Ricard Balada was born June 7, in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. At the age of 6, he moved to a small village called Sta. Mª de Martorelles where he grow up around nature. His passion for theatre and cinema made him constantly go to Barcelona and was there, where he studied and began his professional acting career in a Theatre Company (2015-18) called Magatzem d’Ars and working with the director Denise Castro starring her first movie Salvación (2016) (premiered in Sitges Film Festival). After that, they travel to Bran (Romania) to create and shoot in Transylvania an special movie about vampires called Drácula de Denise Castro (2018) premiered in IVFAF (The International Vampire Film and Art Festival).
His trajectory has grown up with different roles in movies and series like Oh My Goig (2017/22) – a five season series about sex education – Com si fos ahir (2017) by TVC/TV3, Legado en los huesos (2019), Moros a la costa! (2019) or playing the young painter in El caso Ángelus. La fascinación de Dalí (2023). Nowadays he is expanding his career internationally participating in Roads (2019) – starring by Fionn Whitehead and directed by Sebastian Schipper (“Victoria”) – and he has just wrapped on Lionsgate’s new comedy drama The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (2022) starring by Nicolas Cage, Pedro Pascal and Neil Patrick Harris. This year, he has been the unique Spanish actor selected in Berlinale Talents 2023.
Ricard is member of Catalan Film Academy (Acadèmia del Cinema Català) and Spanish Film Academy (Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias Cinematográficas de España) since 2018. He was also member of the Official Jury in Festival de Cine de Zaragoza ’19 and FIC-CAT ’22 (Festival Internacional de Cinema en Català) and received the New Talent Award ’22 from Begur Film Festival (Festival Internacional de Cinema de la Costa Brava).
“You must find the place inside yourself where nothing is impossible.”