The Catalan actress Itziar Castro, known for series such as Vis a vis or Por H o por B and films such as Pieles (for which she was nominated for a Goya for Best New Actress in 2017) or Campeones, died in the early hours of Friday morning at the age of 46 in Lloret de Mar (Girona). as confirmed by municipal sources to EL PAÍS.
The life of Itziar Castro, in pictures
Castro was in the indoor pool of a local hotel early Friday morning. The actress was participating in the rehearsal of a synchronized show prepared by the Kallipolis swimming club, directed by former swimmer Anna Tarrés. At the time, technical tests of lights were being carried out for the festival, scheduled for December 17. Around half past one, the actress felt unwell. Emergency medical doctors tried to resuscitate her, but she eventually died. An autopsy should confirm the cause of death.
From left, Saida Benzal, Itziar Castro and Marta Martín, in the second season of 'Por H o por B'. Virginia Martín Chico
Her family and friends have published a statement in which they highlight the "indelible mark" left by the Catalan singer with her "remarkable performance and charisma". "Itziar was not only a talented actress and artist, but a tireless fighter for her ideals and beliefs. He faced every challenge with a determination and courage that inspired many. Her contribution to the art world and her tireless work for equality and social justice will remain an enduring legacy of her passion and commitment," reads the message, sent to the media by the agency that represented the actress, Bedelka Talent.
The news was announced by director Frankie de Leonardis on the social network X, in a message in which he highlighted her career as an actress and "her fight for equality and social justice". Castro was nominated for a Goya for Best New Actress for her role in Pieles (2017) by Eduardo Casanova. In addition, he worked in films such as Las brujas de Zugarramurdi by Álex de la Iglesia, Blancanieves by Pablo Berger, REC3 by Paco Plaza or Inconscientes by Joaquín Oristrell, and series such as Paquita Salas, by Javier Calvo and Javier Ambrossi. More generally, her career also developed in theater, musicals, video clips, casting direction or event presentation, in addition to a controversial stint at Operación Triunfo, where she worked as an acting teacher until she was fired by the program's producer, Gestmusic. "I'm so multifaceted and restless that if I need to change, I look for a living," Castro said in a February 2018 interview with this newspaper.
It is with deep sorrow that we report the passing of the talented actress Itziar Castro @ItziarCastro, which occurred last night. With a standout career in the entertainment industry, Castro left an indelible mark with his remarkable acting and charisma.
— Frankie De leonardis (@frankiedl) December 8, 2023
"I meet wonderful people who thank me because they say my example has helped them feel better about their bodies and be happier. And that for me is a pride and an honor," he said in the same talk. "I had a hard time finding my niche and I found a lot of no's along the way. Until I participated in a musical and realized that I excelled in the difference. There are fewer roles for a person like me, but also less competition," he added. Many colleagues, as well as several government ministers, lamented the death of the actress through messages on social networks, both for her professional profile and for her activism.