Who Is Will Keen Wife María Fernandez Ache? Full Bio About Her

By Anuja Uprety | Published on: January 25, 2024 | Updated on: January 25, 2024
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María Fernandez Ache who is mostly recognized as the wife of an English actor Will Keen, has her own identity in the Spanish film industry. She is an actress best known for the series The Mallorca Files, His Dark Materials, and Anti-Social.

Ache has a larger-than-life career in the entertainment sector as an acting coach, director, and scriptwriter which we are going to explore in the following article alongside her personal details.

So, have a close look.

Key Takeaways

  • María Fernandez Ache is a Galician actress, director, and acting coach.
  • She is mostly recognized as the wife of an English actor Will Keen and the mother of an actress Dafne Keen.
  • She has been happily married to Will since 2002.
  • María is Spanish and of Hispanic heritage.

Will Keen’s Wife, Is An Actress

Maria made her acting debut in the 1990 Spanish spy thriller film Alone Together. She has since acted in a total of 12 mainstream acting projects so far. Some of them are listed below.


  • El Conductor (1998)
  • Hot Dog (2002)
  • Lost in Karastan (2014)
  • Anti-Social (2015)
  • Viento Sur (2023)

TV Shows

  • The Mallorca Files (2019-2021)
  • The Wrong Door (2008)
  • Roger Roger (2003)

In addition to that, the actress has been an actress for the British Film Institute as well.

María is an actress
María while shooting for a movie. Source: Instagram

María Is Also A Director And Scriptwriter; Her Other Works Detail

As mentioned in her LinkedIn, The Mallorca Files actress works as a playwright for the play Platform while working at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. Further, she has been the director as well. Here is the list of her directing credits.

  • Maria Co-directed the Play “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare. She also played the role of translator and Version in the play that was projected in Spanish and Arriaga Theatre.
  • She was a director of “Conference Poet in New York”, held at the New York Public Library.
  • Fernandez was the director, translator, and adapter of Harold Pinter’s written play “Betrayal” played in Spanish Theatre.
  • She worked as a Director at Idiot INT. and Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, London.

Further, she has also been a project director for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cervantes Institute. Also, María has experience working as an acting coach for BBC Worldwide Productions (UK) Limited.

María Ache Is Originally From Verín, Spain

Born in Verín, Spain, María is Spanish by nationality. While her exact birth year is unavailable at the moment, Ache celebrates her birthday on March 22 every year. On March 22, 2022, her daughter shared some of the glimpses of her birthday celebration on her Facebook writing,

Gifts that fuel more celebrations!

Married Her Husband Will Keen In 2002

The Verín native Ache tied the knot with an English actor Will Keen on August 10, 2002, in a low-key wedding ceremony. As per sources, they came across for the first time as a professional since both of them are related to the film fraternity.

María is married to an english actor Will
María with her husband and daughter

Coming up to 2024, it’s been more than 21 years since they have been leading their nuptials gracefully.

It’s true that the pair made very less media appearances together and likes to keep their relationship out of the spotlight. But, the two share a strongest bond.

María And Keen’s Only Daughter Is Also An Actress

From her marriage to Will, María welcomed her only daughter Dafne Keen on January 4, 2005. She is currently 19 years old but her acting career started when she was just 9.

Danfe’s first acting project was the TV series The Refugee (2014 to 2015) in which, she played the character of Ana in a total of 7 episodes.

María is a mother of a daughter
María’s daughter Dafne. Source: Instagram

After that, she landed the role of Laura in the American movie Logan (2017). Her other acting credits include Ana and His Dark Material as well.

María Fernandez Was The Acting Coach At Her Daughter’s Starer Series His Dark Materials

Fernandez worked as an acting coach in the fantasy drama TV series His Dark Materials, in which, her only child Dafne was also in the lead role of Lyra Belacque.

Alongside other actors, the theatre director trained her daughter. In an exclusive talk with Elle magazine, Dafne opened up on her experience working under the supervision of her mom in the set. She said,

“Mum helps me rehearse at night and she’s on set every day next to the director, watching the monitor.

In the series, María’s husband Will also portrayed the character of Father Hugh MacPhail.

She Is on Instagram

The Galician actress, María is highly active on Instagram with 7,787 followers. Most of her Instagram posts are related to professional life and very few are related to personal life.

Her Net Worth

María reportedly has a net worth of $500k in 2023. The source of her income is her multiple professions as an actress, writer, and more.

Fun Facts

  • María likes sweets.
  • She can’t stand loud music.
  • She is a feminist and also supports UN organizations.
  • She loves beaches.