Anabela Santos was born in Luanda in 1968. She studied Interior Design in Lisbon and Florence. In 1994 did an internship in scenic design at RTP and began her professional career working on television in collaboration with the set designer António Casimiro.
In 1997 she became a freelancer in Scenic and Interior Design and started working for several production companies such as NBP, Endemol, Shine Ibéria, SP Televisão, Fremantle Media, Ri Filmes, Valentim de Carvalho and Coral Europa.
She is known for the scenography of television shows such as Big Brother, Academia de Estrelas (Star Academy), Peso Pesado (The Biggest Loser), and TV series Meu Querido Professor, Batanetes, Morangos com Açúcar, Fúria de Viver, O Jogo, Os nossos dias, Poderosas, Alguém Perdeu, Golpe de Sorte and the
art direction of the film Jogo de Damas.
In 2009 she was coauthor and coproducer of the first edition of an innovative design fair LISBON ID interior design. This event aimed to showcase and promote Portugal`s best design, as well as foster creative and trade links. It brought together designers, architects and manufacturers, national and international brands.
In parallel she carried out interior design projects for private homes.