1976 (age 47)
Height 160 cm | 5'3

Elsa Lafuente Medianu, known professionally as Elsa Pataky, is a Spanish model and actress. Pataky is known for her role as Elena Neves in The Fast and the Furious franchise. She has appeared in the films Snakes on a Plane (2006), Giallo (2009) and Give 'Em Hell, Malone (2009). She also starred in the Spanish film Di Di Hollywood (2010).

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Penélope Cruz

Penélope Cruz Sánchez
First Name Penélope
Last Name Cruz
Born on April 28, 1974 (age 49)

Penélope Cruz Sánchez is a Spanish actress and model. Signed by an agent at the age of 15, she made her acting debut at 16 on television, and her feature film debut the following year in Jamón Jamón (1992). Her subsequent roles in the 1990s and 2000s included Belle Époque (1992), Open Your Eyes (1997), The Hi-Lo Country (1999), The Girl of Your Dreams (2000), and Woman on Top (2000). Cruz achieved recognition for her lead roles in the 2001 films Vanilla Sky, All the Pretty Horses, Captain Corelli's Mandolin, and Blow. She has garnered numerous awards, including an Academy Award from three nominations.

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Fernando Torres

Fernando José Torres Sanz
First Name Fernando
Last Name Torres
Born on March 20, 1984 (age 40)
Height 184 cm | 6'0

Fernando José Torres Sanz is a Spanish former professional footballer who played as a striker.

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Rafa Benítez

Rafael Benítez Maudes
First Name Rafa
Born on April 16, 1960 (age 64)
Height 175 cm | 5'9

Rafael Benítez Maudes is a Spanish professional football manager and former player and a manager who recently managed Chinese Super League club Dalian Professional. He joined Real Madrid's coaching staff at the age of 26, going on to work as the under-19 and reserve team coach, and assistant manager for the senior team. He moved away from Real Madrid in 1995, but management spells at Real Valladolid and Osasuna were short-lived and unsuccessful. He guided Segunda División side Extremadura back to the Primera División in his first season in 1997, but the team was relegated the following season. He left the club, and coached Tenerife in 2000, winning promotion in his only season.

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Isabel Díaz Ayuso

Isabel Natividad Díaz Ayuso
First Name Isabel
Last Name Ayuso
Born on October 17, 1978 (age 45)

Isabel Díaz Ayuso is a Spanish politician who serves as the President of the Community of Madrid. A member of the People's Party (PP), and the Vice-Secretary of Communication and Spokeswoman of the party's Madrilenian branch, she was the regional candidate for President of the Community of Madrid ahead of the 2019 Madrilenian regional election. Although her party lost the regional elections for the first time since May 1991, she was later elected President by the Assembly of Madrid. Her administration represented several firsts: it was the first time that the region was run by a coalition government—formed by Ayuso's own conservative People's Party (PP) and Citizens—and it was the first time that the far right, represented by Vox, props up a regional executive in Madrid.

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Verónica Forqué

Verónica Forqué Vázquez-Vigo
First Name Verónica
Last Name Forqué
Born on December 1, 1955
Died on December 13, 2021 (aged 66)

Verónica Forqué Vázquez-Vigo is a Spanish actress of stage, film and television who comes from an artistic and theatrical family. Her mother is Carmen Vázquez Vigo and her father was the director José María Forqué. Her brother is director Álvaro Forqué. She was married to Spanish actor Manuel Iborra, by whom she has a daughter, María.

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Achraf Hakimi

First Name Achraf
Born on November 4, 1998 (age 25)
Height 180 cm | 5'11

Achraf Hakimi Mouh is a Moroccan professional footballer who plays as a full-back for Serie A club Inter Milan and the Morocco national team. Mainly a right-back or right wing-back, he can also play on the left or as a winger.

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Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Russia

First Name Grand
Last Name Russia
Born on March 13, 1981 (age 43)

George Mikhailovich Romanov is the heir apparent to Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia, a claimant to the disputed Headship of the Imperial Family of Russia. She attributes to him the title of Tsesarevich and he bears, as a title of pretence, the prefix of "Grand Duke" with the style of Imperial Highness. As a cadet member of the branch of the House of Hohenzollern which formerly ruled the German Empire and Kingdom of Prussia, he is also traditionally entitled "Prince of Prussia" with the style of Royal Highness.

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Enrique Iglesias

Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler
First Name Enrique
Last Name Iglesias
Born on May 8, 1975 (age 48)
Height 187 cm | 6'2

Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler is a Spanish singer, songwriter, actor, record producer and philanthropist who is known as the King of Latin Pop. He began his career during the mid-1990s on American Spanish-language record label Fonovisa Records under the stage name Enrique Martinez, before switching to his notable surname Iglesias. His father Julio Iglesias was a very successful singer and Iglesias wanted to make it on his own without receiving benefits from his family name. By the turn of the millennium, after becoming one of the biggest stars in Latin America and the Hispanic market in the United States, he made a successful crossover into the US mainstream market. He signed a multi-album deal with Universal Music Group for US$68 million with Universal Music Latino to release his Spanish albums and Interscope Records to release English albums.

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