Penélope Cruz

Actor, TV host, Ballet dancer
Penlope Cruz burst onto the scene in her native Spain in the early 1990s and quickly established herself as a talent to be reckoned with. A longtime critical darling on the international film circuit, Cruz was a ... Read more »
Born: 04/28/1974 in Madrid, ES


Actor (72)

Ma ma 2016 (Movie)

Magda (Actor)

The Brothers Grimsby 2016 (Movie)

Rhonda George (Actor)

Zoolander No. 2 2016 (Movie)

Valentina Valencia (Actor)

The 86th Annual Academy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)


I'm So Excited 2013 (Movie)

Jessica (Actor)

The Counselor 2013 (Movie)

Laura (Actor)

Twice Born 2013 (Movie)

Gemma (Actor)

The 84th Annual Academy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)


To Rome With Love 2012 (Movie)

Anna (Actor)

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 2011 (Movie)

Angelica (Actor)

The Glades 2011 (Tv Show)


Sex and the City 2 2010 (Movie)

Carmen Garcia Carrion (Actor)

The 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)


The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)


The Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)


Broken Embraces 2009 (Movie)

Lena (Actor)

G-Force 2009 (Movie)

Juarez (Voice)

Nine 2009 (Movie)

Carla (Actor)

The Jay Leno Show 2009 (Tv Show)


The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)


Elegy 2008 (Movie)

Consuela Castillo (Actor)

The 80th Annual Academy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)


Vicky Cristina Barcelona 2008 (Movie)

Maria Elena (Actor)

Punk'd 2004 - 2007 (Tv Show)


The 79th Annual Academy Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)


The Good Night 2007 (Movie)

Anna/Melody (Actor)

The Matador's Mistress 2007 (Movie)

Antoñita "Lupe" Sino (Actor)

The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)


Volver 2006 (Movie)

Raimunda (Actor)

Bandidas 2005 (Movie)

Maria (Actor)

Don't Move 2005 (Movie)

Italia (Actor)

Sahara 2005 (Movie)

Eva Rojas (Actor)

The 77th Annual Academy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)


Chromophobia 2004 (Movie)

Gloria (Actor)

Head in the Clouds 2004 (Movie)

Mia (Actor)

Noel 2004 (Movie)

Nina (Actor)

Women on Top: Hollywood and Power 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)


Back in the U.S. 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)


Bendito Infierno 2003 (Movie)

Carmen (Actor)

Fanfan la Tulipe 2003 (Movie)

Adeline La Franchise (Actor)

Gothika 2003 (Movie)

Chloe Sava (Actor)

Masked & Anonymous 2003 (Movie)

Pagan Lace (Actor)

Waking Up in Reno 2002 (Movie)

Brenda (Actor)

Blow 2001 (Movie)

Mirtha Jung (Actor)

Captain Corelli's Mandolin 2001 (Movie)

Pelagia (Actor)

The 1st Annual Latin Grammy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


The 73rd Annual Academy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


Vanilla Sky 2001 (Movie)

Sofia Serrano (Actor)

All the Pretty Horses 2000 (Movie)

Alejandra (Actor)

The 72nd Annual Academy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


Woman on Top 2000 (Movie)

Isabella Oliveira (Actor)

Abre Los Ojos 1999 (Movie)

Sofia (Actor)

All About My Mother 1999 (Movie)

Sister Rosa (Actor)

Twice Upon A Yesterday 1999 (Movie)

Louise (Actor)

Volaverunt 1999 (Movie)

La Maja/ Pepita Tudo (Actor)

Don Juan 1998 (Movie)

Mathurine (Actor)

Live Flesh 1998 (Movie)

Isabelle (Actor)

Talk of Angels 1998 (Movie)

Pilar (Actor)

The Girl of My Dreams 1998 (Movie)

Macarena Granada (Actor)

The Hi-Lo Country 1998 (Movie)

Josepha (Actor)

El Amor Perjudica Seriamente la salud 1996 (Movie)

Diana Balaguer--Young Woman (Actor)

La Celestina 1996 (Movie)

Melibea (Actor)

Belle Epoque 1994 (Movie)

Luz (Actor)

Framed 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)


It's All Lies 1994 (Movie)

Lucia (Actor)

Alegre Ma Non Troppo 1993 (Movie)

Salome (Actor)

Jamón, jamón 1993 (Movie)

Silvia (Actor)

La Ribelle 1993 (Movie)

Enza (Actor)

Per Amore, Solo Per Amore 1992 (Movie)

Mary (Actor)

El Laberinto Griego 1991 (Movie)

Producer (2)

Ma ma 2016 (Movie)


Twice Born 2013 (Movie)



Penélope Cruz burst onto the scene in her native Spain in the early 1990s and quickly established herself as a talent to be reckoned with. A longtime critical darling on the international film circuit, Cruz was a favorite creative muse of famed Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar, who cast the actress in some of his most acclaimed features, including "Live Flesh" (1997) and "All About My Mother" (1999). But it was after she crossed the Atlantic that Cruz truly became a global superstar, thanks to performances in "All the Pretty Horses" (2000), "Blow" (2001) and "Vanilla Sky" (2001), a remake of an earlier film of hers, "Open Your Eyes" (1998). Meanwhile, her highly-publicized off-screen dalliances with some of Hollywood's elite stars like Matt Damon, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Cruise and Javier Bardem only added to her mystique. While she earned her a place among People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" list in the mid-2000s, as well cultivated her fashionista reputation each time she hit the red carpet in an impeccable gown, Cruz was first and foremost a gifted performer. After garnering her first widespread acclaim for Almodóvar's "Volver" (2006), Cruz won an Academy Award for her comic performance in Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" (2008), making her perhaps the most famous actress to make the successful crossover from her native country.


Javier Bardem Actor

Met while filming "Jamon, Jamon" in 1992 Began dating in the summer of 2007 Reportedly engaged as of October 2009 Married in July 2010 in the Bahamas

Leonardo Bardem

Born Jan. 22, 2011; father, Javier Bardem

Orlando Bloom Actor

Rumored to have briefly dated c. 2006-07

Nicolas Cage Actor

Rumored to have briefly dated during filming of "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" (2001)

Nacho Cano

Appeared with group Mecano Dated from 1991-97

Tom Cruise Actor

Met while co-starring in "Vanilla Sky" (2001) Went public with relationship in July 2001 Amicably ended three-year relationship in January 2004

Eduardo Cruz Song

Born c. 1985; dated actress Eva Longoria

Eduardo Cruz


Mónica Cruz Actor

Born March 16, 1977; former professional flemenco dancer; achieved fame in the youth-oriented TV series "Un Paso Adelante"

Encarna Cruz

Ran Cruz's business affairs

Luna Cruz

Born July 22, 2013; father, Javier Bardem

Matt Damon Actor

Linked when they filmed "All the Pretty Horses" (2000)

Matthew McConaughey Actor

Met while filming "Sahara" (2005) Began dating in summer 2004 Split in June 2006

Tomas Obermaier Assistant Director

Became involved during filming of "La Nina de tus Ojos/The Girl of Your Dreams" (1998); together from 1998-2000

Enrique Sarasola Producer

Dated from 1997-98


Conservatorio Nacional

Attended for nine years



Co-starred in "Zoolander 2"


Featured in "The Counselor" along with her husband, Javier Bardem


Again directed by Woody Allen in the romantic comedy "To Rome with Love"


Reunited with Johnny Depp to play Jack Sparrow's (Depp) former love interest in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"


Appeared in a bit part in "Sex and the City 2"


Played Daniel Day-Lewis' mistress in Rob Marshall's musical adaptation of the Broadway play "Nine"; earned Golden Globe, SAG and Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actress


Nominated for the 2009 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role ("Nine")


Nominated for the 2009 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture ("Nine")


Nominated for the 2009 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role ("Nine")


Re-teamed with Pedro Almodóvar for "Broken Embraces"


Played Javier Bardem's unstable ex-wife in Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"; earned Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Best Supporting Actress


Played Ben Kingsley's student in "Elegy"


Cast as the dream embodiment of the perfect woman in Jake Paltrow's directorial debut "The Good Night"


Earned critical acclaim for her performance in Pedro Almodóvar’s "Volver"; premiered at the Cannes Film Festival; received Golden Globe, SAG and Oscar nominations for Best Actress


Co-starred with Matthew McConaughey in "Sahara"


Cast as a destitute woman who becomes involved with an upper-crust physician in "Non ti muovere"


Starred with Charlize Theron and Stuart Townsend in the 1930's war drama "Head in the Clouds"


Starred with Halle Berry in the thriller "Gothika"


Starred opposite Tom Cruise in Cameron Crowe's "Vanilla Sky"; reprised original role from the Spanish film "Open Your Eyes"


Selected by Ralph Lauren to appear in an advertising campaign for his products


Cast in female lead in the triangular romance "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" opposite Nicolas Cage and Christian Bale


Cast as the drug-addled wife of a cocaine dealer (Johnny Depp) in "Blow"


Starred as a South American chef in the comedy "Woman on Top"


Cast as Matt Damon's love interest in "All the Pretty Horses"


Portrayed a nun in Almodóvar's award-winning "Todo sobre mi madre/All About My Mother"


Played a bookish barmaid in the romantic comedy "Twice Upon a Yesterday/If Only/The Man with Rain in His Shoes"


Reteamed with Trueba for the comedy "La Nina de tus Ojos/The Girl of Your Dreams"


Landed featured role in psychological drama "Open Your Eyes/Abre los ojos"


Appeared as Billy Crudup's Mexican girlfriend in Stephen Frears' "The Hi-Lo Country"


Co-starred as a pregnant prostitute in Pedro Almodóvar's "Live Flesh"


First English-language film role, as the young charge of an Irish governess in "Talk of Angels" (released in U.S. in 1998)


English-language acting debut, the British TV miniseries "Framed" (A&E)


Cast in featured role in Fernando Trueba's Oscar-winning "Belle Epoque"


Feature debut, "El Laberinto Griego/The Greek Labyrinth"


First leading film role, "Jamon, Jamon"

Co-hosted the Spanish TV talk show "Quinta Marcha"

Bonus Trivia


Cruz spent one week as a volunteer at Mother Theresa's children's sanctuary in Calcutta and later donated her salary from "The Hi-Lo Country" (1998) to the organization.


Cruz on still finding herself intimidated by Almodóvar, her director on several movies including "Volver" (2006): "I don't want to stop feeling that way," she adds. "Because we are very good friends and we should never cross the line on the set, between takes or gossiping, that's not the way I work and that's not the way he works. So we don't mix on the set, we don't have lunch together. But all the trust and all the years of friendship are there. I just have to look in his eyes and know that he's gonna be there for me and he's knows I'm there for him also, 100 percent." – from, Nov. 17, 2006


In May 2007, it was announced that Penelope and her sister Mónica would be designing a 25-piece collection for the Barcelona-based fashion chain Mango.