After that, the young actress decided to retire from the big screen and auditioned for the Spanish National Classical Theatre Company, then managed by Adolfo Marsillach. Before long she became the company?s leading actress and devoted nine years of her life to touring the whole of Spain with productions like ?El Alcalde de Zalamea? (?The Mayor of Zalamea?), ?La Verdad Sospechosa? (?The Suspicious Truth?) and ?Don Gil de las Calzas Verdes? (?Don Gil of the Green Breeches?), among many others. She also appeared in the popular TV series ?Turno de Oficio?. In 1993, Pilar Miró encouraged her to return to cinema, offering her a role in El Pájaro de la Felicidad (The Bird of Happiness), a drama starring Mercedes Sampietro, Aitana
With Sampietro and Mariscal
Two years later she played a supporting role in La Hora de los Valientes (A Time for Defiance), a story set in the Spanish Civil War, for which she won a Goya Award for Best Supporting Actress and wide public recognition. This award brought her roles in important films like Imanol Uribe's Plenilunio, a complex story adapted from the novel by Antonio Muñoz Molina, which encompasses such diverse themes as love and terrorism. In this film, Adriana worked with co-stars like Juan Diego Botto, Fernando Fernán Gómez, and Miguel Ángel Solá, and won the Ondas Award for best actress. She was also nominated for the Goya, but this was utimately won by Carmen Maura for La Comunidad (Common Wealth).
That same year, 1999, marked another return to comedy, in Manolito Gafotas (Manolito Four Eyes), about the adventures of a character originally created by Elvira Lindo. Miguel Albadalejo - with whom Adriana had already worked on La Primera Noche de Mi
With Carlos Blanco in Heroína
This was also the year she met filmmaker Gracia Querejeta for the first time. Querejeta called on Ozores for the leading role in Cuando Vuelvas a Mi Lado (By My Side Again), the dramatic, moving story of three sisters who are reunited upon their mother?s death, after many years apart. Mercedes Sampietro, Marta Belaustegui, and Adriana Ozores gave top-rate performances and Adriana was again nominated for a Goya as supporting actress. In La Vida de Nadie (Nobody?s Life), Eduard Cortés' remarkable directing debut, she shared some very different vicissitudes with José Coronado, won the Best Actress award at the Valladolid Film Festival and was nominated for the Goyas in the Best Leading Actress category.
Nacidas para Sufrir
One year later she was working with Gracia Querejeta again on Héctor, which follows the experiences of an orphaned boy, who after being taken in by his aunt has to get used to a very different kind of life.
In 2005, producer and filmmaker Gerardo Herrero offered her one of the most important roles in her career, that of Carmen Avendaño, a modern ?Mother Courage? concerned for her addict son, pitted against some Galician drug dealers plying their trade with shocking impunity. This earned her a sixth - so far her last - Goya nomination. That same year saw the release of El Método (The Method), an adaptation of the play of the same name, directed by Marcelo Piñeyro, and she also joined the cast of ?Los Hombres de Paco,? a hit TV series broadcast by Antena 3 which ran for several
Playing the Duchess of Alba
Now, after her TV triumph playing the Duchess of Alba, she is back on the big screen in a film called No lo Llames Amor... Llámalo X, a daring, delirious comedy about a retired porn director who wants to go back to work and make an X-rated blockbuster about the Spanish Civil War.