Alba Flores Biography: A Journey Through Her Life and Career

The Spanish Actress Shining Bright. Explore the Life and Career of a Versatile Talent. From Early Beginnings to International Recognition, Unveiling Alba Flores' Journey in Film and Television, Captivating Audiences with Depth, Emotion, and Remarkable Performances

Real Name: Alba González Villa
Profession: Actress
Years active: 2003–present
Parents  Antonio Flores
Ana Villa

Alba González Villa (born October 27, 1986), known professionally as Alba Flores, is a Spanish actress. She is best known for her roles as Saray Vargas in Locked Up and Nairobi in Money Heist.

Alba González Villa Biography
18 June 1974 (age 49)
Basauri, Biscay, Spain
Occupation Actress
Years active 2003–present
Parents  Antonio Flores
Ana Villa

Early life and education

Alba Flores is the only daughter of musician and composer Antonio Flores and Ana Villa, a theatrical producer. Her family consists of Romani performers, musicians, and actors: She is the granddaughter of Lola Flores, known as “La Faraona” (“The Pharaoh”), niece of singers Lolita Flores and Rosario Flores, and cousin of actress Elena Furiase. Her paternal grandfather, Antonio González [es] referred to as “El Pescaílla” was also a Spanish singer and guitarist, and is considered to be one of the fathers of Catalan Rumba. She was Romani.

Alba studied dramatic interpretation from the age of thirteen, with secondary training in piano performance. In her brief career onstage, she performed in a number of roles, most notably in Luna de miel en Hiroshima (Honeymoon in Hiroshima) (2005), and the Romani version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2007).


2005–2014: Career beginnings

In 2005, Alba made her cinematic debut with Chus Gutiérrez’s, El calentito, with Verónica Sánchez, Ruth Díaz, Macarena Gómez, Estíbaliz Gabilondo, and Lluvia Rojo among other performers.

In television, she first participated in an episode of the series the El comisario in 2006. In 2008, she landed a role in the Antenna 3 television series The Ulysses Syndrome [es]. The same year she performed in the musical theater production of Enamorados anónimos (Love Anonymous: The Copla Musical in Broadway) helmed by dance choreographer Blanca Li and music composer Javier Limón.

In 2009, she recorded her father’s song, “No Puedo Enamorarme de Ti (I cannot fall in love with you)”, for the soundtrack of a movie by Roberto Santiago’s [es]Al final del camino [es], starring Malena Alterio and Fernando Tejero as the protagonists. 

She trained at the Corazza Acting Studio by the renowned acting coach Juan Carlos Corazza. She’s one of the generation of actors of the studio, a list that includes Javier Bardem, an Oscar Awards winning actor. She participated in the studio’s 2011 theater play, Comedia Y Sueno (Comedia and Dream, the most beautiful lie).

2013–2014: Television roles

Beginning in 2013, she was cast in a main role as the protagonist’s Moroccan servant, Jamila, in the Antena 3 series El tiempo entre costuras (The Time in Between), set in Spain and the Northern Protectorates in Morocco, following the Spanish Civil War. She then played an Indian woman in the movie made for TV based on the life of Spanish Missionary Vicente Ferrer. Filming took place in Anantapur, India. This was followed by an appearance in the TVE series Cuéntame as an important witness in a plot involving corrupt police.

2015–2019: Career breakthrough

From 2015 to 2019, she played the character named Saray Vargas de Jesús, a Romani woman who initially faced a 5-year prison sentence for Assault in Vis a Vis (Locked Up). The show suffered comparisons to Orange is the New Black before the premiere due to similar prison setting, however, after the initial episodes, was proven that the two shows are different in themes in which Vis a Vis is more of a high octane thriller Drama and Dark Humor as to the Comedy Drama of Orange is the New Black. Considered a clever and thrilling breakout out hit by critics and fans alike, the show gave Flores her first breakout role in television. For this, she received her first TV Award, a shared Best Female Performer in Fiction Award with the female cast via Ondas Awards, a Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series Award for Spanish Actors Union Awards and several other acting citations. In 2017, Netflix bought Global streaming rights for the show. With a strong following, the show run for a total of four seasons and an additional spinoff called Vis a Vis: Oasis premiered in 2020. Flores, who played an essential character on the main show had a special guest appearance in the finale to close the series.

2017–present: International recognition with La Casa de Papel

While working with Álex Pina in Vis a Vis, the producer called her and asked if she was interested in joining his new show La Casa de Papel (Money Heist). She didn’t go to an audition process. Instead, Pina wrote a role specifically for her as one of the bank robbers on the show nicknamed Nairobi, an expert in counterfeiting and forgery and the team’s Quality Control Manager who’s in charge in printing the money in Parts One and Two and overseeing the melting of gold in Parts Three and Four.  After the series was cancelled after its one-season run, Netflix acquired the show’s Global Streaming rights late 2017, the cast was called back for production and since then Money Heist gained worldwide critical recognition, becoming Netflix’s most viewed non-English series. Due to the massive popularity of the show worldwide, Netflix, ordered additional seasons prompting the producers, writers and cast members to return to the show. The series received critical acclaim for its sophisticated plot and engaging characters as well as winning several awards including best drama series at the International Emmy Awards. Her role as Nairobi brought her international recognition as well as numerous acting citations. She won a Iris Award for Best Actress as well as several nominations for her work as Nairobi.

Other works

She served as the Spanish narrator for the Netflix made documentary entitled Night on Earth.


In between working in television she also performs in theatre plays. Some of her recent notable works are: The 2016 Spanish Representation La Rosa Tatuada by Tennessee Williams. The Troyanas, based on the tragedy written by Greek playwright Euripides about the Women of Troy after the end of Trojan War. She played Políxena, the daughter of the King of Troy who was sacrificed after the fall of Troy. It premiered on Mérida International Classical Theatre Festival. Flores was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Award in Spanish Actors Union Awards for her performance. The musical play Drac Pack written by her Vis a Vis co-star and friend Najwa Nimri and the Spanish version of La excepción y la regla by German Playwright Bertolt Brecht wherein she was nominated for Best Theatre Actress on Fotogramas de Plata.

Theatre works

Year Title Author Director
2005 Honeymoon in Hiroshima Esteve Ferrer
2007 Midsummer Night’s Dream William Shakespeare Tamzin Townsend
2008 Enamorados “Anonimos” Olga Iglesias Durán Blanca Li y Javier Limón
2011 Comedia Y Sueno William Shakespeare, Federico García Lorca Juan Carlos Corazza
2016 La Rosa Tatua Tennessee Williams Carme Portaceli
2016 Drac Pack Najwa Nimri, Emilio Tomé y Carlos Dorrego Fernando Soto
2017 Troyanas Euripides, versión de Alberto Conejero Carme Portaceli
2019 La excepción y la regla Bertolt Brecht Catalina Lladó

Personal life

Her father, Antonio Flores composed a song dedicated for her entitled “Alba”. She was nine years old when her father died, two weeks after her grandmother, Lola Flores died.

Flores is vegetarian and has campaigned on behalf of the Latin division of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, saying that, “You have to leave the animals off the plate”.

In March 2022 she was amongst 151 international feminists signing Feminist Resistance Against War: A Manifesto, in solidarity with the Feminist Anti-War Resistance initiated by Russian feminists after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.



Year Title Role Director
2005 El calentito Amaya Chus Gutiérrez
2006 Los managers [es] Chica Casting Fernando Guillén Cuervo
2013 Vicente Ferrer Shamira Agustín Crespi
2015 The Memory of Water Carmen Matías Bize
2023 Te estoy amando locamente (Love & Revolution) Lole


Year Title Role Notes
2006 El comisario Sohara Episode: “Y dime tonta”
2008 El síndrome de Ulises [es] Arabia Salazar Episode: “Volver”
2013 Vicente Ferrer Shamira TV movie
The Time in Between Jamila 5 episodes
2014 Cuéntame cómo pasó La Chelo Episode: “En la boca del lobo”
2015–2019 Vis a vis Saray Vargas de Jesús Main role; 40 episodes
2017–2021 Money Heist Ágata Jiménez / Nairobi Main role; 34 episodes
2020 Vis a vis: El Oasis Saray Vargas de Jesús Episode 8
2021 Maricón perdido Lola
2022 Sagrada familia (Holy Family) Caterina
TBA Ulterior Ada
TBA Romancero Tábata

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2015 Ondas Awards Best Female Performer in Fiction (ex aequo female cast) Vis a vis Won
2016 25th Actors and Actresses Union Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series Vis a vis Nominated
2017 4th Feroz Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series Vis a vis Nominated
26th Actors and Actresses Union Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series Won
2018 21st Iris Awards Best Actress Vis a vis Nominated
27th Actors and Actresses Union Awards Best Supporting Actress in Theatre Troyanas Nominated
6th Feroz Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series Money Heist Nominated
27th Actors and Actresses Union Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series Nominated
2019 21st Iris Awards Best Actress Money Heist Won
28th Actors and Actresses Union Awards Best Lead Actress in a Television Series Nominated
7th MiM Series Awards [es] Best Drama Actress Nominated
Zapping Awards Best Actress Nominated
Fotogramas de Plata Best Theatre Actress La Excepcion Y La Regla Nominated
2020 29th Actors and Actresses Union Awards Best Lead Actress in a Television Series Money Heist Nominated
7th Feroz Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series Nominated
7th Platino Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or TV series Won
2021 9th MiM Series Awards [es] Best Comedy Actress Maricón Perdido Nominated
2022 30th Actors and Actresses Union Awards Best Stage Actress in a Secondary Role Shock 2 (La tormenta y la guerra) Won
2024 32nd Actors and Actresses Union Awards Best Television Actress in a Minor Role Romancero Pending

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