Ana Celia de Armas Caso (Spanish born 30 April 1988) is a Cuban and Spanish actress. She began her career in her home country of Cuba and had a leading role in the romantic drama Una rosa de Francia (2006). At age 18, she moved to Madrid, Spain and starred in the popular teen drama El Internado for six seasons from 2007 to 2010.
After moving to Los Angeles, de Armas had English-speaking roles in the erotic thriller Knock Knock (2015) and the comedy-crime film War Dogs (2016), and had a supporting role in the sports biopic Hands of Stone (2016). She rose to prominence with her role as a holographic AI projection in the science fiction film Blade Runner 2049 (2017). For her performance as nurse Marta Cabrera in the mystery film Knives Out (2019), de Armas was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical and won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress. She played Bond girl Paloma in the James Bond film No Time to Die (2021) and is set to portray Marilyn Monroe in the Netflix biographical drama Blonde (2022).
Ana Celia de Armas Caso was born on 30 April 1988 in Havana, and raised in the small city of Santa Cruz del Norte. She is of Spanish descent. Her father, Ramón, worked in different positions including as a bank manager, a teacher, a school principal, and the deputy mayor of a town. He had previously studied philosophy at a Soviet university. Her mother, Ana, worked in the human resources section of the Ministry of Education. She has one older brother, Javier, a New York-based photographer who, in 2020, was questioned by Cuban police due to his critical stance on Decree 349 and his links to artists under government surveillance. While de Armas grew up with food rationing, fuel shortages and electricity blackouts during Cuba’s Special Period, she has described her childhood as happy.
As a teenager, de Armas had no internet access and had limited knowledge of popular culture beyond Cuba. She was allowed to watch “20 minutes of cartoons on Saturday and the Sunday movie matinee.” Her family did not own a “video or DVD player” and she watched Hollywood movies in her neighbor’s apartment. She memorized and practiced monologues in front of the mirror, and decided to become an actress when she was 12. In 2002, aged 14, she successfully auditioned to join Havana’s National Theater School of Cuba.
She hitchhiked or traveled by bus each day to attend the “rigorous” course. While a student there, she filmed three movies. She left the four-year drama course months before presenting her final thesis because Cuban graduates are forbidden from leaving the country without completing three years of mandatory service to the community. At age 18, with Spanish citizenship through her maternal grandparents, de Armas moved to Madrid, Spain, to pursue an acting career.
De Armas began a relationship with Spanish actor Marc Clotet in mid-2010 and they married in the Costa Brava in July 2011; the couple divorced in early 2013. She was briefly engaged to American talent agent Franklin Latt during a relationship from early 2015 to late 2016. After meeting on the set of Deep Water in late 2019, De Armas dated American actor Ben Affleck from early 2020 to January 2021.
She hitchhiked or traveled by bus each day to attend the “rigorous” course. While a student there, she filmed three movies. She left the four-year drama course months before presenting her final thesis because Cuban graduates are forbidden from leaving the country without completing three years of mandatory service to the community