Alba Flores is best known for the portrayal of Nairobi in the critically acclaimed series “La Casa de Papel,” also known as “Money Heist.” This Spanish actress made her career breakthrough with the role of Saray Vargas de Jesús in the series called “Vis a Vis” or “Locked Up.” 

Quick Infos
Full NameAlba Gonzalez Villa
Date of BirthOctober 27, 1986
Birth PlaceMadrid, Spain
Parent(s)Antonio Flores and Ana Villa
Height1.76 meters 
Weight57 kg
Net WorthUS $100,000 - $1 million

She gained millions of fans worldwide after “Money Heist” was featured on Netflix. The series is one of the most-watched non-English shows on Netflix. 

What was the childhood of Alba Flores like?

Alba Flores’ real name is Alba Gonzalez Villa. Alba Flores was born to Antonio Flores and Ana Villa on the date of October 27, 1986, in Madrid. Her mother is a producer, and her father is a musician/composer. 

She is trained in piano performance and dramatic interpretation. She started learning at the age of thirteen. Before acting, she had a career in theatrical performances and appeared in “Honeymoon in Hiroshima” and “A Midnight’s Dream,” to name a few. She is 33 years old turning 34 in September 2021.

Alba Flores

Her family has a rich background in music,  acting, dancing, and many other skills related to the show business industry. Alba Flores’ father’s name is Antonio Flores, and her mother is Ana Villa. Her grandmother Maria Dolores Flores Ruiz, was known by the name of “La Faraona.” Actress Elena Furiase is her cousin.

Her aunt Lolita Flores and Rosario Flores, are singers. On top of this, her grandfather Antonio González is one of the fathers of the music genre Catalan Rumba. Her father passed away when she was nine years old. After 15 days of her father’s death, her grandmother passed away too. Her father wrote a song for her titled “Alba.”


How Alba Flores started her Career

She started her career through theatre. Alba’s first theatre was “Honeymoon in Hiroshima” in 2005. In 2007, she appeared in the Romani version of William Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Alba Flores made her TV debut in 2006 with the show called “El comisario,” in which she played the role of Sohara for the episode “Y dime tonto.” In 2008, she appeared in an episode of “El síndrome de Ulises.” 

Alba has been active in the industry since 2004 and has recently gained worldwide fame with her role in “Money Heist.”

Theatrical Works

From 2008 to 2017, she appeared in theatrical works like “Comedia Y Sueno,” “La Rosa Tatua,” “Draft Pack,” and “Trojans.”She made her most recent theatrical appearance in 2019 in “La excepción y la Regla,” which was directed by Catalina Lladó.



Her most recent film is “The Memory of Water” alongside Alba Flores and Anton Yelchin in which she played the role of Carmen. The film was released in 2015. 

Alba Flores

Television Shows

In 2013, she played the role of Jamila in 5 episodes of “The Time in Between.” The same year she played the role of Shamira in the TV film “Vincent Ferrer.” In 2014, she appeared in an episode of “Cuéntame cómo pasó.” 

One of her significant works was seen on “Vis a vis.” In the TV series, she played the role of Saray Vargas de Jesús from 2015 to 2019 and appeared in 40 episodes as part of the main cast.

The most notable role in her career yet and the role which made her known to millions worldwide was the role of Nairobi in the Netflix series “Money Heist.” alongside Nick Frost and Ayelet Zurer  .The show lasted from 2017 to 2020.

She didn’t have to audition for the role because the character was designed with her in mind. Her name is an expert in counterfeiting money, and she is well skilled in forgery. The show was canceled after a season. In late 2017, things took a turn after Netflix acquired the global streaming rights to the show. The show blew up, and the fans wanted more of it. So more seasons were made. 

She was one of the narrators in the documentary “Night on Earth.” She narrated in Spanish. 

Her most recent work can be seen on “Vis a vis: El Oasis,” in which she reprised the role of Saray Vargas de Jesús for eight episodes in 2020. 


In 2015, she won her first award for her performance in “Vis a vis.” It was an Ondas Award given to “Best Performer in Fiction.” In 2017, she won the Spanish Actor’s Union Award for “Vis a vis.”

To date, she has been nominated for nine awards for her performance in “Money Heist.” Out of the nominations, she has won two. She got her first award for “Money Heist” in 2019, and it was a Premios Iris under the category “Best Actress.” 

In 2020, she won the Platino Awards for Iberoamerican Cinema for her performance in “Money Heist.” 

Alba Flores

Personal Life and Relationship

Alba Flores is a vegan and has participated in campaigns for PETA’s Latin division. She was involved in the campaign that said, “You have to leave animals off the plate.”

Flores is a lesbian and actively raises voice and advocates for the LGBT community. She is also a gypsy and speaks for the Spanish Gypsy community too. 

She actively advocates for climate and environmental issues. She is a feminist and actively talks about feminism.


Social Media

Alba Flores is active on Instagram and Twitter. On Instagram, she has 12.4 million followers, and on Twitter, she has 380.2k followers as of September 2020.

Net Worth

Alba Flores’ net worth is estimated to be between US$ 100,00 to US$ 1 million.