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Penélope Cruz Sánchez

(1974-04-28) 28 April 1974 (age 47)
Alcobendas, Spain
Nationality Spanish
  • Actress
  • model
Years active 1989–present
Javier Bardem (m. 2010)
Children 2
Relatives Mónica Cruz (sister)

Penélope Cruz (born 28 April 1974 in Madrid, Spain) is a Spanish television and movie actress. She has starred in many movies of many different genres, including Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Cruz got her start when she was picked from 300 other girls in a talent agency audition at age 15. This led to acting jobs in television and in commercials. Her movie debut was in 1992.

In 2018, Cruz made her American television debut as Italian fashion designer Donatella Versace in the FX series The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, for which she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.

Cruz has modelled for Mango, Ralph Lauren, Chanel and L'Oréal, and along with her younger sister Mónica Cruz, has designed clothing for Mango. Cruz has volunteered in Uganda and India, where she spent one week working with Mother Teresa; she donated her salary from The Hi-Lo Country to help fund the late nun's mission.

She has been married to Javier Bardem since 2010. They have two children.

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