Shooting Star: Alba Baptista

Representing Portugal is the talented actress Alba Baptista. She is most notably known for playing the lead role 'Ava' in Netflix's Warrior Nun.


”Alba Baptista’s substantial talents are on view with the intense and surprising grittiness she brings to her character. Her performance is powerful and raw at its core, yet it is her self-effacing humour that draws us in so unexpectedly and strongly. The fact that she is able to add her own unique spin to an archetypal pop-culture character underlines her star potential – the size of which is clearly enormous.”


ABOUT Alba Baptista.

Alba Baptista, born in Lisbon, Portual, is a Portuguese- Brazilian actress.

She began her career at the tender age of 16, as the main character in Simão Cayatte’s short film Miami. For her performance in the film, she received the ‘Best Actress Award‘ at the Festival Ibérico de Ciné. She followed this up with roles in three Portuguese TV series as well as with a noteable cinema career.

She has been cast in films such as Caminhos Magnétykos by Edgar Pêra; Equinócio by Ivo Ferreira; Marco Pontecorvo’s Fatima opposite Harvey Keitel, Sônia Braga and Joanna Ribeiro; and in Gonçalo Waddington’s feature directorial debut, Patrick, which premiered In Competition at the San Sebastián Film Festival.

In 2020, Alba was cast as the lead in the Netflix series, Warrior Nun, her first fully English speaking role. Her performance has garnered international acclaim, and the series has recently been renewed for a second season.

On the feature film front, Alba is currently filming a leading role opposite Isabelle Huppert and Lesley Manville in the adapation of the much-loved novel by Paul Gallico, Mrs. Harris Goes To Paris directed Anthony Fabian.

To round out her exciting year, Alba made the first of IMDb’s ‘Top 10 Breakout Stars of 2020’.



We spoke with Alba Baptista about her playing 'Ava' in Warrior Nun and what films that inspire her and the future.

You can follow Alba Baptista on her social media platforms @alba.baptista


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