Penélope Cruz is a Spanish actress and model. She won an Academy Award, and also was one of first Spanish actress to do so, for her performance in the film Vicky Christina Barcelona (2008).
Signed by an agent at the age of 15, she made her acting debut at 16 on television, and her feature film debut the following year in Jamón Jamón in 1992.
Her subsequent roles in the 1990s and 2000s included Belle Époque (1992), Open Your Eyes (1997), The Hi-Lo Country (1999), The Girl of Your Dreams (2000), and Woman on Top (2000).
Penélope achieved recognition for her lead roles in the 2001 films Vanilla Sky, All the Pretty Horses, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, and Blow. She has three Academy Award nominations, and one won.
- Full name: Penélope Cruz Sánchez
- Born: 28 April 1974 (age 45 years), Alcobendas, Spain
- Height: 1.68 m
- Spouse: Javier Bardem (m. 2010)
- Children: Luna Encinas Cruz, Leo Encinas Cruz