Elena Anaya (born July 17, 1975) is a Spanish actress whose career dates back to 1995. She starred alongside Antonio Banderas in Pedro Almodóvar's The Skin I Live In.
Anaya was born in Palencia, Spain, the daughter of an industrial engineer and a housewife. She is the youngest of three children.
Anaya first received international attention in 2001 for her role in the sexually explicit drama Sex and Lucía. She also had a small part in Almodóvar's Talk to Her.
Her best-known Hollywood film role was as one of Dracula's brides in 2004's Van Helsing. That same year, Anaya was named as one of European films' Shooting Stars by European Film Promotion.
In 2006, Anaya appeared in Justin Timberlake's music video for his single, SexyBack.
After some "quiet" years playing supporting roles in international films such as Savage Grace and Cairo Time, Anaya roared back into prominence with a starring role in 2010's Room in Rome, and then a return to Almodóvar in The Skin I Live In.
In August 2011, Spanish tabloid magazine Cuore published photographs of Anaya kissing female director Beatriz Sanchís at a naturist beach in Menorca. Although the actress has never publicly spoken about her private life, it was revealed that Anaya and Sanchís have apparently been dating since 2008.