Semana Santa

Antonio Banderas stars in Málaga Holy Week

Antonio Banderas stars in Málaga Holy Week
Antonio Banderas taking part in a Holy Week procession in Malaga. Photo: Jorge Guerrero/AFP
Hollywood actor Antonio Banderas returned to his roots this week to take part in Semana Santa in his native Málaga.

Not content to watch from the sidelines, Banderas took part in a Palm Sunday procession, donning white robes and a black hood, the traditional costume of the "brotherhoods" whose members take part in Spanish Holy Week parades. 

Banderas took part in the procession, organized by the "Lagrimas y Favores" (Tears and Favours) brotherhood, with his brother, Francisco Javier.

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Banderas is visiting Málaga alongside his girlfriend of six months, Dutch investment banker Nicole Kimpel, which has caused quite a stir in the Spanish press.

"He’s changed blondes: it’s no longer Melanie Griffith but Nicole Kimpel," said Catalan daily La Vanguardia.

Banderas was born in Benalmádena, Málaga and got his first taste of fame thanks to Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, who cast the young actor in some of his earliest films during the 1980s.

Banderas was soon noticed across the pond and began working in Hollywood in the early 1990s, in films such as The Mambo Kings (1992) and Philadelphia (1993).

Banderas is about to star as fellow Spaniard and Málaga native, Pablo Picasso, in 33 Días, opposite Gwyneth Paltrow, which explores the artist’s emotional turmoil as he worked on his famous mural ‘Guernica’ and his relationship with the artist Dora Maar.

The Spanish actor recently picked up a lifetime achievement award at the Goya Awards, Spain's answer to the Oscars. 

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