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Antonio Banderas joins girlfriend Nicole Kimpel at Palm Sunday parade in Malaga

Hollywood actor Antonio Banderas returned to his roots this weekend as he took part in Palm Sunday festivities in Spain.

The 57-year-old joined fellow worshippers at a religious festival as part of his role as an officer for a Roman Catholic brotherhood.

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Banderas, who makes the pilgrimage back to his home city of Malaga each year for the event, was joined by his girlfriend Nicole Kimpel. 

The eccentric star, who was also pictured alongside his daughter Stella del Carmen Banderas, recently debuted a shaved head and eyebrows. 

Spanish actor Antonio Banderas takes part in Palm Sunday procession in his home city of Malaga at the start of Holy Week

Banderas and his girlfriend Nicole Kimpel smile inside a church before taking part as a penitent in the Lagrimas and Favores festivities

Banderas and his girlfriend Nicole Kimpel smile inside a church before taking part as a penitent in the Lagrimas and Favores festivities

A hooded Banderas (middle) poses with flamenco dancer Sara Baras (left) before the start of the procession of Our Lady of Tears and Favours

A hooded Banderas (middle) poses with flamenco dancer Sara Baras (left) before the start of the procession of Our Lady of Tears and Favours

Wearing a traditional white robe, the actor was seen gestating as he took part in the annual Saint Mary of Tears and Favours procession

Wearing a traditional white robe, the actor was seen gestating as he took part in the annual Saint Mary of Tears and Favours procession

The eccentric star, who was also pictured alongside his daughter Stella del Carmen Banderas, recently debuted a shaved head and eyebrows

The eccentric star, who was also pictured alongside his daughter Stella del Carmen Banderas, recently debuted a shaved head and eyebrows

Banderas returned to his roots this weekend as he took part in Palm Sunday festivities in Spain

Banderas returned to his roots this weekend as he took part in Palm Sunday festivities in Spain

Wearing a traditional white robe, the actor was seen gestating as he took part in the annual Saint Mary of Tears and Favours procession.

The star also threw on a black hood as he arrived at San Juan Bautista church during Holy Week celebrations. 

Antonio added to his ensemble with a wide wicker belt, upon which sat a series of small leather straps, with two supporting a pair of wooden mallets.

Once inside the church, the star was tasked with ringing a bell as part of the service.

The haunting processions take place each Easter in Spain, with penitents wearing gowns and conical hoods – a tradition that was meant to maintain their anonymity – as they carry life-size effigies of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary through city streets.

Banderas began dating Nicole Kempel, 37,  in 2014, shortly after his 19-year marriage to Melanie Griffith ended. 

The 57-year-old joined fellow worshippers at a religious festival as part of his role as an officer for a Roman Catholic brotherhood

The 57-year-old joined fellow worshippers at a religious festival as part of his role as an officer for a Roman Catholic brotherhood

The brotherhood: Antonio was joined by a large number of fellow pentintents as he took part in the festivities

The brotherhood: Antonio was joined by a large number of fellow pentintents as he took part in the festivities

Antonio wore a wide wicker belt, upon which sat a series of small leather straps, with two supporting a pair of wooden mallets

Antonio wore a wide wicker belt, upon which sat a series of small leather straps, with two supporting a pair of wooden mallets

Banderas began dating Nicole Kempel (left) in 2014, shortly after his 19-year marriage to Melanie Griffith ended

Banderas began dating Nicole Kempel (left) in 2014, shortly after his 19-year marriage to Melanie Griffith ended

The haunting processions take place each Easter in Spain, with penitents wearing gowns and conical hoods - a tradition that was meant to maintain their anonymity - as they carry life-size effigies of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary through city streets

The haunting processions take place each Easter in Spain, with penitents wearing gowns and conical hoods – a tradition that was meant to maintain their anonymity – as they carry life-size effigies of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary through city streets



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