María Isabel Rivera Torres is a Spanish actress from the autonomous region of Galicia.
She was born in the City and Naval Station of El Ferrol, in Galicia, North-western Spain. Though she started her career as an actress in the 1980s, it was not until the her lead actress role in the Oscar winning Best Foreign Language Film 2004 The Sea Inside that she received broad recognition.
She is fluent in Galician, Spanish, and Catalan, regional languages of Spain. She also speaks English and French with varying degrees of fluency.