Pilar Bardem

María del Pilar Bardem Muñoz (born 14 March 1939) better known as Pilar Bardem is a Spanish film and television actress. She is a younger sister of the renowned film director Juan Antonio Bardem and the mother of Academy Award-winner Javier Bardem.

Pilar Bardem
Bardem in 2006
María del Pilar Bardem Muñoz

(1939-03-14) 14 March 1939
Years active1965–present
Spouse(s)José Carlos Encinas
RelativesJuan Antonio Bardem (brother)

Born to performers Rafael Bardem and Matilde Muñoz Sampedro in Seville, Pilar began her screen career in 1965. She was a regular in the television series Compuesta y sin novio (1994), Hermanas (1998), El Inquilino (2004), and Amar en tiempos revueltos (2005–2007).

Bardem is the recipient of the Goya Award for Best Supporting Actress, the Premios ACE for Best Supporting Actress, the Valladolid International Film Festival Award for Best Actress, and two Spanish Actors Union Awards for her performances.

Activism and other data

Pilar Bardem is often called "La Bardem", and is well known in Spain not only as an actress, but for her outspoken left-wing political views.[1] She has toiled for "labor rights for actors, civil rights for women", and "a more liberal Catholic Church" (she has affirmed a belief that women should be able to become priests). Bardem identifies her long struggle, working several jobs at once to raise her children, as not uncommon. She was just "one of so many".[2]

Opposed the Spanish government's decision to send troops to Iraq (2003) together with other Spanish actors.

Accompanied her son, Javier Bardem, to the 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008). After winning the Best Supporting Actor award, Javier dedicated his Oscar to her in Spanish.

Selected filmography


  1. Elordi Cué, Carlos (22 June 2004). "Caballero Bonald, Sabina, Miguel Ríos, Pilar Bardem y Pedro Guerra reclaman el "voto útil" para IU". El Pais (in Spanish). Madrid: Prisa. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  2. Wilkinson, Tracy (22 February 2008). "No new territory for ol' Mom". Los Angeles Times. Madrid. p. 2. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 24 March 2019.

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