Victoria Abril was born Victoria Mérida Rojas on July 4, 1959 in Madrid, Madrid, Spain. Abril started her career by studying dancing but was encouraged by her teacher to become an actress. Her first film was “Obsession” (1975. After that, she was chosen by director Narciso Ibáñez Serrador to be one of the co-hostesses of the famous TV contest Un, dos, tres... responda otra vez (1972) becoming very well known all over Spain. Besides working in Spain, she also made films in France, where she resides, Italy, and Iceland. She has been nominated eight times for Goya Awards as a Leading Actress category but has won only once. She won the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 41st Berlin International Film Festival in 1992 for her role in “Amantes”. Two years later, she was awarded with the Berlinale Camera at the 43rd Berlin International Film Festival. Abril has appeared in only one Euro-western: “Comin’ at Ya” as Abeline in 1980.
Victoria is also a singer; in 2005, she made her debut with a boss nova-jazz album called PutchEros do Brasil. She tried to represent Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1979 with "Bang-Bang-Bang", but came in second by just one point in the national final, losing to Betty Missiego with 26 out of a maximum 29.
She has two sons with director Gérard de Battista.
Today we celebrate Victoria Abril’s 55th birthday.