J.A. Bayona was born on May 9, 1975 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain as Juan Antonio García Bayona. He is a director, known for The Orphanage (2007), The Impossible (2012) and A Monster Calls (2016).
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Graduated from ESCAC (Cinema and Audiovisual School of Catalunya).
As of 2013, has directed 1 actress to an Academy Award-nominated performance: Naomi Watts (Best Actress, The Impossible (2012)).
Twin brother of Carlos García Bayona.
Supports F.C. Barcelona.
Member of the 'Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' (AMPAS) since 2016.