Photo of Penélope Cruz Penélope Cruz

Born April 28, 1974, in Madrid, Spain, Penélope Cruz began reenacting TV commercials when she was a toddler and studied classical ballet during her youth. Her big break came at age 15 when she beat out hundreds of girls at a talent agency audition.

Cruz captured audiences' attention with her roles in Jamón, Jamón and Belle Epoque (both 1992). In 1999, her work with director Pedro Almodóvar in All About My Mother brought the actress worldwide recognition.

Fluent in Spanish, Italian, French and English, Cruz continues to work in American and international productions, appearing in such films as All the Pretty Horses (2000) and Vanilla Sky (2001). Her turn in Volver (2006) brought an Oscar nod, and she took home the statue two years later for her supporting performance in Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Cruz added Golden Globe and Oscar nominations to her résumé for her role in the 2009 musical Nine.

Penélope Cruz in Pirates of the Caribbean: Stranger Tides

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

2011 PG-13

Cunningly clumsy Capt. Jack Sparrow meets his match when mysterious beauty Angelica forces the pirate to join her in a search for the Fountain of Youth, a riotous adventure that sets him aboard a vessel belonging to the fearsome pirate Blackbeard.

  • Penélope Cruz in The Brothers Grimsby The Brothers Grimsby
  • Penélope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona Vicky Cristina Barcelona
  • Penélope Cruz in To Rome with Love To Rome with Love
  • Penélope Cruz in Zoolander 2 Zoolander 2
  • Penélope Cruz in Volver Volver
  • Penélope Cruz in The Counselor The Counselor
  • Penélope Cruz in All About My Mother All About My Mother
  • Penélope Cruz in I'm So Excited I'm So Excited
  • Penélope Cruz in Vanilla Sky Vanilla Sky
  • Penélope Cruz in All the Pretty Horses All the Pretty Horses
  • Penélope Cruz in Blow Blow
  • Penélope Cruz in Broken Embraces Broken Embraces
  • Penélope Cruz in Open Your Eyes Open Your Eyes
  • Penélope Cruz in Sahara Sahara
  • Penélope Cruz in Nine Nine
  • Penélope Cruz in Live Flesh Live Flesh
  • Penélope Cruz in Twice Upon a Yesterday Twice Upon a Yesterday
  • Penélope Cruz in Head in the Clouds Head in the Clouds
  • Penélope Cruz in Bandidas Bandidas
  • Penélope Cruz in Don Juan Don Juan
  • Penélope Cruz in Captain Corelli's Mandolin Captain Corelli's Mandolin
  • Penélope Cruz in Don't Tempt Me Don't Tempt Me
  • Penélope Cruz in Don't Move Don't Move
  • Penélope Cruz in The Good Night The Good Night
  • Penélope Cruz in G-Force G-Force
  • Penélope Cruz in Twice Born Twice Born
  • Penélope Cruz in Noel Noel
  • Penélope Cruz in Elegy Elegy
  • Penélope Cruz in A Matador's Mistress A Matador's Mistress
  • Penélope Cruz in ma ma ma ma
  • Penélope Cruz in La Celestina La Celestina
  • Penélope Cruz in Woman on Top Woman on Top
  • Penélope Cruz in Gothika Gothika
  • Penélope Cruz in Woody Allen: A Documentary Woody Allen: A Documentary
  • Penélope Cruz in Hispanic Hollywood: Then & Now Hispanic Hollywood: Then & Now
  • Penélope Cruz in Masked & Anonymous Masked & Anonymous