María del Pilar Peña Sánchez, better known as Candela Peña, is a Spanish actress.
She is the only child of a couple who had a bar in Barcelona. When she was four years old she started to learn dance in the city and after finishing high-school she went to Seville to begin theatre classes there and eventually in Madrid. Encouraged by Pedro Almodóvar, she published the novel Pérez Príncipe, María Dolores in 2001.
She won the Premio Goya in 2003 after being nominated several times previously.
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